Damon Wayans

  • Birth Name: Damon Kyle Wayans
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian
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  • Born with a clubfoot; wore leg braces and corrective shoes until the age of 15.
  • Began his career as a stand-up comic in 1982.
  • Penned the 1999 book Bootleg, a collection of his humorous takes on topics ranging from family to racism.
  • Was named one of TV GUIDE'S 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time in 2004.
  • Had his first novel, Red Hats, published in 2010.
  • Appeared on his son Damon Wayans Jr.'s sitcom Happy Endings, playing the father of Damon Jr.'s character, in April 2011.


  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music 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
  • 2002, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series: Winner


  • Cara Mia Wayans — Daughter
  • Dwayne Wayans — Brother
  • Elvira Wayans — Mother
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans — Brother
  • Kyla Wayans — Daughter
  • Lisa Thorner — Ex-wife
  • Howell Wayans — Father
  • Michael Wayans — Son
  • Kim Wayans — Sister
  • Deidre Wayans — Sister
  • Marlon Wayans — Brother
  • Nadia Wayans — Sister
  • Vonnie Wayans — Sister
  • Damon Wayans Jr. — Son
  • Elvira Wayans — Sister
  • Shawn Wayans — Brother
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