Marlon Wayans is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer and director particularly for usually collaborating with his Brother Shawn Wayans and for his roles in the Scary Movie series.
The son of Elvira Wayans, a homemaker and social worker, and supermarket manager Howell Wayans, Marlon Wayans was born on July 23, 1971 in New York City. The youngest of the ten siblings, he grew up in the housing projects in the big city. He studied at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts and attended Howard University.
In 1995, Marlon Wayans co-starred with his brother Shawn in the WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. The show lasted until 1999. Although he is primarily known as a comedian, Wayans showed his versatility as an actor when he co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated film Requiem for a Dream as Tyrone C. Love. The film was directed by Darren Aronofsky and co-starred Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Connelly.
As a producer, Wayans is the man behind the Scary Movie series, in which he also played Shory Meeks, a parody of the characters Randy Meeks from the Scream trilogy and Max in I Know What You Did Last Summer. He is also the producer of the 2005 comedy film Roll Bounce which starred rapper Bow Wow, Chi McBride, Kellita Smith and Jurnee Smollett. In 2000, Wayans played one of the members of the thief duo “Snails” in the live-action film Dungeons & Dragons. Unfortunately, his acting on the film was sharply criticized by movie critics along with those of his co-stars Jeremy Irons and Thora Birch.
Wayans is also the producer of the Nickelodeon cartoon Thugaboo, which he described as a combination of Charlie Brown and Fat Albert. Some of his other film credits include comedies like White Chicks, Little Man and Norbit. He has also been slated to appear as Ripcord in the 2009 G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra movie.
Wayans has a son named Shawn Howell and a daughter named Arnai Zackary with his wife Angelica Zackary. He was also good friends with the late rapper and his Above the Rim co-star Tupac Shakur.