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Wayne Brady

Brady at the AIDS Project Los Angeles' Annual AIDS Walk
Born Wayne Alphonso Brady
June 2, 1972 (1972-06-02) (age 37)
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television personality, comedian, singer, game show host
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Mandie Taketa
(1999–2008; divorced)
Diana Lasso (December 31, 1993–September 21, 1995; divorced)

Wayne Alphonso Brady[1] (born June 2, 1972) is an actor, singer, comedian and television personality, known for his work as a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and as the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show. He was the host of FOX's Don't Forget the Lyrics!, and currently hosts the 2009 revival of Let's Make a Deal.

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Biography

Early life

Brady was born in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 1989. In 1990 he began enrollment in University of Miami where he joined the prestigious Delta Upsilon Fraternity. [2] At 16, he started performing in community theater and at the improv troupe SAK Comedy Lab where he first started developing his improv skills.[3] He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1996, where he continued developing his acting skills.

Career

Brady's career began as one of the improvisational theater performers in the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, along with Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and host Clive Anderson, to which he became a regular on the American version, hosted by Drew Carey, which was his first television exposure. In 2003, Brady won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety, Musical or Comedy Series for his work on the show, the only person to win the award for a television series, as opposed to a special, since Dana Carvey in 1993.

He went on to star in his own ABC variety show in 2001 called The Wayne Brady Show, and a daytime talk show of the same name in 2002, which lasted two seasons and won four Daytime Emmy Awards, two of which went to Brady for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Brady also guest-starred on The Drew Carey Show in 1999 and 2000 to take part in Drew Live and Drew Live II. On the show, Brady played several games taken from Whose Line Is It Anyway? for the two episodes with other characters.

In 2004, Brady joined the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago, playing the role of lawyer Billy Flynn. He also appeared briefly in the final episode of the 2004 season of the comedy Reno 911!. Additionally, Wayne guest starred on the Sci Fi Channel's hit series show Stargate SG-1 as the first-prime of the Goa'uld System Lord, Ares. Wayne Brady also made an appearance on "Chappelle's Show" poking fun at his squeaky clean persona.

Brady wrote and sings the theme song for Disney's popular animated series The Weekenders. In 2005, he sang and recorded Jim Brickman's original Disney song "Beautiful" (a cover of All-4-One's 2002 hit "Beautiful As U") and its Christmas version.[4]

In 2006, Brady became the host of TV Land's That's What I'm Talking About, a talk show discussing the role of African-Americans in the entertainment industry. From August 29 - September 29, 2006, Brady hosted the FOX show Celebrity Duets.

On November 27, 2006, Brady made a guest appearance on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, playing James, the homosexual brother of Neil Patrick Harris's character Barney. His character conflicts with Barney due to his choice to marry and adopt a baby. Brady returned to the show in 2007 in the episode The Yips, in which he is shown to be indirectly responsible for Barney's current superconfident personality. He had also appeared as a guest star for the MTV show Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out. Brady also helps with Adult Swim TV show Robot Chicken.

Brady has also gone "north-of-the-border" and guest starred in Colin Mochrie's CBC comedy, Getting Along Famously. He has also appeared on the episode "You Don't Know Jack" on the television show Dirt and also guest starred on the show 30 Rock, where he played the role of Steven Black, Liz Lemon's date for The Source Awards. Steven and Liz's relationship quickly ended when they discovered they had nothing in common and Liz accidentally shot him in the buttocks.

Brady was the co-host of the short-lived VH1 show "Vinyl Justice" in 1998. In 2007, ABC Family premiered the movie called "The List" starring Wayne Brady. The List is about a man who proposes to his girlfriend. When she says no, he begins to make a list of qualities he believes his "Perfect Woman" should have.

Brady starred in Flirt,[5] a comedy pilot developed for The CW Television Network, which if it had been picked up would have aired in the 2006-07 television season.

Brady guest starred as Julius Rock's gifted younger brother, Louis, in the television series, Everybody Hates Chris. He hosted a singing game show called Don't Forget the Lyrics! on Fox until its cancellation in June 2009. He also performs "Wayne Brady: Making $%!^ up" at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada four nights a week.[6][7] He was also on two episodes of Kevin Hill. Wayne's debut album was released on September 16, 2008. The song "A Change is Gonna Come", a cover of the popular 1964 single by Sam Cooke, earned Brady a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category.[8]

Brady started hosting an updated version of the game show Let's Make a Deal for CBS in October 2009. The show replaced the soap opera Guiding Light, which ended its long time run. The original host of Let's Make a Deal was Monty Hall, who serves as consultant for the new show. Drew Carey currently hosts The Price Is Right, and thus, both game shows in the CBS daytime lineup hold the distinction of being hosted by an alum of Whose Line.

Personal life

In 2007 Wayne became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and is a member of their celebrity board, called the Friends of RMHC.[9]

Wayne has been married twice. His first marriage was to Diana Lasso on December 31st 1993. They were officially divorced on 21st September 1995. His second marriage was to dancer Mandie Taketa on 3rd April 1999. They had one child together, a daughter named Maile Masako Brady on 3rd February 2003. Wayne and Mandie separated on 5th April 2006 and Mandie officially filed for divorce on 2nd July 2007. They are now divorced and Wayne is currently reported as being single.

Wayne currently lives in a mansion in Sherman Oaks, CA and has owned a previous smaller home there. He once lived in Tarzana, CA.

Filmography

Discography

Albums

Year Album details Chart Positions
US US
R&B
US
Heat
2008 A Long Time Coming 157 20 2

Singles

  • "Ordinary" (2008) - Wayne Brady
  • "Beautiful" (2005) - Wayne Brady, accompanied on piano by songwriter Jim Brickman
  • "Don't Stop" (2005) - Jamie Jones featuring Wayne Brady and William Carthright
  • "Unsung Heroes" (2004) - Wayne Brady
  • "F.W.B." (2009) - Wayne Brady

References

  1. ^ PeopleFinders.com | People Summary
  2. ^ Boedeker, Hal (2007-07-02). "Joey Fatone, Wayne Brady form mutual-admiration society". OrlandoSentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel Communications. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2007/07/joey-fatone-way.html. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  3. ^ Potts, Kimberly (2008-07-02). "Wayne Brady's 'Lyric'-al TV Return". AOL Television. AOL LLC.. http://television.aol.com/tv-celebrity-interviews/wayne-brady. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Beautiful" from The Disney Songbook album by Jim Brickman and Disney's Cinderella [Special Edition] soundtrack. "Beautiful" (Christmas version) from Disney's Princess Christmas Album
  5. ^ Dana Slagle, "Comedic Actor Wayne Brady Demonstrates Versatality In New Movie, 'Crossover'," Jet 110.11 (Sep 18, 2006), 61.
  6. ^ Wayne Brady Las Vegas Show Tickets - Comedy at The Venetian
  7. ^ Wayne Brady: Making it Up! | VEGAS.com
  8. ^ http://www.waynebrady.com/news/newsItem.cfm?cms_news_id=40
  9. ^ "Celebrity Friends of RMHC". McDonald's Corporation. http://www.rmhc.com/celebrity-friends/. 

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Media offices
Preceded by
Bob Barker
Host, Daytime Emmy Awards
2003
Succeeded by
Vanessa Marcil
Preceded by
Tony Danza
Host of Miss America
2003
Succeeded by
Tom Bergeron
Preceded by
Billy Bush
Host of Let's Make a Deal
2009-present
Succeeded by
Present
Preceded by
First Host
Host of Don't Forget the Lyrics!
2007-2009
Succeeded by
Mark McGrath







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