Damon Wayans, Jr.

Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Big Hero 6” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2014 – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / HollywoodNewsWire.net / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Damon Kyle Wayans

Place of Birth: Huntington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States

Date of Birth: November 18, 1982

Ethnicity: African-American

Damon Wayans, Jr. is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and writer. His roles include the films Dance Flick, Marmaduke (2010), The Other Guys, Someone Marry Barry, Let’s Be Cops, Big Hero 6, How to Be Single, Super Troopers 2, Trouble; Love, Guaranteed; Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Cherry (2021), Long Weekend, The Harder They Fall, and Supercool, and television’s The Underground, Happy Endings, New Girl, Happy Together, The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, and The Twilight Zone.

Damon is the son of Lisa Marie Thorner and actor and comedian Damon Wayans, of the comedic Wayans family. His parents are both African-American. Damon is the nephew of actors, comedians, and filmmakers Dwayne Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Kim Wayans, Elvira Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans.

Damon is married to Samara Saraiva. He has two children with his former partner Aja Metoyer; and four children with Samara.

Damon’s paternal grandfather is Howell Stouten Wayans (the son of Paul Otto Wayans and Lillian Victoria Howell). Howell was born in New York. Paul was the son of Stouton Wayans and Della Johnson. Lillian was the daughter of Isaiah Howell and Ethel J. Grant.

Damon’s paternal grandmother is Elvira Alethia Green (the daughter of Ivory Garrett Green and Elvira Brown). Elvira was born in New York. Ivory was the son of Edward Powell Green and Mary Magdalene Brock. Damon’s great-grandmother Elvira was the daughter of Hooper Robert Brown and Emma J. Pleasant.

A DNA test of Damon’s uncle Keenen on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) indicated that Keenen has genetic ancestry from the Malagasy people, of Madagascar.

Sources: Genealogy of Damon Wayans, Jr. (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Damon’s father (through his own brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans) – http://www.pbs.org

Damon’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene Brock, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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