Star spotlight: Drew Carey

Apr 5, 2011 at 11:23 a.m. ET

Comedian Drew Carey rose to fame when he starred in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, from 1995-2004. His success didn't end when the show was over, however. Now, he's not only the host of The Price is Right but he's also taking on a new project as the host of the new comedy improv show, Improv-A-Ganza, which premieres on The Game Show Network on April 11, 2011 at 8pm EST.

Drew Carey

Vital stats

Birthday: May 23, 1958
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Height: 5'10"
Trademark: Buddy Holly style glasses
Favorite sports: Football and soccer
Political affiliation: Libertarian
Previous jobs: Bank teller, Denny's waiter, US Marine
Owns: More than 30 computers and over 10 video game consoles
Unusual fact: Born with six toes on his right foot

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Humble beginnings

Drew Carey was raised in Parma, Ohio by working class parents, Lewis and Beulah Carey. He was the youngest of three brothers. Unfortunately, Drew's father died from a brain tumor when he was just eight years old.

After graduating from James Ford Rhodes High School, where he played the cornet and trumpet in the marching band, Carey went on to Kent State University. He was expelled twice for poor academics and left the university after three years. In 1980, Carey enlisted in the Marines and served for six years.

Responding to a question about his childhood, Carey said: "Weirdo. Weirdo. Underachiever. Weirdo. Weirdo."

After winning an open mic contest in 1986, Drew Carey became MC at the Cleveland Comedy Club -- launching his career. He worked as a stand-up comic for several years, competing on Star Search in 1988 and appearing on The Tonight Show in 1991.

Television stardom

After stints on various television shows, Drew Carey hit it big with the premiere of his sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, in September 1995. With his first paycheck from the series, he bought his childhood home. After initially earning $60,000 per episode in the first season, by the final season nine years later, Carey was earning $750,000 per show.

The Drew Carey Show wasn't Carey's only taste of television success; he also hosted the American version of the popular improv comedy show Whose Line is It Anyway? beginning in the late 1990s. In 2007, Carey was tapped to host the CBS game show Power of 10 and then went on to replace Bob Barker as the host of the long-running show The Price is Right.

Soon you'll be seeing more of Carey as he will be hosting the new improv show beginning in the spring of 2011 on The Game Show Network. Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza will feature performers and celebrity guests doing improv based on suggestions from the audience.

Dramatic weight loss

Drew Carey was in the news in the summer of 2010 after a dramatic weight loss. In just a few short months, the comedian had lost over 70 pounds. Carey claims he lost the major poundage with the help of plenty of cardio exercise and a no/low carb diet.

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