Shawn Wayans

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Shawn Wayans
Wayans in 2004
Shawn Mathis Wayans

(1971-01-19) January 19, 1971 (age 51)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • producer
  • DJ
Years active1988–present
FamilyWayans family

Shawn Mathis Wayans (born January 19, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Along with his brother Marlon Wayans, he wrote and starred in The WB's sitcom The Wayans Bros.(1995–1999) and in the comedy films Don't Be a Menace (1996), Scary Movie (2000), Scary Movie 2 (2001), White Chicks (2004), Little Man (2006), and Dance Flick (2009). He made his debut on In Living Color (1990–1993).

Early life[edit]

Wayans, the ninth of ten siblings, was born in New York City, New York, the son of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager.[1][2][3] His family were once Jehovah's Witnesses.[4][5] Wayans grew up in the Fulton Houses in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea and is a 1989 graduate of the Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities.


On Fox's In Living Color, he began as DJ SW-1 and later became a featured performer, working with brothers Dwayne, Keenen (the show's creator), Damon, Marlon and sister Kim.

Along with Marlon, Shawn Wayans created and starred in the sitcom The Wayans Bros. (The WB, 1995–99) and co wrote, co executive produced and starred in the feature Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), in which Keenen also acted. Wayans guest starred on episodes of MacGyver and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and provided the voice of Toof for the animated children's series Waynehead (based on brother Damon's real life childhood experiences).

After a supporting stint in the gang drama New Blood (1999) Wayans' film fortunes increased dramatically when he co-starred with his brother Marlon in a hit film directed by their older brother Keenen: Scary Movie (1999–2000), a comic satire (which he also co wrote) on the then-recent trend of horror films like Scream.

Wayans played the apparently closeted Ray Wilkins, a role he reprised for the similarly popular 2001 sequel Scary Movie 2. To date, Wayans has not had any involvement with subsequent sequels.

He kept the familial team intact when he and Marlon starred in the Keenen-directed comedy White Chicks (2004), playing a pair of FBI agents forced to masquerade as spoiled white blonde heiresses. Shawn also received a share of story and screenplay credit on the film. Wayans teamed up with Marlon and Keenen once again for the 2006 comedy Little Man, which Wayans acted in, co-wrote, and co-produced.



Year Film Role Notes
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Pedestrian
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Ashtray Also writer
1999 New Blood Valentine
2000 Scary Movie Ray Wilkins Also writer and uncredited producer
2001 Open Mic Himself
2001 Scary Movie 2 Ray Wilkins Also writer and co-executive producer
2004 White Chicks Kevin Copeland Also writer and producer
2006 Little Man Darryl Edwards Also writer and producer
2009 Dance Flick Daddy of baby Also writer


Year Film Role
1991 The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime Various
1991 MacGyver Robo
1990–1993 In Living Color Various, DJ SW1
1993 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Dominique
1995-1999 The Wayans Bros. Shawn Williams (also creator, executive consultant, producer, writer and director)
1996–1997 Waynehead Toof/Kid
1996 The Parent 'Hood Himself
1998 Comics Come Home 4 Himself
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Bad Boy (voice)
2000 2000 MTV Video Music Awards Host
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness Slim (voice)
2006 Thugaboo: Miracle on D-Roc's Street Slim, Cheapie
2016 Animals Tommy
2017 The Boo Crew


  1. ^ Shawn Wayans Biography (1971-)
  2. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 19, 2016, PBS
  3. ^ "Keenen Ivory Wayans' Interactive Family Tree | Finding Your Roots | PBS". PBS. Archived from the original on 2016-01-24.
  4. ^ Marlon Wayans – TIME
  5. ^ The Movie Chicks - Interview - Marlon Wayans

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