Keenen Ivory Wayans is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is also famous for being a member of the Wayans family of entertainers.
Keenen Ivory Wayans:
He was born on July 23, 1958, in Harlem, New York, USA. He is the son of a supermarket manager father Howell Stouten and a social worker and homemaker mother Elvira Alethia. Keenen grew up with four brothers, Damon, Shawn, Dwayne, and Marlon, and five sisters, Elvira, Kim, Nadia, Deidra, and Vonnie. He belongs to African-American and part Oceanian heritage and holds an American nationality.
Keenen graduated from Seward Park High School and further attended Tuskegee University where he gained a scholarship. However, he decided to drop out and focus more on his career as a comedian.
Keenen Ivory Wayans’ Professional Career:
Initially, Keenen did stand-up comedy at The Improv in New York. He met Robert Townsend, who helped him very much to learn more about the comedy industry. Together, they moved to cross country to Los Angeles in 1980. There, he portrayed a soldier on a regular TV series For Love and Honor. Likewise, he portrayed a famous NFL linebacker on Hill Street Blues.
Townsend wrote, starred, and directed the film Hollywood Shuffle where Wayans worked as a co-writer and co-star. The movie became commercially successful and collected enough money for him to make I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. He even wanted to make shows similar to Saturday Night Live, with diverse people of color. Furthermore, he wrote, created, and starred on the Fox Network sketch comedy In Living Color from 1990 to 1994.
Fox gave him a lot of freedom with his series even though Fox executives were concerned about the show’s content prior to its debut. Wayans has also appeared in many movies like A Low Down Dirty Shame in 1994, The Glimmer Man in 1996, Most Wanted in 1997, Scary Movie in 2000, My Wife and Kids in 2001, Happily Divorced in 2013, Last Comic Standing in 2014, and more.
Keenen Ivory Wayans’ Personal Life:
Keenen is currently living a single life. He used to be a married man. Wayans dated American TV personality Daphne Wayans in the early ’90s and also had three children before their marriage. They finally tied their knots on June 16, 2001, and again had two more children. They had five kids, four beautiful daughters, and a son. However, their vows didn’t last forever and at last, got divorced in 2005.
After several years of divorce, he started dating American actress Brittany Daniel. They started their relationship in 2007 and after being together for six years, they broke up and parted their own ways. As of now, he lives a single life and is not involved in any relationships.
Keenen Ivory Wayans’ Net Worth:
Keenen Ivory Wayans is a talented actor and filmmaker. Throughout his career, he has delivered many shows and movies to the public. He has an estimated net worth of around $65 Million as per the celebrity net worth. A huge bulk of his income generally comes from his filmmaking and acting. However, his annual paycheck is yet under the wraps but, it is certain to be in millions of dollars.
Wayans also owns huge real estate. In 2007, he purchased a house in Tarzana, California for $2.6 Million and listed the home for $3.2 Millon for sale. He surely lives a luxurious and comfortable life in his million dollars real estate.