Marlon Lamont Wayans (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Wayans began his career portraying a pedestrian in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988). He went on to regularly collaborate with his brother Shawn Wayans on The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. (1995–1999), and in the comedy films Scary Movie (2000), Scary Movie 2 (2001), White Chicks (2004), Little Man (2006), and Dance Flick (2009). Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film Requiem for a Dream (2000), which saw his departure from the usual comedies.
Marlon Lamont Wayans
Marlon Lamont Wayans
July 23, 1972
New York City, U.S.
(m. 2005; div. 2013)
Wayans has appeared in other films including Norbit (2007), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), The Heat (2013), A Haunted House (2013) and its sequel A Haunted House 2 (2014), Naked (2017), Fifty Shades of Black (2016), Sextuplets (2019), and On the Rocks (2020). He partnered with Randy Adams to create What the Funny, an online destination for urban comedy. Wayans created the comedy competition television show Funniest Wins, which aired on TBS in 2014. Since 2014, Wayans and his brothers have been traveling the U.S. with "The Wayans Brothers Tour". In 2017, he began starring in his own NBC sitcom Marlon, which ran for two seasons.
Wayans was born in New York City, the son of Elvira Alethia (Green), a homemaker and social worker, and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager. His family were Jehovah's Witnesses. Wayans was raised in the housing projects of New York City, the youngest of ten siblings. He is the brother of Nadia, Shawn, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Dwayne, and Kim. Wayans went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City, the school made famous in Fame. After graduating from high school, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., before dropping out after two years.
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, 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 Snails 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. In 2017, NBC gave him his own sitcom, Marlon, for a 10-episode run. In September 2017, Marlon got renewed for a second season by NBC, which is now available on Netflix.
In September 2017, Variety announced that Wayans would be partnering up with LA-based entertainment company Shots Studios to launch his own YouTube channel. He's appeared in videos alongside creators such as Anwar Jibawi and Hannah Stocking. More recently, he signed a deal with HBO Max.
Wayans began dating Angelica Zackary in 1992. The couple supposedly married in 2005 and divorced in 2013, according to Wayans, who in 2018 called Zackary his "ex wife". However Wayans said in 2021 that he had never been married before. They have two children: Amai Zackary Wayans (b. May 24, 2000), and Shawn Howell Wayans, (b. February 3, 2002). Wayans was close friends with rapper Tupac Shakur until his death in 1996. Wayans is also a longtime friend of actor Omar Epps.
|1988||I'm Gonna Git You Sucka||Pedestrian|
|1992||Mo' Money||Seymour Stewart|
|1994||Above the Rim||Bugaloo|
|1996||Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood||Loc Dog||Also writer|
|1997||The 6th Man||Kenny Tyler|
|2000||Requiem for a Dream||Tyrone C. Love|
|Scary Movie||Shorty Meeks||Also writer|
|The Tangerine Bear||Louie Blue (voice)|
|Dungeons & Dragons||Snails|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Shorty Meeks||Also writer|
|2004||Behind the Smile||Danny Styles|
|The Ladykillers||Gawain MacSam|
|White Chicks||Marcus Copeland||Also writer and producer|
|2006||Little Man||Calvin "Baby-face" Sims||Also writer and producer|
|2007||Norbit||Buster "Bust-A-Move" Perkin|
|2009||Dance Flick||Mr Moody||Also writer and producer|
|G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||Rip Cord|
|2013||A Haunted House||Malcolm Johnson||Also writer and producer|
|The Heat||Special Agent Levy|
|2014||A Haunted House 2||Malcolm Johnson||Also writer and producer|
|2016||Fifty Shades of Black||Christian Black||Also writer and producer|
|2017||Naked||Rob Anderson||Also writer|
|2019||Sextuplets||Alan / Russell / Ethan / Baby Pete /
Dawn / Jaspar
|Also writer and producer|
|2020||On the Rocks||Dean|
|1991||The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime||Various||TV special|
|1992–1993||In Living Color||Various||20 episodes|
|1995–1999||The Wayans Bros.||Marlon Williams||101 episodes|
|1996||The Parent 'Hood||Himself||Episode: "Ode to Billy Shankbreath"|
|Mr. Show with Bob and David||KKK member||Episode: "The Biggest Failure in Broadway History"|
|1996–1997||Waynehead||Blue (voice)||6 episodes|
|1998||Comics Come Home 4||Himself||TV movie|
|1999||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Bad Bobby (voice)||Episode: "The Bremen Town Musicians"|
|2000||2000 MTV Video Music Awards||Himself (host)||TV special|
|2006||Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness||(voice)||TV movie|
|Six Degrees||Homeless Guy||Episode: "The Puncher"|
|Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street||Dirty, Money (voice)||TV movie|
|2011||Childrens Hospital||Dr. Black||Episode: "The Black Doctor"|
|2013||Second Generation Wayans||Himself||2 episodes|
|2014||Funniest Wins||Himself||8 episodes|
|2016||Animals.||Ry-Ry (voice)||Episode: "Squirrels Part I"|
|2017–2018||Marlon||Marlon Wayne||20 episodes; also creator and executive producer|
|2019||Sherman's Showcase||Episode: "Enemies"|
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- "What The Funny". What The Funny. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved April 5, 2014.
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- "The Wayans Brothers Kick Off Brand-New Comedy Tour in U.S." goodblacknews.org. July 21, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- Ausiello, Michael. "Marlon Cancelled at NBC". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
- "Keenen Ivory Wayans' Interactive Family Tree - Finding Your Roots - PBS". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
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- Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 19, 2016, PBS
- "Marlon Wayans". Biography.com. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
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