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Born: September 4, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Harlem, New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, TV writer, comedian, producer, mail clerk

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Born in Harlem in New York City in 1960, to a supermarket manager father and a homemaker mother, Damon Wayans was one of ten children and suffered from a club foot as a child. Wayans graduated from Murry Bergtraum High School before beginning a career in standup comedy in 1982. Wayans had a cameo in the Eddie Murphy movie "Beverly Hills Cop" in 1984 and appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-) on seven episodes between 1985 and 1986. His employment was terminated after improvised during a sketch. In 1990 he and his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans created the TV series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94). The show was influential particularly to African-American comedians. Wayans himself departed the show in 1992 to focus on making movies. He starred in "Mo' Money" (1992), "Major Payne" (1995), "Celtic Pride" (1996), Bulletproof (1996), and "The Great White Hype" (1996). Wayans appeared in "Damon", (Fox, 1998) a comedy series he created wherein he portrayed a detective in Chicago. The show was cancelled after one season. In 2001 Wayans starred in "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05), a sitcom about family life. While still pursuing standup on the side as his movie and television career developed, Wayans...

Born in Harlem in New York City in 1960, to a supermarket manager father and a homemaker mother, Damon Wayans was one of ten children and suffered from a club foot as a child. Wayans graduated from Murry Bergtraum High School before beginning a career in standup comedy in 1982. Wayans had a cameo in the Eddie Murphy movie "Beverly Hills Cop" in 1984 and appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-) on seven episodes between 1985 and 1986. His employment was terminated after improvised during a sketch. In 1990 he and his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans created the TV series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94). The show was influential particularly to African-American comedians. Wayans himself departed the show in 1992 to focus on making movies. He starred in "Mo' Money" (1992), "Major Payne" (1995), "Celtic Pride" (1996), Bulletproof (1996), and "The Great White Hype" (1996). Wayans appeared in "Damon", (Fox, 1998) a comedy series he created wherein he portrayed a detective in Chicago. The show was cancelled after one season. In 2001 Wayans starred in "My Wife and Kids" (ABC, 2001-05), a sitcom about family life. While still pursuing standup on the side as his movie and television career developed, Wayans announced that he would retire from standup in 2015. In 2016 Wayans was cast in the TV adaptation of "Lethal Weapon" (Fox, 2016- ) as Roger Murtaugh, the role originated by Danny Glover in the film series.

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 Marmaduke (2010)
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 Behind the Smile (2006)
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 Marci X (2003) Dr S
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 Bamboozled (2000)
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 Passing Glory (1999)
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 Celtic Pride (1996) Lewis Scott
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 Bulletproof (1996)
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Born in Harlem; first lived in tenement on 145th Street near Amsterdam Avenue; moved to Fulton house projects (17th St. And 10th Avenue)
1990:
Replaced Richard Pryor as the voice of Eddie in "Look Who's Talking Too"
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Born with a clubfoot; had several operations and had to wear corrective shoes
1997:
Created and executive produced the Fox drama "413 Hope St."
1991:
Executive produced and starred in HBO comedy special, "Damon Wayans: The Last Stand"
1992:
Feature debut as producer and co-writer, "Mo' Money" (also starred)
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Formed Nu Systems Productions
1982:
Began career as a standup comic at Los Angeles comedy clubs and touring the national club circuit
1989:
Directorial debut, Joyce Irby's video, "She's Not My Lover"
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Executive produced the short-lived Saturday morning cartoon "Waynehead" (The WB)
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Followed older brother Keenen to California in the early 1980s
2000:
Had featured role in "Bamboozled", directed by Spike Lee
1986:
Hired by "Saturday Night Live"; fired for switching a character in the middle of a sketch
1998:
Starred in the Fox sitcom "Damon"
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Worked in mailroom of a credit-card company where he got into unspecified trouble with the law
2011:
Guest starred alongside his son, Damon Wayans Jr., on an episode of "Happy Endings"
1991:
First major feature film role, in "The Last Boy Scout", opposite Bruce Willis
2001:
Served as executive producer and star of the ABC midseason sitcom "My Wife and Kids"
1989:
Co-star and writer on "In Living Color"
1984:
Feature film acting debut, "Beverly Hills Cop"
2006:
Wrote and directed the drama "Behind the Smile"
2016:
Starred in the action series "Lethal Weapon"
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Education

Murry Bergtraum High school: New York, New York -

Notes

"Damon Wayans's humor at times has a nasty quality. There's a suggestion of menace about his characters on "In Living Color. In a television special broadcast on HBO in 1989, Damon made fun of mentally handicapped people and described, in some detail, how he finds his wife sexually repellent when she is pregnant." --Dinitia Smith (NEW YORK, October 8, 1990)

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wife:
Lisa Wayans. Married in April 1984; separated in May 2000; she filed for divorce in August 2000.

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father:
Howell Wayans. Supermarket manager. Jehovah's Witness.
mother:
Elvira Wayans.
brother:
Dwayne Wayans. Actor. Born c. 1957; production assistant and cast member of "In Living Color"; oldest brother.
brother:
Keenen Ivory Wayans. Actor, producer, director, writer. Born June 8, 1958.
sister:
Kim Wayans. Actor. Born in the 1960s; cast member, "In Living Color"; won a scholarship to Wesleyan and graduated cum laude after writing a book of short stories for her senior thesis.
brother:
Shawn Wayans. Actor. Born c. 1971; cast member, "In Living Color".
sister:
Deidre Wayans.
brother:
Marlon Wayans. Actor. Born July 23, 1972; entered Howard University c. 1991.
son:
Damon Wayans Jr. Born c. 1981; appeared in "Blankman" (1994).
son:
Michael Richard Wayans. Born in March 1984; appeared in "Blankman" (1994); mother, Lisa Wayans.
daughter:
CaraMia Dianne Wayans. Born in April 1987; mother, Lisa Wayans.
daughter:
LisaKyla Alexandria Wayans. Born in November 1990; mother, Lisa Wayans.
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