• Dwayne Wayans is a 65-year-old writer and film score composer, best known for his work on “In Living Color”, “The Underground”, “Marlon”, and “My Wife and Kids”.
• He is part of the well-known American show-business Wayans family, with a combined wealth of over $1 billion.
• He worked as a production assistant, composer, and writer on various films and TV series.
• Keenen Ivory Wayans is Dwayne's brother, born in 1958, who made his breakthrough when he wrote and starred in the 1987 comedy film “Hollywood Shuffle”.
• He created the highly popular Primetime Emmy Award-winning Fox comedy sketch series “In Living Color” and wrote, produced, and directed the 2000 film “Scary Movie” and its sequel.
- 1 Who is Dwayne Wayans?
- 2 How rich is he, as of now? Dwayne Wayans Net Worth
- 3 Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
- 4 Rise to Fame
- 5 Continued Success
- 6 Further Work
- 7 Appearance and Vital Statistics
- 8 Personal Life
- 9 Who is his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans? Short Wiki/Bio
Who is Dwayne Wayans?
Dwayne Howell Wayans was born on 20 July 1956 under the zodiac sign of Cancer, in New York City USA. Hes a 65-year-old writer and film score composer, probably best recognized for his work on “In Living Color”, “The Underground”, “Marlon”, and “My Wife and Kids”. He’s also known for being a member of the well-known American show-business Wayans family.
How rich is he, as of now? Dwayne Wayans Net Worth
As of early 2022, Dwayne Wayans’ individual net worth is estimated at over $1 million, earned through his successful involvement in the entertainment industry, working on numerous film and TV titles as a writer and composer, however, the family’s combined wealth is believed to be well over $1 billion, in which Dwayne probably shares.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Dwayne Wayans spent his early years in the Chelsea neighborhood in his hometown of New York City, where he was raised by his father, Howell Stouten Wayans, who was a supermarket manager, and his mother, Elvira Alethia (née Green), a housewife and social worker. He hails from a family of devoted Jehovah’s Witnesses. He is the eldest child and has nine younger siblings – Keenen Ivory, Diedre, Damon, Kim, Elvira, Nadia, Devonne, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, most of whom were involved in the entertainment industry as actors, comedians, and screenwriters. Dwayne holds American nationality, and belongs to African-American ethnic group. Regarding his education, Dwayne attended Murry Bergtraum High School, and then studied at the New York Film Academy.
Rise to Fame
Dwayne Wayans launched his professional career as a production assistant for the Fox sketch-comedy show “In Living Color” from 1990 to 1991. The show was created by his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, who also stars in the show alongside other members of their family, Damon, Shawn, Kim and Marlon. Aside from being a producer, he also appeared as an extra in the episode “Hour Of Power” of the show in 1990. The series received critical acclaim, and won the 1990 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series.
Dwayne’s next project came with Damon Wayans’ award-winning ABC sitcom “My Wife And Kids”, on which he was a production assistant from 2002 to 2003, and also as a composer for the show from 2003 to 2005.
He then wrote the song “Lashindra Lashandra Rap” for the soundtrack of the 2005 action crime film “Domino”, which was directed by Tony Scott, and stars Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. The following year, he composed original music for the Wayans Brothers-created children’s animated TV specials “Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness” and “Thugaboo: A Miracle On D-Roc’s Street”. Also in 2006, he worked on the soundtrack of Keenen Ivory Wayans’ comedy film “Little Man”, starring Kerry Washington, Tracy Morgan and John Witherspoon, and composed the music for Damon Wayans’ Showtime comedy sketch series “The Underground”.
Thereafter, Dwayne worked as a composer for the 2009 musical comedy film “Dance Flick”, which was directed by Damien Dante Wayans and also starred most members of his family.
Five years later, he worked in the music department of the episode “Sherlock Homeboy: Part 2” of the comedy TV series “King Bachelor’s Pad”. In 2017, he wrote the songs “Slow Motion Toast” and “Calling Your Name” for the soundtrack of the romantic comedy fantasy film “Naked”, with Marlon Wayans and Regina Hall in the lead roles. The same year, he composed the music for the NBC sitcom “Marlon”, which was created by Marlon Wayans. Since then, hes been retired and hasn’t worked on any other project.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Dwayne Wayans has short dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 2ins (1.88m), while his weight is around 159lbs (72kgs). However, information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.
Dwayne Wayans isn’t very open when it comes to speak about his personal life and he manages to keep all the details about it away from the public eye. He lives a very private life and there’s no public information about his supposed wife and children, although there are references to his (unnamed) son. His relationship status remains a mystery.
Who is his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans? Short Wiki/Bio
Born on 8 June 1958 under the zodiac sign of Gemini in New York City USA, Keenen Ivory Desuma Wayans is his most successful brother, who first ventured into show business and built an empire for his siblings. He attended Seward Park High School and then enrolled on an engineering scholarship at Tuskegee University, from which he eventually dropped to pursue his career as a comedian.
Keenan initially performed at The Improv in New York before he moved to Los Angeles in 1980.
He made his debut TV appearance as Ray Brewster in the 1981 made-for-TV comedy film “Irene”, while his feature film debut came two years later when he played a comic in the biopic “Star 80”, written and directed by Bob Fosse. From 1983 to 1984, he was cast as Pvt. Duke Johnson in the drama TV series “For Love And Honor”, next to Cliff Potts, Yaphet Kotto, and Shelley Smith.
Rise to Prominence
Keenen made his breakthrough when he co-wrote and starred as Donald / Jheri Curl in the satirical comedy film “Hollywood Shuffle”, directed by Robert Townsend and released in 1987. Later that year, he worked on Eddie Murphy’s stand-up comedy film, entitled “Eddie Murphy Raw”, after which he wrote, directed, and featured as Jack Spade in the 1988 cult comedy film “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”.
He gained enormous popularity when he created the highly popular Primetime Emmy Award-winning Fox comedy sketch series “In Living Color”, which was broadcast from 1990 to 1994. Concurrently, he wrote the 1991 musical drama film “The Five Heartbeats”, and wrote and directed the 1994 action comedy film “A Low Down Dirty Shame”, in which he also played the role of Shame. Two years later, he produced and starred as a mailman in the comedy film “Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood” with his brothers Marlon and Shawn in leading roles.
In 1997, Keenen produced and played James Dunn in the action thriller film “Most Wanted”, after which he worked on his own late-night talk show “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show”, which was aired in syndication from 1997 to 1998.
Thereafter, he served as a director for the hit slasher parody film “Scary Movie” (2000) and its sequel “Scary Movie 2” (2001), both of which became huge box office successes. His next major project came in 2004, when he wrote, produced, and directed the commercially successful comedy film “White Chicks”, which features his brothers Marlon and Shawn, and which developed a cult status over time.
Two years later, he wrote, produced, and directed the comedy film “Little Man”, after which he wrote, produced, and starred as Mr Stache in the musical comedy film “Dance Flick” in 2009. He was relatively inactive throughout the next decade, returning in 2020 when he wrote and produced the TBS comedy series “The Last O.G.”, which was created by Jordan Peele.