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Keenen Ivory Wayans net worth:
$65 Million

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Keenen Ivory Wayans Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Keenen Ivory Wayans was born in 1958, in New York. Keenen is a famous comedian, actor, writer and producer. He is perhaps best known for appearing or directing such movies and television shows as “Scary Movie”, “In Living Color”, “Hollywood Shuffle” and others. During his career, Wayans has been nominated for and has won such awards as BET Comedy Award, PGA Award, TV Land Award and Primetime Emmy Award. Keenen is a very talented writer, producer and director, that is why he has created many successful projects.

Keenen Ivory Wayans Net Worth $65 Million

So how rich is Keenen Ivory Wayans? Sources estimate that Wayans’ net worth is $65 million, the main source of which is probably his successful work as a producer and director. Keenen is 56 years old but he still continues his career, so there would be no surprise if Keenen Ivory Wayans’ net worth grew in the future.

Wayans has been in the industry for a very long time and he knows how to create a popular movies and television shows. So it is no surprise that he is acclaimed among others. Keenen studied at the Tuskegee University, but did not finish it as he chose to start his career as a comedian. This was the time when Wayans’ net worth began growing. Although he was quite successful as a comedian, Keenen wanted to become a part of the television and movie industries. In 1990 his dream came true when he and his brother created the show called “In Living Color”, in which he worked with such famous personalities as Kim Coles, Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Davidson and others. This show became one of the main sources of Keenen’s net worth.

Soon Keenen became more popular and received invitations to act in such movies as “A Low Down Dirty Shame”, “Most Wanted”, “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood”, “Dance Flick” and others. All these appearances made Keenen Ivory Wayans’ net worth grow.

Despite the success he had as an actor, Keenen decided to try working as a producer, writer and director. Since then Wayans has created many successful movies and television shows. In 1997 he created his own show called “The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show”. What is more, he not only acted in “Scary Movie”, but directed it as well. Recently he has been working on the movie entitled “It Takes a Village”, which will probably also become very successful and will add a lot to Keenen’s net worth.

It is no secret that Keennen Ivory Wayans’ family is well-known in the television and movie industries, as his siblings also are also popular actors and they often create projects together. Another thing which should be mentioned about Keenen’s personal life is that he was married to Daphne Polk and they have five children.

All in all, it can be said that Keenen Ivory Wayans is one of the most successful producers, actors, writers and directors in the industry. There is no doubt that in the future he will create many more interesting television shows and movies.


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Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Living Color 2012 TV Series 1 episode
Dance Flick 2009 written by
The Life and Times of Marcus Felony Brown 2008 TV Movie creator
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street 2006 TV Movie creator
Littleman 2006 written by
White Chicks 2004 screenplay / story
The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show 1997-1998 TV Series writer - 11 episodes
Most Wanted 1997 written by
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 written by
In Living Color TV Series creator - 124 episodes, 1990 - 1994 writer - 71 episodes, 1990 - 1993
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special
Comic Relief V 1992 TV Special
A Party for Richard Pryor 1991 TV Special documentary
The Five Heartbeats 1991 written by
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime 1991 TV Special documentary writer
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 TV Movie
The 18th Annual American Music Awards 1991 TV Special
Hammer, Slammer, & Slade 1990 TV Movie story
MTV Video Music Awards 1990 1990 TV Special
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 written by
Eddie Murphy: Raw 1987 Documentary opening sketch
The Late Show 1987 TV Series 1 episode
Hollywood Shuffle 1987 written by

