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Damon Wayans Jr.

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Wayans made his film debut when he was cast in his father's 1994 feature film, BLANKMAN, playing Young Kevin. He later appeared on his father's sitcom, "My Wife and Kids" as John, one of Junior's friends. He later worked as a staff writer on the series. In fact, the character of Junior was loosely based on Wayans Jr. himself. Wayans, Jr. also surprised audiences when he garnered a standing ovation during his debut appearance on Def Comedy Jam.

From April 2011 to May 2013, Wayans starred as Brad Williams, one of the lead characters in the ABC comedy series, "Happy Endings" alongside Eliza CoupeElisha CuthbertZachary KnightonAdam Pally, and Casey Wilson. Despite critical acclaim and a cult following, the show was cancelled by ABC after concluding its third season on May 3, 2013. Wayans was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" at the NAACP Image Awards and Critic's Choice Television Awards for his work on Happy Endings.

On May 16, 2011, the Fox Network announced that it had picked up the Zooey Deschanel anchored comedy New Girl, which featured Wayans in the supporting role of Coach. However, Happy Endings had already been picked up for a second season on rival network ABC. The producers of New Girl initially planned to recast Wayans' role, but later decided not to recast nor reshoot the pilot episode in which he appeared.

With Happy Endings cancelled after its third season, it was announced in July 2013 that Wayans would return for at least 4 episodes of New Girl in the upcoming third season.
 In November 2013, it was announced that Wayans would remain on the show for the rest of season 3. In May 2014, it was announced Wayans would return as a series regular for season four.

 

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