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Keenen Ivory Wayans, Sr

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BirthdayJune 8, 1958
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors, Directors, Comedians, T V & Movie Producers, Film Actor, Producer, Television Actor
City/StateNew Yorkers
SpousesDaphne Polk (2001-2004)
SiblingsDamon Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans
Known asKeenen Ivory Wayans, Sr.
ChildrensKeenen Ivory Wayans
Birth PlaceNew York City, New York, United States
Height191
GenderMale
FatherHowell Stouten Wayans
MotherElvira Alethia (Green)
Net Worth65 million as of Apr 12,2017
Sun SignGemini
Born inNew York City, New York, United States
Famous asFilm Actor, Television Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer

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Who is Keenen Ivory Wayans?

Keenen Ivory Wayans is a famous American actor, comedian and filmmaker. His first major contribution to show business was when he played host and co-creator of the 1990 – 1994 Fox sketch comedy series, ‘In Living Colour’. Ever since he has produced, written and directed a number of films including ‘Hollywood Shuffle’ and ‘Scary Movie 2000’. He hosted the talk show ‘The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show’ from 1997 to 1998 and most recently was a judge for the eighth season of ‘Last Comic Standing’. He is the pioneer of the famous Wayans family of entertainment and is responsible for introducing his siblings to show business. Most of his productions portray the lives of oppressed black people in America and one or more of his brothers or sisters have appeared along with him on the sets. He has rightly been described as a role model for young black Americans who want to make a name for themselves in comedy and show business. He is a strict vegetarian and promoter of healthy living.

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Childhood & Early Life

Wayans was born on June 8, 1958 in Harlem, New York City, to Howell Stouten and Elvira Alethia Wayans as the second child of ten children. His father was a devout Jehovah’s Witness who managed a supermarket and his mother was a social worker and homemaker.

Because of their religious belief, his parents did not allow Wayans and his siblings to mix with other children in the neighbourhood. Hence, the family entertained each other through their own comedy at the dining table. This further helped the family to be closely knit to each other.

He grew up in Manhattan’s Fulton housing projects and attended Seward Park High School. He subsequently joined Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship. Throughout his early days he experienced racial discrimination that had an impact on his work. During his high school years he worked in McDonald’s and helped in supporting his large family.

He was influenced by Richard Pryor and wanted to become a comedian from a young age. His friends in college knew him as an entertainer and he dropped out of engineering one semester before completing his majors in order to focus on his ambition of becoming a full-time stand up comedian.

He met Robert Townsend, who was his early mentor, while performing at the Improv in New York. He did not have much success in New York so he moved to Los Angles in 1980 to break into the film and television world and started working as a full time actor. His first regular role was as a soldier who wants to become a professional boxer in the television serial ‘For Love and Honour’.

Career

In the mid 80s he met fellow comedian Eddie Murphy while doing stand up comedy at the famous comedy club, The Improv, and collaborated with him to write ‘Eddie Murphy Raw’. In 1988 he released his first film ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,’ which was a parody on the 1970s blaxploitation. He acted in, directed and produced the film himself.

His first release got him excellent reviews from critiques, as a result of which he caught the attention of FOX network to be given his own comedy show, ‘In Living Colour’, to create and produce in 1990. The show was the first of its kind on FOX network and proved to be a great success.

His show helped him launch the careers of his siblings Damon, Shawn, Marion and Kim. Other aspiring comedians at that time like Jim Carrey, Rosie Perez, Jamie Foxx and David Alan Grier were also part of his show.

In 1994, he left his show to concentrate on films. He wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comic film ‘A Low Down Dirty Shame’ as private investigator, Andre Shame. He later took on a more serious role and acted in ‘Glimmer Man’ (1996) and ‘Most Wanted (1997).

In 1997, he returned to television to host and produce his own late night show, ‘The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show’. He also acted in and directed the comedy ‘Scary Movie (2000), the success of which made him the highest – grossing African-American director of all time.

‘Scary Movie 2’ (2001) was a sequel to ‘Scary Movie’ which was equally successful. Wayans then returned to television with the sitcom ‘My Wife and Kids’, which ran on ABC from 2001 to 2005.

His latest projects include ‘White Chicks’, the sequel ‘White Chicks 2’ and the parody ‘Dance Flick’ which he directed and co-wrote with his brothers.

In 2006, he with his two brothers teamed up to make the comedy ‘Little Man’ which is a remake of ‘Clifford’ that portrays the adult in a child’s body concept.

Major Works

Wayans is a great writer, actor, director and producer. His major success in films include the comic ‘Star 80’ (1983), ‘Hollywood Shuffle’ (1987), ‘A Low Down Dirty Shame’ (1994), ‘Most Wanted’ (1997) and ‘Scary Movies’ (2000).

He earned credits as a writer / producer / director in ‘Eddie Murphy Raw’ (1987), ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’ (1988), ‘The Five Heartbeats’ (1991), ‘The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show’ (1997), ‘White Chicks’ (2004) and ‘Little Man’ (2006).

In 2014, Wayans was a judge for the eighth season of the show ‘Last Comic Standing’.

Awards & Achievements

He received the ‘Entertainment Icon Award’ at the 15th Annual American Black Film Festival in July 2011.

He appeared in the documentary ‘The Black List Volume One (2008), which covered interviews with influential black Americans.

His comedy show ‘In Living Colour’ (1990) on FOX network won him an Emmy for outstanding variety, music and comedy after being on air for a season.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Daphne Polk in Jun 2001 and filed for divorce in April 2004. He has three daughters and a son from his marriage. Though they are separated, they remain close friends and are devoted to their children.

He has been in a long term relationship with actress Brittany Daniel after his divorce. He lives in Los Angeles, works out regularly with weights, enjoys chess and is a member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild.

Trivia

Wayans is a pure vegetarian and appeared in a ‘Do it for Someone You Love’ campaign to promote healthy living.

In an interview he has said that he prefers directing small budget films. He remarked that he would never get tired of doing comedy but took to writing and directing only due to scarcity of work.

Keenen has a net worth estimated to be $65 million.

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Keenen Ivory Wayans's awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1990Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SeriesIn Living Color (1990)

Keenen Ivory Wayans biography timelines

  • // 8th Jun 1958
    Wayans was born on June 8, 1958 in Harlem, New York City, to Howell Stouten and Elvira Alethia Wayans as the second child of ten children. His father was a devout Jehovah’s Witness who managed a supermarket and his mother was a social worker and homemaker.
  • // 1980
    He met Robert Townsend, who was his early mentor, while performing at the Improv in New York. He did not have much success in New York so he moved to Los Angles in 1980 to break into the film and television world and started working as a full time actor. His first regular role was as a soldier who wants to become a professional boxer in the television serial ‘For Love and Honour’.
  • // 1988
    In the mid 80s he met fellow comedian Eddie Murphy while doing stand up comedy at the famous comedy club, The Improv, and collaborated with him to write ‘Eddie Murphy Raw’. In 1988 he released his first film ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,’ which was a parody on the 1970s blaxploitation. He acted in, directed and produced the film himself.
  • // 1990
    His first release got him excellent reviews from critiques, as a result of which he caught the attention of FOX network to be given his own comedy show, ‘In Living Colour’, to create and produce in 1990. The show was the first of its kind on FOX network and proved to be a great success.
  • // 1990
    His comedy show ‘In Living Colour’ (1990) on FOX network won him an Emmy for outstanding variety, music and comedy after being on air for a season.
  • // 1997 To 2000
    In 1997, he returned to television to host and produce his own late night show, ‘The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show’. He also acted in and directed the comedy ‘Scary Movie (2000), the success of which made him the highest – grossing African-American director of all time.
  • // Jun 2001 To Apr 2004
    He married Daphne Polk in Jun 2001 and filed for divorce in April 2004. He has three daughters and a son from his marriage. Though they are separated, they remain close friends and are devoted to their children.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he with his two brothers teamed up to make the comedy ‘Little Man’ which is a remake of ‘Clifford’ that portrays the adult in a child’s body concept.
  • // 2008
    He appeared in the documentary ‘The Black List Volume One (2008), which covered interviews with influential black Americans.
  • // Jul 2011
    He received the ‘Entertainment Icon Award’ at the 15th Annual American Black Film Festival in July 2011.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, Wayans was a judge for the eighth season of the show ‘Last Comic Standing’.

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    Keenen Ivory Wayans's mother is Elvira Alethia (Green)

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