See the Cast of ‘Dumb and Dumber’ Then and Now
In 1994, Peter and Bobby Farrelly made their directorial debut with ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ a film starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as two incredibly stupid friends with good intentions who go on a road trip to return a briefcase to a beautiful lady in Colorado. The film was a major hit and has become a cult classic over the years, inspiring a lackluster prequel in 2003. This year marks the film’s 20th anniversary, and with Carrey and Daniels reuniting for a highly-anticipated sequel, we’re revisiting the cast of the film to see what they’re up to now.
Jim Carrey, Lloyd Christmas
Then: Jim Carrey played Lloyd Christmas, a loser who is always fired from his jobs — his latest being a limo driver. Carrey had chipped his front tooth years earlier and had the cap removed to help make his character look more insane. Martin Short and Steve Martin were also offered the role but turned it down. The part went to Carrey, who also starred in ‘Ace Ventura’ and ‘The Mask’ that same year; all three films went straight to number one at the box office, setting a new record.
Now: Carrey went on to diversify and impress with more serious roles in films like ‘The Truman Show,’ ‘Man on the Moon,’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,’ but he never left his wacky comedic roots behind. In 2000, he reunited with the Farrelly brothers for the comedy ‘Me, Myself and Irene,’ and he’s recently appeared in the films ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’ and ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ Carrey had a cameo in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,’ and can be seen reprising the role of Lloyd in ‘Dumb and Dumber 2.’
Jeff Daniels, Harry Dunne
Then: Jeff Daniels played Harry Dunne, Lloyd’s best friend and roommate. Harry is a dog groomer who is only slightly smarter than Lloyd, but still pretty stupid. Rob Lowe was considered for the role of Harry, but the part went to Daniels, whom the Farrellys reportedly remembered from a Pepto Bismol commercial.
Now: Daniels went on to appear in the films ‘Pleasantville,’ ‘The Squid and the Whale,’ ‘Good Night, and Good Luck,’ and ‘Away We Go.’ More recently, he’s starred in ‘Looper’ and is currently the lead on Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed HBO series ‘The Newsroom,’ which will come to end after its third season. He’ll reprise the role of Harry Dunne alongside Carrey in ‘Dumb and Dumber 2.’
Lauren Holly, Mary Swanson
Then: Lauren Holly previously turned down a role in ‘Ace Ventura’ with Jim Carrey, but took the part of wealthy heiress Mary Swanson in ‘Dumb and Dumber.’ Mary loses her briefcase, which Harry and Lloyd go on a road trip to return with disastrous results. Holly struck up a relationship with Carrey on the set, and the two were later briefly married.
Now: Holly went on to appear in films like ‘Sabrina,’ ‘Beautiful Girls,’ ‘Turbulence,’ ‘Any Given Sunday’ and ‘What Women Want.’ But in the ’00s, her career shifted, and she began appearing in more television films like ‘Santa Jr.’ and ‘The Town Christmas Forgot.’ She starred on the series ‘NCIS,’ and has guest starred on ‘Lost Girl’ and ‘Alphas.’ Currently, Holly stars on the CTV series ‘Motive,’ which debuted in 2013 and was picked up for a second season.
Mike Star, Joe “Mental” Mentalino
Then: Brooklyn native Mike Starr, known for his imposing size, played Joe “Mental” Mentalino, one of the henchmen hired by the man who kidnapped Mary’s husband. Starr had previously appeared in films like ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘The Bodyguard.’
Now: Starr is often cast in the roles of thugs or criminal types, and has since appeared in movies like ‘Clockers,’ ‘Snake Eyes,’ ‘Summer of Sam’ and ‘Jersey Girl.’ In recent years he’s appeared in the films ‘Black Dynamite,’ ‘Wrong Turn at Tahoe’ and ‘Kill the Irishman,’ and lent his voice to the Disney animated film ‘Tangled.’ He also recently guest starred on ‘Psych’ and ‘Elementary.’
Karen Duffy, J.P. Shay
Then: Former model and MTV VJ Karen Duffy played J.P. Shay, Mental’s female accomplice. Duffy played a character named Shay in the film ‘Blank Check,’ which was released the same year.
Now: Duffy had small roles in the films ‘Reality Bites,’ ‘Meet Wally Sparks’ and ‘Celebrity.’ In 1997, she was diagnosed with the rare disease sarcoidosis, which affected her brain and left her partially paralyzed, but it didn’t affect her career: she continued to work as a spokesmodel for Revlon and released a humorous auto-biography detailing her battle with the illness in 2000, titled ‘Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass.’ In 2008, she starred in a series of emergency preparedness videos for NYCTV, and in 2009 she lent her voice to Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox.’
Victoria Rowell, Beth Jordan
Then: Victoria Rowell played Beth Jordan, an undercover FBI agent sent to the Aspen resort to investigate the criminals involved in Mary’s case. Rowell made previous appearances on ‘The Cosby Show’ and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’
Now: Rowell went on to star in ‘Barb Wire’ and ‘Eve’s Bayou’ before landing a role on the long-running series ‘Diagnosis: Murder’ as Amanda Bentley-Livingston. When that series ended in 2001, Rowell reprised the role of Dr. Bentley in two TV movies based on the show. She also portrayed the role of Drucilla Winters on the soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’ from 1990 to 2007, and recently appeared on an episode of ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.’
Teri Garr, Helen Swanson
Then: Teri Garr, best known for roles in the classic films ‘Young Frankenstein’ and ‘Tootsie,’ played Helen Swanson, Mary’s stepmother.
Now: Garr went on to appear in the films ‘Michael,’ ‘A Simple Wish,’ ‘Dick’ and ‘Ghost World,’ and guest starred on three episodes of ‘Friends’ as the mother of Lisa Kudrow’s character, Phoebe. Sadly, Garr isn’t acting much these days due to her struggles with multiple sclerosis. Her last credited roles were in the 2007 films ‘Kabluey’ and ‘Expired.’