Former stand-up comedian Drew Carey achieved breakout television success in the long-running sitcom "The Drew Carey Show," where his distinctive crew cut and dark-framed glasses became part of a persona that wildly appealed to the cubicle-dwelling, everyday working man.
His popularity enabled Carey to embark on a second career as a TV host. After appearing on the American version of the British improv show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," Carey was chosen in 2007 to succeed game-show icon Bob Barker on "The Price Is Right." That same year he also became the host of the prime-time game show "Power of 10."
Despite his cherubic appearance, Carey's life has been plagued with tragedy and struggle. As a child in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was born in 1958, Carey lost his father to a brain tumor. He later plunged into such a depression that he twice attempted suicide.
Expelled from Kent State University because of poor grades, Carey bounced around, serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and holding jobs as a bank teller and a waiter at Denny's. Ever quick-witted, however, he was hired to write jokes for a radio show. After winning an open-mike contest, he got his first real break in 1986, when he became an emcee at the Cleveland Comedy Club.
For several years, Carey was a regular on comedy stages in Cleveland and Los Angeles, earning his first national exposure in 1988 on the TV show "Star Search." Eventually, he performed his act on "The Tonight Show," wowwing Johnny Carson.