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Marlon Wayans

Highest Rated:   80% Batman Returns (1992)
Lowest Rated:   6% Senseless (1998)
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Birthplace:   New York City, New York, USA
The youngest member of what may arguably be the funniest family in show business, Marlon Wayans may also be working his way up to becoming funniest member of the funniest family in show business. Regarding the formidable task of living up to the humorous standards set by his siblings, Marlon takes a healthy and positive attitude, considering his family an important exemplary support system rather than an ominous shadow casting impossible expectations.Born in 1972 in New York City, Marlon graduated from the School of Performing Arts in New York before moving on to study film and arts at Howard University. Following the lead of eldest clan member and brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon was inspired to pursue a career in show business. After taking a small role in brother Keenen's blaxploitation spoof I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988), Marlon joined the cast of Keenen's groundbreaking and trend-setting hip-hop variety show, In Living Color. A natural knack for comedy found Marlon quickly gaining momentum among the cast and refining the skills that would eventually lead him to bigger roles in both film and television. With his role in brother Damon's con-artist comedy Mo' Money, Marlon continued to display his talents for comedy with more substantial roles. Teaming with brother Shawn for television's The Wayans Bros. (1995), Marlon began to expand his responsibilities. Taking on numerous roles -- from writer to director and, of course, star -- Marlon learned the virtues of multi-tasking that would lead him to become a key creative force behind such spoofs as Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996) and Scary Movie (2000). Wayans gained the majority of positive press earned by the otherwise run-of-the-mill comedy Senseless, and a few even compared him to the likes of Jerry Lewis, thanks to his talent for rubber-limbed humor. Yet Marlon began to seek out more serious roles. "I would do straight dramatic stuff. I'm trained as a dramatic actor," he said. "A lot of people just think I'm funny and crazy all the time, but I went to a performing arts high school, so I'm trained in the dramatic arts. I just happen to be funny." Though Marlon got deadly serious for his role as Jared Leto's drug-addicted friend on a collision course with disaster in Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, he continued to display his exceptional gift for comedy by hosting the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards with brother Shawn, and developing the follow-up to his runaway hit Scary Movie.The early 2000s were less benevolent to Wayans. Critics singled out and excoriated him for his foolhardy appearance as Snails in the 2000 bomb Dungeons & Dragons: The Movie. Cited as one of the most wretched films of its year - or any year, by almost everybody, Dungeons barely made half of its thirty-five million dollar budget. USA Today wrote, "Marlon Wayans' performance as a cowardly thief would have seemed in bad taste a half-century ago." As Gawain McSam in the lackluster Coen brothers remake The Ladykillers, Wayans similarly did little more than reinforce an ignorant, filthy-mouthed, jive-talking ghetto stereotype; moviegoers responded slightly more favorably than critics.Perhaps sensing the need to return to his roots for a fresh success, Marlon spent 2004 and 2006 in two family vehicles: the raunchy comedies White Chicks and Little Man, respectively In the former, he and brother Shawn play African American federal agents who go undercover as blonde Caucasian sorority girls to bust a kidnapping scheme. This film climbed the charts to become a top weekend and summer grosser. Little Man, directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans and released in July 2006, uses trick photography and sight gags to turn Marlon into the dwarfish thief Calvin Simms, who attempts to retrieve a fenced jewel by posing as an infant and hiding out in the home of aspiring parents. Once there, he relentlessly torments his

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
7% Fifty Shades of Black
  • Producer
  • Christian Black
  • Screenwriter
2016
67% Sweet Micky For President
  • Executive Producer
2015
8% A Haunted House 2
  • Malcolm
  • Screenwriter
$13.8M 2014
65% The Heat
  • Levy
$158.3M 2013
10% A Haunted House
  • Producer
  • Malcolm
  • Screenwriter
$32.6M 2013
9% Marmaduke
  • Lightning
$33.7M 2010
35% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Ripcord
$150.2M 2009
18% Dance Flick
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Mr. Moody
$25.7M 2009
9% Norbit
  • Buster
$95.4M 2007
No Score Yet A Boo Crew Christmas Special
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
2007
12% Little Man
  • Calvin
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$58.3M 2006
No Score Yet Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Thugaboo
  • Actor
2006
15% White Chicks
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Marcus Copeland
$69.2M 2004
55% The Ladykillers
  • Gawain MacSam
2004
15% Scary Movie 2
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Shorty Meeks
2001
10% Dungeons & Dragons
  • Snails
$14.9M 2000
78% Requiem for a Dream
  • Tyrone C. Love
$2.6M 2000
53% Scary Movie
  • Screenwriter
  • Shorty
2000
No Score Yet The Tangerine Bear
  • Louie Blue
2000
6% Senseless
  • Darryl Witherspoon
1998
23% The Sixth Man
  • Kenny Tyler
1997
29% Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood
  • Loc Dog
  • Screenwriter
1996
53% Above the Rim
  • Bugaloo
1994
13% Mo' Money
  • Seymour Stewart
1992
80% Batman Returns
  • Actor
1992
63% I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
  • Pedestrian
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
78% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2016
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Appearing
  • Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet America's Got Talent
2006
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet I Can Do That!
2015
  • Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
  • Performer
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Deal With It
2013-2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Funniest Wins
2014
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Host
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
95% Legit
2013-2014
  • Doctor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Marlon
2016
  • Producer
  • Actor

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