He has a net worth of $12 million and is an American actor, comedian, singer, and television personality. Wayne Brady is also known for his work in the music industry. His work as a regular cast member on the American version of the improvisational comedy series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” (1998–2007, 2013–present), which Brady also produces, is the primary reason for Brady’s widespread fame. Between the years 2001 and 2004, Wayne appeared in, wrote for, and produced “The Wayne Brady Show,” which was first a variety show and later a chat show on ABC. In spite of the fact that the show was canceled, Brady’s popularity has skyrocketed as a direct result of his approachable, everyday presence as well as his everyman mentality.
His guest appearances on television include “Chappelle’s Show” (2004), “Sesame Street” (2004), “Stargate SG-1” (2005), “Everybody Hates Chris” (2006–2008), “30 Rock” (2007), and “Psych” (2012). He also played James Stinson, the half-brother of Barney Stinson, on 13 episodes of “How I Met Your Mother,” which was played by Neil Patrick Harris (2006–2014). Between the years 2007 and 2009, he was the presenter of the game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” on Fox. Beginning in 2009, he also became the host of the revived version of “Let’s Make a Deal” on CBS. In addition, Brady has issued two studio albums, titled “A Long Time Coming” (2008) and “Radio Wayne” (2011).
In Columbus, Georgia, on June 2, 1972, Wayne Alphonso Brady was born. His full name is Wayne Alphonso Brady. Because his father was stationed overseas and his mother was just 17 years old when he was born, Wayne was shipped off to Orlando, Florida, to live with his paternal grandmother, Valerie, whom he refers to as “Mom.” Wayne’s mother worked as a nurse, while his father was a drill sergeant in the Army. Because he was bullied when he was younger, Brady’s nervousness led to the development of a stutter. He graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 1989, and during his time there he became good friends with Joey Fatone, who would later become a member of *NSYNC. At the age of 16, Wayne started appearing in local theater plays, and he refined his improv talents at SAK Comedy Lab. Despite the fact that he intended to join the military, Wayne chose to pursue his other interests instead. In 1990, he registered for classes at the University of Miami, and he relocated to Los Angeles the following year.
Wayne Brady guest-starred on “I’ll Fly Away” and “In the Heat of the Night” three years after his 1990 “Superboy” debut. He participated on “Kwik Witz,” an improvisational sketch comedy competition, from 1996 to 1999, and on three episodes of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” in 1998. Wayne, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie appeared often on the Drew Carey-hosted American edition that year. Brady won the 2003 Emmy for his show performance after three nominations. He returned for the 2013 CW relaunch hosted by Aisha Tyler after the show terminated in 2007.
Wayne starred in “Going to the Mat,” “Roll Bounce,” and “Crossover” during the initial run of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and voiced “Clifford’s Really Big Movie,” “Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild,” and “The Adventures of Brer Rabbit” (2006). He presented the Miss America competition, played Lazardo V the Magician in “Geppetto” (2000), and guest-starred on two improvised episodes of “The Drew Carey Show” (1999, 2000). (2002). “The Wayne Brady Program,” which Wayne hosted from August 2001 to March 2002, was resurrected as a daytime chat show six months later. He won two Daytime Emmys and tied with “The View” for Outstanding Talk Show in 2003. Brady was on Broadway in “Chicago” (2004) and “Kinky Boots” (2015–2016, 2018). (2019-2020). He performed Tom Collins in “Rent” (2010) at the Hollywood Bowl and Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” in Chicago (2017).
Wayne hosted the 2011 NAACP Image Awards with Holly Robinson Peete and “Let’s Make a Deal” in 2009. He voiced Clover the Rabbit on Disney’s “Sofia the First” from 2013 until 2018. In 2018, Brady began playing Dr. Reese Buckingham on “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Colony” on USA. He won “The Masked Singer” in 2019 and played Tyson Sykes/Gravedigger on “Black Lightning” in 2020. “Game Of Talents,” a Fox variety show, was announced for Wayne to host and produce in November 2020.
Wayne married Diana Lasso from December 31, 1993, to September 21, 1995. On April 3, 1999, he married dancer Mandie Taketa and had daughter Maile Masako on February 3, 2003. Brady and Taketa divorced April 2008. Wayne said he had a breakdown on his 42nd birthday due to serious depression. Brady is a member of the Friends of RMHC, the organization’s celebrity board. Wayne and Bill Duke joined Phi Beta Sigma as honorary members in 2020.