Marlon Wayans

Marlon Lamont Wayans[1] (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Wayans began his career portraying a pedestrian in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988). He went on to regularly collaborate with his brother Shawn Wayans on The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. (1995–1999), and in the comedy films Scary Movie (2000), Scary Movie 2 (2001), White Chicks (2003), Little Man (2006), and Dance Flick (2009). Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film Requiem for a Dream (2000), which saw his departure from the usual comedies.

Marlon Wayans
Wayans in 2007
Marlon Lamont Wayans

(1972-07-23) July 23, 1972
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1988–present
    Angelica Zackary
    (m. 2005; div. 2013)
    FamilyWayans family

    Wayans has appeared in other films, including Norbit (2007), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), The Heat (2013), A Haunted House (2013) and its sequel A Haunted House 2 (2014), Naked (2017), Fifty Shades of Black (2016), Sextuplets (2019), and On the Rocks (2020). He partnered with Randy Adams to create What the Funny, an online destination for urban comedy.[2][3] Wayans created the comedy competition television show Funniest Wins, which aired on TBS in 2014.[4] Since 2014, Wayans and his brothers have been traveling the U.S. with "The Wayans Brothers Tour".[5] In 2017, he began starring in his own NBC sitcom Marlon, which ran for two seasons.[6]

    Early life

    Wayans was born in New York City, the son of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager.[7] His family were Jehovah's Witnesses.[8][9] Wayans was raised in the housing projects of New York City, the youngest of ten siblings. He is the brother of Nadia, Shawn, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Dwayne, and Kim. Wayans went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, the school made famous in Fame. After graduating from high school, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., before dropping out after two years.[10]


    Marlon appeared with his siblings on In Living Color between 1992 and 1993. From 1995 until 1999, Wayans co-starred in the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. with brother Shawn Wayans. Wayans was originally considered for the role of Robin in the 1992 film Batman Returns,[11] however it was felt that the film featured too many characters, so the character was omitted from that film. He was then formally signed for the role in the 1995 sequel Batman Forever to play opposite Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face, but the mid-production change in directors from Tim Burton to Joel Schumacher would result in both parts being recast and Wayans being paid out (Williams was not yet signed on, but he received a penalty fee as his contract for Batman allowed him the option of reprise), for which he still receives some royalty payments to this day. He was replaced by Chris O'Donnell. He produced the first two films of the Scary Movie series, in which he and Shawn were credited writers and co-stars. Those films were released in 2000 and 2001. In 2000 he appeared as Tyrone C. Love in Requiem for a Dream and as Snails in Dungeons & Dragons. That same year he and his brother Shawn hosted the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. Wayans produced the Nickelodeon cartoon series Thugaboo. In 2017, NBC gave him his own sitcom, Marlon, for a 10-episode run. In September 2017, Marlon got renewed for a second season by NBC, which is now available on Netflix.

    In September 2017, Variety announced that Wayans would be partnering up with LA-based entertainment company Shots Studios to launch his own YouTube channel.[12] He's appeared in videos alongside creators such as Anwar Jibawi and Hannah Stocking. More recently, he signed a deal with HBO Max.[13]

    Personal life

    Wayans began dating Angelica Zackary in 1992, the couple married in 2005 and divorced in 2013, they have two children: Amai Wayans (b. May 24, 2000), and Shawn Howell Wayans, (b. February 3, 2002).[14][15][16] Wayans is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Knicks. Wayans was close friends with rapper Tupac Shakur until his death in 1996.. Wayans is also a longtime friend of actor Omar Epps.


    Year Title Role Notes
    1988I'm Gonna Git You SuckaPedestrian
    1991The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in CrimeVariousTV series
    1992Mo' MoneySeymour Stewart
    1992–1993In Living Color (TV series)Various
    1994Above the RimBugaloo
    1995–1999The Wayans Bros. (TV series)Marlon Williams
    1996Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the HoodLoc DogAlso writer
    Mr. Show with Bob and DavidKKK memberTV series
    WayneheadBlue (voice)TV series
    The Parent 'HoodHimselfTV series
    1997The 6th ManKenny Tyler
    1998SenselessDarryl Witherspoon
    Comics Come Home 4 (TV)Himself
    1999Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildBad Bobby (voice)TV series
    2000Requiem for a DreamTyrone C. Love
    Scary MovieShorty MeeksAlso writer
    The Tangerine BearLouie Blue (voice)
    Dungeons & DragonsSnails
    2000 MTV Video Music AwardsHost, actor on a skit with Lars Ulrich
    2001Scary Movie 2Shorty MeeksAlso writer
    2004Behind the SmileDanny Styles
    The LadykillersGawain MacSam
    White ChicksMarcus CopelandAlso writer and producer
    2006Little ManCalvin "Baby-face" SimsAlso writer and producer
    Thugaboo: Sneaker MadnessTelevision
    Six DegreesHomeless GuyTV series
    Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's StreetDirty, MoneyTelevision
    2007NorbitBuster "Bust-A-Move" Perkin
    2009Dance FlickMr MoodyAlso writer and producer
    G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraRip Cord
    2011Childrens HospitalDr. Black
    2013A Haunted HouseMalcolm JohnsonAlso writer and producer
    The HeatSpecial Agent Levy
    Second Generation Wayans (TV series)Himself
    Legit (TV Series)Doctor
    2014A Haunted House 2Malcolm JohnsonAlso writer and producer
    2015 Funniest WinsHimself
    2016Fifty Shades of BlackChristian BlackAlso writer and producer
    2017NakedRob Anderson
    2017–2018MarlonMarlon Wayne
    2019SextupletsAlanAlso writer and producer
    Baby Pete
    2020 On the Rocks Dean
    2021 Respect Ted White Post-production


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    2. "Marlon Wayans Launching Urban Funny or Die". Retrieved April 5, 2014.
    3. "What The Funny". What The Funny. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
    4. "Marlon Wayans' TBS series 'Funniest Wins' unveils comedian competitors". Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
    5. "The Wayans Brothers Kick Off Brand-New Comedy Tour in U.S." July 21, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
    6. Ausiello, Michael. "Marlon Cancelled at NBC". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
    7. "Keenen Ivory Wayans' Interactive Family Tree - Finding Your Roots - PBS". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
    8. Stein, Joel. (September 11, 2000) Marlon Wayans. TIME. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
    9. Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 19, 2016, PBS
    10. "Marlon Wayans". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
    11. Rabin, Nathan. (February 25, 1998) Marlon Wayans. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
    12. Spangler, Todd (September 7, 2018). "Marlon Wayans Launches YouTube Sketch-Comedy Channel With Shots Studios (Watch)". Variety. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
    13. "Marlon Wayans Inks Overall Deal With HBO Max | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved September 8, 2020.
    14. “I Got You”: Marlon Wayans’s B-Day Message For Former Wife Shows What A Healthy Relationship With Your Ex Can Be
    15. EXCLUSIVE: Marlon Wayans Opens Up About Having 'Real Conversations' With His Kids and Co-Parenting With His Ex
    16. Marlon Wayans pays touching tribute to his ex-wife and mother of his children in recent post
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