Kim Wayans

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Kim Wayans
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Wayans in 2012
Kim Nichole Wayans

(1961-10-16) October 16, 1961 (age 60)
Education Wesleyan University
OccupationActress, comedian, producer, writer, director
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Kevin Knotts
RelativesSee Wayans family

Kimberly Nichole Wayans (born October 16, 1961) is an American actress, activist, comedian, producer, writer and director. Wayans is the sister of Keenen Ivory, Damon Sr., Marlon, Shawn and Nadia Wayans. She is best known for her numerous roles on the Fox sketch comedy show In Living Color (1990–94), and Tonia Harris on In the House (1995–98). Wayans is also best known as the noted family matriarch of The Wayans Family.


Early life

Wayans was born in New York City, the daughter of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager. [1] [2] [3] Her family were Jehovah's Witnesses. [4] [5] She and her family lived in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.


In film she appeared in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (both directed by her brother Keenen), and had a starring role in the art film Talking About Sex and later co starred in Juwanna Mann as Latisha Jansen. She starred with her siblings on the Fox variety show In Living Color and A Low Down Dirty Shame .

Her other television work includes regular appearances on the sitcom In the House with LL Cool J and a recurring role on A Different World . Recently, she has worked as a story editor on her brother Damon's sitcom My Wife and Kids . In 2008, she co wrote a series of children's books with her husband Kevin Knotts, entitled Amy Hodgepodge, about a multiracial girl adjusting to life in public school after years of homeschooling.

In December 2011, she got a chance to showcase her dramatic chops with a supporting role as a mother who struggles to understand her seventeen-year-old daughter in Pariah . She was nominated (alongside co star Pernell Walker) for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Black Reel Awards but lost to Octavia Spencer for The Help .

In Living Color




1986CathyCharlene Andrews
1987–1988 A Different World (television series)Allison Guisewite
1989Cathy's Last ResortCharlene Andrews
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Nightclub Singer
1990 Dream On Nicki
1990–1993 In Living Color (television series)Various
1991Robert Townsend and His Partners in CrimeVarious
1994Talking About SexAndie Norman
Floundering Unemployment
A Low Down Dirty Shame Diane
1995–1998 In the House (television series)Tonia Riley Harris
The Wayans Bros. (television series)Cousin Shelia
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Mrs. Johnson
1996–1997 Waynehead (television series)Mom (voice)
1997Critics and Other FreaksBettina
1998 Getting Personal (television series)Rhonda
2001 Scary Movie 2 News Anchor (Uncredited, Deleted Scene)
2002 Juwanna Mann Latisha Jansen
2006Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness (television)Momma/Joyce (voice)
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street (television)Momma (voice)
2007What News? (television)Pearl "Lightning" Davis
2009 Dance Flick Ms. Dontwannabebothered
2011 Pariah Audrey
2012 Criminal Minds (television)Darlene Beckett
2013 Reckless Vi
2014 New Girl (television)Susan
2016 The Breaks (television)
2020 Boomerang (television)

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  2. Stated on Finding Your Roots , January 19, 2016, PBS
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  4. "Marlon Wayans". TIME . November 4, 2007. Archived from the original on November 4, 2007.
  5. The Movie Chicks – Interview – Marlon Wayans