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Also Known As: Marlon L. Wayans Died:
Born: July 23, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer

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This wiry, energetic, black actor is from the busiest family in show business. The youngest of the ten Wayans children, Marlon made his feature debut in brother Damon's action comedy showcase "Mo' Money" (1992). As Seymour, the younger brother--and partner-in-crime--of the con man protagonist, Wayans displayed an engagingly manic comic personality. His slender body, expressive features, and triangular face lent a stylized cartoonish quality to his performance.Wayans had appeared in several national commercials before he spent three years as a regular on the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-93), which also featured brothers Keenen, Damon and Shawn and sister Kim. The actor almost got a major Hollywood break when he was cast as a Robin-like character in the hugely anticipated sequel "Batman Returns" (1992), but his sequences as a modern-day sidekick to the Dark Knight ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. He and brother Shawn later teamed as co-writers and co-stars of the feature spoof "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" (1996) and as co-creators and co-stars of the sitcom "The Wayans Bros." (The WB, 1995-99). The duo truly hit pay dirt,...

This wiry, energetic, black actor is from the busiest family in show business. The youngest of the ten Wayans children, Marlon made his feature debut in brother Damon's action comedy showcase "Mo' Money" (1992). As Seymour, the younger brother--and partner-in-crime--of the con man protagonist, Wayans displayed an engagingly manic comic personality. His slender body, expressive features, and triangular face lent a stylized cartoonish quality to his performance.

Wayans had appeared in several national commercials before he spent three years as a regular on the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-93), which also featured brothers Keenen, Damon and Shawn and sister Kim. The actor almost got a major Hollywood break when he was cast as a Robin-like character in the hugely anticipated sequel "Batman Returns" (1992), but his sequences as a modern-day sidekick to the Dark Knight ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. He and brother Shawn later teamed as co-writers and co-stars of the feature spoof "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood" (1996) and as co-creators and co-stars of the sitcom "The Wayans Bros." (The WB, 1995-99). The duo truly hit pay dirt, though, with "Scary Movie" (2000), their scatological spoof of teen horror flicks, directed by brother Keenen--the comic later reprised his role as the pot-loving Shorty Meeks for the similarly successful 2001 sequel (he received a share of story and screenplay credit as well). Also in 2000 Wayans demonstrated his dramatic range as a drug addict pal of Jared Leto's in the harrowing "Requiem for a Dream" and took on an action-oriented role for the fantasy film "Dungeons and Dragons."

The Coen brothers cast Wayans in their decidedly loopy remake of the classic British comedy "The Ladykillers" (2004), and, playing a hot-tempered would-be thief, the actor ably held his own on the screen against heavyweight Tom Hanks and a cast of journeyman supporting players. Wayans rejoined with his family for 2004's "White Chicks," directed by elder brother Keenan and co-starring Shawn: the two siblings played a pair of FBI agents forced to masquerade as a pair of spoiled white blonde heiress a la the Hilton Sisters. Marlon also received a share of story and screenplay credit on the film.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Smart Ass (2013)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Haunted House, A (2013)
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 Smart Ass (2013)
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 Heat, The (2013)
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 Marmaduke (2010)
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 Dance Flick (2009)
9.
 Norbit (2007)
10.
 Behind the Smile (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

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Appeared in several nationally broadcast commercials
1990:
Made TV debut alongside siblings as regular cast member on Fox's comedy variety series "In Living Color"
1992:
Made feature debut opposite brother Damon Wayans in "Mo' Money"
1994:
Featured in basketball drama "Above the Rim"
1995:
Co-created and co-starred with brother Shawn on sitcom "The Wayans Bros." (The WB)
1996:
First produced feature, "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood"; also co-wrote and starred
1998:
Played lead in comedy "Senseless"
2000:
Co-wrote and co-starred as stoner Shorty Meeks in box-office hit "Scary Movie"
2000:
Offered a dramatic turn as a drug user in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream"
2001:
Again portrayed Shorty Meeks in "Scary Movie 2"
2004:
Joined Tom Hanks for the Coen brothers' remake of "The Ladykillers"
2004:
Co-wrote and co-starred with brother Shawn as FBI agents that go undercover as hotel heiresses in "White Chicks," directed by brother Keenen Ivory Wayans
2006:
Co-created (with Keenen and Shawn) the Nickelodeon animated series "Thugaboo"
2006:
Co-wrote and co-starred with brother Shawn in comedy "Little Man"; directed by Keenen
2007:
Featured in Eddie Murphy comedy vehicle "Norbit"
2009:
Co-produced and co-wrote "Dance Flick" with brothers; directed by nephew Damien Dante Wayans
2009:
Cast as Ripcord in big-screen version of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
2013:
Starred in paranormal genre spoof "A Haunted House"; also co-wrote with Rick Alvarez
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Education

Howard University: Washington , Washington D.C. -
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts: New York City , New York - 1990

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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, director, screenwriter. Born June 8, 1958; creator, executive producer, writer (also actor) of "In Living Color".
brother:
Damon Wayans. Actor, comic, screenwriter. Born 1960; fourth of ten children.
sister:
Kim Wayans. Actor. Born in 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.
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