Keenen Ivory Wayans

Keenen Ivory Wayans

Highest Rated: 87% Star 80 (1983)

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

Birthday: Jun 8, 1958

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Keenen Ivory Wayans was an American actor, writer and producer who was 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

Star 80
Hollywood Shuffle 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




82% 29% Dying Laughing Self - 2016
18% 30% Dance Flick Mr. Stache (Character),
$25.6M 2009
12% 55% Little Man Director,
$58.3M 2006
15% 55% White Chicks Director,
$69.1M 2004
14% 52% Scary Movie 2 Director $71.3M 2001
52% 43% Scary Movie Director $157.0M 2000
15% 40% Most Wanted Sergeant James Dunn (Character),
$6.3M 1997
32% 80% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood Mailman (Character),
$18.5M 1996
11% 38% The Glimmer Man Det. Jim Campbell (Character) $20.4M 1996
4% 71% A Low Down Dirty Shame Shame (Character),
$29.4M 1994
39% 95% The Five Heartbeats Screenwriter $7.3M 1991
62% 70% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka Jack Spade (Character),
$11.8M 1988
85% 80% Hollywood Shuffle Donald/Jheri Curl (Character),
$5.2M 1987
76% 85% Eddie Murphy Raw Writer,
$48.8M 1987
87% 70% Star 80 Comic (Character) - 1983


No Score Yet 83% The Last O.G. Executive Producer 2020
No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Comic Standing Judge 2014-2015
No Score Yet 53% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today 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 66% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Living Color Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1983 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
97% 100% 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% 93% Cheers Customer 1 (Guest Star) 1982