What Happened To The Cast From 'The Wayans Bros.'

Who doesn’t remember ‘The Wayans Bros.’? This iconic sitcom that followed the crazy escapades of Shawn and Marlon and their controversially eccentric family members was one of the staples of the 90s. But what have the cast members been up to? Over two decades have passed since the show stopped airing, so let’s have a look at where they are now!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Vallery Jean / FilmMagic | Marlon Wayans and his brother Shawn Wayans attend Marlon Wayan's 39th birthday celebration at Mansion nightclub on July 28, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Vallery Jean / FilmMagic | Marlon Wayans and his brother Shawn Wayans attend Marlon Wayan's 39th birthday celebration at Mansion nightclub on July 28, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida.


‘THE WAYANS BROS.’: A REFRESHER ON THE PLOT

117th Street in Harlem is the home to brothers Shawn and Marlon Williams, and the show revolves around their antics, always with an easy-going comedic vibe behind it. Shawn owns and works at a local newsstand, where he also employs his brother Marlon.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Actor Shawn Wayans (L) and co-writer/producer/actor Marlon Wayans arrive at the premiere of Open Road Films' "A Haunted House" at the Arclight Theatre on January 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter | Actor Shawn Wayans (L) and co-writer/producer/actor Marlon Wayans arrive at the premiere of Open Road Films' "A Haunted House" at the Arclight Theatre on January 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Their father, Pops, owns a restaurant, and both he and his sons keep trying to solve any issue that comes their way. In season two, both the newsstand and the restaurant are relocated downtown into the fictional Neidermeyer Building, in Rockefeller Center. There they meet Dee Baxter, who works as a security guard.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lee Celano / WireImage | Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans during "White Chicks" Los Angeles Premiere - White Carpet at Mann Village in Westwood, California, United States.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lee Celano / WireImage | Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans during "White Chicks" Los Angeles Premiere - White Carpet at Mann Village in Westwood, California, United States.


MARLON WAYANS / MARLON WILLIAMS

Even though on the show Marlon’s character was a lazy person, in real life he has been keeping himself busy with different types of work. He has been steadily starring in comedy movies and even taken some recurring roles on television series, and between 2017 and 2018 he even starred in a series titled “Marlon”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Polk | Actor Marlon Wayans visits 'The IMDb Show' on July 15, 2019 in Studio City, California. This episode of 'The IMDb Show' airs on August 15, 2019.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Polk | Actor Marlon Wayans visits 'The IMDb Show' on July 15, 2019 in Studio City, California. This episode of 'The IMDb Show' airs on August 15, 2019.

His most well-known movies have been “Requiem for a Dream”, “White Chicks”, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”, “The Heat”, and “Little Man”. Not only has he been making a name for himself as an actor, but he also wrote, produced, and starred in a film titled “Fifty Shades of Black”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Monica Schipper | Actor, comedian and filmmaker Marlon Wayans at BuzzFeed's "AM to DM" on August 15, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Monica Schipper | Actor, comedian and filmmaker Marlon Wayans at BuzzFeed's "AM to DM" on August 15, 2019 in New York City.


SHAWN WAYANS / SHAWN WILLIAMS

Opposed to his brother, Shawn’s career has not been as fruitful since the show. He worked alongside his brother on the films “Scary Movie”, “White Chicks”, and “Little Man”, however, he wasn’t involved in many different productions other than that. It seems that he took over his brother’s laziness from the series!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta | Actor / Comedian Shawn Wayans visits Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 11, 2019 in Universal City, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta | Actor / Comedian Shawn Wayans visits Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family" at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 11, 2019 in Universal City, California.

His last acting credit was back in 2017 when he starred in “Noches con Platanito”, but he doesn’t seem to be too phased about this. Shawn has said “I do the stuff I like doing... I’m having a ball,” having continued by explaining that he has been focusing on doing DJ sets and performing stand-up comedy.

Image Credits: Getty Images / JC Olivera / WireImage | Shawn Wayans attends the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / JC Olivera / WireImage | Shawn Wayans attends the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


ANNA MARIA HORSFORD / DEIRDRE ‘DEE’ BAXTER

Unlike Shawn, Horsford’s career has been booming ever since she played the security guard on the show. She has been working mostly in television series, most recently in “The Last O.G.”, “Sunnyside Up”, “Mom”, and “The Bold And The Beautiful”. She also received two Emmy nominations for her role in the last series mentioned.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paras Griffin | Actress Anna Maria Horsford attends 10th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival Women Superstars Luncheon on August 23, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paras Griffin | Actress Anna Maria Horsford attends 10th Annual BronzeLens Film Festival Women Superstars Luncheon on August 23, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Anna Maria has also been credited for well-known movies, such as “Minority Report” and “One Fine Day”. Apart from her nominations for Emmy awards, she was also a nominee for Best Actress Network/Cable Television by Black Reel Awards and was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series by Image Awards (NAACP).

