Who is Michael Wayans?
Michael Richard ‘Mike’ Wayans was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 28 March 1985 – his zodiac sign is Aries, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor and composer, with just three acting credits to his name, while he’s probably only widely known as a member of the Wayans family, with most of his relatives having become successful in the film industry.
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Early life and education
Michael was raised in Los Angeles alongside his brother Damon Kyle Wayans Jr. and sisters Kyla and Cara Mia, by their father Damon Kyle Wayans, an American actor, film writer and producer, and their mother Lisa Thorner who was a housewife; Damon and Lisa married in 1984, and divorced in 2000.
Michael grew up being interested in acting, looking up to his father who occasionally took his children with him while shooting for his movies and TV series.
Michael was only nine years old when he made his debut film appearance, with his portrayal of Young Darryl in the action crime comedy movie “Blankman”, directed by Mike Binder, and which starred his father Damon, David Alan Grier and Robin Givens. It follows an inventor who has built himself a bulletproof costume, and has thus become a superhero.
Michael didn’t act for the following seven years, wanting to focus on his education. He studied at a local high school, and was interested in a couple of activities during his four years there, including playing soccer and basketball, and practicing dancing.
He matriculated in 2003, and because he hasn’t spoken of his further education, it’s widely believed that he didn’t attend college.
Career as an actor
Between 2001 and 2003, Michael played Mike in five episodes of the critically acclaimed family comedy series “My Wife and Kids”, co-created by his father Damon, who also starred in it alongside Tisha Campbell and George Gore II. It follows Michael Kyle who’s dreaming of being able to lead a traditional and peaceful life, but his wife and their three children are making this impossible for him; the series aired from 2001 to 2005, and won 11 of the 47 awards for which it was nominated.
Michael’s only other acting credit was his portrayal of a supporting character in the 2009 musical action comedy movie “Dance Flick”, directed by his relative Damien Dante Wayans, and which starred Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans and Shoshana Bush; it follows street dancer Thomas Uncles who has fallen in love with fellow dancer Megan White.
Michael made a guest appearance in the 1989 episode “Damon Wayans” of the documentary series “One Night Stand”.
He composed the theme music for the 2006 comedy series “The Underground”, and sang the song “I Shot Him at a Quarter-to-One” in the 2009 movie “Dance Flick”.
Love life and relationships
Michael prefers to keep the details of his love life to himself, but it’s still widely known that he’s today in a long-term relationship with Vanessa Simmons, an American TV personality but who’s probably only publicly known for being the daughter of American rapper Joseph Ward Simmons.
Michael and Vanessa haven’t spoken of how and when they met, but it’s believed that they were introduced by a mutual friend at a party in 2005.
She gave birth to their daughter Ava Marie Jean Wayans on 13 February 2014, and it was around that time that rumors began circulating the internet about Michael and Vanessa planning to marry.
They are yet to exchange vows, and during one of her interviews, Vanessa stated that she wants to have more children with Michael, but only if they marry first.
As of May 2022, Michael’s in a long-term relationship with Vanessa Simmons, hasn’t married, and has a daughter with Vanessa.
Hobbies and other interests
Michael’s quite active on Instagram and is today followed by more than 60,000 people, while he has uploaded close to 400 pictures onto the network, most of which feature him during his everyday life.
He’s into travelling, and has been to a couple of US states for both work and pleasure; Michael has also travelled overseas, visiting a couple of European countries, including Spain and Italy.
He’s a lover of animals and has a pet dog.
Michael likes to listen to rap music, and his favorite rappers are Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
He enjoys watching Hollywood movies in his spare time and his favorite actor and actress are Samuel L. Jackson and Kate Winslet, while a couple of his favorite films include “Pulp Fiction”, “The Hateful Eight” and “Jackie Brown”.
Age, height and net worth
Michael’s age is 37. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 3ins (1.9m) and he weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).
As of May 2022, his net worth stands at over $2.5 million, while his father Damon’s net worth has been estimated at more than $35 million.
Who is his father, Damon?
Damon was born in New York City, USA on 4 September 1960 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He has appeared in more than 40 movies and TV series, as well as written over 20, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the lead character Jimmy Dix in the hit 1991 action crime comedy movie “The Last Boy Scout”, directed by Tony Scott, and which also starred Bruce Willis and Chelsea Field. It follows a private detective who’s investigating the murder of his protected witness, and the movie was nominated for two awards.
Damon was raised in New York City alongside his four brothers and five sisters, by their father Howell Stouten Wayans who was the manager of a supermarket, and their mother Elvira Alethia (nee Green) who was a singer.
Damon became interested in acting and comedy while attending Murry Bergtraum High School, he was a member of its drama club and appeared in nearly all the plays performed at the school, as well as in a couple performed at a community theatre. He matriculated in 1978 and worked a couple of jobs for the following six years, prior to launching his career as an actor.
Damon’s debut film appearance was in the 1984 action crime comedy movie “Beverly Hills Cop”, which starred Eddie Murphy, and he gained recognition in the following two years, when he played various characters in 11 episodes of the comedy show “Saturday Night Live”.
Between 1990 and 1994, Damon played a number of characters in the popular comedy series “In Living Color”, created by his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, who also starred in it, alongside Jim Carrey and Kelly Coffield Park.
It follows the lives of members of a dysfunctional family and a couple of their friends, and the series won seven awards, including a Primetime Emmy, while it was nominated for 21 other award. A couple of Damon’s notable performances in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1995 family adventure comedy movie “Major Payne”, the 1996 sports comedy film “The Great White Hype” and the 1999 drama movie “Harlem Aria”.
Damon had only a couple of roles in the 2000s, including in the 2003 musical comedy movie “Marci X” and the 2008 comedy film “Never Better”, and most recently, between 2016 and 2019, he played the lead character Roger Murtaugh in all the 55 episodes of the critically acclaimed action crime comedy series “Lethal Weapon”.
Damon has won two of the 18 awards for which he has been nominated: he won a 2002 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series, and a 2004 BET Comedy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, both for his performance in “My Wife and Kids”.