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Known throughout the world for his no-holds-barred comedic genius, Damon Wayans is best known as writer and star on FOX’s Emmy Award-winning series, “In Living Color.” There, he created some of the show’s most iconic sketch characters, including “Homey the Clown,” “Handiman” and outrageously gay film critic “Blaine” from “Men on Film.” His writing for the series earned him two Emmy Award nominations.
Wayans also starred in, co-created and executive-produced the hit comedy series “My Wife and Kids.” The series received numerous awards, including the 2002 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Television Comedy Series and Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series.
Additionally, he created, executive-produced and starred in the comedic sketch show “The Underground.” Other television credits include the half-hour FOX comedy “Damon,” in which he starred and executive-produced, and the hour-long drama “413 Hope Street,” which was nominated for a People’s Choice Award. He served as an executive producer on “Waynehead,” a Saturday morning animated cartoon, which featured the voices of his siblings, Kim, Marlon and Shawn Wayans. On the big screen, Wayans starred in Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed film, “Bamboozled.” He also starred and executive-produced the independent film “Harlem Aria.” Other feature credits include starring roles in “Major Payne,” “Blankman” and “Mo Money,” which he wrote and executive-produced. Wayans also was featured in “The Great White Hype,” “Celtic Pride,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Earth Girls are Easy,” “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Colors,” “Punchline,” “Hollywood Shuffle,” “Roxanne” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”
Wayans has enjoyed tremendous success in stand-up. After starting his career in 1982 touring the comedy club circuit, he landed a role as a featured player on “Saturday Night Live.” Wayans went on to star in his own critically acclaimed specials, “One Night Stand,” “The Last Stand,” “Still Standing” and “WayOut.”
Also a New York Times best-selling author, Wayans penned the 1999 book “Bootleg,” a humorous compilation of his observations on family, children, marriage and politics. In May 2010, Wayans’ debut novel, “Red Hats,” was released.
From New York City, Wayans resides in Los Angeles.
Entering its second season, LETHAL WEAPON combines action and drama with friendship and humor as it follows classic cop duo RIGGS (Clayne Crawford) and MURTAUGH (Damon Wayans), who are working a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Murtaugh has everything to live for, Riggs has nothing to lose, and in the Season One finale, Murtaugh found out just how much Riggs was willing to sacrifice in pursuit of the drug cartel that he believes is responsible for his wife’s death.
Season Two finds the pair up to their same tricks, with Murtaugh attempting to steer clear of the demons that haunt his partner, while navigating some challenging times at home, alongside his wife, TRISH (Keesha Sharp). And even though Murtaugh seeks support in Riggs, he realizes their partnership is still a volatile roller coaster ride.
LETHAL WEAPON is a production of Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions. Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG serve as executive producers.