Marlon Wayans

Marlon Lamont Wayans[1] (born July 23, 1972) is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer, beginning with his role as a pedestrian in I'm Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988. He frequently collaborates with his brother Shawn Wayans, as he was on The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. and in the comedic films Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks, Little Man, and Dance Flick. However, Wayans had a dramatic role in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, which saw his departure from the usual comedies.

Marlon Wayans
Wayans in Las Vegas, 2007
Marlon Lamont Wayans

(1972-07-23) July 23, 1972
EducationHoward University (1990-1992)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • film producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1988–present
FamilyWayans family

In 2009, he appeared in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. In 2013, he had a leading role in A Haunted House and co-starred in The Heat. A Haunted House 2 was released on April 18, 2014. He also appeared in the Netflix film Naked. Marlon has partnered with former Funny or Die co-founder Randy Adams to create What the Funny, an online destination for urban comedy.[2][3] Marlon created the comedy competition television show, Funniest Wins, which aired on TBS in June - August 2014.[4] As of 2014, Marlon and his brothers have been traveling the U.S. with "The Wayans Brothers Tour".[5] In 2016, Wayans wrote, produced and starred in Fifty Shades of Black. The film is a parody of the 2015 erotic romantic drama film Fifty Shades of Grey. In 2017, NBC gave him his own sitcom, Marlon, for a 10-episode run. In September 2017, Marlon was renewed by NBC for a second season which is now available on Netflix.

Early life

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.[6] His family was involved religiously with Jehovah's Witnesses.[7][8] 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, Sr., 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 completing high school, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C..[9]


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,[10] 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.[11] He's appeared in videos alongside creators such as Anwar Jibawi and Hannah Stocking.

Personal life

Wayans was never married to Angelica Zachary, the mother of his two children. He stated in many interviews that marriage wasn't for him.[12]

They have two children: Amai Zackery Wayans, born May 24, 2000, and Shawn Howell Wayans, born February 3, 2002.[13]

Wayans is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Knicks. Wayans was close friends with rapper Tupac Shakur until his death in 1996.


Year Title Role Notes
1988I'm Gonna Git You SuckaPedestrian
1991The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in CrimeVariousTV series
1992Mo' MoneySeymour Stewart
1992–1993In Living Color (TV series)Various
1994Above the RimBugaloo
1995–1999The Wayans Bros. (TV series)Marlon Williams
1996Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the HoodLoc DogAlso writer
Mr. Show with Bob and DavidKKK memberTV series
WayneheadBlue (voice)TV series
The Parent 'HoodHimselfTV series
1997The 6th ManKenny Tyler
1998SenselessDarryl Witherspoon
Comics Come Home 4 (TV)Himself
1999Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every ChildBad Bobby (voice)TV series
2000Requiem for a DreamTyrone C. Love
Scary MovieShorty MeeksAlso writer
The Tangerine BearLouie Blue (voice)
Dungeons & DragonsSnails
2000 MTV Video Music AwardsHost, actor on a skit with Lars Ulrich
2001Scary Movie 2Shorty MeeksAlso writer
2004Behind the SmileDanny Styles
The LadykillersGawain MacSam
White ChicksMarcus CopelandAlso writer and producer
2006Little ManCalvin "Baby-face" SimsAlso writer and producer
Thugaboo: Sneaker MadnessTelevision
Six DegreesHomeless GuyTV series
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's StreetDirty, MoneyTelevision
2007NorbitBuster "Bust-A-Move" Perkin
2009Dance FlickMr MoodyAlso writer and producer
G.I. Joe: The Rise of CobraRip Cord
2011Childrens HospitalDr. Black
2013A Haunted HouseMalcolm JohnsonAlso writer and producer
The HeatSpecial Agent Levy
Second Generation Wayans (TV series)Himself
Legit (TV Series)Doctor
2014A Haunted House 2Malcolm JohnsonAlso writer and producer
2015 Funniest WinsHimself
2016Fifty Shades of BlackChristian BlackAlso writer and producer
2017NakedRob Anderson
2017–2018MarlonMarlon Wayne
2019SextupletsAlanAlso writer and producer
Baby Pete
2020 Respect Ted White Filming
TBA On the Rocks Dean Post-production


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  8. Stated on Finding Your Roots, January 19, 2016, PBS
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  12. August 17, Sarah Dos Santos-Published:; Pm, 2017 at 2:53 (August 17, 2017). "Marlon Wayans' Wife Angelica Zackary: Relationship, Kids, TV Show, and Facts to Know". Earn The Necklace. Retrieved August 7, 2019.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  13. King, Eric (August 16, 2017). "Marlon Wayans explains how being a 'mess up' inspired his new comedy series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
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