Marlon Wayans

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Marlon Wayans
Wayans in Las Vegas, 2007
Marlon Lamont Wayans

(1972-07-23) July 23, 1972 (age 46)
Education Howard University (1990-1992)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Tamara Williams-Wayans
Family Wayans Family

Marlon Lamont Wayans [1] (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, beginning with his role as a pedestrian in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988. He frequently collaborates with his brother Shawn Wayans, as he was on The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. and in the comedic films Scary Movie , Scary Movie 2 , White Chicks , Little Man , and Dance Flick . However, Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream , which saw his departure from the usual comedies.

<i>Im Gonna Git You Sucka</i> 1988 film by Keenen Ivory Wayans

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka is a 1988 American action comedy parody film of blaxploitation films written, directed by, and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans in his feature film directorial debut. Featured in the film are several noteworthy African-American actors who were part of the genre of blaxploitation: Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, and Isaac Hayes. Other actors in the film are Kadeem Hardison, Ja'net Dubois, John Witherspoon, Damon Wayans, Clarence Williams III, and Chris Rock. The film is also the film debut of comedian Robin Harris who appears in as bartender.

Shawn Wayans American actor, producer, writer and comedian

Shawn Mathis Wayans is an American actor, DJ, producer, writer and comedian who starred in In Living Color, The Wayans Bros., and White Chicks. He is the brother of Marlon, Keenen Ivory, Damon Sr., Kim, Elvira, Ebony R. Hemphill-Wayans, and Ryan A. Wayans.

The WB American television network

The WB Television Network was an American television network first launched on broadcast television on January 11, 1995, as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. Entertainment division of Time Warner and the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Company, with the former acting as controlling partner. The network principally aired programs targeting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 34, with the exception of its weekday daytime and Saturday morning program block, Kids' WB, which was geared toward children ages 7 to 12.


In 2009, he appeared in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra . In 2013, he had a leading role in A Haunted House and co-starred in The Heat . A Haunted House 2 was released on April 18, 2014. He also appeared in the Netflix film Naked . Marlon has partnered with former Funny or Die co-founder Randy Adams to create What the Funny , an online destination for urban comedy. [2] [3] Marlon created the comedy competition television show, Funniest Wins , which aired on TBS in June - August 2014. [4] As of 2014, Marlon and his brothers have been traveling the U.S. with "The Wayans Brothers Tour". [5] In 2016, Wayans wrote, produced and starred in Fifty Shades of Black . The film is a parody of the 2015 erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey . In 2017, NBC gave him his own sitcom, Marlon , for a 10-episode run. In September 2017, Marlon was renewed by NBC for a second season which is now available on Netflix.

<i>G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra</i> 2009 film by Stephen Sommers

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a 2009 American military science fiction action film based on the toy franchise created by Hasbro, with particular inspiration from the comic book series and toy line G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. It is the first installment in the live-action G.I. Joe film series. The film was directed by Stephen Sommers. G.I. Joe features an ensemble cast based on the various characters of the franchise. The story follows two American soldiers, Duke and Ripcord, who join the G.I. Joe Team after being attacked by Military Armaments Research Syndicate (M.A.R.S.) troops.

<i>A Haunted House</i> 2013 film directed by Michael Tiddes

A Haunted House is a 2013 American found footage parody comedy horror film directed by Michael Tiddes, written, produced and starring Marlon Wayans. Although Wayans said the film was "not exactly a parody" but rather a movie with funny characters doing the opposite of what typical people do in similar horror films," the film pokes fun at the "found footage" horror genre, such as Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. It was released on January 11, 2013 and was panned by critics, but grossed $60 million against a budget of $2.5 million.

<i>The Heat</i> (film) 2013 American comedy film directed by Paul Feig

The Heat is a 2013 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold. It stars Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Demián Bichir, Marlon Wayans, Michael Rapaport, and Jane Curtin. The film centers on FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn and Boston Detective Shannon Mullins, who must take down a mobster in Boston.

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. [6] His family was involved religiously with Jehovah's Witnesses. [7] [8] 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, Sr., 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 completing high school, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C.. [9]

New York City Largest city in the United States

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Jehovahs Witnesses Christian denomination

Jehovah's Witnesses is a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with nontrinitarian beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity. The group reports a worldwide membership of approximately 8.58 million adherents involved in evangelism and an annual Memorial attendance of over 20 million. Jehovah's Witnesses are directed by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, a group of elders in Warwick, New York, which establishes all doctrines based on its interpretations of the Bible. They believe that the destruction of the present world system at Armageddon is imminent, and that the establishment of God's kingdom over the earth is the only solution for all problems faced by humanity.

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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 , [10] 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.

