Quick Facts About Wayne Brady
|Name||Wayne Alphonso Brady|
|Birth Name||Wayne Alphonso Brady|
|Celebrated Name||Wayne Brady|
|Date of Birth||June 02, 1972|
|Age||44 Years Old|
|Best Known For||Whose Line Is It Anyway?|
|Place Of Birth||Columbus, Georgia|
|University||University of Miami|
|High School||Dr.Philips High School|
|Number Of Tv Appearences||36|
|First Award||Primetime Emmy Award|
American singer, actor, comedian and a true professional, Wayne Brady is best known as the host of The Wayne Brady Show. Besides his own show, Brady has accumulated fame as the host of Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, and Let’s Make a Deal.
The award-winning host is a symbol of success. He reached the height of prominence with the critically acclaimed improv comedy series Whose Line is it Anyway? Over the years, Brady has appeared in several television shows and sitcoms. He has also made a name for himself in the field of singing. The Weekenders theme song singer has 8 singles to his name.
Wayne Brady was born to entertain, no wonder he is loved by millions. Born as Wayne Alphonso Brady, he was born on 2nd June 1972 in Columbus, Georgia. Cousin to Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, Brady grew up under the watchful eyes of his grandmother and refers her as his mother. He grew up in Orlando and graduated high school in 1989. He later joined the University of Miami.
Since his childhood, he was passionate about acting. He would perform at the SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando. In order to broaden his acting skills, he moved to Los Angeles in 1996.
Brady is presently single and his last known relationship was with singer Rozonda Chilli Thomas. He has been married twice and has a teenage daughter with his second wife.
Wayne Brady credits talent for Whose Line is it Anyway? success
Moving to LA brought significant improvement in Wayne's acting skills. He quickly turned that improvement into opportunity when he bagged a role in the comedy TV series Whose line is it Anyway? in 1998. Brady was able to make a breakthrough in television with this stint and went on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in 2003. The show ran on ABC from 1998 to 2007. It made a comeback on The CW in 2013 and was renewed for a thirteenth season on October 24, 2016.
Brady credits talent and family-friendliness as the reason behind the show's success. In an interview with Parade.com, he said, "You have a show where everyone on the show relies on their talent. It’s not reality nonsense and there’s no villain and the whole family can watch it." With reality shows taking over, bringing back a world famous comedy series to television has certainly been refreshing. Brady told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's talent over bullshit."
Besides the comedy sitcom, Brady also made a name for himself as a prominent TV host when he began his variety show The Wayne Brady Show. His award-winning show collected four Emmys, two of which were given to Brady for Outstanding Talk Show Host.
Besides his two super successful TV stints, he appeared in numerous other TV sitcoms, which included How I Met Your Mother (2006-2014). His game shows Don’t Forget the Lyrics! (2007-2009), Let’s Make a Deal (2009-present) and Fast and Loose (2011) have also made him popular. His popularity grew further when he was invited to host the May 3rd, 2010 episode of Monday Night Raw (WWE).
There's more to Wayne Brady than stand-up comedy
It's not only improv comedy that Wayne Brady is known for. He made his movie debut in 2003 through a television film The Electric Piper. In 2004, he portrayed the role of Mason Wyatt in Going to the Mat. Till date he has been a part of 12 films and has acquired a lot of appreciation for his movies. Despite being part of several big projects, his movie career remains in the shadows of his television career.
The multi-talented actor is never afraid to try his hands in new projects. He introduced his singing talents to the world in 2000. He composed and sang the theme song for animated series The Weekenders. His debut single was a hit and it was quickly followed by Unsung Heroes and Between in 2004. Beautiful, Don’t Stop, Ordinary, F.W.B, and Whistle While I Work It are his other singles.
In 2008, after the success of his singles, Brady released his first album, titled A Long Time Coming, under the label, Peak/Concord Music. The album was released on 16th September 2008 and was listed 157th in the US charts. Three years later, on 31st May 2011, Brady released his second album Radio Wayne under the Walt Disney label. His second album didn’t receive admiration similar to his first album.
It is reported that Brady has accumulated an estimated net worth of around 10 million dollars from his career, a figure which is likely to increase in the near future.
Depression was a cause of Wayne Brady's divorce with second wife
Professional life and personal life are like two sides of a coin for every actor but it’s hard to maintain a stable balance. Wayne Brady reportedly had a "complete breakdown" in mid-2014 and hit rock bottom.
As a matter of fact, depression was one of the factors that affected his marital life. In an interview, Brady opened up about his it and how it affected his personal life. He said, “having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life, you don’t want to move, you can’t move in the darkness”. On the road to recovery, he credits his ex wife, Mandie Adell for the support she provided. “She was down there with me when nobody in the world was down with me, expect my mom. There was loyalty there, there was respect, there is truest- she is my baby mama”.
Brady has been married twice. He was first married to Diana Lasso. The couple tied the knot on 31st December 1993. Their marriage was short-lived as the couple called off their relation and opted for divorce in 21st September 1995.
He remained single for four years and got married for the second time on 3rd April 1999 with Mandie Adell. From his second marriage, Brady has a daughter named Maile Masako Brady who was born on 3rd February 2003. The couple separated on 5th April 2006 before filing divorce on 2nd July 2007.
Despite separating, the couple is co-parenting their daughter due to which reports have claimed that Mandie has bought a house in Brady’s neighborhood.
In 2014, Brady shortly romanced TLC singer Rozonda Chilli Thomas. After failing to keep three women, few questions have emerged about his sexuality. Rumours of Brady being gay have been heard quite a few times in the media.