Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958 in New York, New York) is an American actor, comedian, director and writer best known as the host and creator of the groundbreaking FOX sketch comedy series In Living Color, which introduced the likes of Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans to the masses. He was also one of the first cast members to leave the show, citing creative differences. He went on to have a successful film career, directing broad comedies staring his brothers Shawn Wayans and Marlon Wayans. His film "Scary Movie" (2000) is the most successful feature ever directed by an African-American.
He attended college at Tuskegee University; however, he dropped out in his senior year to pursue a career in comedy. He married in June 2001 and has five children; however, in 2004, Wayans and wife Daphne separated and have formally filed for divorce. He is one of several Wayans family members who have become famous in Hollywood, including his siblings Damon Wayans, Kim Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans. He is an uncle to Damon Wayans, Jr.. He is also a vegan.
Wayans is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for Blacks.