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Kim N. Wayans (born October 16, 1961) is an American actress, comedian, producer, writer and director. Wayans is the sister of Keenen Ivory, Damon, Sr., Marlon, Shawn and Nadia Wayans. She is best known for her numerous roles on the Fox sketch comedy show In Living Color (1990–94), and Tonia Harris on In the House (1995-98). Wayans is also best known as the family matriarch of The Wayans Family.

Kim Wayans
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Kim Wayans in 2012
Born Kim N. Wayans
(1961-10-16) October 16, 1961 (age 57)
New York City, New York, United States
Education Wesleyan University
Occupation Actress, comedian, producer, writer, director
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Kevin Knotts
Relatives Damon Wayans (brother)
Keenen Ivory Wayans (brother)
Shawn Wayans (brother)
Marlon Wayans (brother)
Nadia Wayans (sister)


Early lifeEdit

Wayans was born in New York City, the daughter of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager.[1][2][3] Her family was involved in the Jehovah's Witnesses religion.[4][5] She and her family lived in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.


In film she appeared in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (both directed by her brother Keenen), and had a starring role in the art film Talking About Sex and later co starred in Juwanna Mann as Latisha Jansen. She starred with her siblings on the Fox variety show In Living Color and A Low Down Dirty Shame.

Her other television work includes regular appearances on the sitcom In the House with LL Cool J and a recurring role on A Different World. Recently, she has worked as a story editor on her brother Damon's sitcom My Wife and Kids. In 2008, she co wrote a series of children's books with her husband Kevin Knotts, entitled Amy Hodgepodge, about a multiracial girl adjusting to life in public school after years of homeschooling.

In December 2011, she got a chance to showcase her dramatic chops with a supporting role as a mother who struggles to understand her seventeen year old daughter in Pariah. She was nominated (alongside co star Pernell Walker) for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Black Reel Awards but lost to Octavia Spencer for The Help.

In Living ColorEdit


Year Title Role
1986 Cathy Charlene Andrews
1987–1988 A Different World (television series) Allison Guisewite
1989 Cathy's Last Resort Charlene Andrews
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Nightclub Singer
1990 Dream On Nicki
1990–1993 In Living Color (television series) Various
1991 Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime Various
1994 Talking About Sex Andie Norman
Floundering Unemployment
A Low Down Dirty Shame Diane
1995–1998 In the House (television series) Tonia Harris
The Wayans Bros. (television series) Cousin Shelia
1996 Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Mrs. Johnson
1996–1997 Waynehead (television series) Mom (voice)
1997 Critics and Other Freaks Bettina
1998 Getting Personal (television series) Rhonda
2002 Juwanna Mann Latisha Jansen
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness (television) Momma/Joyce (voice)
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street (television) Momma (voice)
2007 What News? (television) Pearl "Lightning" Davis
2009 Dance Flick Ms. Dontwannabebothered
2011 Pariah Audrey
2012 Criminal Minds (television) Darlene Beckett
2013 Reckless Vi
2014 New Girl (television) Susan
2016 The Breaks (television)


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