Marlon Wayans is an American actor, comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He is the last born of the famous Wayans family, and he has appeared in several projects alongside his siblings. It is worth noting that Marlon didn’t get his success just by being born into the Wayans family but has put in a lot of work in the projects he has found himself in.
Marlon Wayans Bio (Age)
Marlon Wayans was born Marlon Lamont Wayans on the 23rd of July, 1972 in New York City, New York. He was born to parents Howell Stouten and Elvira Alethia (née Green) as the youngest of ten children in the family. He was raised in the housing projects of New York City in a Jehovah Witnesses household. For his high school education, he attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Following that, he went to Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Marlon Wayans’ debut on television was when he starred in a small role in the 1988 parody movie I’m Gonna Git You Sucka directed by his brother Keenen Ivory, who was also in the movie. He later appeared in the 1992 movie Mo’ Money directed by Peter MacDonald and written by his brother Damon Wayans, who also starred in the movie.
Marlon Wayans would go on to star alongside his siblings in the show In Living Color from 1992 to 1993. He joined his brother Shawn Wayans to co-star in The Wayans Bros., a WB sitcom. His first major film role was in the 1996 movie Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, where he played the role of Loc Dog. He starred alongside his brother Shawn in the movie and was also a writer for the movie.
Marlon Wayans really took the industry by storm when he teamed up with his brothers Shawn and Keenen for Scary Movie in 2000. Scary Movie capitalized on the surge and popularity of horror movies, particularly Scream, by being a slasher parody and dark comedy series. He starred as Shorty Meeks in the movie and is also a credited writer.
Marlon Wayans would later reprise the same role for Scary Movie 2 in 2001. 2004 would prove a rather successful year, with the release of the Keenen Ivory Wayans directed movie White Chicks. The movie features brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans in the lead roles, with Marlon also as writer and producer.
Despite his comedic background, Marlon Wayans has proven that he can be versatile with his works. This versatility he showed when he was on the psychological tragedy movie Requiem for a Dream alongside Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Connelly. This change in pace would be followed down the line with the 2009 movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a sci-fi action movie based on the G.I. Joe franchise. Marlon Wayans had the role of Rip Cord and was in the movie with Channing Tatum, Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Dennis Quaid.
Family and Siblings
Marlon Wayans is the last child in a family of ten. His father Howell Stouten is a supermarket manager, and his mother, Elvira Alethia, is a homemaker and social worker. His family is well known globally, as the Wayans name is well known for being a show business family with directors, comedians, screenwriters and even actors in their ranks. Marlon’s siblings are; Dwayne, Keenen Ivory, Damon, Kim, Elvira, Nadia, Diedre, Vonnie, and Shawn.
Dwayne is a writer and film score composer. Keenen Ivory is an actor, comedian, writer, and director. He has five children; a son and four daughters. Damon is an actor, writer, stand-up comedian and a producer. He has four children; two girls and two boys. Kim is an actress. Elvira is a screenwriter with two children; a boy and a girl. Nadia is also an actress. Diedre is a producer and screenwriter. She has two daughters and four sons. Vonnie is a screenwriter. Shawn is a writer and an actor. He has a son and two daughters.
Some of the Wayans family 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).
Wife and Kids
Marlon Wayans was married to Angelica Zachary before their divorce in 2013. It’s not known precisely when they got married, as some have mentioned that it was in 1994 while others have floated a later date of 2005. Together they had two children: Amai Zackery born on the 24th of May, 2000, and Shawn Howell, born on the 3rd of February, 2002. Despite the divorce, the two have maintained a friendship for the sake of their children.
Net Worth, House, and Cars
Marlon Wayans’s successful career has earned him an estimated net worth of $40 million. He is the owner of two high priced houses: Sherman Oaks, which is valued at $1.5 million; and Hancock Park Home, valued at $5.35 million. He enjoys nice and fast cars, owning a $104,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and a $100,000 Maserati.
Height and Other Facts
Marlon Wayans stands at a height of 6 ft. 1 in and has a weight of 76 kg. His hair color and eye color both are black.
He is a fan of the basketball team the New York Knicks and the NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He was close friends with famous rapper Tupac Shakur before his death.
In 2016, Marlon Wayans wrote, produced and starred in the parody movie Fifty Shades of Black as the lead character Christian Black.
Through his career, there have been speculations over his sexuality and the actor has had to clarify that he is not gay.