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Wayne Brady Biography

Birth Name:
Wayne Alphonso Brady
Birth Place:
Orlando, Florida, United States
Profession
TV host, actor, comedian, singer

Fast Facts

  • Got his showbiz start playing Tigger at Disney World in Orlando; passed out from the heat on his first day in costume
  • Won Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Talk Show Host in both 2003 and '04, for his self-titled chatfest
  • Played Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway in 2004
  • Released a holiday song, "Beautiful," in 2005
  • Became a celebrity friend of the Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2007
  • Received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "A Change Is Gonna Come," a single from his 2008 debut album A Long Time Coming
  • Has used his improvisation skills in numerous TV shows, including Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998-2007) and Trust Us With Your Life (2012)

Awards

  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: winner
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: nominated

Relationships

  • Maile Masako Brady -- Daughter
  • Mandie Taketa Brady -- Ex-wife
  • Wayne Brady -- Father