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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 4, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, comedian, producer, TV writer, mail clerk

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Although oldest brother Keenen Ivory Wayans ran things behind the scenes on the family's hit urban-flavored sketch show "In Living Color" (FOX, 1990-94), and youngest brothers Marlon and Shawn became increasingly visible in recent years as a big screen comedy team, it was Damon Wayans who brought the Wayans into the mainstream with a variety of high profile roles both on the big and small screen. After finding success by pushing the envelope early in his career - such as playing Homey the abusive clown on "In Living Color" - he found it again by embracing more conventional comedic work more than a decade later on his family friendly sitcom, "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05).

Although oldest brother Keenen Ivory Wayans ran things behind the scenes on the family's hit urban-flavored sketch show "In Living Color" (FOX, 1990-94), and youngest brothers Marlon and Shawn became increasingly visible in recent years as a big screen comedy team, it was Damon Wayans who brought the Wayans into the mainstream with a variety of high profile roles both on the big and small screen. After finding success by pushing the envelope early in his career - such as playing Homey the abusive clown on "In Living Color" - he found it again by embracing more conventional comedic work more than a decade later on his family friendly sitcom, "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05).

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Behind the Smile (2006)
2.
 Marci X (2003) Dr S
3.
 Bamboozled (2000) Pierre Delacroix
6.
 Passing Glory (1999) "Snow" Lurcher
7.
 Great White Hype, The (1996) James 'The Grim Reaper' Roper
8.
 Celtic Pride (1996) Lewis Scott
9.
 Bulletproof (1996) Keats
10.
 Major Payne (1995) Major Payne; Cadet Williams
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Harlem; first lived in tenement on 145th Street near Amsterdam Avenue; moved to Fulton house projects (17th St. And 10th Avenue)
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Born with a clubfoot; had several operations and had to wear corrective shoes
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Worked in mailroom of a credit-card company where he got into unspecified trouble with the law
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Followed older brother Keenen to California in the early 1980s
1982:
Began career as a standup comic at Los Angeles comedy clubs and touring the national club circuit
1984:
Feature film acting debut, "Beverly Hills Cop"
1986:
Hired by "Saturday Night Live"; fired for switching a character in the middle of a sketch
1989:
Co-star and writer on "In Living Color"
1989:
Directorial debut, Joyce Irby's video, "She's Not My Lover"
1990:
Replaced Richard Pryor as the voice of Eddie in "Look Who's Talking Too"
1991:
Executive produced and starred in HBO comedy special, "Damon Wayans: The Last Stand"
1991:
First major feature film role, in "The Last Boy Scout", opposite Bruce Willis
1992:
Feature debut as producer and co-writer, "Mo' Money" (also starred)
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Formed Nu Systems Productions
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Executive produced the short-lived Saturday morning cartoon "Waynehead" (The WB)
1997:
Created and executive produced the Fox drama "413 Hope St."
1998:
Starred in the Fox sitcom "Damon"
2000:
Had featured role in "Bamboozled", directed by Spike Lee
2001:
Served as executive producer and star of the ABC midseason sitcom "My Wife and Kids"
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Education

Murry Bergtraum High school: New York , New York -

Notes

"Damon Wayans's humor at times has a nasty quality. There's a suggestion of menace about his characters on "In Living Color. In a television special broadcast on HBO in 1989, Damon made fun of mentally handicapped people and described, in some detail, how he finds his wife sexually repellent when she is pregnant." --Dinitia Smith (NEW YORK, October 8, 1990)

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wife:
Lisa Wayans. Married in April 1984; separated in May 2000; she filed for divorce in August 2000.

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father:
Howell Wayans. Supermarket manager. Jehovah's Witness.
mother:
Elvira Wayans.
brother:
Dwayne Wayans. Actor. Born c. 1957; production assistant and cast member of "In Living Color"; oldest brother.
brother:
Keenen Ivory Wayans. Actor, producer, director, writer. Born June 8, 1958.
sister:
Kim Wayans. Actor. Born in the 1960s; cast member, "In Living Color"; won a scholarship to Wesleyan and graduated cum laude after writing a book of short stories for her senior thesis.
brother:
Shawn Wayans. Actor. Born c. 1971; cast member, "In Living Color".
sister:
Deidre Wayans.
brother:
Marlon Wayans. Actor. Born July 23, 1972; entered Howard University c. 1991.
son:
Damon Wayans Jr. Born c. 1981; appeared in "Blankman" (1994).
son:
Michael Richard Wayans. Born in March 1984; appeared in "Blankman" (1994); mother, Lisa Wayans.
daughter:
CaraMia Dianne Wayans. Born in April 1987; mother, Lisa Wayans.
daughter:
LisaKyla Alexandria Wayans. Born in November 1990; mother, Lisa Wayans.
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