Known throughout the world for his no-holds-barred comedic genius, Damon Wayans is currently starring as “Roger Murtaugh” in FOX’s new series LETHAL WEAPON. The series, set to premiere September 21, 2016, reimagines the hit movie franchise as it follows the classic cop duo as they work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.
Wayans is best known as writer and star on FOX’s Emmy Award-winning series, “In Living Color.” There, he created some of the show’s most iconic sketch characters, including “Homey the Clown,” “Handiman” and outrageously gay film critic “Blaine” from “Men on Film.” His writing for the series earned him two Emmy Award nominations. Wayans also starred in, co-created and executive-produced the hit comedy series “My Wife and Kids.” The series received numerous awards, including the 2002 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series and Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series.
He also created, executive-produced and starred in the comedic sketch show “The Underground.” Additional television credits include the half-hour FOX comedy “Damon,” in which he starred and executive-produced, and the hour-long drama “413 Hope Street,” which was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. He served as an executive producer on “Waynehead,” a Saturday morning animated cartoon, which featured the voices of his siblings, Kim, Marlon and Shawn Wayans.
On the big screen, Wayans starred in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed film, “Bamboozled.” He also starred and executive-produced the independent film “Harlem Aria.” Other feature credits include starring roles in “Major Payne,” “Blankman” and “Mo Money,” which he also wrote and executive-produced. Wayans also starred in “The Great White Hype,” “Celtic Pride,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Earth Girls are Easy,” “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Colors,” “Punchline,” “Hollywood Shuffle,” “Roxanne” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”
Wayans has enjoyed tremendous success in stand-up. After starting his career in 1982 touring the comedy club circuit, he landed a role as a featured player on the famed series “Saturday Night Live.” Wayans went on to star in his own critically acclaimed specials, “One Night
Stand,” “The Last Stand,” “Still Standing” and “WayOut.”
Also a New York Times best-selling author, Wayans penned the 1999 book “Bootleg,” a humorous compilation of his observations on family, children, marriage and politics. In May 2010, Wayans’ debut novel, “Red Hats,” was released.
From New York City, Wayans resides in Los Angeles.