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Living Color 2012 TV Series executive producer
Dance Flick 2009 producer
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street 2006 TV Movie executive producer
Littleman 2006 producer
In Living Color 1990-2006 TV Series executive producer - 107 episodes
White Chicks 2004 producer
Scary Movie 2000 producer - uncredited
The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show 1997-1998 TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Most Wanted 1997 executive producer
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood 1996 producer
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime 1991 TV Special documentary executive producer
Hammer, Slammer, & Slade 1990 TV Movie executive producer
Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime 1987 TV Movie producer
Eddie Murphy: Raw 1987 Documentary producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Real Husbands of Hollywood 2013 TV Series Keenen Ivory Wayans
Happily Divorced 2013 TV Series Tony
Dance Flick 2009 Mr. Stache
My Wife and Kids 2001 TV Series Ken Kyle
Scary Movie 2000 Slave
Most Wanted 1997 Gy. Sgt. James Dunn
The Glimmer Man 1996 Det. Jim Campbell
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood 1996 Mailman
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 Shame
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988 Jack Spade
A Different World 1987 TV Series Professor Lawrence
Hill Street Blues 1987 TV Series Raymond Jackson
Hollywood Shuffle 1987 Donald / Jheri Curl
Benson 1986 TV Series Clete Hawkins
For Love and Honor 1983-1984 TV Series Pvt. Duke Johnson
For Love and Honor 1983 TV Movie Pvt. Duke Johnson
Star 80 1983 Comic
The Renegades 1983 TV Series Lloyd Wayne
Highway Honeys 1983 TV Movie Tattoo Calhoune (as Keenan Wayans)
CHiPs 1982 TV Series Roberts
Cheers 1982 TV Series Customer #1

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Living Color 2012 TV Series
Littleman 2006
White Chicks 2004
Scary Movie 2 2001
Scary Movie 2000
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka 1988

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dance Flick 2009 writer: "I Shot Him at a Quarter to 1", "Mama Died in a Car Crash" - as Keenan Ivory Wayans
In Living Color 1990-1991 TV Series performer - 3 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Laff Mobb Presents 2012 TV Series special thanks - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dying Laughing 2016 Documentary Himself
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Last Comic Standing 2014-2015 TV Series Himself - Judge
Last Comic Standing 9 2015 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2004-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
American Comedy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Cosby Tribute
The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Inside Comedy 2013 TV Series Himself
Oprah's Next Chapter 2013 TV Series Himself
Eddie Murphy: One Night Only 2012 TV Movie Himself
10th Annual TV Land Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
FOX 25th Anniversary Special 2012 TV Movie Himself
TV's 50 Funniest Catch Phrases 2009 TV Movie Himself
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy 2009 Documentary Himself
HGTV Showdown 2008 TV Series Judge
Biography 1996-2008 TV Series documentary Himself
The Black List: Volume One 2008 Documentary Himself
BET Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Himself
In the Cutz 2006 TV Series
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1996-2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
BET Comedy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-2004 TV Series Himself - Guest
Shootout 2004 TV Series Himself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Big Breakfast 2001 TV Series Himself
In Living Color 1990-2001 TV Series Himself - Host / Various / Ice Man / ...
Making of 'Scary Movie' 2000 Video documentary short Himself
Comedy Central Canned Ham 2000 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2000 TV Series Himself
The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show 1997-1998 TV Series Himself - Host
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dennis Miller Live 1998 TV Series Himself
The Chris Rock Show 1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
The South Bank Show 1994 TV Series documentary Himself
Soul Train Comedy Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards 1993 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Favourite Television Comedy Series
Comic Relief V 1992 TV Special Himself
The Real Malcolm X 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program / Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program & Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in Comedy Series
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1983-1992 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Comic / Himself - Comedian
A Party for Richard Pryor 1991 TV Special documentary Himself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program / Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program / Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program / ...
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 TV Special Himself
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime 1991 TV Special documentary Himself / Various Characters
A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan 1991 TV Movie Himself
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Comedy Series
The 18th Annual American Music Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Host
Motown 30: What's Goin' On! 1990 TV Special Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1988-1990 TV Series Himself
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series / Nominee: Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program & Presenter: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
MTV Video Music Awards 1990 1990 TV Special Himself
Story of a People: The Black Road to Hollywood 1990 TV Special documentary Himself
Soul Train 1989 TV Series documentary Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with David Letterman 1989 TV Series Himself
The Late Show 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest
An Evening at the Improv 1982 TV Series Himself - Comedian (1986)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary
Back in Step with the Fly Girls 2004 Short Himself (uncredited)
Looking Back in Living Color: The First Season 2004 Video short Various
MythBusters 2003 TV Series documentary
Mo' Funny: Black Comedy in America 1993 TV Special documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 Groundbreaking Show TV Land Awards In Living Color (1990) · Jim Carrey
· Kim Wayans
· David Alan Grier
· Tommy Davidson
· Kelly Coffield Park
· Shawn Wayans
· Marlon Wayans
· T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh
2004 BET Comedy Award BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Box Office Movie White Chicks (2004)
2004 BET Comedy Award BET Comedy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Box Office Movie White Chicks (2004) · Shawn Wayans
· Marlon Wayans
· Andrew McElfresh
· Michael Anthony Snowden
· Xavier Cook
1992 Nova Award PGA Awards Most Promising Producer in Television In Living Color (1990)
1990 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series In Living Color (1990) · Kevin Bright (supervising producer)
· Tamara Rawitt (producer)
· Michael Petok (co-producer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director Littleman (2006)
2007 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay Littleman (2006) · Marlon Wayans
· Shawn Wayans
2006 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Sense of Direction (Stop them before they direct again!) Littleman (2006)
2006 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Screenplay Littleman (2006) · Shawn Wayans
· Marlon Wayans
2005 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Director White Chicks (2004)
2005 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay White Chicks (2004) · Shawn Wayans
· Marlon Wayans
· Andrew McElfresh
· Michael Anthony Snowden
· Xavier Cook
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program In Living Color (1990) · Pam Veasey (head writer)
· Greg Fields (head writer)
· Les Firestein (head writer)
· Fax Bahr (writer)
· Fred Graver (writer)
· Adam Small (writer)
· Michael Anthony Snowden (writer)
· Steve Tompkins (writer)
· Damon Wayans (writer)
· Larry Wilmore (writer)
· Marc Wilmore (writer)
· Harry Dunn (writer)
· Michelle Jones (writer)
· Becky Hartman Edwards (writer)
· Buddy Sheffield (writer)
· John Bowman (writer)
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (Series) In Living Color (1990) · Tamara Rawitt (producer)
· Kevin Berg (co-producer)
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program In Living Color (1990)
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program In Living Color (1990) · Tamara Rawitt (producer)
· Michael Petok (co-producer)
1991 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program In Living Color (1990) · John Bowman (head writer)
· Buddy Sheffield (head writer)
· Fax Bahr (writer)
· Kim Bass (writer)
· Les Firestein (writer)
· Greg Fields (writer)
· Becky Hartman Edwards (writer)
· J.J. Paulsen (writer)
· Adam Small (writer)
· Steve Tompkins (writer)
· Pam Veasey (writer)
· Damon Wayans (writer)
1990 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program In Living Color (1990) · Franklyn Ajaye (writer)
· Jeanette Collins (writer)
· Barry Douglas (writer)
· Rob Edwards (writer)
· Sandy Frank (writer)
· Mimi Friedman (writer)
· Jeff Joseph (writer)
· Howard Kuperberg (writer)
· Buddy Sheffield (writer)
· Joe Toplyn (writer)
· Damon Wayans (writer)
· Matt Wickline (writer)


