Everyone knows who the Wayans brothers are … or most of them. It would be highly unlikely that anyone could say that they had never heard of the famous siblings, as they have spent decades entertaining the masses and driving them near hysteria with their television and film ventures. Marlon, being the youngest of ten, was never deterred by any supposed shadows his brothers might have been casting. Instead, he formed his own standard of entertainment and lived up to it as any Wayan would have expected an adoring public to do. In addition to having nearly fifty television and film credits to his name, he has managed to amass a massive fortune as an actor… in the neighborhood of the $ 40 million big boys. As it did? Just show or something else? Let’s take a closer look at Marlon Wayans, the man, his career, and his well-known interests and investments, thus getting some kind of clue as to how one kid from the projects managed to prepare himself and his family for the rest of their lives.
A little background
He was born Marlon Lamont Wayans on July 23, 1972 to Howard and Elvira Wayans in New York City. Raised in a home by those devoted to the Jehovah’s Witness faith, the years he spent on projects with his nine siblings were definitely not as bad as they could have been. He attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art & the Performing Arts (well recognized thanks to the movie ‘Fame’), and later studied at Howard University in Washington DC; chose to drop out after two years.
Obviously his upbringing led to a career in show business, but it probably also contributed to the fact that it seemed to be the fate of the family. Most of his brothers and sisters are in business too, seemingly ready for it. His first role was in the movie ‘I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka’ (1988), where he appeared as a pedestrian in ironic satire alongside other family members. From there it seemed to take off on its own; She starred with her relatives in ‘In Living Color’ in ’92 and ’93, and then she was in ‘The Wayans Bros.’ with real life brother, Shawn. Later, he was considered for a role in “Batman Returns,” which failed but was followed by a role opposite Billy Dee Williams in “Batman Forever.” The role was filmed, but the role ended up being recast; Marlon was compensated for his work on the film.
Wayans then went on to wear a production hat, producing the first two films in the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise, which was very popular, even going as far as becoming a series of cult classic films. There have also been massive hits, ‘Little Man’ and ‘White Chicks’. These things were just the beginning, as would prove for years to come. As time passed, he tried his acting legs more and more. He would take on the role of Tyrone Love in ‘Requiem for a Dream’, a rather intense drama, and then he would play the character Snails in ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ (both a far cry from the comedy style that the actor was used to). For fun, he produced ‘Thugaboo,’ a Nickelodeon cartoon show, and he and his brother Shawn hosted the MTV Music Awards in 2000. Oh, and let’s not forget the NBC sitcom ‘Marlon’, which now also is available on Netflix. I guess the way to put it in the simplest way possible is to say that Marlon has been very busy since his career began … but is that the only reason he was able to reach a net worth of $ 40 million?
Many, many eggs in one basket
When looking at how Wayans achieved such a high dollar value, the number of sequential decisions that have been made should always be considered first. And in the case of Marlon Wayans, there have obviously been a lot (as far as his career goes, anyway). We all have problems in our personal lives, but that doesn’t really apply here, does it?
The main thing we notice in the public patterns of Marlon’s life is that he keeps busy. Since he was young and just beginning until now, 2020, he has always managed to have a project in the works or in operation. The great thing about the work performed by performers is that they are paid continuously, even when they are not working… and that is worth it. But there are also ‘side concerts’. Marlon sold a home in Sherman Oaks, California in 2016, but didn’t really make a profit on the sale. So what else contributes to those high numbers? Maybe it’s nothing but blessings and good karma …
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