Shawn Wayans

Shawn Mathis Wayans (born January 19, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and DJ. Along with his brother Marlon Wayans, he wrote and starred in The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros.(1995–1999), and in the comedy films Don’t Be a Menace (1996), Scary Movie (2000), Scary Movie 2 (2001), White Chicks (2004), Little Man (2006), and Dance Flick (2009).

Shawn Wayans
Wayans in 2004
Shawn Mathis Wayans

(1971-01-19) January 19, 1971
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • DJ
Years active1988-present
FamilyWayans family

Early life

Wayans, the ninth of ten siblings, was born in New York City, New York, the son of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager.[1][2][3] His family were once Jehovah's Witnesses.[4][5] Wayans grew up in the Fulton Houses in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea and is a 1989 graduate of the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities.

On Fox's In Living Color, he began as DJ SW-1 and later became a featured performer, working with brothers Dwayne, Keenen (the show's creator), Damon, Marlon and sister Kim.

Along with Marlon, Shawn Wayans created and starred in the sitcom The Wayans Bros. (The WB, 1995–99) and co wrote, co executive produced and starred in the feature Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), in which Keenen also acted. Wayans guest starred on episodes of MacGyver and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and provided the voice of Toof for the animated children's series Waynehead (based on brother Damon's real life childhood experiences).

After a supporting stint in the gang drama New Blood (1999) Wayans' film fortunes increased dramatically when he co-starred with his brother Marlon in a hit film directed by their older brother Keenen: Scary Movie (1999–2000), a comic satire (which he also co wrote) on the then-recent trend of horror films like Scream.

Wayans played the apparently closeted Ray Wilkins, a role he reprised for the similarly popular 2001 sequel Scary Movie 2. To date, Wayans has not had any involvement with subsequent sequels.

He kept the familial team intact when he and Marlon starred in the Keenen-directed comedy White Chicks (2004), playing a pair of FBI agents forced to masquerade as spoiled white blonde heiresses. Shawn also received a share of story and screenplay credit on the film. Wayans teamed up with Marlon and Keenen once again for the 2006 comedy Little Man, which Wayans acted in, co-wrote, and co-produced.



Year Film Role
1988I'm Gonna Git You SuckaPedestrian
1996Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the HoodAshtray (also writer)
1999New BloodValentine
2000Scary MovieRay Wilkins (also writer and uncredited producer)
2001Open MicHimself
2001Scary Movie 2Ray Wilkins (also writer and co-executive producer)
2004White ChicksKevin Copeland (also writer and producer)
2006Little ManDarryl Edwards (also writer and producer)
2009Dance FlickDaddy of baby (also writer)
2022White Chicks 2Kevin Copeland (also writer and producer)


Year Film Role
1991The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in CrimeVarious
1990-93In Living ColorVarious, DJ SW1
1993Hangin' with Mr. CooperDominique
1995-1999The Wayans Bros.Shawn Williams (also creator, executive consultant, producer, writer and director)
1996The Parent 'HoodHimself
1998Comics Come Home 4Himself
1999Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildBad Boy (voice)
20002000 MTV Video Music AwardsHost
2006Thugaboo: Sneaker MadnessSlim (voice)
2006Thugaboo: Miracle on D-Roc's StreetSlim, Cheapie
2017The Boo Crew


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