Damon Wayans Jr.

Damon Kyle Wayans Jr. (born November 18, 1982) is an American actor, comedian and writer most widely known for starring as Brad Williams in the ABC sitcom Happy Endings for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 and as Coach in the Fox sitcom New Girl. In 2014, he starred in the comedy film Let's Be Cops, and provided the voice of Wasabi in Big Hero 6.

Damon Wayans Jr.
Wayans at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con
Damon Kyle Wayans Jr.

(1982-11-18) November 18, 1982[1]
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1994–present
Samara Saraiva (m. 2016)
Parent(s)Damon Wayans
Lisa Thorner
RelativesWayans family

He is the oldest son of actor comedian Damon Wayans, and nephew of Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans and Marlon Wayans.[2]

Early life

Wayans was born in Huntington, Vermont.[3][4] He is a member of the Wayans family, the son of Lisa Thorner and actor Damon Wayans. He is the eldest of four children: Michael, Cara Mia, and Kyla.[5]


Wayans made his film debut when he was cast in his father's feature film of 1994, Blankman, playing Young Kevin. He later appeared on his father's sitcom My Wife and Kids as John, one of Junior's friends. He later worked as a staff writer on the series. In fact, the character of Junior was loosely based on Wayans Jr. himself.

He appeared in and served as a writer on The Underground. Wayans Jr. also surprised audiences when he garnered a standing ovation during his debut appearance on Def Comedy Jam. He starred in the Wayans family comedy Dance Flick as the film's main character, Thomas.

From April 2011 to May 2013, Wayans starred as Brad Williams, one of the lead characters in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, alongside Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, and Casey Wilson. Despite critical acclaim and a cult following, the show was cancelled by ABC after concluding its third season on May 3, 2013.

Wayans was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" at the NAACP Image Awards and Critic's Choice Television Awards for his work on Happy Endings.

On May 16, 2011, the Fox Network announced that it had picked up the Zooey Deschanel anchored comedy New Girl, which featured Wayans in the supporting role of Coach. However, Happy Endings had already been picked up for a second season on rival network ABC. The producers of New Girl initially planned to recast Wayans' role, but later decided not to recast nor reshoot the pilot episode in which he appeared.[6]

Instead, starting with the second episode, Wayans' character was substituted with Lamorne Morris,[7] playing the role of Winston, a former roommate who had been pursuing a professional basketball career in Latvia. With Happy Endings cancelled after its third season, it was announced in July 2013 that Wayans would return for at least four episodes of New Girl in the upcoming third season.[8]

In November 2013, it was announced that Wayans would remain on the show for the rest of Season 3.[9] In May 2014, it was announced Wayans would return as a series regular for season four.

Personal life

Wayans has two daughters with ex girlfriend Aja Metoyer. In 2016, Wayans married Samara Saraiva.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1994BlankmanYoung Kevin Walker
2009Dance FlickThomas Uncles
2010The Other GuysDetective Fosse
2014Someone Marry BarryDesmond
2014Let's Be CopsJustin Miller
2014Big Hero 6WasabiVoice
2016The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave Wild ArmsVoice [11]
2016How to Be SingleDavid Stone
2018Super Troopers 2Trooper Wagner
2020Barb and Star Go to Vista Del MarPost-production


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2004My Wife and KidsJohn8 episodes
2006The UndergroundCast member
2013–2016, 2018
New GirlCoachMain cast (season 1 "Pilot", season 4)
Recurring (season 3-4)
Special guest star (season 5–7)
2011–2013Happy EndingsBrad WilliamsMain cast, 3 seasons
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–2013)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
2012Happy Endings: Happy RidesBrad Williams2 episodes
2012NTSF:SD:SUV::GarettEpisode: "The Real Bicycle Thief"
2016Brooklyn Nine-NineDetective Stevie SchillensEpisode: "The 9-8"
2017Curb Your EnthusiasmPolice OfficerEpisode: "A Disturbance in the Kitchen"
2018–2019Happy TogetherJake DavisMain Cast
2018The Truth About The Harry Quebert AffairSgt. Perry GahalowoodMain Cast


  1. "Signal Staff and Wire Services", November 18, 2011. Santa Clarita Valley Signal, "Today in the SCV: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011". Accessed November 29, 2011.
  2. Damon Wayans Biography (1960— ). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  3. "'Happy Endings': Damon Wayans Jr. Talks Season 3, Negative Cast Rumors". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  4. "Person Details for Damon Kyle Wayans, "Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-2008" — FamilySearch.org". familysearch.org. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  5. "Wayans Believes in Stern Upbringing", contactmusic.com, April 30, 2004.
  6. ABC Renews ‘Happy Endings’, Fox’s ‘New Girl’ To Recast Damon Wayans Jr. –. Deadline.com. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  7. 'New Girl': Lamorne Morris Replaces Damon Wayans Jr. in Fox Comedy. Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on December 30, 2011.
  8. "Damon Wayans Jr. Reprising 'New Girl' Role for Season 3 Arc". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  9. Hibberd, James (November 6, 2011). "'New Girl' scoop: Damon Wayans Jr. commits to whole season". adweek.com. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  10. "Dwyane Wade and Damon Wayans Jr. beef after Aja Metoyer baby mama drama? 'Happy Endings' actor 'doesn't want kids to get hurt,' how does Gabrielle Union feel?". Mstarz. Archived from the original on May 19, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  11. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (December 17, 2015). "From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave". PR Newswire. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
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