Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady

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Updated On December 6, 2021
Columbus, Georgia
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Columbus, Georgia

Wayne Brady is a successful American actor, comedian, singer, and TV personality. Wayne Brady is best known for his work in the improvisational comedy show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’, a few films as well such as ‘Going to the Mat’ and ‘Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild’.

Early Life and Childhood

Wayne Brady is 48 years old as of 2020. He was born on 2nd June 1972 in Columbus, Georgia. His birth name was Wayne Alphonso Brady. Whereas, he was born to Wayne Brady(father) and Lindamarie(mother). He was brought up by his grandmother Valerie Peterson. Additionally, he is US footballer Jozy Altidore’s second cousin. Likewise, he belongs to an American nationality. Although the information regarding his ethnicity is still under review.

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Caption: Wayne with his grandmom who brought him up, Source: Instagram


Talking about Brady’s educational history, at an early age Brady began acting in community theatre. He enrolled at the Orlando Dr. Philips High School and later at Miami University. He moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to further develop his acting skills.

Career Life

Wayne Brady began his career as a performer in the comedy show’s British version Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Later he appeared in the American version, gaining considerable notoriety for it. He won the 2003 Emmy Award for his outstanding work in the series. For the iconic animated series Batman Beyond he played a guest role for 2000.

His fame rose after hosting his own variety the television show The Wayne Brady Show in 2001. It was an immense success and it won four Emmy Award. He made his film debut in 2003, voicing the lead role of the main character in the TV film The Electric Piper.
Whereas, this was under the direction of Raymie Muzquiz. He spoke the main character in the TV film Clifford’s Very Big Game the following year as well as playing a part in the movie Going to the Mat. He played one of the principal characters in the animated film ‘Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild’ in 2005. It was the third film in Stuart Little’s famous trilogy.
He also featured in guest appearances and recurring appearances in shows including Everybody Hates Chris, Robot Chicken and How I Met Your Mother. From 2007 until 2009, he presented the series Don’t Forget the Words. Similarly, He has presented the game show Let’s Make a Deal since 2009. He also acted as a guest judge in the 2013 and 2014 competition So You Think You Can Dance. He made a big-screen debut with a part in the drama film 1982 in 2013. Brady played one of the main characters in the animated Sofia the First series which began airing in 2013. He has also played a voice role in the animated series The Loud House since 2016.  
In early 2020, he played a major recurring role during the third season of The CW superhero drama series Black Lightning as the DC Comics character Tyson Sykes / Gravedigger.

Singing Career

In September 2008 he released his debut studio album A Long Time Coming. The album did well commercially and peaked on the US Billboard 200 in the 157th spot. It included tracks like Usual, Can’t Buy Me, Love, Make Heaven Good, and A Change is Coming. It also received positive feedback. He released a children’s album entitled Radio Wayne in April 2011. It included tracks like The High-Low and Speak to the Animals and Greedy Gus. Positive reviews were received. He released a number of songs, including Unsung Heroes.

Major Activities

Whereas, for the 2005 animated film Stuart Little 3, he played a significant voice role. Directed by Audu Paden, the film has become the Stuart Little franchise’s third installment. Unlike the prequels, however, this movie was completely animated. The plot revolved around Stuart who goes with his family to camp. And he goes on another quest to rescue him after his friend Snowbell gets kidnapped.

Similarly, Brady has hosted the popular game show Let’s Make A Deal since 2009. It is a very famous series, which started in the 1960s. He proved to be a much-loved host and delivered the series in his own distinctive and charming style. He’s playing one of the main characters in an American animated TV show Sofia the First which has been running since 2013. The series is about the story of Sofia, who when her mother marries King Roland II becomes a princess. She also learns the ability to speak to animals later.

Awards and Achievements

Brady had achieved many awards for his good work and great performance. He has received his first Outstanding Individual Performance Emmy Award for his role in the series Whose Line Is It Anyway? It was in 2003. He received his second and third Emmy Awards in 2003 and 2004 for the host of Outstanding Talk Show for his work on The Wayne Brady Show. He received his fourth Emmy for Outstanding Original Song in 2014 for the album 30,000 Reasons to Love Me. He’s already received a Grammy Award nomination for the album ‘A Change is Gonna Come.’

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Caption: Wayne receiving an award for his versatile actor, singer, Source: ctpost

Net Worth

Talking about Brady’s net worth, he has estimated a huge amount of income through his professional life. He has earned a huge income as an actor, comedian, singer and many more. Whereas, he has estimated around $1million-$5million of total net worth. Likewise, the information regarding his per month salary is still unavailable.

Personal Life

Regarding Brady’s personal life, Wayne Brady was married to 1993 to Diana Lasso. Sadly, the couple got separated in the years of 1995. Later, he got married to Mandie Taketa in 1999. Mandie Taketa was a dancer. The couple got blessed with one daughter Maile Masako Brady in 2003. Sadly, they also got separated in 2008. 

Whereas, he is funding the Ronald McDonald House Charities, a children’s non-profit organization. As a boy, he used to stutter and also suffered serious anxiety as a result of being bullied. In 2014, he confirmed he is suffering from clinical depression. He added on his 42nd birthday, that he suffered a mental breakdown.

Wayne Brady n daughter

Caption: Wayne with his daughter, Source: Instagram

Body Measurement and Social Media

Wayne Brady is a great human being with a great personality. Whereas his height is 1.82 m tall, and his body weight is 78 kg. But the information regarding his body measurement is not available. Likewise, he has black hair and black eyes.

Brady is active on social media. He has a huge fan following on social sites like YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. Whereas, he has more than 219k followers on Instagram. Additionally, he has posted more than 400 posts on his Instagram. Similarly, he joined Twitter in March 2009 with more than 274k followers on it. He has also an official YouTube channel with more than 4.64K subscribers. Sadly, he active on Facebook and has gained more than 225k followers over it.