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Damon Wayans

Damon at Improve at Comedy, 2007
Born Damon Kyle Wayans
September 4, 1960 (1960-09-04) (age 49)
New York City, New York,
United States
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1982–present

Damon Kyle Wayans (pronounced /ˈdeɪmən ˈweɪ.ənz/;[1] born September 4, 1960) is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor, known as one of the popular Wayans brothers.

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Biography

Early life

Wayans was born in New York City, New York, the son of Elvira, a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager.[2] [3][4] He has five sisters, Elvira, Vonnie, Nadia, Kim, Diedre, and four brothers, actors Marlon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Dwayne Wayans. He had a clubbed foot as a child. This attribute would also be given to his character in My Wife & Kids and his character on the cartoon series Waynehead. Wayans attended Murry Bergtraum High School.[5]

Career

Damon started doing stand-up comedy in 1982. His earliest film appearance was a brief cameo as an effeminate hotel employee in the 1984 Eddie Murphy film Beverly Hills Cop. He was briefly on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer, before getting fired for playing his character as a flamboyant gay cop instead of a straight cop. In the SNL book Live From New York, it was stated that Wayans did this largely due to growing frustrations that his sketches were not being considered for the show and increasing stress. He also appeared in the syndicated TV series Solid Gold during the 1980s as a stand-up comedian. After that, he went on to do the TV-show In Living Color from 1990 to 1992, part of a team that was nominated for Emmy Awards all three years.

After In Living Color, he starred in films such as The Last Boy Scout, Major Payne and The Great White Hype and wrote and starred in the film Blankman. In 1996, he produced Waynehead, a cartoon for the WB, loosely based on his own childhood growing up in a large family, starring a poor boy with a club foot. The show only lasted a season due to poor ratings. From 1997 to 1998, he was the executive producer of 413 Hope St., a short-lived drama on the FOX network starring Richard Roundtree and Jesse L. Martin.

In 1998, he starred in a short-lived comedy titled Damon, in which he played a Chicago detective. It aired on FOX. In 1999, his New York Times bestselling book Bootleg with co-author David Asbery was published; it is a humorous compilation of his observations about family.[6]

In 2005, Damon Wayans was in a celebrity ad campaign for Hanes.

In 2006, he began starring in The Underground, a sketch comedy series on Showtime. His son, Damon, Jr. also stars on the show.

Wayans appears in Janet Jackson's video "The Best Things in Life Are Free" and was considered for the role of The Riddler in Batman Forever (the role went to Jim Carrey, his co-star from In Living Color and Earth Girls Are Easy). He hosted the 2006 BET Awards which was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 27, 2006.

In May 2008, Wayans was highlighted by the media for the production of a controversial video titled, "Abortion Man". This viral video portrays a young man in need of killing the unborn child of his pregnant girlfriend and thus calls upon Abortion Man for aid. Abortion Man (portrayed as a super hero) then finds the pregnant girl and proceeds to knee, punch and stomp the girls stomach until the fetus flies out. Some sources hold that this video is satire and is an attempt to show the violence and cruelty of abortion while other sources think the video is simply a product of Wayans' distorted sense of humor.

For his outstanding role in the ABC comedy series My Wife and Kids, Wayans earned 4 International Press Academy "Golden Satellite Award" nominations and 4 Emmy awards nominations for his acting and directing in the 90's series "In Living Color".

Personal life

Wayans was married to Lisa Thorner, however they divorced in 2000. He is the father of Damon Wayans, Jr., Michael Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, and Kyla Wayans. He is also the uncle of Damien Dante Wayans and Craig Wayans.

Wayans is a close friend of NBA legend Michael Jordan.

He won the People's Choice Awards for Favorite Male Performer.

In Living Color

Characters

  • Anton Jackson, a gross, drunken homeless man who hosts his own home-repair show and pops up in places where he shouldn't be (It should be noted that his Anton Jackson character sounds like his character, Ned Jones, from the SNL recurring sketch, The Jones Brothers[citation needed]).
  • Blaine Edwards, one of the flamboyantly gay film critics in the Men On... series (this character and Anton Jackson were the only In Living Color recurring characters Wayans played when he hosted Saturday Night Live on an episode from the 1994-1995 season)
  • Handi Man, a mentally and physically disabled superhero
  • Head Detective, a police detective who was rebuilt to look like Mr. Potato Head after an accident
  • Homey D. Clown, a surly ex-con who performs as a kids' party clown as part of his parole agreement (written by Paul Mooney)
  • Les Brothers of the Brothers Brothers
  • Oswald Bates, a hyperliterate convict prone to malapropisms
  • The Wiz, a thief who runs the Homeboy Shopping Network, an operation for fencing stolen goods, with Iceman (played by Keenen Ivory Wayans)
  • Tom Brothers (The Brothers Brothers)
  • Reverend Ed Cash (partnered with Dr. Reverend Carl Pethos, played by Jim Carrey. Both were con artist preachers)
  • Blankman (1994 comedy film Blankman)

Impressions

His performance in Major Payne was based on the lives of Nate and Chris, the film was originally titled "Blard Beyond Belief"

Filmography

Year Title Role
1984 Beverly Hills Cop Banana Man
1985-1986 Saturday Night Live (TV Series) Various. Only featured never offered contract for permanent cast member
1986 Triplecross (TV) Ornery Character #1
1987 Hollywood Shuffle Body Guard #2/Willie
1987 Roxanne Jerry
1987 A Different World (TV Series) Marvin Haven
1988 Colors T-Bone
1988 Earth Girls Are Easy Zeebo
1988 Punchline Percy
1988 I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Leonard
1990 Look Who's Talking Too Eddie (voice)
1990-1994 In Living Color (TV Series) Various
1991 The Last Boy Scout James Alexander 'Jimmy/Jim' Dix
1992 Mo' Money Johnny Stewart
1993 Last Action Hero Himself
1994 Blankman Darryl Walker
1995 Major Payne Maj. Benson Payne (main character)
1996 Celtic Pride Lewis Scott
1996 The Great White Hype James 'The Grim Reaper' Roper
1996 Bulletproof Rock Keats/Jack Carter
1998 Damon (TV Series) Damon Thomas
1999 Harlem Aria Wes
1999 Goosed Dr. Steven Hemel
2000 Bamboozled Pierre Delacroix
2001-2005 My Wife and Kids (TV Series) Michael Kyle
2003 Marci X Dr. S
2004 Behind the Smile Charlie Richman
2006 Farce of the Penguins (V) Hey, that's my ass! Penguin (voice)
2006 The Underground (TV Series) Various
2008 Never Better (TV Series) Keith
2010 Untitled Damon Wayans Project (TV Series) TBA

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