Shawn Wayans

Shawn Wayans at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Dance Flick'. Arcli

Wayans in 2009, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Shawn M. Wayans

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 19, 1971

Ethnicity: African-American

Shawn Wayans is an American actor, comedian, DJ, producer, and writer. He has starred in the films Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, White Chicks, Little Man, and Dance Flick, all of which he co-wrote; and on the shows In Living Color and The Wayans Bros., which he co-created.

He is the son of Elvira Alethia (Green) and Howell Stouten Wayans. He is one of ten siblings, including entertainers Dwayne Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, and Marlon Wayans, all of whom he has collaborated with. Shawn has three children. His nephew is actor and comedian Damon Wayans, Jr.

Shawn’s paternal grandfather was Paul Otto Wayans (the son of Stouton Wayans and Della Johnson). Paul was born in Connecticut. Stouton was the son of Peter Waynes/Wayans.

Shawn’s paternal grandmother was Lillian Victoria Howell (the daughter of Isaiah Howell and Ethel J. Grant). Lillian was born in Florida. Isaiah was the son of Moses Howell and Anna Smith.

Shawn’s maternal grandfather was Ivory Garrett Green (the son of Edward Powell Green and Mary Magdalene Brock). Ivory was born in South Carolina. Edward was the son of James Green and Dorcas Nelson. Mary Magdalene was the daughter of Marion Brock, who was born into slavery, and of Catherine Rhame.

Shawn’s maternal grandmother was Elvira Brown (the daughter of Hooper Robert Brown and Emma J. Pleasant). Elvira was born in South Carolina. Hooper was the son of Alex Brown and Elvira. Emma was the daughter of Abraham Pleasant and Polly Coad.

A DNA test of Shawn’s brother 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 Shawn Wayans (through Shawn’s brother, Keenen Ivory Wayans) –

Genealogy of Shawn Wayans –

Shawn’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene Brock, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

8 Responses

  1. fuzzybear44 says:

    It’s okay to mention his Asian ancestry in the bio

  2. andrew says:

    Shawn’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene Brock, on the 1880 U.S. Census:

  3. phaedra says:

    One of the few black men, alongside Trey Songz, that I find incredibly sexy.

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