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#Fact
1 Has been in a long term relationship with Brittany Daniel from the television shows The Game and Sweet Valley High and the Wayans' films Little Man and White Chicks.
2 Keenen Ivory Wayans was the first movie director that Hollywood ever allowed to depict a rape scene that was designed specifically for laughs. (Little Man).
3 In Living Color alum Jim Carrey credits Keenen for giving him his start in comedic acting.
4 Has five children by estranged wife Daphne: Jolie, Nala, Keenen Jr., Bella and Daphne Ivory.
5 He is a vegan.
6 Is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
7 Is a vegetarian.
8 Father of Jolie Ivory Imani Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans Jr., Nala Wayans, and Bella Wayans. Uncle of Craig Wayans, Damon Wayans Jr., Michael Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, Kyla Wayans, Damien Dante Wayans and Gregg Wayans.
9 Parents are Howell and Elvira Wayans. Brother of Dwayne Wayans, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. Also has sisters Elvira Wayans, Diedra Wayans, and Vonnie.

#Quote
1 Everything was a joke [in my family]. If you got a whippin', when you got back to the table, you heard nine other people doing impressions of your screaming.
2 As a parent, I think it's important for kids to have a source of entertainment that deals with life in positive and comedic ways.
3 [Richard] Pryor started it all. He made the blueprint for the progressive thinking of black comedians, unlocking that irreverent style.


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