Ace Ventura is a fictional character, created by screenwriter Jack Bernstein. Ace was played by Jim Carrey in the films (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, released in 1994, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, released in 1995.) He was voiced by Michael Dangerfield in the animated television series.
Ace was the son of Ron Ventura and is a direct descendant of famous historical figures including Charles Ventura Darwin, Ernest Ventura Shackleton, and Jacques Ventura Costeau. He spent his adult life working as an investigator on cases involving animals, cases that took him all over the United States, as well as the world. It is not known if the Ace Ventura animated television series was canon with the films, but if it was it likely takes place before them because the only one of his pets from the movies to appear in the series is his capuchin monkey, Spike (this suggests that he may not have gotten the rest of his pets until some point between the movies and series). During the second film, Ace becomes a Buddhist monk after a failed rescue attempt of a raccoon.
Bernstein had wanted to do a comedic version of Sherlock Holmes, and when watching the Stupid Pet Tricks segment on Late Night With David Letterman, got the idea for a pet detective.
Intentional or not, the character of Ace Ventura has several similarities with the earlier character of Detective Lawrence "Larry" Zito from NBC's 1984 TV show Miami Vice. The look of both characters is similar in style (Hawaiian shirts and extravagantly parted hair) and are both detectives in the Miami area.
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