Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans


6/8/1958, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Keenen Ivory Wayans



Also Known As

Keenan Ivory Wayans
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Actor, writer, director and producer for television and film.

Perhaps no one better exemplifies the characteristics of ingenuity and creativity than Keenen Ivory Wayans. From the overnight success of his hit film, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, to his one of a kind sketch comedy show, In…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1990, Keenen won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series in his work on In Living Color.

    • Keenen is a master impressionist, and is known for the following: Arsenio Hall, Billy Dee Williams, Jesse Jackson, Little Richard, Mike Tyson, Marsha Warfield, and Rick James.

    • Keenen is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

    • Keenen is a vegetarian, and a supporter of animal rights group, PETA.

    • Keenen's older brother Dwayne Wayans is a famous composer/musician who served as a production assistant on In Living Color.

    • Keenen married his wife Daphne in June 2001, and they have five children together. They have been separated since 2004, citing irreconcilable differences, but have yet to file for divorce as of 2006.

    • Keenen is working with brother Damon on his upcoming feature film, Homey The Clown, based on Damon's famous mean-spirited ghetto character from their In Living Color days. The two started production in May of 2006.

    • Keenen tried his hand at macho infused action star in 1994, with A Low Down Dirty Shame which he wrote and directed himself. He then paired up with ultra macho man Steven Seagal in 1996, for The Glimmer Man. His attempts backfired, so he dropped out of the limelight.

    • Keenen was bitter after his experience with the FOX executives at In Living Color, and wanted to retreat to more behind the scenes work, but tried his hand one more time on the talk show circuit before doing so. In 1997, he produced The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show, a party-themed talk show with a hip, urban edge. The set resembled a nightclub and the atmosphere was rowdy. The show wasn't hip enough, as it was canceled within the year.

    • Keenan stepped into the starring role, as well as in the director's shoes in a 1970's blaxploitation parody, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka in 1988. He played the revenge-bound character of Jack Spade, alongside Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes, and Bernie Casey.

    • Keenen teamed up with actor/director Robert Townsend in 1987, and scored his first film hit with Hollywood Shuffle, a satire highlighting the plight of the black actor in Hollywood.

    • Keenen hooked up with super star/comedian Eddie Murphy, and earned writing credit on his live performance feature Eddie Murphy Raw, in 1987. Keenen's popularity continued to rise after this exposure.

    • Keenen was heavily influenced by the comedy of Richard Pryor, who is his idol.

    • Keenen landed his first few bit parts in television shows in 1977, and made his screen debut in 1983, in the role of a standup comic in Star80.

    • Keenen found only minimal success while performing his stand-up act in New York clubs, so he relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue television and movie opportunities in 1975.

    • Keenen launched the careers of his younger siblings Damon, Kim, Shawn, and Marlon, as well as other members of his extended family when he started his own career with In Living Color.

    • Keenen appeared in commrcials for Kentucky Fried chicken in 1984, and for Pepsi Cola with his brother, Damon in 1998.

    • Keenen appeared in the Will Smith music video for his hit single 'Just The Two Of Us'.

    • Kennen appeared in a public service announcement for the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine in 1999.

    • Keenen is a multi-talented comic entertainer, writer, producer, director, and actor.

    • Keenen was accepted to Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and attended college there until his senior year, when he dropped out to pursue a career in comedy.

    • Keenen was accepted to Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, and attended college there until his senior year, when he dropped out to pursue a career in comedy.

    • Keenan was the first to achieve national success by creating, hosting, and launching his own 1990's black-oriented comedy satire on FOX TV.

    • Keenen was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He is found in the "Bald and Beautiful."

    • Cousin of Craig Wayans.

    • Scary Movie 2 was supposed to be the last Scary Movie film until David Zucker made sequels. Wayans did not give his thoughts about it.

    • Has 3 sisters that are not involved in Hollywood: Diedre, Elvira and Vonnie. Even though Elvira hepled write some scripts for My Wife And Kids.

  • Quotes

    • Keenen: Richard Pryor started it all, he got things moving and shaking in the comedy world. Black, white, yellow, red, green, or whatever the color y'all are, you KNOW he had you laughing.