Image Credits: Getty Images / Robin L Marshall | Anna Marie Horsford attends "A Great Day In Black Hollywood" Gala at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Robin L Marshall | Anna Marie Horsford attends "A Great Day In Black Hollywood" Gala at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center on October 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


JOHN WITHERSPOON / JOHN ‘POPS’ WILLIAMS

John Witherspoon is an incredibly entertaining actor, and he always had something on his sleeve, be it zero-filter humor or his quick and witty jokes. Since the show was canceled, he has remained in business and was credited in numerous movies and television series. “Next Friday”, “The Ladies Man”, “The Boondocks”, and “The First Family” are his most famous works.

Image Credits: Getty Images / John Shearer / WireImage | John Witherspoon during Mercedes-Benz Spring 2007 L.A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Kevan Hall _ Backstage and Front Row at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States.

Image Credits: Getty Images / John Shearer / WireImage | John Witherspoon during Mercedes-Benz Spring 2007 L.A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Kevan Hall _ Backstage and Front Row at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States.

John also made a return to his standup career and since 2008 he has taken one tour each year. Sadly, Witherspoon passed away suddenly last year at the age of 77. His family shared in a statement to Deadline that he was “one of the hardest working men in show business”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeffrey Ufberg / WireImage | Comedian John Witherspoon visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 21, 2009 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jeffrey Ufberg / WireImage | Comedian John Witherspoon visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 21, 2009 in New York City.


PHIL LEWIS / THELONIOUS ‘T.C.’ CAPRICORNIO

After leaving ‘The Wayans Bros.’, Phil Lewis kept on working in comedic projects and is now best recognized for his role as Mr. Moseby, the hotel manager, on “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”. Throughout his career, he also made some recurring appearances in “Scrubs” and “Yes, Dear”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Actor Phil Lewis arrives at the premiere of Disney Pixar's ''Up'' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 16, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison | Actor Phil Lewis arrives at the premiere of Disney Pixar's ''Up'' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 16, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

Most recently, Lewis has been working as a voice actor on the television series “American Dad!” which has been running since 2005, and was also involved in small voice acting projects such as “The Healing Powers of Dude”, where he plays Reginald during one episode. Hopefully, we will be able to see more of him in the upcoming years!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Albert L. Ortega / WireImage | Actor Phil Lewis attends the 59th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmys at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Albert L. Ortega / WireImage | Actor Phil Lewis attends the 59th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmys at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.


PAULA JAI PARKER / MONIQUE

Paula Jai Parker’s career has been growing steadily, and so far she has received five nominations for awards and four wins. She might be best known for her roles in “Friday” and “Hustle & Flow”, however, she sure keeps getting role after role.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic | Actress Paula Parker attends the premiere party for TV One's "Hollywood Divas" at OHM Nightclub on October 7, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic | Actress Paula Parker attends the premiere party for TV One's "Hollywood Divas" at OHM Nightclub on October 7, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

She appeared in television series such as “Black Jesus”, “Family Time”, “Crown Lake”, and “A House Divided”, and also voiced Trudy Proud in the animated series titled “The Proud Family”. Some of her most recent works are currently in post-production, so let’s keep an eye open for when they air!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Paula Jai Parker attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Paula Jai Parker attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California.


LELA ROCHON / LISA

Even though Lela’s career slowed down a bit in the early 2000s, she made a strong comeback and has been working in several movies and television productions. Being now best known for her roles in “First Daughter”, “Waiting to Exhale”, “Any Given Sunday”, “Gang Related”, and “The Big Hit”, she is still keeping busy.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta | Actress Lela Rochon attends the release party for Vivica A. Fox's new book "Every Day I'm Hustling" at Rain Bar and Lounge on April 8, 2018 in Studio City, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Archuleta | Actress Lela Rochon attends the release party for Vivica A. Fox's new book "Every Day I'm Hustling" at Rain Bar and Lounge on April 8, 2018 in Studio City, California.

She had a quick cameo in “Brooklyn’s Finest” in 2009, in 2013 she was credited in a leading role in “Let The Church Say Amen”, and more recently she has been working on “David Makes Man”, “Alone Together”, “Training Day”, and “The Breaks”. There is also a rumor she will be cast in the upcoming movie “False Commitment”, fingers crossed!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Actress Lela Rochon arrives at the 10th Annual DesignCure Benefit for the HollyRod Foundation held at a private estate on July 19, 2008 in Malibu, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez | Actress Lela Rochon arrives at the 10th Annual DesignCure Benefit for the HollyRod Foundation held at a private estate on July 19, 2008 in Malibu, California.


