Although the American movie and entertainment industry is still well dominated by white people, people of color, particularly African Americans have made major splashes in Hollywood throughout history. Either individually like Denzel Washington or Morgan Freeman or as a family like the Wayans family, which boasts of several actors, producers, and writers, one of whom is Kim Wayans, an actress who made her name on the show, In Living Color.
Although her name began to ring out when In Living Color came on air, Kim Wayans had been in the industry years prior, making minor appearances in a few movies and TV shows. Since the sketch comedy show came to an end, Kim has maintained her appearance in Hollywood, appearing in modern projects like Reckless and New Girl.
Who is Kim Wayans?
Kim Wayans was born on the 16th of October, 1961 in New York City as the fourth child and first daughter of her parents, Howell Stouten Wayans and Elvira Alethia. She was raised in the famous Harlem neighborhood of New York City and was raised a Jehovah Witness. Not much is known of her early education but for her higher education, she graduated from Wesleyan University, after which she set out for a career in comedy, relocating to Los Angeles and performing as a stand-up comedian in clubs.
Her eventual journey into the world of acting began in 1987 when she appeared as an extra in the film, Hollywood Shuffle, and in the same year, she got her first named role as Allison in the show, A Different World. The show ran from 1987 to 1988 and at the end of it, Kim made other appearances in China Beach and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka before she began her appearance in the classic show, In Living Color in 1990.
During her time on the show, Kim Wayans made other appearances in movies like Floundering, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Talking About Sex and a few others. After In Living Color eventually came to an end, with Kim appearing in 115 episodes, she continued her acting career with appearances in projects like Juwanna Mann, Pariah, Criminal Minds, Reckless, Hawaii Five-0 and several more.
Since she made her debut in 1987, she has appeared in over 30 movies and TV shows and has been nominated for a variety of awards for her performances. Aside from her career as an actress, she is also a writer and she has penned episodes of My Wife and Kids, In Living Color and the Soul Train Comedy Awards. She is also a producer and has directed four episodes of My Wife and Kids.
Who are Her Siblings?
Earlier, we mentioned Kim Wayans is a member of the Wayans family. The family, which consists of ten children born to her parents include notable names like Dwayne Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, and Marlon Wayans.
The eldest child of the Wayans family, Dwayne is a writer and a film-score composer whose works include a majority of the Wayans’ projects, such as Dance Flick, Underground, Little Man, and a couple of others.
Keenen Ivory Wayans is an actor, comedian, director, and writer like Kim who has also appeared or worked on several of the Wayans’ films, along with others like Most Wanted, Eddie Murphy Raw, The Five Heartbeats, The Boo Crew and a plethora of others.
Both Damon Wayans and Shawn Wayans are actors, comedians, writers, and producers with an extensive filmography to their names.
Other siblings include Marlon Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Diedre Wayans, Vonnie Wayans, Elvira Wayans who are all members of the movie industry with several movies and TV show credits between them.
Who is Her Husband? Does she have Kids?
Kim Wayans has been a married woman for a very long time, and she has been married to Kevin Knotts, who like her, is also an actor. The history of their relationship or when exactly they got married is unknown, but they have reportedly been married for over 17 years.
As for kids, Kim and Kevin have chosen not to have any children of their own, with Kim attributing the decision to a lack of need for it due to the fact she grew up in a large family and has several nephews and nieces from her siblings.
However, what they lack in children, Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts share in collaborative work for children book series, Amy Hodgepodge which they have been writing and publishing since 2008.