Damon Wayans


Actor, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Born
September 04, 1960

Biography

Born in Harlem in New York City in 1960, to a supermarket manager father and a homemaker mother, Damon Wayans was one of ten children and suffered from a club foot as a child. Wayans graduated from Murry Bergtraum High School before beginning a career in standup comedy in 1982. Wayans had a cameo in the Eddie Murphy movie "Beverly Hills Cop" in 1984 and appeared on "Saturday Night Live" ...

Family & Companions

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

Bibliography

"Bootleg"
Damon Wayans, HarperCollins (1999)

Biography

Born in Harlem in New York City in 1960, to a supermarket manager father and a homemaker mother, Damon Wayans was one of ten children and suffered from a club foot as a child. Wayans graduated from Murry Bergtraum High School before beginning a career in standup comedy in 1982. Wayans had a cameo in the Eddie Murphy movie "Beverly Hills Cop" in 1984 and appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-) on seven episodes between 1985 and 1986. His employment was terminated after improvised during a sketch. In 1990 he and his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans created the TV series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94). The show was influential particularly to African-American comedians. Wayans himself departed the show in 1992 to focus on making movies. He starred in "Mo' Money" (1992), "Major Payne" (1995), "Celtic Pride" (1996), Bulletproof (1996), and "The Great White Hype" (1996). Wayans appeared in "Damon", (Fox, 1998) a comedy series he created wherein he portrayed a detective in Chicago. The show was cancelled after one season. In 2001 Wayans starred in "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05), a sitcom about family life. While still pursuing standup on the side as his movie and television career developed, Wayans announced that he would retire from standup in 2015. In 2016 Wayans was cast in the TV adaptation of "Lethal Weapon" (Fox, 2016- ) as Roger Murtaugh, the role originated by Danny Glover in the film series.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Behind the Smile (2006)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Marmaduke (2010)
Voice
Behind the Smile (2006)
Marci X (2003)
Dr S
Bamboozled (2000)
Passing Glory - Part 2 (1999)
Passing Glory - Part 1 (1999)
Passing Glory (1999)
Bulletproof (1996)
The Great White Hype (1996)
Celtic Pride (1996)
Lewis Scott
Major Payne (1995)
Blankman (1994)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Himself
Mo' Money (1992)
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Jimmy Dix
Look Who's Talking Too (1990)
Voice
Punchline (1988)
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Colors (1988)
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
Roxanne (1987)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Writer (Feature Film)

Behind the Smile (2006)
Screenplay
Major Payne (1995)
Screenplay
Blankman (1994)
Screenplay
Blankman (1994)
From Story
Mo' Money (1992)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

Behind the Smile (2006)
Executive Producer
Major Payne (1995)
Executive Producer
Blankman (1994)
Executive Producer
Mo' Money (1992)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Last Action Hero (1993)
Other
Mo' Money (1992)
Other

Cast (Special)

Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (2004)
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time (2004)
The 34th NAACP Image Awards (2003)
JKX: The Brad Gluckman Special (2003)
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2003)
Presenter
Play for a Billion (2003)
Host
ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003)
Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (2003)
E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 (2003)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2002)
Presenter
My VH1 Music Awards '01 (2001)
Presenter
Redd Foxx: Say It Like It Is (2000)
Intimate Portrait: Robin Givens (2000)
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT (2000)
The 1999 ALMA Awards (1999)
Performer
The 1999 World Music Awards (1999)
Host
The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Celebrating the Humor of Richard Pryor (1999)
Performer
The 1998 World Music Awards (1998)
Presenter
12th Annual American Comedy Awards (1998)
Presenter
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (1997)
Presenter
4th Annual VH1 Honors (1997)
Presenter
1997 Cable Ace Awards (1997)
Presenter
American Comedy Honors (1997)
Performer
Damon Wayans: Still Standing (1997)
The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards (1996)
Presenter
MTV's Spring Break '95 (1995)
20 Years of Comedy on HBO (1995)
The 1994 MTV Movie Awards (1994)
Presenter
Laughing Matters (1993)
The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday (1992)
Comic Relief V (1992)
The 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992)
Presenter
The American Music Awards (1991)
Performer
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan (1991)
Damon Wayans: The Last Stand? (1991)
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! (1990)
The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards (1990)
Performer
The Mutiny Has Just Begun: Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime III (1989)
Take No Prisoners: Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime II (1988)

Writer (Special)

Damon Wayans: Still Standing (1997)
Writer

Producer (Special)

Damon Wayans: Still Standing (1997)
Executive Producer
Damon Wayans: The Last Stand? (1991)
Executive Producer

Special Thanks (Special)

Damon Wayans: Still Standing (1997)
Writer

Misc. Crew (Special)

Damon Wayans: Still Standing (1997)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Goosed (2000)

Life Events

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

Directorial debut, Joyce Irby's video, "She's Not My Lover"

1989

Co-star and writer on "In Living Color"

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)

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"

2006

Wrote and directed the drama "Behind the Smile"

2011

Guest starred alongside his son, Damon Wayans Jr., on an episode of "Happy Endings"

2016

Starred in the action series "Lethal Weapon"

Photo Collections

Earth Girls Are Easy - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Earth Girls Are Easy (1989), starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, and Jim Carrey.

Family

Howell Wayans
Father
Supermarket manager. Jehovah's Witness.
Elvira Wayans
Mother
Dwayne Wayans
Brother
Actor. Born c. 1957; production assistant and cast member of "In Living Color"; oldest brother.
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Brother
Actor, producer, director, writer. Born June 8, 1958.
Kim Wayans
Sister
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.
Shawn Wayans
Brother
Actor. Born c. 1971; cast member, "In Living Color".
Deidre Wayans
Sister
Marlon Wayans
Brother
Actor. Born July 23, 1972; entered Howard University c. 1991.
Damon Wayans Jr
Son
Born c. 1981; appeared in "Blankman" (1994).
Michael Richard Wayans
Son
Born in March 1984; appeared in "Blankman" (1994); mother, Lisa Wayans.
CaraMia Dianne Wayans
Daughter
Born in April 1987; mother, Lisa Wayans.
LisaKyla Alexandria Wayans
Daughter
Born in November 1990; mother, Lisa Wayans.

Companions

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

Bibliography

"Bootleg"
Damon Wayans, HarperCollins (1999)