You’ll know Allen Payne from Tyler Perry’s House of Payne where he was featured as C.J. Payne. The American actor who emerged on the screens in the 90s is indeed one of the endearing figures in entertainment.
Apart from House of Payne, the actor is also known for a host of other productions including New Jack City, a notable 1994 movie. To tell more about him would mean to go through his humble beginnings and his breakthrough in the industry.
Allen Payne Bio, Age
Allen was born on July 7, 1968, in the Harlem area in New York City. Like most of his colleagues, Allen Payne who had an interest in acting as a young boy struggled his way through success. After several attempts, he landed a role on television in 1990 when he was featured on The Cosby Show. In the show, he played several characters including that of Lance Rodman, Charmaine’s boyfriend.
His appearances on The Cosby show drew him more attention, and Allen further made appearances on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Malcolm and Eddie. His first movie was Rooftops in 1989 where he also proved himself relevant and unique. He went ahead to feature in a TV movie Double Platinum produced in 1999 and a TV series All of Us which aired in 2002.
This ushered him into the world of showbiz proper and he started featuring in Hollywood movies. Some of his movies include The Perfect Storm (2000), 30 Years to Life (2001), Crossover (2006), and The Walking Dead (1995). The talented actor gave his best in popular Tyler Perry’s House of Payne until 2012 when he left. He has not been seen recently in any movie but fans are highly expectant of a new movie featuring Payne.
Payne effortlessly diffuses into any character and pulls off his unique appearances. Al, as he is nicknamed has won the hearts of many movie lovers through his subtle but fierce approach which has proved him to be quite brilliant.
He was born to his parents Allen Roberts his father whom he was named after, and Barara Reeves his mother. Growing up in an area like Harlem notorious for its high crime rates, young Allen always got into trouble with authorities over acts of youthful exuberance. He was enrolled at Pennsauken High School Pennsauken where he had his secondary education.
To keep his mind focused his parents also enrolled him in acting classes. From taking classes, his interest in the field grew profusely and he decided to venture fully into acting. He is an older brother to his two siblings whose names are not known. Allen is often reported by sources to be a brother of Carl Anthony Payne II, who featured on The Cosby Show as Theo’s friend “Cockroach”. But in actuality, they’re not brothers.
Allen Payne really keeps his personal life private and has kept such details away from the prying eyes of the media. For this reason, there has been contradicting information about his love life – if he has a wife or a child, or a girlfriend. The talented actor has been linked to Demetria McKinney who was reported to be in a relationship with him.
Allen was also reported to have dated famous actress and singer, Tisha Campbell-Martin. Rumors also have it that he shares a kid with one of his girlfriends. The actor, however, has not come out to affirm the truth about any of the aforementioned reports about him.
More so he is not married to anyone at the moment though sources are still sniffing around for more information.
Is Allen Payne Gay?
For a celebrity with contradicting background information, such a question is expected. The American actor has got everyone guessing on matters relating to his sexuality due to the notoriously private nature of his lifestyle.
While some sources say he is married to a woman, others say he also has a son. But the deafening silence on these issues on Allen’s part has raised suspicions about his sexuality with many perceiving him as gay. However, his interviews have shown he is not in any way disturbed by the rumors. The said rumors also have in no way pushed the actor into bombarding the press with attestations and confirmations about his sexuality.
His life on social media is even more mystifying as the actor rarely posts anything about his personal life. He has never revealed anything about his girlfriend (if any) and has maintained a simple life on and off social media.
Height and Weight
Allen who has black-colored hair is pretty tall and has the right stature that suits his career. With a height of 1.85 meters (6ft 1″) and a proportional weight, the actor would surely have no issues playing any character.