Shawn Wayans (born January 14, 1968) is a American actor, DJ, producer, writer, and comedian who is best known for starring in shows such as In Living Color on FOX and The Wayans Bros. on the WB, he has also starred in films with his brother Marlon such as Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, White Chicks, and Little Man.
Wayans began his career as "DJ SW-1", the DJ for the sketch-comedy show In Living Color created by his older brother Keenen. Wayans would later be promoted to as a featured cast member in the third season of the show until leaving the show after it's fourth season. In 1995, Wayans began starring with his brother Marlon in the television series, The Wayans Bros. on the WB Network for 5 seasons until the show was cancelled after it's fifth season. A year later, the two brothers wrote, executive produced, and starred in the feature parody film, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. Wayans also voiced the character "Toot" in his brother Damon's animated series, Waynehead.
In 2000, Wayans co-wrote, produced, and starred as the character of "Ray Wilkins" in the horror comedy film Scary Movie, which was directed by his older brother Keenen and also starred his brother Marlon. The brothers also returned for the sequel Scary Movie 2, that was released a year after. In 2004, Wayans co-wrote, produced, and starred alongside his brother Marlon in the comedy film, White Chicks. Wayans then teamed up with Keenen and Marlon again for the 2006 comedy film, Little Man. In the same year, he began voicing the character "Slim" in the Nickelodeon animated series Thugaboo, which he also co-created with his brothers.
In 2009, Wayans co-wrote and had a small role in the dance parody film, Dance Flick.
- Wayans graduated from Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities in 1989.
- His third child "Marlon" is named after his younger brother, Marlon Wayans.