<i>In Living Color</i> television series

In Living Color is an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on Fox from April 15, 1990 to May 19, 1994. Keenen Ivory Wayans created, wrote and starred in the program. The show was produced by Ivory Way Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television and was taped at stage 7 at the Fox Television Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

<i>The Wayans Bros.</i> television series

The Wayans Bros. is an American sitcom that aired on The WB from January 11, 1995, to May 20, 1999. The series starred real life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The series also starred John Witherspoon and Anna Maria Horsford.

<i>Batman Returns</i> 1992 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman directed by Tim Burton

Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is a sequel to the 1989 film Batman and the second installment of Warner Bros. initial Batman film series, with Michael Keaton reprising the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman. The film, produced by Denise Di Novi and Burton, also stars Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Michael Murphy. In Batman Returns, Batman finds a new foe in the form of the Penguin, whose aim is to kill all of Gotham City's firstborn sons, while dealing with Selina Kyle/Catwoman, the former secretary of businessman Max Shreck and who seeks vengeance against Shreck for attempting to kill her to hide his own plans to bring the city under his control.

In September 2017, Variety announced that Wayans would be partnering up with LA-based entertainment company Shots Studios to launch his own YouTube channel. [11] He's appeared in videos alongside creators such as Anwar Jibawi and Hannah Stocking.

<i>Variety</i> (magazine) American weekly entertainment trade magazine owned by Penske Media Corporation

Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly newspaper reporting on theater and vaudeville. In 1933 it added Daily Variety, based in Los Angeles, to cover the motion-picture industry. features breaking entertainment news, reviews, box office results, cover stories, videos, photo galleries and more, plus a credits database, production charts and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905.

Shots Studios American entertainment company

Shots Studios, Inc. is an American entertainment company, production studio, and talent management firm. They also operate as a record label under Universal Music Group. The company was founded in 2009 as a software development company by brothers John Shahidi and Sam Shahidi in Los Angeles, CA. Originally named Rock Software, they began as a mobile gaming company producing games for athletes, including Chad Johnson, Mike Tyson, and Cristiano Ronaldo. With the help of investors like Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather, the company went on to launch the Shots mobile app, popular among teens for its selfie format and anti-bullying focus. Beginning in 2015, the company began partnerships with numerous internet creators to produce original digital content, soon after rebranding as Shots Studios.

Anwar Jibawi is an American internet personality. He is an actor and comedian most notable for his comedy videos on video service YouTube and previously on the Vine app.

Personal life

Wayans was never married to Angelica Zachary, the mother of his two children. He stated in many interviews that marriage wasn't for him. [12]

They have two children: Amai Zackery Wayans, born May 24, 2000, and Shawn Howell Wayans, born February 3, 2002. [13]

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.


1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Pedestrian
1991The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in CrimeVariousTV series
1992 Mo' Money Seymour Stewart
1992–1993 In Living Color (TV series)Various
1994 Above the Rim Bugaloo
1995–1999 The Wayans Bros. (TV series)Marlon Williams
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Loc DogAlso writer
Mr. Show with Bob and David KKK memberTV series
Waynehead Blue (voice)TV series
The Parent 'Hood HimselfTV series
1997 The 6th Man Kenny Tyler
1998 Senseless Darryl Witherspoon
Comics Come Home 4 (TV)Himself
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Bad Bobby (voice)TV series
2000 Requiem for a Dream Tyrone C. Love
Scary Movie Shorty MeeksAlso writer
The Tangerine Bear Louie Blue (voice)
Dungeons & Dragons Snails
2000 MTV Video Music Awards Host, actor on a skit with Lars Ulrich
2001 Scary Movie 2 Shorty MeeksAlso writer
2004Behind the SmileDanny Styles
The Ladykillers Gawain MacSam
White Chicks Marcus CopelandAlso writer and producer
2006 Little Man Calvin "Baby-face" SimsAlso writer and producer
Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Television
Six Degrees Homeless GuyTV series
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's StreetDirty, MoneyTelevision
2007 Norbit Buster "Bust-A-Move" Perkin
2009 Dance Flick Mr MoodyAlso writer and producer
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Rip Cord
2010 Marmaduke Lightning
2011 Childrens Hospital Dr. Black
2013 A Haunted House Malcolm JohnsonAlso writer and producer
The Heat Special Agent Levy
Second Generation Wayans (TV series)Himself
Legit (TV Series)Doctor
2014 A Haunted House 2 Malcolm JohnsonAlso writer and producer
2015 Funniest Wins Himself
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Christian BlackAlso writer and producer
Animals. Ry-Ry
2017 Naked Rob Anderson
2017–2018 Marlon Marlon Wayne
2018Woke-ishMarlon Wayans
TBA On the Rocks DeanPost-production

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<i>Scary Movie 2</i> 2001 film by Keenen Ivory Wayans

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