JA’NET DUBOIS / GRANDMA ELLINGTON

With a career that spanned over four decades, Ja’Net DuBois made a name for herself in the show “Good Times”, where she played Willona Woods. Not only was she an actress, but she also sang, being the voice behind the theme song to “The Jeffersons”. Ja’Net DuBois passed away in February 2020, at the age of 74. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Moviepix Collection | Ja'Net Dubois, circa 1975.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Moviepix Collection | Ja'Net Dubois, circa 1975.

Janet Jackson, a longtime friend of DuBois, shared how she “saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories." DuBois is survived by her three children Provat, Rani, and Kesha.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Greg Doherty | Singer-songwriter Janet Jackson meets Singer-songwriter and Actress Ja'net Dubois at the Janet Jackson's State Of The World Tour After Party at Lure on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Greg Doherty | Singer-songwriter Janet Jackson meets Singer-songwriter and Actress Ja'net Dubois at the Janet Jackson's State Of The World Tour After Party at Lure on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.


JERMAINE HOPKINS / DUPREE

After ‘The Wayans Bros.”, Jermaine Hopkins never took a big leap into the cinematographic industry. Even though he has been appearing in certain roles here and there, his success can’t be compared to some of his co-stars from the show. Perhaps it has to do with the legal troubles he faced a few years back.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Johnny Nunez / WireImage | Original castmembers Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins attend the "Juice" 20th Anniversary screening after party at Greenhouse on January 17, 2012 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Johnny Nunez / WireImage | Original castmembers Khalil Kain and Jermaine Hopkins attend the "Juice" 20th Anniversary screening after party at Greenhouse on January 17, 2012 in New York City.

He has been credited in some known movies and series, such as “Lean on Me”, “Juice”, and “How to Be a Player”, and more recently has been working on “Equal Standard”, “Asbury Park”, and “Come Back Kings”. Jermaine has also had several appearances as himself, due to his funny and comic charisma.


JILL TASKER / LOU

Sadly enough, it seems that “The Wayans Bros.” was Jill Tasker’s big break in the cinema world. After the show, she made some appearances in “One Life to Live” and “White Lies”, and her last credit was as a voice actress for the videogame “Grand Theft Auto 2” back in 1999. We wonder what she is up to now.

Image Credits: Getty Images / J.Sciulli / WireImage | Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Damon Wayans, winners of the BET Comedy Icon award.

Image Credits: Getty Images / J.Sciulli / WireImage | Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, and Damon Wayans, winners of the BET Comedy Icon award.


MITCH MULLANY / WHITE MIKE

Mitch Mullany had a big break after leaving the show when he joined another one titled “Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher” playing the leading role. The show went on for two years and since then his career has slowly tapered down. His most recent credits are for a one-appearance only in “These Guys” back in 2003.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Drinkwater / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Comedian Mitch Mullany.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Paul Drinkwater / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal | Comedian Mitch Mullany.


DARREL HEATH / REGGIE

Best known for his roles in the comedic movies “Black Dynamite”, “Woo”, and “B*A*P*S”, Darrel Heath has also not been cast for a wide range of productions. He did some short works as a voice actor for “Family Guy”, however, nothing too steady has been happening in his career.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection | Actors Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans attending the screening of 'Sugar Hill' on February 24, 1994 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ron Galella, Ltd. / Ron Galella Collection | Actors Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans attending the screening of 'Sugar Hill' on February 24, 1994 at Mann Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.


THE NEW BATCH OF THE WAYANS FAMILY

Even though the Wayans family has reigned a long and successful reign, Marlon and Shawn have since given way for the younger members of the family. Alongside their brother Damon, they have been in the limelight since the 80s, which is quite a long time to keep the light on.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Maury Phillips / WireImage | George O. Gore, Damien Dante Wayans, Tatyana Ali and Graig Wayans attend BET Networks premiere screenings of "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and "Second Generation Wayans" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on January 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Maury Phillips / WireImage | George O. Gore, Damien Dante Wayans, Tatyana Ali and Graig Wayans attend BET Networks premiere screenings of "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and "Second Generation Wayans" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on January 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

The younger members of this cultural movement family, Damon Wayans, Jr., Craig Wayans, and Damien Dante Wayans, have been working on their career themselves. In fact, there was even a short-lived BET comedy series called “Second Generation Wayans”. For the time being, we can only wait and see what the new generation will bring!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Damon Wayans Jr. attends the People's Choice Awards 2018 at Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer | Damon Wayans Jr. attends the People's Choice Awards 2018 at Barker Hangar on November 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

For decades, the Wayan brothers have made our Friday evenings and weekends a joyful experience, with witty jokes and easy-going movies, they will surely be remembered as one of the staples for the 90s kids. Nevertheless, the time has come to open up the doors to the younger generations and see how they can amaze us! Hopefully, they will be just as funny as their parents! What do you think? Leave us a comment and be sure to share this article! 

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