Biography

Damon Kyle Wayans (born September 4, 1960), addressed professionally as Damon Wayans, is a renowned writer, actor, comedian, and producer. He is a member of the Wayans family of artists. He worked as a comedian and actor during the 1980s, including a year on Saturday Night Live‘s sketch comedy show.

However, as a writer and performer on FOX’s sketch comedy show In Living Color from 1990 to 1992 catapulted him to the limelight. His animated series, Waynehead, which aired on the Kids’ WB block from 1996 to 1997, and his TV series, Damon, where he made his breakthrough in 1998. 

Since then, Damon Wayans has been in a variety of films and television shows, including Beverly Hills Cop, The Last Boy Scout, Major Payne, and the sitcom My Wife and Kids, some of which he co-produced or co-wrote. He played Roger Murtaugh in the television series titled Lethal Weapon from 2016 until 2019.

American actor

Damon Wayans
Damon Wayans: History • Bio • Photo
Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Damon Kyle Wayans
Stage Name: Damon Wayans
Born: 4 September 1960 (age 61 years old)
Place of Birth: Harlem, New York, United States
Nationality: American
Height: 1.88 m
Parents: Elvira Alethia, Howell Wayans
Siblings: Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Dwayne Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Elvira Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Diedre Wayans, Vonnie Wayans
Wife • Spouse: Lisa Thorner (m. 1984–2000)
Girlfriend • Partner: Stacey Dash (rum.), Charity Duplechan
Children: Damon Wayans Jr., Michael Wayans, Kyla Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans
Occupation: Actor • Filmmaker
Net Worth: US$35 million

Early Life & Education

Damon Wayans was born in New York, United States, on September 4th, 1960. He is the son of Elvira Alethia, a homemaker, singer, and social worker mother; his father, Howell Wayans, was a grocery manager. 

He has five sisters named Elvira Wayans, Vonnie Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Kim Wayans, and Diedre Wayans, and four brothers named Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Dwayne Wayans.

Growing up was tough for Damon Wayans because he was born with clubfoot. Damon Wayans attended Murry Bergtraum High School.

Personal Life

Damon Wayans got married to Lisa Thorner but annulled the union afterward. Damon Wayans and Lisa Thorner had four children named Damon Wayans Jr., Michael Wayans, Kyla Wayans, and Cara Mia Wayans

In addition, Damon Wayans is also a proud grandfather to Ava Marie Jean Wayans, and Aniya Wayans

Damien Dante Wayans, Chaunté Wayans, and Craig Wayans are his nephews. Iconic NBA stars Michael Jordan and Jim Carrey were his close pals.

He was rumored to have dated Stacey Dash. Damon Wayans has a current girlfriend named Charity Duplechan. The duo started dating in 2003.

Career

In 1982, Damon Wayans started performing stand-up comedy. His first acting role was in a cameo as an effeminate hotel employee in Eddie Murphy‘s 1984 picture Beverly Hills Cop.

He was a featured performer on Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1986. Still, He was dismissed after only eleven episodes for improvising during a live sketch and portraying his role as a flamboyant gay cop rather than a straight cop. 

Damon Wayans later claimed he wanted to be fired because he didn’t have enough creative freedom or screen time. Lorne Michaels did not want him to start drawing comparisons to Eddie Murphy. During the 1980s, he also played a comic role on the syndicated television series titled Solid Gold.

Damon Wayans co-created the Fox sketch comedy series titled In Living Color with his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, which featured a predominantly African-American ensemble. The show first aired in April of 1990. Although Damon Wayans left the show in 1992 to pursue a film career, the show aired until May 1994.

Net Worth

Coming from a family made up of entertainers can be inspiring. Damon Wayans has accumulated an estimated net worth of US$35 million.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @Damonkwayans
  • Twitter handle: @Thedamonwayans

Filmography

  • Major Payne
  • Let’s Be Cops
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Supercool
  • How To Be Single
  • Marci X
  • Bamboozled
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • The Last Boy Scout




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