Drew Carey is 50!
Carey's path to fame wasn't exactly direct: high school, college (didn't graduate), Marine Corps, standup. Here's a timeline:
1975: Graduates from James Ford Rhodes High School
1975: Enrolls at Kent State University (but never graduates)
1981: Enters US Marine Corps Reserve for six-year stint
1986: Wins open-mike night at Cleveland Comedy Club
1991: First appearance on The Tonight Show, hosted by Johnny Carson
1993: Bit part as "Taxi Passenger" in the movie Coneheads
1995: Debut of The Drew Carey Show
1997: Publishes book Dirty Jokes and Beer
1998: Begins hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway?
2004: The Drew Carey Show ends run
2006: Whose Line Is It Anyway? ends run
2007: Begins hosting The Price is Right