See the Cast of ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’ Then and Now
In 1994, Jim Carrey — the actor of many goofy faces — introduced us to a brand new character: Ace Ventura. ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,’ as the title implies, follows a man who can commune with animals as he helps local detectives locate a missing dolphin mascot, abducted from the Miami Dolphins. Now, 19 years later, we catch up with Carrey and the rest of the cast of this comedy classic to see what they’re up to these days.
Jim Carrey, Ace Ventura
Then: Jim Carrey portrayed Ace Ventura, an animal expert whose ability to communicate with the creatures makes him an asset to the police when the Miami Dolphins’ dolphin mascot goes missing. ‘Ghostbusters’ star Rick Moranis turned down the role.
Now: Carrey, who recently appeared in ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ is currently filming the long-awaited sequel ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ in which he reprises the role of Lloyd.
Courteney Cox, Melissa Robinson
Then: ‘Friends’ star Courteney Cox played Melissa Robinson, the Miami Dolphins’ publicist and Ace’s love interest. Carrie-Anne Moss and Tea Leoni were considered for the role. Lauren Holly turned it down, but went on to star opposite Carrey in ‘Dumb and Dumber.’
Now: Cox has appeared in all four ‘Scream’ films, and currently stars on the sitcom ‘Cougartown.’ She also guest-starred opposite her ‘Friends’ co-star Matthew Perry on an episode of the short-lived series ‘Go On.’
Sean Young, Lt. Lois Einhorn/Ray Finkle
Then: Sean Young, best known for roles in ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Dune,’ played Lt. Lois Einhorn … who turns out to be former football player Ray Finkle.
Now: Young went on to appear in ‘Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde’ and ‘Kingpin,’ and took a break from acting for a few years. She recently resurfaced, starring in the 2013 indie horror film ‘Jug Face.’
Tone Loc, Emilio
Then: Rapper and actor Tone Loc played police officer Emilio. Loc is best known for his hit singles “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.”
Now: Though he only released two studio albums, Tone Loc continues to perform. He also appeared in the films ‘Heat’ and ‘Spy Hard,’ and has guest-starred on the shows ‘King of the Hill’ and ‘Yes, Dear.’
Dan Marino, Himself
Then: Real Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino played a fictionalized version of himself in ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.’
Now: Marino played for the Dolphins until 1999, and is currently an analyst for the CBS Sunday pregame show ‘The NFL Today.’ He runs the Dan Marino Foundation, which raises funds for children with neurodevelopment disorders.
Troy Evans, Roger Podacter
Then: Troy Evans played the Dolphins’ head of operations, Roger Podacter. Evans previously starred on the television series ‘Life Goes On,’ and appeared in the films ‘Halloween 5′ and ‘Leap of Faith.’
Now: Evans is best known for the role of Officer Martin on ‘ER,’ and has recently appeared on the TV shows ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ ‘Newsreaders,’ and provided a voice for the animated film ‘Epic.’
Udo Kier, Ronald Camp
Then: German actor Udo Kier, known for roles in ‘Suspiria’ and ‘My Own Private Idaho,’ played the wealthy Ronald Camp, whom Ace suspects of kidnapping the dolphin.
Now: Kier has appeared in over 200 European and American films. He’s appeared in several of Lars Von Trier’s films, including ‘Dancer in the Dark,’ ‘Dogville,’ ‘Manderlay,’ ‘Melancholia,’ and the upcoming ‘Nymphomaniac.’
Alice Drummond, Mrs. Finkle
Then: Former soap opera star Alice Drummond played Mrs. Finkle, Ray’s protective and delusional mother. Drummond was also known for roles in ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Money for Nothing.’
Now: After ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,’ Drummond appeared in films such as ‘Pieces of April’ and ‘Synecdoche, New York.’ Her last film roles include ‘After.Life’ and ‘Furry Vengeance,’ and she has not appeared in a movie since 2011.