Keenen Ivory Wayans Biography

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Facts of Keenen Ivory Wayans
Name Keenen Ivory Wayans
Birth Name Keenen Ivory Wayans
Father Howell Wayans
Mother Elvira Wayans
Nationality American
Birth Place/City New York City, New York
Ethnicity Black
Profession Actor
Net Worth $65 million
Eye Color Dark-Brown
Hair Color Dark-Brown
Weight in KG 86 KG
Married Yes
Married to Daphne Wayans (m. 2001)
Children Daphne Ivory Shiva Wayans, Bella Ivory Aziza Wayans
Divorce Daphne Wayans (m. 2005)
Education Tuskegee University ,Seward Park Campus
Awards TV Land Groundbreaking Show Award 2012
Movies Scary Movie
TV Show In Living Color 1990 1994
Siblings Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Damon Wayans
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Keenen Ivory Wayans is an American comedian, actor, filmmaker, and a member of the Wayans Family of entertainers. He was born on 8th June 1958 and was raised in New York City. He is a son of Elvira Alethia, a social worker and Howell Stouten Wayans, a supermarket manager. His parents were a devout Jehovah’s Witness. He is a second child among ten children. He was very close with his parents. There is no information whether his parents are dead or still alive.

Wayans went to Tuskegee University on an engineering scholarship and used to entertain his friends with different made-up stories. He dropped out of the college in order to focus on his dream and pursue a career in comedy. From the very young age, he was vigorously affected by Richard Pryor, a famous comedian of his era. He decided to move to Los Angeles to seek opportunities in TV and Films.

After his few appearances in bit parts in TV shows as CHiPs and Cheers and films as Star 80, in which he played a standup comic, he found his breakthrough in a sudsy TV show - the brief military series For Love and Honor, in which he had a repeating role as Pvt. Duke Johnson, who tried to became a professional boxer. He was the first one to achieve national prominence by successfully launching, creating and hosting a landmark comedy satire on fox TV.

He has written, directed and produced countless movies, beginning with Hollywood Shuffle, which he co-wrote, in 1987. These movies have included him and one or more his siblings and sisters in the cast. One of these movies, Scary Movie, which Wayans directed, was the most elevated netting motion picture ever directed by an African-American until it was surpassed by Tim Story's Fantastic Four in 2005. 

From 1997 to 1998, he was on the talk show The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show as a host. Most as of late, he was a judge for the eighth season of Last Comic Standing.His big achievements not only help him but also helped to advance the careers of young siblings including Shawn Wayans, Kim Wayans, Damon Wayans and Marlon Wayans.

On his personal side, Keenen was married to Daphne in June 2001, and had five kids, however, the couple has been divorced subsequent to 2004. Afterwards, he has been in a long-term relationship with beautiful actress Brittany Daniel. His elder brother Dwayne Wayans is also a musician/composer who served as a production assistant on "In Living Color," while different nephews and cousins have subsequent to gotten into the act on account of Keenen and his groundbreaking achievements.

He is a very looking actor; though his height and weight are officially unavailable he looks very good on the screen. He is the creator of the many iconic comedy shows and the success of these shows has increased his salary and net worth. Currently, his net worth is estimated at $65 million. To know more details about Keenen his shows, latest rumors, family the information is provided in his bio and in a wiki.