Wayans at the Wynn Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, 2007
|Born||Marlon Lamont Wayans
July 23, 1972
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, producer, comedian, screenwriter, director|
Marlon Lamont Wayans (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, model, producer, comedian, writer, and director of movies, 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. 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. The sequel to A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2, was released on April 18, 2014. Marlon has partnered with former Funny or Die co-founder Randy Adams to create What The Funny, an online destination for urban comedy. Marlon created the comedy competition television show, "Funniest Wins", which aired on TBS in June - August 2014. As of 2014, Marlon and his brothers have been traveling the U.S. with “The Wayans Brothers Tour”.
Wayans was born in New York City, the son of Elvira, a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager. His family was involved religiously with Jehovah's Witnesses. Wayans was raised in the housing projects of New York City, the youngest of ten siblings. He is the brother of Nadia Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Sr., Dwayne Wayans, and Kim Wayans; all celebrities in their own right. Wayans went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, the school made famous in Fame. He attended Howard University.
Wayans was originally considered for the role of Robin in the 1992 film Batman Returns, 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.
|1988||I'm Gonna Git You Sucka||Pedestrian|
|1991||The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime (TV)||Various|
|1992||Mo' Money||Seymour Stewart|
|1992 (early) – 1993 (early)||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 Dog|
|Mr. Show with Bob and David (TV series)||KKK member|
|Waynehead (TV series)||Blue (voice)|
|The Parent 'Hood (TV series)||Himself|
|1997||The 6th Man||Kenny Tyler|
|Comics Come Home 4 (TV)||Himself|
|1999||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV series)||Itch (voice)|
|2000||Requiem for a Dream||Tyrone C. Love|
|Scary Movie||Shorty Meeks|
|The Tangerine Bear||Louie Blue (voice)|
|Dungeons & Dragons||Snails|
|2000 MTV Video Music Awards||Host|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Shorty Meeks|
|2004||Behind the Smile||Danny Styles|
|The Ladykillers||Gawain MacSam|
|2006||Little Man||Calvin "Baby-face" Sims|
|Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness (TV)|
|Six Degrees (TV series)||Homeless guy|
|Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street (TV)||Dirty, Money|
|2007||Norbit||Buster "Bust-A-Move" Perkin|
|2009||Dance Flick||Mr Moody|
|G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||Rip Cord|
|2013||A Haunted House||Malcolm Johnson|
|The Heat||Special Agent Levy|
|Second Generation Wayans (TV series)||Himself|
|Legit (TV Series)||Doctor|
|2014||A Haunted House 2||Malcolm Johnson|
|2015||A Haunted House 3||Malcolm Johnson|
- "Marlon Wayans: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me". usmagazine.com. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
- "Marlon Wayans Launching Urban Funny or Die". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "What The Funny". What The Funny. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
- "Marlon Wayans’ TBS series ‘Funniest Wins’ unveils comedian competitors". laughspin.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
- "The Wayans Brothers Kick Off Brand-New Comedy Tour in U.S.". goodblacknews.org. Retrieved 2014-07-21.
- Shawn Wayans Film Reference bio
- Stein, Joel. (September 11, 2000) Marlon Wayans. TIME. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
- Rabin, Nathan. (February 25, 1998) Marlon Wayans. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
|MTV Video Music Awards host
2000 (co-host with Shawn Wayans)
|MTV Africa Music Awards host