Marlon Wayans

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Marlon Wayans
Wayans in Las Vegas in 2007
Born Marlon Lamont Wayans
(1972-07-23) July 23, 1972 (age 44)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1988–present
Children 2

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.

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. 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.

Early life[edit]

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][9] 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. After completing high school, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C..[10]


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,[11] 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Pedestrian
1991 The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime Various TV 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 Dog Also writer
Mr. Show with Bob and David KKK member TV series
Waynehead Blue (voice) TV series
The Parent 'Hood Himself TV 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 Itch (voice) TV series
2000 Requiem for a Dream Tyrone C. Love
Scary Movie Shorty Meeks Also 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 Meeks Also writer
2004 Behind the Smile Danny Styles
The Ladykillers Gawain MacSam
White Chicks Marcus Copeland Also writer and producer
2006 Little Man Calvin "Baby-face" Sims Also writer and producer
Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Television
Six Degrees Homeless Guy TV series
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street Dirty, Money Television
2007 Norbit Buster "Bust-A-Move" Perkin
2009 Dance Flick Mr Moody Also writer and producer
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Rip Cord
2010 Marmaduke Lightning
2013 A Haunted House Malcolm Johnson Also writer and producer
The Heat Special Agent Levy
Second Generation Wayans (TV series) Himself
Legit (TV Series) Doctor
2014 A Haunted House 2 Malcolm Johnson Also writer and producer
Funniest Wins Himself
2016 Hollywood Game Night Himself
Fifty Shades of Black Christian Black Also writer and producer
Animals Ry-Ry
Marlon Marlon (TBA)
TBA White Chicks 2 Marcus Copeland


  1. ^ "Marlon Wayans: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me". Retrieved April 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Marlon Wayans Launching Urban Funny or Die". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  3. ^ "What The Funny". What The Funny. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Marlon Wayans' TBS series 'Funniest Wins' unveils comedian competitors". Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  5. ^ "The Wayans Brothers Kick Off Brand-New Comedy Tour in U.S.". Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
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  7. ^ Stein, Joel. (September 11, 2000) Marlon Wayans. TIME. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  8. ^ Interview
  9. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 19, 2016, PBS
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  11. ^ Rabin, Nathan. (February 25, 1998) Marlon Wayans. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.

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