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Also Known As: Keenen Wayans Died:
Born: June 8, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, TV talk show, director, screenwriter, actor, comedian, McDonald's manager

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As the head and founding member of the multi-talented Wayans comedy empire, Keenen Ivory Wayans blazed a trail as a comedic actor and stand-up performer in the early 1980s. Though he made strides with guest-starring roles on several popular television shows, Wayans quickly became frustrated with the dearth of meaty comedic roles for African-American actors. He partnered with comedian Robert Townsend to channel his frustrations by co-writing the scathing and hilarious satire, "Hollywood Shuffle" (1987), which parodied the real-life challenges he faced trying to make it in show business. From there, he directed his first feature, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988), which showcased his talent for satire - particularly on issues affecting African-American culture. But Wayans made his biggest impact on the small screen with "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-95), a groundbreaking, controversial and downright hysterical sketch comedy show that broke down racial stereotypes while introducing the world to Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. Though he left after its third season and achieved greater success with features like "Scary Movie" (2000), Wayans nonetheless built his legacy and family's comedy...

As the head and founding member of the multi-talented Wayans comedy empire, Keenen Ivory Wayans blazed a trail as a comedic actor and stand-up performer in the early 1980s. Though he made strides with guest-starring roles on several popular television shows, Wayans quickly became frustrated with the dearth of meaty comedic roles for African-American actors. He partnered with comedian Robert Townsend to channel his frustrations by co-writing the scathing and hilarious satire, "Hollywood Shuffle" (1987), which parodied the real-life challenges he faced trying to make it in show business. From there, he directed his first feature, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988), which showcased his talent for satire - particularly on issues affecting African-American culture. But Wayans made his biggest impact on the small screen with "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-95), a groundbreaking, controversial and downright hysterical sketch comedy show that broke down racial stereotypes while introducing the world to Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. Though he left after its third season and achieved greater success with features like "Scary Movie" (2000), Wayans nonetheless built his legacy and family's comedy dynasty on the back of arguably the best sketch comedy show of the 1990s.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Little Man (2006)
2.
  White Chicks (2004) Director
3.
  Scary Movie 2 (2001) Director
4.
  Scary Movie (2000) Director
5.
  Low Down Dirty Shame, A (1994) Director
6.
  I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dance Flick (2009)
3.
 Scary Movie (2000) Slave
4.
 Most Wanted (1997) James Dunn
6.
 Glimmer Man, The (1996) Jim Campbell
7.
 Low Down Dirty Shame, A (1994) Shame
8.
 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Jack Spade
9.
 Hollywood Shuffle (1987) Donald; Jerry Curl
10.
 Star 80 (1983) Comic
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1978:
Performed at the Improv in New York during his summer vacation from college
1979:
Moved to New York after leaving college and worked the stand-up comedy club circuit
1980:
Moved to Los Angeles and eventually worked at the Los Angeles Improv and the Comedy Store
1981:
Signed a development deal with NBC
1981:
Made TV acting debut in the NBC sitcom (pilot), "Irene"
1983:
First film appearance, Bob Fosse's "Star 80"
1983:
Was a series regular on "For Love and Honor" (NBC)
1987:
First feature as co-screenwriter (with director Robert Townsend), "Hollywood Shuffle"; also acted
1987:
Debut as a producer (also co-writer), "Eddie Murphy Raw"
1987:
TV debut as producer, "Robert Townsend's Partners in Crime" (HBO)
1988:
Feature directing debut, "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka"; also wrote and acted
1990:
Co-created (with brother Damon) the sketch comedy series, "In Living Color" (FOX); also wrote, produced and co-starred with several siblings
1990:
Signed exclusive movie and TV deal with 20th Century-Fox
1992:
Ended his film and TV deal with 20th Century Fox to protest censorship of "In Living Color" and to protest Fox's decision to rerun first season episodes without his consultation; left the show at the end of the third season, but remained the executive producer through the fourth season
2006:
With brothers Shawn and Marlon created, "Thugaboo," (Nickelodeon) a series of animated children's shows that follows the misadventures of nine kids growing up in the inner city
2006:
Directed brothers Marlon and Shawn in the comedy, "The Little Man"; also co-wrote
1994:
Wrote, directed and starred in the action film, "A Low Down Dirty Shame"
1996:
Produced the film, "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood," starring his brothers Marlon and Shawn
1996:
Co-starred with Steven Seagal in the action film, "The Glimmer Man"
1997:
Hosted the syndicated late night talk-show, "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show"
2000:
Directed the horror parody, "Scary Movie," starring his brothers Shawn and Marlon
2001:
Once again directed brothers in the sequel, "Scary Movie 2"
2001:
Had a recurring role on the ABC sitcom, "My Wife and Kids"; created by and starring brother Damon
2004:
Co-wrote (with brothers Marlon and Shawn) the comedy, "White Chicks"; also produced and directed
2006:
Directed his brothers Marlon and Shawn in the direct-to-video, "Little Man"
2009:
Produced and co-wrote the comedy spoof, "Dance Flick"; directed by nephew Damien Dante Wayans
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Education

Tuskegee University: Tuskegee , Alabama -
Seward Park High School: New York , New York - 1975

Notes

"On 'Saturday Night Live' they've been [satirizing famous Blacks] for years. Murphy [Eddie Murphy] did Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby. That [represented] a single point of view on a show. "In Living Color" it is like having eight or nine Eddie Murphys on the show, so the point of view is different. Now for the first time, you have black creators behind works that represent black people. So when it's coming from the source, you don't have to worry about the criticisms and uproars from the community. I know what's offensive. I know how far to go. I know who is sort of sacred and who isn't. I mean, I have the pulse of the folks that I'm having fun with."---Keenen Ivory Wayans quoted in Emmy Magazine, January 1991.

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wife:
Daphne Polk. Together since 1989; married on June 16, 2001; filed for divorce April 30, 2004.

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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:
Damon Wayans. Actor, producer. Born 1960; cast member, "In Living Color"; born with clubfoot and underwent several operations; fourth of ten children; began stand-up carrer in 1982; directed Joyce Irby's video "She's Not My Lover" (1989); has four children.
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.
sister:
Deidre Wayans.
brother:
Shawn Wayans. Actor. Born c. 1971; cast member, "In Living Color"; ninth of ten children.
brother:
Marlon Wayans. Actor. Born July 23, 1972; entered Howard University c. 1991; joined the cast of "In Living Color" for the 1992-93 season.
daughter:
Jolie Ivory Imani Wayans. Born in July 1992.
son:
Keenan Wayans Jr.
daughter:
Nala Wayans.
daughter:
Bella Wayans.
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