On This Day In Comedy… In 1972 Marlon Wayans Was Born!


Actor, model, producer, comedian, writer, and director, Marlon Lamont Wayans was born in New York City, NY.

His first film role was in brother Keenan’s movie I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.   He played a pedestrian.  His career though, was far from that.

Between 1992-1993, Wayans worked alongside siblings, Keenan, Damon, Kim, and Shawn on the Wayans’ created, produced and dominated, In Living Color on FOX.   It was during this time he was considered to play Robin in Batman Returns, but a character heavy script put a hold on that idea.  He was later formally signed to play the Boy Wonder in Batman Forever, but when Tim Burton was replaced with Joel Schumacher, Wayans was cut out.   Chris O’Donnell got to put on the nipply costume.  Wayans still gets paid for that contract.

Despite minor setbacks, Marlon Wayans kept it going.  He and Shawn jumped over to the WB and from 1995-1999 they starred in their own sitcom, The Wayans Bros.  After the turn of the century, Marlon Wayans co-wrote and produced the first two Scary Movies along with brother, Shawn.  They collaborated again in White Chicks, Little Man and Dance Flick.

In Requiem for a Dream, Marlon displayed his dramatic chops.    In 2009 he showed he had a flair for action in G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.  He’s appeared in A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2 and The Heat.  He’s a partner on an online site to expose urban comedy, What the Funny.   He created the competition show, Funniest Wins for TBS, produced the Nickelodeon cartoon, Thugaboo and toured with the family in “The Wayans Brothers Tour”.

By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton

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