• Kim Wayans is an American actress, author, and member of the Wayans Family.
• She was born in New York City and attended Seward Park High School and Wesleyan University.
• Kim is best known for her roles on Fox’s comedy-sketch show “In Living Color” and NBC sitcom “In The House”.
• She has also co-authored the children’s book series “Amy Hodgepodge” and is currently married to Kevin Knotts.
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $8 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$8 million
Date Of BirthOctober 16, 1961
SpouseKevin Knotts
FactAttended and graduated from Wesleyan University.

Who is Kim Wayans? Where is she now?

Kim N. Wayans was born on the 16th October 1961 in New York City, USA, and is an author and actress, probably best recognized for starring in various roles in the Fox comedy-sketch show “In Living Color” (1990–2001), playing Tonia Harris in the NBC sitcom “In The House” (1995-1998) and as Audrey in the drama film “Pariah” (2011). Kim is also known for being a member of The Wayans Family, prominent in various roles in the entertainment industry. She is still active as a professional actress as well as a co-author of the children’s book series “Amy Hodgepodge”.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings and Education

In her early life, Kim spent her childhood in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, where she was raised by her father, Howell Stouten Wayans who worked as a supermarket manager, and her mother, Elvira Alethia (Green), who was a homemaker and social worker; her parents became known for being involved in the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion and for having ten children. So, Kim is the sister of writer and film score composer Dwayne Wayans, actors Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Nadia Wayans and Marlon Wayans, and screenwriters Elvira Wayans, Diedre Wayans and Vonnie Wayans. Regarding her education, Kim attended Seward Park High School, after which she graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1983.
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Career Beginnings

Speaking about Kim’s acting career, it started in 1987 when she made her debut film appearance in a small role in Robert Townsend’s comedy film “Hollywood Shuffle”, after which she was selected to play Allison Guisewite in the first season of the NBC sitcom “A Different World” (1987-1988). When that filming was ended, Kim guest-starred as Cameo Candette in two episodes of the ABC drama series “China Beach”, and featured as a nightclub singer in the action comedy film “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, written and directed by her brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, both in 1988, all of which started to increase her popularity and net worth.

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Rise to Prominence and “In Living Color”

In 1990, after guest-starring as Nicki in an episode of the HBO situation-comedy series “Dream On”, Kim was chosen to portray various roles, such as Benita Butrell, Laquita and Mrs. Brooks, in the Fox sketch-comedy show “In Living Color”, which lasted from 1990 to 1994. It was created by her brother Keenen Ivory Wayans, who also starred in the show. Her next roles came in 1994, when she was cast as Diane in the action comedy film “A Low Down Dirty Shame” next to Keenen Ivory Wayans, Charles S. Dutton and Jada Pinkett Smith, and then as Andie Norman in the romantic comedy film “Talking About Sex”, directed by Aaron Speiser. Between 1995 and 1998, she portrayed Tonia Harris in the NBC sitcom “In The House” and guest-starred as Cousin Shelia in two episodes of The WB sitcom “The Wayans Bros.”

The late 1990s

By the end of the decade, Kim had also landed the role of Mrs. Johnson in the 1996 crime comedy film “Don’t Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood” alongside her brothers Shawn, Marlon and Keenen Ivory Wayans, portrayed Mom in the Kids’ WB animated series “Waynehead” (1996-1997) and featured as Bettina in the drama film “Critics And Other Freaks” (1997), considerablyincreasing her net worth. She also guest-starred as Rhonda in the Fox sitcom “Getting Personal” in 1998.

The 2000s

Kim’s next major role came at the beginning of the next decade, when she starred as Latisha Jansen in the romantic comedy “Juwanna Mann” (2002). During the next four years, she wasn’t active in the search for other projects, so her next role came in 2006, when she provided her voice to the character of Momma in the TV film “Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness”, and its sequel “Thugaboo: A Miracle On D-Roc’s Street” in the same year. In 2007, she was cast as Pearl ‘Lightning’ Davis in the TV comedy film “What News?”, which was followed by her portrayal of Ms. Dontwannabebothered in Damien Dante Wayans’ musical comedy film “Dance Flick” next to Marlon and Shawn Wayans, and Shoshana Bush, all of which contributed to her wealth.

The 2010s and “Pariah”

With the beginning of the 2010s, Kim continued to line up successes by starring in the role of Audrey in the drama film “Pariah” (2011), for which she was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 2012 Black Reel Awards. Thereafter, she guest-starred as Darlene Beckett in the CBS crime drama series “Criminal Minds” (2012), and as Dr. Owens in the TV Land sitcom “The Soul Man” (2013), after which she was cast as Vi Briggs in the CBS legal drama series “Reckless” in 2014.

Recent Years

Kim guest-starred as Susan in two episodes of the Fox sitcom “New Girl” (2016) and as Ella in several episodes of the VH1 drama series “The Breaks” (2017). She also landed the role of Faye in the romantic comedy “Ray Meets Helen” (2017), directed by Alan Rudolph, and most recently guest-starred in an episode of the TV series “Marlon” (2018) alongside Marlon Wayans in the lead role.

