|Keenen Ivory Wayans
Wayans in June 2013
June 8, 1958 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
||Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer
Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, director and writer known as the host and creator of the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color. Wayans is the director/creator of Scary Movie, the highest grossing movie ever directed by an African American. He briefly hosted his own show called The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show.
Wayans was born in New York City, son of Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager, and his wife Elvira, a homemaker and social worker. His dad 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 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, Jamie Foxx, brothers Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans, sister Kim Wayans, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson and featured Rosie Perez, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Ann Inaba and Laurie Ann Gibson.
Wayans is one of several family members who have become famous in Hollywood, including his siblings Damon, Kim, Nadia, Shawn and Marlon. He is an uncle of Craig Wayans, Damon Wayans, Jr., Michael Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans, Chaunté Wayans, Gregg Wayans & Kyla Wayans.
Wayans is a vegetarian and a supporter of the animal rights group, PETA.
In 2004, Wayans filed for divorce from his wife of three years and he 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)