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      Keenen Ivory Wayans

      Keenen Ivory Wayans

      Highest Rated: 88% Hollywood Shuffle (1987)

      Lowest Rated: 4% A Low Down Dirty Shame (1994)

      Birthday: Jun 8, 1958

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Keenen Ivory Wayans is an American actor, writer and producer who iss best known for creating the groundbreaking 90s sketch comedy series "In Living Color" (Fox, 1990-94). Born in Harlem, and raised in the Fulton housing projects in Manhattan, Wayans and his siblings always had a penchant for making each other laugh. Although he was inspired by the legendary standup comedian Richard Pryor, Wayans put his comedy aspirations on hold to attend Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship. While attending Tuskegee Wayans cracked up his friends and classmates by telling stories of his childhood growing up in New York. Wayans quickly found that he was good at making people laugh, so he decided to turn his dreams into reality. He dropped out of Tuskegee with one semester left before graduation and moved back to New York to start his standup career. It was there that he launched his standup career in New York's various comedy clubs, and quickly befriended a fellow comic named Robert Townsend. Townsend and Wayans became fast friends, and would later help one another out as their careers progressed. In 1980 Wayans moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. He nabbed a couple of bit parts in the early 1980s before landing his first breakout role as a soldier on the series "For Love and Honor" (NBC, 1983-84). Then in 1987 Wayans co-wrote and co-starred in "Hollywood Shuffle" (1987), which was directed by Townsend. The success of that film gave Wayans the financing he needed to write, direct and star in the 1988 comedy "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka." That film was a moderate success and popular with audiences. Before long the fledgling Fox network came calling and asked Wayans to create a TV series. His idea was to make a sketch comedy show with a diverse cast that pushed the boundaries. The network agreed and in 1990 "In Living Color" premiered. The show as a huge success and was responsible for launching the careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, as well as Wayans' siblings Damon, Shawn, Marlon and Kim. Jennifer Lopez also got her start on the series as one of the show's dancers, also known as The Fly Girls. After "In Living Color" ended its five-season run in 1994 Wayans continued writing, producing and acting. He directed a string of blockbuster comedies in the early 2000s, "Scary Movie" (2000), "Scary Movie 2" (2001), and "White Chicks" (2004), all of which were hugely popular. Wayans output slowed by the early 2010s. He attempted to reboot "In Living Color" in 2012 but despite a pilot being shot the reboot was cancelled after disagreements with Fox. Wayans largely retired following that disappointment.

      Highest rated movies

      Hollywood Shuffle
      Star 80
      I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Dance Flick
      Most Wanted
      The Glimmer Man
      A Low Down Dirty Shame

      Photos

      I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA, Bernie Casey, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes, 1988, (c) United Artists I'M GONNA GIT YOU, SUCKA, Anne-Marie Johnson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, 1988, (c) United Artists LITTLE MAN, director Keenen Ivory Wayans on set, 2006, (c) Sony Pictures SCARY MOVIE, Anna Faris, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shannon Elizabeth, Regina Hall, 2000, (c)Miramax I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA, Isaac Hayes, Bernie Casey, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Brown, 1988. (C) United Artists. A LOW DOWN DIRTY SHAME, Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1994. ©Hollywood Pictures I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA, Bernie Casey, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Isaac Hayes, 1988, (c) United Artists I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA, Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1988, (c) United Artists MOST WANTED, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jill Hennessy, 1997, © New Line Cinema MOST WANTED, Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1997, © New Line Cinema THE GLIMMER MAN, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Steven Seagal, 1996, (c)Warner Bros. MOST WANTED, Jon Voight, Keenan Ivory Wayans, 1997, (c)New Line Cinema MOST WANTED, Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1997, © New Line Cinema I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA, Isaac Hayes, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bernie Casey, Jim Brown, 1988. (C) United Artists. THE GLIMMER MAN, Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1996, (c)Warner Bros. Last Comic Standing, Norm MacDonald (L), Roseanne Barr (C), Keenen Ivory Wayans (R), 'The Showdowns', Season 9, Ep. #8, 09/02/2015, ©NBC MOST WANTED, left: Keenan Ivory Wayans, 1997, ©New Line Cinema Last Comic Standing, Keenen Ivory Wayans (L), Roseanne Barr (R), 'Premiere', Season 8, Ep. #1, 05/22/2014, ©NBC Last Comic Standing, Jeffrey Ross (L), Roseanne Barr (C), Keenen Ivory Wayans (R), 'Premiere', Season 8, Ep. #1, 05/22/2014, ©NBC Last Comic Standing, Roseanne Barr (L), Keenen Ivory Wayans (R), 'Premiere', Season 8, Ep. #1, 05/22/2014, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      86% 28% Dying Laughing Self - 2016
      18% 30% Dance Flick Mr. Stache (Character),
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $25.6M 2009
      12% 55% Little Man Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $58.3M 2006
      15% 55% White Chicks Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $69.1M 2004
      14% 52% Scary Movie 2 Director $71.3M 2001
      51% 43% Scary Movie Director $157.0M 2000
      15% 40% Most Wanted Sergeant James Dunn (Character),
      Writer
      $6.3M 1997
      32% 80% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Mailman (Character),
      Producer
      $18.5M 1996
      11% 38% The Glimmer Man Det. Jim Campbell (Character) $20.4M 1996
      4% 70% A Low Down Dirty Shame Shame (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $29.4M 1994
      39% 95% The Five Heartbeats Screenwriter $7.3M 1991
      62% 70% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Jack Spade (Character),
      Director,
      Writer
      $11.8M 1988
      88% 80% Hollywood Shuffle Donald/Jheri Curl (Character),
      Screenwriter
      $5.2M 1987
      78% 85% Eddie Murphy Raw Writer,
      Producer
      $48.8M 1987
      81% 70% Star 80 Comic (Character) - 1983

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 78% The Last O.G. Executive Producer 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Comic Standing Judge 2014-2015
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Divorced Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet HGTV Summer Showdown Judge 2008
      No Score Yet 73% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Living Color Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      1990-1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Raymond Jackson (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love and Honor Pvt. Duke Johnson (Character) 1983-1984
      87% 94% Cheers Customer 1 (Guest Star) 1982