Damon Wayans Biography

Film Actor, Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer(1960–)
Damon Wayans is an African-American comedian who appeared on the sketch comedy show In Living Color.

Synopsis

Damon Wayans was born on September 4, 1960, in Harlem, New York, the third of ten children. Wayans started his standup-comedy career in 1982, and landed a role in Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop. After a year on Saturday Night Live, Wayans became a member of his brother's sketch comedy show In Living Color popularizing characters including Homey D. Clown. Wayans lives in Beverly Hills.

Profile

Comedian. Born September 4, 1960, in Harlem, New York, as the third of ten children. His parents, supermarket manager Howell Wayans and social worker Elvira Wayans, were strict Jehovah's Witnesses. Because of their faith, Wayans and his nine siblings were not allowed to associate with other children in their neighborhood. Instead, the family found ways to entertain each other—usually through comedy.

Wayans started his standup-comedy career in 1982, eventually landing a role in Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and in his brother Keenen's film, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1984). Damon's successful film career helped him land a role on the TV sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live in 1985. Wayans left the show after only a year in order to pursue more film projects, including Hollywood Shuffle (1987), Roxanne (1987) with Steve Martin, and Punchline (1988) with Tom Hanks.

In 1990, Wayans experienced a new level of fame as a member of his brother Keenen's new sketch comedy show In Living Color. He stayed on the show for only two years, but during that time he popularized characters such as Blankman, who later became the inspiration for a full-length feature film in 1994, and Homey D. Clown.

In 2001, Wayans starred on the TV series My Wife and Kids, which earned him critical acclaim and lasted for four years. Since then, he has been involved in a series of projects including voiceover work for Farce of the Penguins (2006) and a sketch comedy show on Showtime called The Underground (2006). In 2011 Wayans added author to his career credits, writing a novel called Red Hats. Four years later, he officially announced his retirement from standup comedy. In 2016 he was cast as Danny Glover's Sgt. Murtaugh in Fox's TV reboot of the Lethal Weapon franchise.

He currently lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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