Keenen Ivory Wayans
|Keenen Ivory Wayans|
Wayans in 2013.
June 8, 1958 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Director, Screenwriter, Producer|
(m. 2001-05; 5 children)
|Relatives||Damon Wayans (brother)
Kim Wayans (sister)
Shawn Wayans (brother)
Marlon Wayans (brother)
|Awards||1990-Emmy Award Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
In Living Color (as executive producer)
Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr. (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, producer, director and writer, and a member of the Wayans Family of entertainers. He first came to prominence as the host and co-creator of the 1990-1994 Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. He has produced, directed and/or written a large number of films, starting with Hollywood Shuffle, which he co-wrote, in 1987. A majority of these films have included him and one or more of his brothers and sisters in the cast. One of these films, Scary Movie (2000), which Wayans directed, was the highest-grossing movie ever directed by an African American until it was surpassed by Tim Story's Fantastic Four in 2005. From 1997 to 1998, he hosted the talk show The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show. Most recently, he was a judge for the eighth season of Last Comic Standing.
Life and career
Wayans was born in New York City, son of Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager, and his wife Elvira, a homemaker and social worker. His father was a devout Jehovah's Witness. Wayans attended Tuskegee University. However, he dropped out in his final year to become a comedian.
In 1990, Wayans and his brother Damon, Sr. created, wrote and starred in In Living Color, an American sketch comedy television series that originally ran on the Fox Network from 1990 to 1994. The show was notable for producing comedy with a strong emphasis on modern black culture. The show also starred Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles, T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Jamie Foxx, brothers Damon Wayans, Sr., Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, sister Kim Wayans, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson and featured Rosie Perez, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Ann Inaba and Laurieann Gibson.
Wayans is one of many family members who have had successful careers in the entertainment industry, including his siblings Damon, Sr., Kim, Shawn and Marlon. His nephews and nieces include Craig Wayans, Damon Wayans, Jr., Michael Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and Chaunté Wayans.
In 2004, Wayans filed for divorce from his wife of three years and sought joint custody of their five children.
In Living Color
- Death Row Comic (Prison Cable Access)
- Ice Man (Homeboy Shopping Network)
- Tom Brothers (The Brothers Brothers)
- Wes (Wes & Less)
- Arsenio Hall
- Billy Dee Williams
- Don Cornelius
- Jesse Jackson
- Little Richard
- Mike Tyson
- Marsha Warfield
- Milli (Rob Pilatus) of Milli Vanilli
- Morgan Freeman (such as Hoke Colburn from Driving Miss Daisy, Principal Joe Clark from Lean on Me)
- Rick James
- Steve Harvey
- Carl Weathers (as Apollo Creed)
|1987||A Different World||Professor Lawrence|
|1987||Hollywood Shuffle||Donald/Jheri Curl|
|1988||I'm Gonna Git You Sucka||Jack Spade|
|1994||A Low Down Dirty Shame||Shame|
|1996||Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood||Mailman|
|1996||The Glimmer Man||Det. Jim Campbell|
|1997||Most Wanted||Gunnery Sergeant James Dunn|
|2000||Scary Movie||Slave (Amistad II)|
|2009||Dance Flick||Mr. Stache|
- Hollywood Shuffle (1987) (writer)
- Eddie Murphy Raw (1987) (producer)
- I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) (writer and director)
- In Living Color (1990–1992; 2013–) (executive producer, director and creator/writer)
- The Five Heartbeats (1991) (writer)
- A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994) (writer and director)
- Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996) (producer)
- The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show (1997) (executive producer)
- Most Wanted (1997) (executive producer and writer)
- Scary Movie (2000) (actor and director)
- Scary Movie 2 (2001) (director and actor)
- White Chicks (2004) (producer, director)
- Little Man (2006) (producer, writer, director)
- Dance Flick (2009) (producer, writer)
- It Takes a Village (TBA) (writer, director)
- Braxton, Greg (1997-08-03). "Will 'Hip' Equal 'Hit'?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans Biography (1958-)
- Stein, Joel (2000-09-11). "Marlon Wayans". Time.
- The Movie Chicks - Interview - Marlon Wayans
- "Keenen Ivory Wayans files for divorce". USA Today (Gannett). Associated Press. 2004-05-04.
- cbsfilms.com, "CBS Films partners with Tristar to develop ‘It Takes A Village’". Accessed 24 September 2010.
- Keenen Ivory Wayans at the Internet Movie Database
- Keenen Ivory Wayans interview video at the Archive of American Television