Drew Carey is an American game show host, sports executive, and comedian who is best known for his work in "The Drew Carey Show".
Drew Carey suffered from depression at young age
Drew Allision Carey was born on May 23, 1958, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Drew was the youngest son of Lewis and Beulah Carey. Carey was really close with his father Lewis but he died of a brain tumor when he was just 8 years old. He graduated from James Ford Rhodes High School in 1975, during his time there he played the trumpet and cornet for the marching band.
Drew joined Kent State Universtiy(KSU) following his graduation from high school and was expelled twice for his poor academic performance. In his junior year, Drew who had trouble picking a major and battled depression, tried to commit suicide as a kid. He eventually went on to drop out from the university to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. As he traveled across the country, his depression got even worse, when he was in his early 20s he tried committing suicide again.
Drew eventually gets control over his life
In 1980, Drew enrolled himself up for the Marine Corps Reserve when he visited his brother Neal in San Diego. He gained the structure he was searching for since childhood. Carey developed mentally and psychically during his stay of 6 years in the Marine Corps Reserve. That's where he got his signature look.
Drew's childhood friend David Lawrence worked as a radio host in 1986, David contacted Drew with the idea of writing comedy bits for the show. Following David's advice Drew, joined a local competition and came out on top. By April, he was working as their regular emcee and made appearances in on Star Search, a TV talent show.
He started doing more standups, as he traveled between Ohio and Los Angeles. Finally, in 1991, his persistence paid off as he made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jhonny Carson as host. Drew did a cameo role as a taxi passenger in the movie Coneheads in 1993. He appeared alongside John Caponera in The Good Life which was a sitcom on NBC. When the show got cancelled, Bruce Helford hired Carey as a consultant for the television show someone like you.