Shawn Wayans

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Date of Birth: January 19, 1971

With a family like Shawn Wayans', he was destined for stardom. Born in New York City, his brothers Damon and Keenen are actors, writers and producers, (Keenen is also a director) and sister Kim and brother Marlon are both actors. Wayans also has another brother Dwayne and four other sisters, Nadia, Evonnie, Deidrea and Elvira.

Wayans made his acting debut in 1989 in his brother's I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Immediately following, he joined the cast of the Emmy Award winning comedy series In Living Color. He remained on the show from 90-92 as a DJ and while on the show, he would refer to himself as Sw. 1.

Wayans has since gone on to write, produce and star with his brother Marlon Wayans in the hit comedy Don't Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, which was a parody of the coming-of-age-in-the-hood movies. In addition, Wayans has created and starred with Marlon in The Wayans Bros. sitcom.

Recent work in feature films include the horror film spoof Scary Movie 2 (2001) and White Chicks (2004) and Little Man (2006), both directed by his brother Keenan.

In addition to his roles in film and television, Wayans has written the book 150 Ways to Tell if You're Ghetto which was a critical offbeat collection of one-liners. The book hit the Waldenbooks Best Seller List.


Little Man (2006)
White Chicks (2004)
Open Mic (2000)
Scary Movie (2000)
New Blood (1999)
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996)
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)