Kim Wayans is an American actress, director, and writer who became popular after appearing in the family comedy series ‘In Living Color’. When Kim wanted to enter the world of acting, her siblings had already made a name for themselves. She started off by appearing in a string of TV series in guest roles before joining the cast of the family show ‘In Living Color’, which proved to be her breakthrough.
After appearing in over 100 episodes of the comedy series, she started getting more roles in both TV series and movies. Her most notable performances include that of Tonia Harris in ‘In the House’, Mrs. Johnson in ‘Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’, Audrey in ‘Pariah’, and Vi Briggs in ‘Reckless’. Her performance in the movie ‘Pariah’ earned her several award nominations.
She is also known for her one-woman show, which has performed well at various theatres. Apart from acting, Kim Wayans is also a reputed children’s author and has written a series of children’s novels. Her most recent appearances include roles in the popular series ‘The Breaks’, ‘New Girl’, and ‘Marlon’.
Kim Wayans Age
She was born on October 16, 1961 in New York City, New York, United States. She is 56 years old as of 2018.
Kim Wayans Family
Kim N Wayans was born on October 16, 1961 in New York City, U.S.A to Elvira Alethia and Howell Stouten Wayans. Her father worked as a supermarket manager, while her mother was a homemaker. The family belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses sect.
They grew up in the neighborhood of Chelsea. Her siblings include the popular actors Damon Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Nadia Wayans. She graduated from Seward Park High School. She has been married to actor and writer Kevin Knotts. The couple does not have any children.
Kim Wayans Siblings
She has five brothers Dwayne Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Damon Wayans, and Marlon Wayans, and four sisters Nadia Wayans, Diedre Wayans, Elvira Wayans, and Vonnie Wayans.
Kim Wayans Husband/Children
She is married to actor and writer Kevin Knotts for more than 15 years. Kim and her husband have co-authored a children’s book series titled ‘Amy Hodgepodge’. The couple does not have any children of their own.
Kim Wayans Net Worth
Kim Wayan has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars.
Kim Wayans In Living Color
This series provides a platform for the many members of the comedic Wayans family. Popular recurring sketches include Homey D. Clown, the Homeboy Shopping Network, Men on Film and Great Moments in Black History.
Kim Wayans Career
After graduating from Wesleyan University, Kim Wayans decided to start working in the entertainment industry. Given that her family had already established themselves in Hollywood, Kim had it easy. She made her TV debut in the series ‘A Different World’ as Allison and appeared in 11 episodes from 1987 to 1988.
In 1988, she played the role of Cameo Candette in the drama ‘China Beach’. She also made her film debut in the same year with a minor role in ‘I’m Gonna Git You Sucka’. In 1990, she was seen in the TV series ‘Dream On’ as Nicki. Her biggest breakthrough came in 1990 when she started appearing in the family comedy sketch show ‘In Living Color’ from 1990 to 1993 and later in 2001. The series was extremely popular, and Kim appeared in over 115 episodes in different roles and even wrote an episode herself.
With the rising popularity of ‘In Living Color’, she exclusively focused on the series and didn’t appear in other shows until 1993. In 1994, she was seen in the movies ‘Floundering’, ‘A Low Down Dirty Shame’, and ‘Talking About Sex’.
In 1995, she was cast in a leading role in the series ‘In the House’. The comedy series was hugely popular, and Kim appeared in 50 episodes from 1995 to 1998. In the same year, she also appeared in ‘The Wayans Bros.’ as Sheila and later played the same character again in 1998. In 1996, she appeared in the movie as ‘Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood’ as Mrs. Johnson.
She also voiced the character of the mom in ‘Waynehead’ from 1996 to 1997. Over the next couple of years, her appearances dwindled. She was seen in the movie ‘Critics and Other Freaks’ (1997) and the TV series ‘Getting Personal’. She began the new millennium with the movie ‘Juwanna Mann’ in 2002. She played the role of Latisha Jansen. After a four-year break, she was seen on the big screen in 2007 with a role in the TV movie ‘What News’ as Pearl Davis. Later, she played the role of Ms. Dontwannabebothered in ‘Dance Flick’ (2009) and that of Audrey in ‘Pariah’ (2011). In 2007, she was seen in the theatres with her one-woman show titled ‘A Handsome Woman Retreats’