A true member of her family, Kim Wayans is a multitalented individual who does everything from acting to comedy, directing, production, and writing. As someone born into the Wayans family, she has made a name for herself, although tapping from the fame of her family, in showbiz. Kim began her career in the 1980s and has since then, sustained it until around 2016 when she seemed to take a little break from acting.
She is known for various works including In Living Color (1990–94) in which she took up various roles and In the House (1995–98) in which she took the role of Tonia Harris. In the paragraphs below, you will get to learn a lot more about her.
Kim Wayans Biography
Described as one of the funniest women television viewers have been honored to have at some point in time, Kim Wayans was born October 16, 1961, in New York City, New York. She was brought up in a very large family by her parents, Howell Stouten Wayans and Elvira Alethia in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City in a Jehovah Witness family. For her education, she went to Wesleyan University from where she graduated.
Before she began her career as an actress, Kim started out as a stand-up comedian in the early 1980s, performing in Los Angeles clubs. The six-foot-tall actress got one of her earliest acting roles in Cathy (1986) and then from 1987 to 1988, she was in A Different World. With many more works to her name, she appeared in Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (1996) which became one of her famous works. Kim kept acting in the years that followed until 2016 when she appeared in the TV Series The Breaks. Before then, she was in New Girl (2014) and Reckless (2013).
Kim Wayans is not as active as she used to be years ago, but she has already paid her dues in the entertainment world. It is thanks to this that she has a net worth that is estimated at $8 million.
The first guess of one who comes across the Wayans family will be that the main people behind the family- the parents, Howell Stouten Wayans, and Elvira Alethia are in showbiz. On the contrary, they are not. While Howell was a supermarket manager, her mother was a social worker.
Kim and her 9 siblings worked their ways up the ladder of the entertainment business cutting everything including writing, directing, comedy, production, and the most popular of all, acting.
Among her siblings are Dwayne Wayans (a writer and film score composer), Keenen Ivory Wayans (actor and filmmaker), Damon Wayans (comedian, actor, and producer), Shawn Wayans (actor, producer, DJ, and comedian), and Marlon Wayans (actor, comedian, and screenwriter). Others are Elvira, Nadia, Diedre, and Vonnie.
The rise of the siblings which turned the family into a comedy dynasty in the 1980s and 90s was tied to Keenen Ivory Wayans whose success in the 1980s as a director and comedian made it easy for him to place his siblings in the entertainment business with all the ease in the world.
Many years after the siblings started, they are no more as popular as they used to be. In fact, most of them seem to have vanished from the entertainment scene almost completely.
Kim Wayans’ Husband, And Does She Have Children?
If you are wondering, Kim Wayans is a married woman. Although it is not known when she tied the knot, it is known that her husband is Kevin Knotts whom she dated for quite a long time before they finally decided to settle down together. According to some sources, the pair have been together for close to two decades.
Just like Kim, her husband is also an actor and writer who has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows including Gangland (2001) and Damon Wayans’ TV sitcom, My Wife and Kids (2001 to 2005). He has also collaborated with his wife to write ‘Amy Hodgepodge’, a children’s book series.
Even though they have been together for a very long time, Kim and Kevin still do not have any children, having decided a long time ago that they were not going to have children. According to Kim who was raised in a house with many kids, she is not interested in having children because her siblings already have them.
She revealed that there are always kids for her to love and cuddle and whenever she was tired, she could easily return them home.