Marlon Wayans is unarguably one of the most talented entertainers in America. What’s more, he is a member of the acclaimed Wayans family of entertainers. The Wayans boasts of notable actors, comedians, directors, and screenwriters. Notwithstanding his family origins, Marlon is a star in his own right.
The comedian was first launched into the spotlight in 1988 after featuring in the classic comedy film, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka which was directed by his brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans. From then onward, Marlon’s career maintained an upward path, culminating in several critically acclaimed film and television features.
Marlon Wayans Has A Sterling Acting Career
A couple of years after his film debut in I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Marlon starred alongside another of his brother, Damon Wayans, in Mo’ Money which was released in 1992. That same year, Marlon and his siblings headlined the television series, In Living Color. Marlon’s brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans did not only star on the show but also created and wrote its screenplay. The popular sketch comedy show ran successfully from April 15, 1990, to May 19, 1994, on Fox network. From 1995 to 1999, Marlon, alongside his brother, Shawn Wayans, played major roles in The Wayans Bros aired on The WB network.
The widely acclaimed actor made his film feature film debut in 1996. Wayans starred as Loc Dog in Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. Marlon and his brothers, Shawn and Keenen, were the rave of the early 2000s. Their success at the time was hinged on the massive critical acclaim which Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2 had amassed. Keenen took charge of the directorial role while Marlon and Shawn became creators, co-stars, and writers. Additionally, in 2000, Wayans impressed critics with a superb performance in Requiem for a Dream. He starred alongside the likes of Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Connelly.
In 2004, Marlon and Shawn co-starred in the comedy film, White Chicks. The film was a box office hit, grossing over $113 million globally against a $37 million budget. In addition to that, White Chicks received widespread praise and critical acclaim. The American actor also had a remarkable year in 2009 owing to his feature in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The Sci-Fi action thriller also starred top acts like Channing Tatum, Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dennis Quaid.
In 2016, the comic star got acting, writing, and production credits for the parody film, Fifty Shades of Black. Some of Wayans’ other notable films and television series include Dungeons & Dragons, Dance Flick, Marmaduke, The Heat, and Marlon.
Acting Isn’t Marlon Wayans Only Forte
Asides acting, Marlon also has some writing, directorial and screenwriting credits. It’s safe to say that all of his entertainment ventures have contributed in more ways than one in advancing his career and growing his wealth.
Wayans’ debut as a producer came in 2004 when he produced the hit comedy, White Chicks. In 2006, the trio of Marlon, Shawn, and Keenen, took up major roles in the production of Little Man. Marlon wrote and produced the comedy film alongside his brother Shawn, while Keenen assumed the directorial role.
Some of Wayans’ screenplay and film production credits include Dance Flick (2009), A Haunted House (2013), A Haunted House 2 (2014), Fifty Shades of Black (2016), and Sextuplets (2019).
The Comedy Star Has A Massive Net Worth
There’s no gainsaying the American actor has accumulated a vast proportion of his wealth from his acting career. Nevertheless, Marlon’s wealth also stems from a couple of other sources. The widely acclaimed actor has also earned a considerable amount as a producer and screenwriter. He has had successful collaborations with members of his family, including Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Damon Wayans Sr. to release popular TV shows.
All of his efforts point to the fact that Marlon Wayans has not only carved a niche for himself, but also made a fortune from his career as an actor, stand-up comedian, and producer. He also rakes in huge sums from his modelling gigs and voice roles. According to online sources, Wayans’ net worth is pegged at a whopping $40 million.
The White Chicks’ Star Lavishes His Money On Houses & Sport Cars
In 2005, Wayans spent $1.525 million on a property in Sherman Oaks. The two-storey Mediterranean house turned out to become his private home for close to a decade. However, it was sold for about $1.5 million in 2016. The star actor reportedly owns a lavish apartment in the Broadway Hollywood building.
Wayans is also an avid car enthusiast with a fleet of premium sport car brands. The star is a proud owner of a $104,000 Mercedes-Benz and a $100,000 Maserati.
Marlon Wayans And His Ex-partner, Angelica Zachary Were Together For Over 2 Decades
Sometime in 1992, Marlon started a relationship with Angelica Zachary and after 8 years of going steady, the lovebirds welcomed their first child, Amai Zackary Wayans, on May 24, 2000. The couple went on to have another child, Shawn Howell Wayans, on February 3, 2002. They maintained a very close relationship, with Angelica supporting Marlon’s career and believing in his pursuits alongside raising their kids.
Sadly, the celebrity couple broke up in 2013. The split happened shortly after a cheating scandal about Marlon made rounds on the internet. Although Angelica forgave her then beau for the mistake, their relationship did not see the end of that year.
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Happy Mother’s Day to my baby… you have been wonderful, loyal, loving, compassionate, empathetic, courageous, humble, strong, responsible, sweet, intelligent, God-fearing , beautiful inside and out. And you managed to pour all of that into our children. How can i not honor you on this day and everyday. Shit after reading all that you are all i can think is “boy you really fucked that up Marlon”! 😂 😂 😂 this love is beyond the flesh… we’re in the blood. Love you for life… this one and all the ones after. Fellas i don’t care what she did, how you may hurt, why y’all broke up… it don’t matter. Be grateful or the gift of life she gave you. Honor that woman today… and everyday. She’s always your family
However, the pair have remained good friends over the years and even co-parent their kids amicably. Marlon usually pens heartfelt wishes on his social media platforms for Angelica and recently, he took to Instagram to wish her a happy Mothers’ Day.
His Family Members Are Prominent Entertainers
Marlon is the son of Howell Stouten who worked as a supermarket manager while his mom, Elvira, worked as a homemaker and social worker. However, his family has become known globally as the Wayans siblings have taken on notable roles in show business as directors, comedians, screenwriters, and even actors in their various ranks. Marlon’s siblings are; Dwayne, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Kim, Elvira, Nadia, Diedre, Vonnie, and Shawn.
Dwayne is a writer and film score composer whereas Keenen Ivory is an actor, comedian, writer, and director. Damon is an actor, writer, stand-up comedian, and producer while his sisters, Kim and Nadia are actresses. Elvira and Vonnie are screenwriters while Diedre doubles as producer and screenwriter. Shawn Wayans is notable as a writer and an actor.
Some of the Wayans family members’ works include; In Living Color (1990 – 1994), Blankman (1994), Major Payne (1995), Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996), the Scary Movie franchise (2000 – 2013) and the very famous, White Chicks (2004).