Other Ventures

In addition to her career as an actress, Kim has spent some time working as a writer and producer on her brother Damon Wayas’ sitcom “My Wife And Kids”. Beside that, Kim along with her husband Kevin Knotts co-wrote the children’s book series entitled “Amy Hodgepodge” in 2008, increasing further her wealth.

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Kim Wayans Net Worth

Over $8 million.

Personal Life and Twitter

Kim Wayans has been married to Kevin Knotts since 2002; by profession, he is also involved in the entertainment industry as an author and actor. The couple don’t have children. Their current residence is in LA, CA.

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Appearance and Vital Statistics

  • Dark brown frizzy hair
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Height is 6ft (1.83 m)
  • Weight ~158lbs (72kgs)
  • Vital statistics 35-27-36

General Info

Full NameKim Wayans
Net Worth$8 million
Date Of BirthOctober 16, 1961
Height1.83 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Actor, Television Director
EducationWesleyan University, Seward Park Campus


SpouseKevin Knotts
ParentsHowell Wayans, Elvira Wayans
SiblingsKeenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Damon Wayans, Elvira Wayans, Dwayne Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Diedre Wayans, Vonnie Wayans


AwardsTV Land Groundbreaking Show Award
NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
MoviesPariah, Dance Flick, Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness, Juwanna Mann, Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, A Low Down Dirty Shame, Floundering, Eddie Murphy Raw, Hollywood Shuffle, Talking About Sex
TV ShowsReckless, In the House, Waynehead, In Living Color, Thugaboo

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1Attended and graduated from Wesleyan University.
2Sister of Dwayne Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Damon Wayans, Nadia Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. Also has sisters Elvira, Diedre, and Vonnie. Cousin of Craig Wayans. Aunt of Damon Wayans Jr., Michael Wayans, Cara Mia Wayans, Kyla Wayans, Jolie Ivory Imani Wayans, Keenen Ivory Wayans Jr., Nala Wayans, Bella Wayans, and Damien Dante Wayans.




Ray Meets Helen2016post-productionFaye
New Girl2016TV SeriesSusan
Hit the Floor2016TV SeriesKaren Halford
Hawaii Five-02015TV SeriesDiane
Reckless2014TV SeriesVi Briggs
The Soul Man2013TV SeriesDr. Owens
Criminal Minds2012TV SeriesDarlene Beckett
Dance Flick2009Ms. Dontwannabebothered
What News?2007TV MoviePearl 'Lightning' Davis
Thugaboo: A Miracle on D-Roc's Street2006TV MovieMomma (voice)
Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness2006TV MovieMomma / Joyce (voice)
Juwanna Mann2002Latisha Jansen
In Living Color1990-2001TV SeriesVarious / Mathilda Hedley / Mrs. Keegan / ...
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child2000TV SeriesJackie-In-The-Box / Lulu
The Wayans Bros.1995-1998TV SeriesSheila
Getting Personal1998TV SeriesRhonda
In the House1995-1998TV SeriesTonia Harris
Critics and Other Freaks1997Bettina
Waynehead1996-1997TV SeriesMom
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood1996Mrs. Johnson
Talking About Sex1994Andie Norman
A Low Down Dirty Shame1994Diane
Dream On1990TV SeriesNicki
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka1988Nightclub Singer
China Beach1988TV SeriesCameo Candette
A Different World1987-1988TV SeriesAllison
Hollywood Shuffle1987Customer in Chair


Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness2006TV Movie executive producer
My Wife and KidsTV Series producer - 30 episodes, 2003 - 2004 supervising producer - 26 episodes, 2004 - 2005


My Wife and KidsTV Series executive story editor - 27 episodes, 2002 - 2003 story editor - 13 episodes, 2002
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka1988assistant: Mr. Wayans and Mr. Craig
Eddie Murphy: Raw1987Documentary assistant: Mr Townsend/Mr Wayans


My Wife and KidsTV Series written by - 15 episodes, 2002 - 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2003
Soul Train Comedy Awards1993TV Special
In Living Color1992TV Series special material - 1 episode


In Living Color1990-1992TV Series performer - 9 episodes
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka1988performer: "When the Saints Go Marchin' In"


My Wife and Kids2004-2005TV Series 4 episodes


A Haunted House2013special thanks


The Talk2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Criminal Minds: The Profiler's Handbook: Cooperative Vigilantism2013Video shortHerself
Why We Laugh: Funny Women2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Oprah's Next Chapter2013TV SeriesHerself
10th Annual TV Land Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
ES.TV HD2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
78th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2009TV MovieHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2004TV SeriesHerself
Random Acts of Comedy1999TV SeriesHerself
It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHerself
Soul Train Comedy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Soul Train1993TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest Host
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself
The Best of Robert Townsend & His Partners in Crime1991TV Special documentaryVarious Characters
Eddie Murphy: Raw1987DocumentaryInterviewed Fan (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Back in Step with the Fly Girls2004ShortHerself (uncredited)
Looking Back in Living Color: The First Season2004Video shortVarious


Won Awards

2012Groundbreaking ShowTV Land AwardsIn Living Color (1990)

Nominated Awards

2012Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Supporting ActressPariah (2011)
2012Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformancePariah (2011)
2012Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressPariah (2011)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PicturePariah (2011)
2005BET Comedy AwardBET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesMy Wife and Kids (2001)
2005BET Comedy AwardBET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesMy Wife and Kids (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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