Hollywood sure has several families of actors, writers, and directors as entertainment is a huge family business for some of the biggest stars in the industry. There might be a family funnier than the Wayans somewhere in the world, but we have not met that family yet.
Damon Wayans definitely comes to the mind of many Hollywood fans before any other member of the Wayans family. However, this article tells you some interesting facts about Damon Wayans Jr., the first son of the renowned standup comedian, actor, and writer.
Damon Wayans Jr. is one of the few Hollywood actors whose stay in the industry dates back to childhood. We don’t know if to attribute this long-standing success to his birth into a family of fantastic actors, the training he received at the New York Film Academy, or the combination of both factors. Whatever the case is, Damon Wayans has undoubtedly grown from the adorable young Kevin in Blankman into an irresistible multi-talented award-winning actor and comedian.
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Meet Damon Wayans
Damon Kyle Wayans was born in Huntington, Vermont, US, on November 18, 1982, as the eldest child to Damon Wayans and Lisa Thorner. He is a member of the famous Wayans family who is well known for their success in the media industry as directors, actors, screenwriters, and comedians, some of whom are Marlon Wayan, Shawn Wayans, Keenen Ivory, and Kim Wayans.
Damon Wayans Jr. Damon made his film debut at twelve years old in his father’s feature film Blankman where he played young Kelvin. Damon Kyle Wayans has graced the screens playing different roles in different projects, movies, comedy series, and television shows from that time until now.
Although Damon Wayans Jr. s known by many, here are six facts about him that are not known to so many people.
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1. Damon was born is his grandma’s house
Damon had a rather unusual start in life. Unlike other babies born in the hospital, Wayans Jr. was birthed in his maternal grandmother’s home in Vermont. He also spent the major part of his early life in the care of his grandparents in Los Angeles.
2. Damon wayans Jr is a Passionate Animator
Contrary to the common thought that Damon Wayans decided to follow his father’s footsteps as a child, he initially had a passion for fine arts and animation as he started drawing at 2. He pursued this passion during his days in High School and spent one year in art school before finally going into what his family is known for. He found that art college had too many academic requirements than he could handle, so he decided to drop out changed his mind from being an animator to being a writer, actor, and comedian. We can all agree that he is excellent at what he does.
3. Kyle Green is the same person as Damon Wayans
Damon never wanted to hide under the shadow of his well-established comedian father and extended family. In an attempt to create his own identity in the comedy industry, he started standup comedy with the pseudonym Kyle Green, and the name lasted for as long as he appeared on stage. While he did a great job hiding his identity as a member of the famous Wayans family, the striking resemblance he shares with his father gave him away pretty fast.
4. Snowboarding and Mixed Martial Arts are his favorite activities
Snowboarding and being an entertainer still match to an extent, but martial arts? We are not exactly sure of that. How does the same person that makes us roll out of our seats laughing take pleasure in fighting? As much as the actor sees it as a form of sport, we find it challenging to settle with seeing our favorite hilarious comedian in martial art suits. On the flip side, it is so good to know that Damon is just as good in sports as on the stage and the screen.
5. Damon Has a Son
Despite constantly being in our faces, Damon’s personal life details are far from being public. He and his wife, Samara Saraiva, have done a great job keeping details of their marital lives off the media. We, however, know that the couple has more kids than the two daughters the actor has with his ex-lover. In addition to these two, Damon and samara have three children; two daughters and a son whose names are Berlyn, Lua, and Maverick Wayans.
6. Damon Has Six Award Nominations
As far as we are concerned, Damon Wayans Jr. is an award-winning actor because only a genius can deliver what he constantly gives to us in every film and TV show that has featured him. Many other Hollywood fans probably beg to disagree with us on this as the seasoned actor won none of the six awards he has been nominated for so far. Three out of the six awards Damon Wayans has been nominated for in the past ten years came from the ABC sitcom ‘Happy Endings’, where he played Brad Williams.
It doesn’t seem like Damon Kyle Wayans will be out of our faces anytime soon as he stars alongside Gina Rodriguez in the new Netflix movie ‘Players’ where he plays Adam. We hope to see a lot more of him on our screens because his presence brings us laughter ad so much joy.