Damon Kyle Wayans, Sr. (born September 4, 1960) is a American comedian, actor, writer, producer and a member of the Wayans family. He is best known for starring in the shows, My Wife and Kids as Michael Kyle, Sr., for being a cast member and writer for the sketch-comedy, In Living Color, and as "Roger Murtaugh" in the FOX television series Lethal Weapon. He is also known for his role in films such as Major Payne, Blankman, and The Last Boy Scout.
Damon starred doing stand-up comedy in 1982. His earliest film appearance was a brief cameo as a hotel employee in Beverly Hills Cop. He was briefly a cast member on Saturday Night Live as a featured performer for 11 episodes until he was fired for portraying a flamboyant gay cop instead of a straight cop in a live skit. After being fired, he went on to become a cast member and staff writer on the sketch-comedy show In Living Color on FOX with his brother Keenen which sky rocketed him and his family to super stardom. Wayans starred on the show for 3 seasons until he left the show in 1992 to pursue his film career.
After his departure from the show, he went on to star in films such as Major Payne, Blankman, The Last Boy Scout, Mo' Money,Celtic Pride, Bulletproof, and The Great White Hype. In 1996, he produced a cartoon series called Waynehead on the WB Network, which was loosely based on his childhood life but was cancelled due to low ratings.
In 1998, Wayans starred in a short-lived comedy titled, Damon on FOX, but only lasted for one season. In 2001, he began starring as "Michael Kyle" in the sitcom, My Wife and Kids, which aired on ABC for 5 seasons. Wayans then created his own sketch-comedy series, The Underground for Showtime but was cancelled after one season.
Recently, Wayans is currently starring as "Roger Murtaugh" (who was originally portrayed by actor Danny Glover) for the FOX television series Lethal Weapon, which is based on the 1987 film with the same name. However, it was announced in October 2018 that Wayans would be leaving the show after it's third season.
Damon was married to Lisa Thorner, until they got divorced in 2000. Damon has four children, Damon Wayans, Jr., Michael Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, and Kyla Wayans. He won the People's Choice Awards for "Favorite Male Performer" In a New TV Series. Damon was also born with clubed foot as a child. Wayans announced during a stand-up show that he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
- Wayans received four Emmy nominations for his acting and writing in In Living Color.
- Wayans appeared in Janet Jackson's "The Best Things In Life Are Free" music video.
- Wayans was considered to play "The Riddler" in Batman Forever.
- Wayans is a Jehovah's Witness.
- Wayans is a close friend of basketball player Michael Jordan and actor Jim Carrey.