Damon Wayans

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
Although oldest brother Keenen Ivory Wayans ran things behind the scenes on the family's hit urban-flavored sketch show "In Living Color" (FOX, 1990-94), and youngest brothers Marlon and Shawn became increasingly ... Read more »
Born: 09/03/1960 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (80)

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Happy Endings 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Harlem Aria 2010 (Movie)

Wes (Actor)

Marmaduke 2010 (Movie)

Thunder (Voice)

Damon Wayans' The Underground 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

2006 BET Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

A Different World 1985 - 1993, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behind the Smile 2006 (Movie)

Charlie Richards (Actor)

In Living Color 1985 - 1993, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1985 - 1993, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1985 - 1993, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Play for a Billion 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Host

Premium Blend 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Host

Primetime Glick 1985 - 1993, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1985 - 1986, 1989 - 1992, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Comedy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

My Wife and Kids 2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

JKX: The Brad Gluckman Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Marci X 2003 (Movie)

Dr S (Actor)

Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards '01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bamboozled 2000 (Movie)

Pierre Delacroix (Actor)

Redd Foxx: Say It Like It Is 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 ALMA Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 World Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

413 Hope Street 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Damon 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 World Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

4th Annual VH1 Honors 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Damon Wayans: Still Standing 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulletproof 1996 (Movie)

Keats (Actor)

Celtic Pride 1996 (Movie)

Lewis Scott (Actor)

The Great White Hype 1996 (Movie)

James 'The Grim Reaper' Roper (Actor)

20 Years of Comedy on HBO 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's Spring Break '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Major Payne 1995 (Movie)

Major Payne (Actor)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

Young Kevin Walker (Actor)

The 1994 MTV Movie Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

One-Night Stand 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief V 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mo' Money 1992 (Movie)

Johnny Stewart (Actor)

The 1992 MTV Movie Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Damon Wayans: The Last Stand? 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Jimmy Dix (Actor)

Look Who's Talking Too 1990 (Movie)

of Eddie (Voice)

Earth Girls Are Easy 1989 (Movie)

Zeebo (Actor)

Colors 1988 (Movie)

T-Bone (Actor)

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

Punchline 1988 (Movie)

Percy (Actor)

Eddie Murphy Raw 1987 (Movie)

Child Running in House (Actor)

Hollywood Shuffle 1987 (Movie)

2nd Bodyguard (Actor)

Roxanne 1987 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Beverly Hills Cop 1984 (Movie)

Banana Man (Actor)

Goosed (TV Show)

Actor

Laughing Matters (TV Show)

Actor

Passing Glory (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (6)

Behind the Smile 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rodney 1985 - 1993, 1997 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Creator

Major Payne 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

(From Story)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mo' Money 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

Harlem Aria 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Behind the Smile 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Waynehead 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Major Payne 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blankman 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mo' Money 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer
Director (1)

Behind the Smile 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Although oldest brother Keenen Ivory Wayans ran things behind the scenes on the family's hit urban-flavored sketch show "In Living Color" (FOX, 1990-94), and youngest brothers Marlon and Shawn became increasingly visible in recent years as a big screen comedy team, it was Damon Wayans who brought the Wayans into the mainstream with a variety of high profile roles both on the big and small screen. After finding success by pushing the envelope early in his career - such as playing Homey the abusive clown on "In Living Color" - he found it again by embracing more conventional comedic work more than a decade later on his family friendly sitcom, "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05).

Relationships

Lisa Thorner

Wife
Married April 24, 1984 Divorced May 21, 2000

Marlon Wayans Actor

Brother
Born July 23, 1972 Starred in films including "Scary Movie" (2000) and "White Chicks" (2004)

Howell Wayans

Father
Jehovah's Witness

Elvira Wayans

Mother

Elvira Wayans Actor

Sister
Wrote for ABC's "My Wife and Kids," starring brother Damon

Deidra Wayans

Sister

Keenen Ivory Wayans Actor

Brother
Born June 8, 1958 Created the Fox sketch comedy series "In Living Color"

Nadia Wayans Actor

Sister

Vonnie Wayans

Sister

Cara Mia Wayans Actor

Daughter
Born April 18, 1987; mother, Lisa Thorner Acted together in "Blankman" (1994)

Michael Wayans Actor

Son
Born March 28, 1985; mother, Lisa Thorner Acted in "Blankman" (1994)

Kyla Wayans Actor

Daughter
Born in 1991; mother, Lisa Thorner Acted on an episode of "My Wife and Kids" (ABC)

Dwayne Wayans Actor

Brother
Born July 20, 1956 Worked as production assistant and appeared on Fox sketch comedy series "In Living Color"

Kim Wayans Actor

Sister
Born Oct. 16, 1961 Co-starred on the Fox sketch comedy series "In Living Color"

Shawn Wayans Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 19, 1971 Appeared on the Fox sketch comedy series "In Living Color"

Damon Wayans, Jr. Actor

Son
Born July 30, 1982; mother, Lisa Thorner Acted with father in "Blankman" (1994), and ABC's "My Wife and Kids" and "Happy Endings"

EDUCATION

Murry Bergtraum High school

New York , New York
left school in the tenth grade

Milestones

2001

Served as executive producer and star of the ABC midseason sitcom "My Wife and Kids"

2000

Had featured role in "Bamboozled", directed by Spike Lee

1998

Starred in the Fox sitcom "Damon"

1997

Created and executive produced the Fox drama "413 Hope St."

1992

Feature debut as producer and co-writer, "Mo' Money" (also starred)

1991

Executive produced and starred in HBO comedy special, "Damon Wayans: The Last Stand"

1991

First major feature film role, in "The Last Boy Scout", opposite Bruce Willis

1990

Replaced Richard Pryor as the voice of Eddie in "Look Who's Talking Too"

1989

Co-star and writer on "In Living Color"

1989

Directorial debut, Joyce Irby's video, "She's Not My Lover"

1986

Hired by "Saturday Night Live"; fired for switching a character in the middle of a sketch

1984

Feature film acting debut, "Beverly Hills Cop"

1982

Began career as a standup comic at Los Angeles comedy clubs and touring the national club circuit

Executive produced the short-lived Saturday morning cartoon "Waynehead" (The WB)

Born with a clubfoot; had several operations and had to wear corrective shoes

Formed Nu Systems Productions

Followed older brother Keenen to California in the early 1980s

Born in Harlem; first lived in tenement on 145th Street near Amsterdam Avenue; moved to Fulton house projects (17th St. And 10th Avenue)

Worked in mailroom of a credit-card company where he got into unspecified trouble with the law

Bonus Trivia

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"Damon Wayans's humor at times has a nasty quality. There's a suggestion of menace about his characters on "In Living Color. In a television special broadcast on HBO in 1989, Damon made fun of mentally handicapped people and described, in some detail, how he finds his wife sexually repellent when she is pregnant." – Dinitia Smith (NEW YORK, Oct. 8, 1990)

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