Marlon Wayans

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Marlon Wayans
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Wayans at the Wynn Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, 2007
BornMarlon Lamont Wayans
(1972-07-23) July 23, 1972 (age 41)
New York City
OccupationActor, producer, comedian, screenwriter, director
Years active1988–present
Partner(s)Angelica Zachary, 1994-present
Children2
 
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Marlon Wayans
Marlonwayans.JPG
Wayans at the Wynn Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, 2007
BornMarlon Lamont Wayans
(1972-07-23) July 23, 1972 (age 41)
New York City
OccupationActor, producer, comedian, screenwriter, director
Years active1988–present
Partner(s)Angelica Zachary, 1994-present
Children2

Marlon Lamont Wayans (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, model, producer, comedian, writer, and director of movies, beginning with his role as a pedestrian in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988. He frequently collaborates with his brother Shawn Wayans, as he was on the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. and in the comedic films Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks, Little Man, and Dance Flick. However, Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, which saw his departure from the usual comedies. In 2009, he appeared in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In 2013, he had a leading role in A Haunted House and co-starred in The Heat. The sequel to A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2, was released on April 18, 2014. Marlon has partnered with former Funny or Die CEO Randy Adams to create What The Funny, an online destination for urban comedy.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Wayans was born in New York City, the son of Elvira, a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Wayans, a supermarket manager.[3] His family was involved religiously with Jehovah's Witnesses.[4][5] Wayans was raised in the housing projects of New York City, the youngest of ten siblings. He is the brother of Nadia Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Dwayne Wayans, and Kim Wayans; all celebrities in their own right. Wayans went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, the school made famous in Fame. He attended Howard University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Marlon appeared with his siblings on In Living Color between 1992 and 1993. From 1995 until 1999, Wayans co-starred in the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. with brother Shawn Wayans.

Wayans was originally considered for the role of Robin in the 1992 film Batman Returns,[6] however it was felt that the film featured too many characters, so the character was omitted from that film. He was then formally signed for the role in the 1995 sequel Batman Forever to play opposite Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face, but the mid-production change in directors from Tim Burton to Joel Schumacher would result in both parts being recast and Wayans being paid out (Williams was not yet signed on, but he received a penalty fee as his contract for Batman allowed him the option of reprise), for which he still receives some royalty payments to this day. He was replaced by Chris O'Donnell.

He produced the first two films of the Scary Movie series, in which he and Shawn were credited writers and co-stars. Those films were released in 2000 and 2001. In 2000 he appeared as Tyrone C. Love in Requiem for a Dream and as Rogue in Dungeons & Dragons. That same year he and his brother Shawn hosted the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

Wayans produced the Nickelodeon cartoon series Thugaboo.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRole
1988I'm Gonna Git You SuckaPedestrian
1991The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime (TV)Various
1992Mo' MoneySeymour Stewart
1992 (early) – 1993 (early)In Living Color (TV series)Various
1994Above the RimBugaloo
1995The Wayans Bros. (TV series)Marlon Williams
1996Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the HoodLoc Dog
Mr. Show with Bob and David (TV series)KKK member
Waynehead (TV series)Blue (voice)
The Parent 'Hood (TV series)Himself
1997The 6th ManKenny Tyler
1998SenselessDarryl Witherspoon
Comics Come Home 4 (TV)Himself
1999Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV series)Itch (voice)
2000Requiem for a DreamTyrone C. Love
Scary MovieShorty Meeks
The Tangerine BearLouie Blue (voice)
Dungeons & DragonsSnails
2000 MTV Video Music AwardsHost
2001Scary Movie 2Shorty Meeks
2004Behind the SmileDanny Styles
The LadykillersGawain MacSam
White ChicksMarcus
2006Little ManCalvin "Baby-face" Sims
Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness (TV)
Six Degrees (TV series)Homeless guy
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street (TV)Dirty, Money
2007NorbitBuster "Bust-A-Move" Perkin
2009Dance FlickMr Moody
G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraRip Cord
2010MarmadukeLightning
2013A Haunted HouseMalcolm Johnson
The HeatSpecial Agent Levy
Second Generation Wayans (TV series)Himself
2014A Haunted House 2Malcolm Johnson
2014Funniest Wins (TV series)Himself

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marlon Wayans Launching Urban Funny or Die". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  2. ^ "What The Funny". What The Funny. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  3. ^ Shawn Wayans Film Reference bio
  4. ^ Stein, Joel. (September 11, 2000) Marlon Wayans. TIME. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.
  5. ^ Interview
  6. ^ Rabin, Nathan. (February 25, 1998) Marlon Wayans. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2012-04-08.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chris Rock
MTV Video Music Awards host
2000 (co-host with Shawn Wayans)
Succeeded by
Jamie Foxx
Preceded by
Eve
MTV Africa Music Awards host
2014
Succeeded by