Marlon Wayans, a multifaceted American talent, has gained acclaim as an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Renowned for his collaborations with his brother Shawn Wayans, the 51-year-old star gained prominence through their joint venture on The WB's sitcom "The Wayans Bros."
What is Marlon Wayans' Net Worth?
Renowned as an American comedian, actor, producer, writer, and director, Marlon Wayans has accumulated a net worth of$40 million. Part of the well-known Wayans family known for their comedy, he frequently works with his brother Shawn Wayans.
Wayans' film highlights include roles in "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988), "Scary Movie" (2000), and "White Chicks" (2004), while on TV he has also been seen in shows like "In Living Color" and "The Wayans Bros."
Marlon Wayans Property Ventures
Marlon Wayans successfully sold his Sherman Oaks, California residence in 2016 for $1.5 million. This transaction occurred a decade after he originally purchased the property in 2006 for $1.525 million.
Constructed in 2005, this two-story Mediterranean-style house boasts an open floor plan, elegant marble and hardwood flooring, and French doors leading to an inviting swimming pool and spa area. The property, covering 4,130 square feet, includes five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms.
Marlon Wayans Career Highlights
Marlon Wayans and his siblings were featured on the sketch comedy series "In Living Color" between 1992 and 1993. From 1995 to 1999, he co-starred with his brother Shawn Wayans in the WB sitcom "The Wayans Bros."
Initially, Wayans was in line for the role of Robin in the 1992 film "Batman Returns," but the role was cut due to the film's extensive character list. He was later set to play the part in the 1995 sequel "Batman Forever," but a change in directors from Tim Burton to Joel Schumacher led to a recasting, resulting in Wayans receiving compensation.
Chris O'Donnell eventually filled Marlon's intended role. However, in August 2021, the comic "Batman '89," published by DC Entertainment, featured Wayans's likeness to Robin, with the character renamed Drake Winston, following his approval.
Wayans also produced and co-wrote the first two "Scary Movie" films, released in 2000 and 2001, starring alongside his brother Shawn. In 2000, he played roles in "Requiem for a Dream" and "Dungeons & Dragons," and co-hosted the MTV Video Music Awards with Shawn.
Marlon was the producer of the Nickelodeon cartoon series "Thugaboo." In 2017, NBC launched his sitcom, "Marlon," which ran for 10 episodes and was renewed for a second season. The show is now available on Netflix.
In September 2017, it was announced by Variety that Wayans would partner with LA-based Shots Studios to create a YouTube channel, collaborating with creators like Anwar Jibawi and Hannah Stocking. In 2020, he inked a deal with HBO Max.
Additionally, in August 2021, DC Entertainment began publishing "Batman '89," a comic book adaptation using Wayans's likeness for Robin (renamed Drake Winston) with his permission.
Marlon Wayans Controversial Incidents
As an actor and comedian, Marlon Wayans has found himself at the center of various controversies. In August 2023, he uploaded a video on Instagram showing Black men confronting White individuals, which was related to an incident at the Montgomery Riverfront.
The post received criticism from online users who felt it negatively portrayed the Black community's efforts to stand together. They also took issue with Wayans for not supporting his community and for referencing a contentious song in his post.
Another incident occurred in June 2021 when Marlon was charged with disturbing the peace following an altercation with a United Airlines gate agent. He claimed racial targeting was the reason behind the confrontation.
The incident escalated when the agent allegedly tried to prevent Wayans from boarding the plane after he had complied with the baggage policy, while seemingly allowing white passengers with excess luggage to board. Marlon's legal team argued that this was an act of racial discrimination and that the continued prosecution by Denver authorities was an extension of this bias.
These instances highlight the controversies Marlon has encountered, ranging from social media uproar to a public altercation, raising questions about community loyalty and racial discrimination.
Marlon Wayans, 51, was born on July 23, 1972, in New York City. He is the son of Elvira Wayans and Howell Wayans. He grew up in a Jehovah's Witnesses family in New York City's housing projects.
Wayans is the youngest of 10 children. At 11, he started working at a pizza shop. He went to Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York. After high school, Marlon went to Howard University in Washington, D.C., but left to follow his dream of acting.