A member of the Wayans family of entertainers, Damon Kyle Wayans is an American actor, comedian, producer, and writer. Throughout the 1980s, Wayans worked as an actor and comedian, including a one-year spell on the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live.
But it was as a writer and performer on the FOX sketch comedy program In Living Color from 1990 to 1992, his animated series Waynehead from 1996 to 1997, and his TV series Damon that he made his real breakthrough (1998).
Since then, he has acted in numerous motion pictures and television programs, some of which he co-produced or co-wrote, such as Beverly Hills Cop, The Last Boy Scout, Major Payne, and the sitcom My Wife and Kids. He played Roger Murtaugh in the television series Lethal Weapon from 2016 until 2019.
Damon Wayans Early Life
Wayans was born in Harlem in New York City. He is the son of Howell Stouten Wayans, a grocery manager, and Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker, singer, and social worker. Elvira, Vonnie, Nadia, Kim, and Diedra are his five sisters, and Keenen, Marlon, Shawn, and Dwayne are his four brothers. He was born with club feet.
His character in My Wife and Kids and the short-lived animated series Waynehead would both receive this quality. Wayans was a student at Murry Bergtraum High.
Damon Wayans Personal Life
Lisa Thorner and Wayans were wed; their divorce was finalized in 2000. With Thorner, he has four kids: Kyla Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, Michael Wayans, and sons Damon Wayans Jr. and Damon Wayans Sr.
He has grandchildren as well. He is the uncle of Craig, Damien Dante, and Chaunté Wayans. NBA icon Michael Jordan and fellow In Living Color actor Jim Carrey are close friends with Wayans.
Wayans received a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in January 2013.
Wayans said, “It’s a money hustle” in September 2015 in response to claims of sexual assault against American comic Bill Cosby. “Forty years – listen, how huge is his penis that it gives you amnesia for 40 years?” he added.
When they speak, you can hear them say, “Well, the first time… initial instance? Bitch, how frequently did it occur? Just pay attention to what they say; some of them are very rape-able. You don’t want that, I say as I turn to face them. Move on from here.
Damon Wayans Career Life
In 1982, Wayans debuted his stand-up comedy career. In a brief cameo, he made his debut in the 1984 Eddie Murphy movie “Beverly Hills Cop“. He then appeared as a featured performer on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1986.
But after just eleven episodes, he was let off from the program for improvising in a live sketch. He also made an appearance in the syndicated television series “Solid Gold” in the 1980s.
Damon Wayans’s Comedy Series on Fox
Wayans co-created “In Living Color,” a sketch comedy series on Fox, with his brother Keenen. The program debuted in April 1990 with a cast that was predominately African-American. The program ran until 1994, but Wayans resigned after just two seasons in 1992 to focus on his own film career.
The Last Boy Scout (1991), Mo’ Money (1992), Major Payne (1995), Celtic Pride (1996), Bulletproof (1996), and The Great White Hype (1996) are just a few of the movies he appeared in (1996). Additionally, he co-wrote and starred in the 1994 movie “Blankman.”
Later, he served as executive producer of the FOX network drama “413 Hope St.”, starring Richard Roundtree and Jesse L. Martin, from 1997 to 1998. The run of this series was likewise brief.
With the comedy program “Damon,” which aired for just thirteen episodes in 1998, he resumed his run of fleeting programs.
Damon Wayans’s Awards and Recognition
Wayans created the brief animated series “Waynehead” for the WB in October 1996. It included a little boy with a club foot, a disease he experienced as a youngster, and was partially based on his own experiences growing up in a big family.
After only one season of broadcasting, the program was canceled due to low ratings.
He next appeared in Spike Lee’s 2000 film “Bamboozled” as a member of the ensemble cast, and from March 2001 to May 2005, he played the lead in the ABC comedy series “My Wife and Kids.”
He was nominated for four International Press Academy “Golden Satellite Awards” for his performance on the program. A 2002 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male went to Wayans as well.
Wayans hosted the 2006 BET Awards in addition to producing and starring in the Showtime sketch comedy series “The Underground,” which also starred his son. Then, he declared that he would stop performing stand-up comedy starting in December 2015.
He joined the cast of the television series “Lethal Weapon” in September 2016 and plays Roger Murtaugh, the protagonist. From 2016 to 2019, the show has three seasons on television.
Damon Wayans’s Other Projects
The novel “Bootleg” was co-written by Wayans and David Asbery. It was a collection of his humorous family remarks and made The New York Times bestseller list.
Red Hats, a serious fictional novel from his second book, was released in 2011. It relates the tale of a suicidal 65-year-old woman who joins the Red Hat Society and discovers friendship and happiness.
Damon Wayans’s Comeback ABC Studios
Damon Wayans stated on November 12, 2015, at the Irvine Improv, that he would be leaving stand-up comedy in December. He was chosen to play Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon television series in September 2016, a part originally played by Danny Glover in the film series.
Wayans was reportedly leaving Lethal Weapon after the first thirteen episodes of Season 3’s production were finished on October 3, 2018. After three seasons, Lethal Weapon was officially discontinued in February 2019.
On the new family comedy Let’s Stay Together, which premieres on ABC, Damon Wayans is making a comeback with a new project and reuniting with co-creator Don Reo of My Wife and Kids.
The currently under-production project will be made by ABC Studios, a branch of Disney TV Studios.
Damon Wayans Net Worth
American stand-up comedian, author, and actor Damon Wayans has a $35 million dollar fortune. In the early 1990s, he originally rose to fame on the sketch comedy program “In Living Color.” He then went on to have a fruitful career in film.
One of the richest stand-up comedians in the United States, Damon Wayans has a $35 million fortune. He gained his wealth by performing as a stand-up comedian, in films, in the popular TV series My Wife and Kids, and in other projects.