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Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Birth Place: New York, NY

Birthday: June 8, 1958, Gemini

Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Comedian

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Fast Facts

  • Studied engineering in college.
  • Began his entertainment career performing stand-up comedy in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Coproduced and cowrote Eddie Murphy's hit concert film Raw (1987).
  • Hosted a short-lived late-night talk show, The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show (1997-98).
  • Appeared in the documentary The Black List: Volume One (2008), which consisted of interviews with influential black Americans. 
  • Is a vegetarian, and has appeared in a "Do It for Someone You Love" PSA as part of a campaign to encourage people to eat healthier.
  • Says he prefers directing small-budget films.
  • Received the Entertainment Icon Award at the 15th Annual American Black Film Festival in July 2011.

Awards

  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (series): Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Elvira Wayans — Sister
  • Marlon Wayans — Brother
  • Nadia Wayans — Sister
  • Shawn Wayans — Brother
  • Damon Wayans — Brother
  • Diedre Wayans — Sister
  • Vonnie Wayans — Sister
  • Brittany Daniel — Significant Other
  • Howell Wayans — Father
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans Jr. — Son
  • Nala Wayans — Daughter
  • Daphne Ivory Wayans — Daughter
  • Elvira Wayans — Mother
  • Daphne Polk — Ex-wife
  • Dwayne Wayans — Brother
  • Kim Wayans — Sister
  • Bella Wayans — Daughter
  • Jolie Ivory Imani Wayans — Daughter

College

  • Attended Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL