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Drew Carey

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Drew Carey

Drew Alison Carey (born May 23, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA) is an actor and comedian famous for his black-rimmed glasses. A former United States Marine reservist, he adopted his trademark crew cut during his time in the service.

After a period spent performing stand-up comedy and supporting roles on a number of television shows, he was given his own sitcom on ABC, The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004), in which he played the assistant director of personnel at a department store in Cleveland, Ohio. Carey also hosts the United States version of the improvisational comedy show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?

In 1997, Carey published his autobiography, entitled Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, where he shared memories of his early childhood, how his father died when Drew was eight years old, his claim that he was once sexually molested, his bouts with depression, his failed attempts at suicide, his college fraternity years while attending Kent State University, and his professional career up to that time.

In 2000, he received an honorary Ph.D. degree from Cleveland State University.

Carey was the first star to ever enter the World Wrestling Federation's 30-man "Royal Rumble" battle royal match in 2001; he then eliminated himself when The Undertaker came out.

For The WB's 2004-2005 prime time schedule, Carey co-produced and starred in the short-lived Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, a spin-off of Whose Line Is It Anyway.

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