Marlon Wayans

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Marlon Lamont Wayans
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Wayans in 2007
Born
Marlon Lamont Wayans

(1972-07-23) July 23, 1972 (age 49)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Angelica Zackary
(m. 2005; div. 2013)
Children2
FamilyWayans family

Marlon Lamont Wayans[1] (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Wayans began his career portraying a pedestrian in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988). He went on to regularly collaborate with his brother Shawn Wayans on The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. (1995–1999), and in the comedy films Scary Movie (2000), Scary Movie 2 (2001), White Chicks (2004), Little Man (2006), and Dance Flick (2009). Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film Requiem for a Dream (2000), which saw his departure from the usual comedies.

Wayans has appeared in other films, including Norbit (2007), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), The Heat (2013), A Haunted House (2013) and its sequel A Haunted House 2 (2014), Naked (2017), Fifty Shades of Black (2016), Sextuplets (2019), and On the Rocks (2020). He partnered with Randy Adams to create What the Funny, an online destination for urban comedy.[2][3] Wayans created the comedy competition television show Funniest Wins, which aired on TBS in 2014.[4] Since 2014, Wayans and his brothers have been traveling the U.S. with "The Wayans Brothers Tour".[5] In 2017, he began starring in his own NBC sitcom Marlon, which ran for two seasons.[6]

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.[7] His family were Jehovah's Witnesses.[8][9] 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, 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 graduating from high school, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., before dropping out after two years.[10]

Career[edit]

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. 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.

In September 2017, Variety announced that Wayans would be partnering up with LA-based entertainment company Shots Studios to launch his own YouTube channel.[12] He's appeared in videos alongside creators such as Anwar Jibawi and Hannah Stocking. More recently, he signed a deal with HBO Max.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Wayans began dating Angelica Zackary in 1992, the couple married in 2005 and divorced in 2013, they have two children: Amai Zackary Wayans (b. May 24, 2000), and Shawn Howell Wayans, (b. February 3, 2002).[14][15][16] Wayans is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Knicks.[citation needed] Wayans was close friends with rapper Tupac Shakur until his death in 1996.[citation needed]. Wayans is also a longtime friend of actor Omar Epps.

Filmography[edit]

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 Bad Bobby (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
2011 Childrens Hospital Dr. Black
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
2015 Funniest Wins Himself
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Christian Black Also writer and producer
Animals. Ry-Ry
2017 Naked Rob Anderson Also

Writer

2017–2018 Marlon Marlon Wayne
2019 Sextuplets Alan Also writer and producer
Russel
Ethan
Baby Pete
Dawn
Jaspar
2020 On the Rocks Dean
2021 Respect Ted White
2022 Boo! [17] TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marlon Wayans: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me". usmagazine.com. April 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Marlon Wayans Launching Urban Funny or Die". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "What The Funny". What The Funny. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "Marlon Wayans' TBS series 'Funniest Wins' unveils comedian competitors". laughspin.com. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Wayans Brothers Kick Off Brand-New Comedy Tour in U.S." goodblacknews.org. July 21, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael. "Marlon Cancelled at NBC". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Keenen Ivory Wayans' Interactive Family Tree - Finding Your Roots - PBS". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  8. ^ Stein, Joel. (September 11, 2000) Marlon Wayans. TIME. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  9. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 19, 2016, PBS
  10. ^ "Marlon Wayans". Biography.com. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Rabin, Nathan. (February 25, 1998) Marlon Wayans. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  12. ^ Spangler, Todd (September 7, 2018). "Marlon Wayans Launches YouTube Sketch-Comedy Channel With Shots Studios (Watch)". Variety. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Marlon Wayans Inks Overall Deal With HBO Max | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  14. ^ “I Got You”: Marlon Wayans’s B-Day Message For Former Wife Shows What A Healthy Relationship With Your Ex Can Be
  15. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Marlon Wayans Opens Up About Having 'Real Conversations' With His Kids and Co-Parenting With His Ex
  16. ^ Marlon Wayans pays touching tribute to his ex-wife and mother of his children in recent post
  17. ^ "Marlon Wayans Halloween Netflix Movie Boo!: What We Know So Far". usmagazine.com. September 11, 2021. Retrieved September 21, 2021.

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