Wayne Brady

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Wayne Brady Basic Information

Stage Name:Wayne Brady
Real Name:Wayne Alphonso Brady
Occupation:Television personality, actor, singer, comedian, game show host
Date Of Birth/Age:June 2, 1972 (51 Years Old)
Place of Birth:Columbus, Georgia, US.
Marital Status:Diana Lasso
​(m. 1993; div. 1995)​
Mandie Taketa
​(m. 1999; div. 2007)
Education:University of Miami
Net Worth:$12 million (2022)

Wayne Brady Biography

Wayne Alphonso Brady is an American television personality, comedian, actor, and singer. Brady is a regular on the American version of the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway? He hosted the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show. He was also the original host of Fox’s Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, and since its 2009 revival, has hosted Let’s Make a Deal.

Wayne Brady is a five-time Emmy Award winner. He won his first Emmy in 2003 for his work on Whose Line? He won two more in the next year for The Wayne Brady Show. He also won two Emmys for Let’s Make a Deal. In 2009, Brady was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for his cover of the Sam Cooke song “A Change Is Gonna Come.” From November 2016 to March 2016, he performed as Simon (also drag queen Lola) in the Tony Award–winning musical Kinky Boots on Broadway as Simon. He also played James Stinson on the American TV series How I Met Your Mother.

In 2002, Brady became the first African-American host in the “Miss America” pageant’s 81-year history.

Wayne Brady, Yours Truly, Artists, December 11, 2023
Source: @Mrbradybaby Instagram


Brady’s family lived in Columbus, Georgia, when he was born. As a young child, he was moved to Orlando, Florida, to live with his grandmother, Valerie Petersen, and aunt. He refers to his grandmother as “mom” since she raised him.

Brady’s paternal great-grandfather Cyril “Parky” Dorsett (father of his grandmother, Valerie Petersen) was a former park gardener for the Virgin Islands government.


Brady was born to West Indian parents in Columbus, Georgia, US.


Brady’s father is named Wayne Brady. He worked as an Army serviceman posted overseas in the military and did not want his son to be raised as a military brat. He sent Wayne to be raised by his grandparents from infancy. At the time, his mother was also 17 years old and unable to raise him.


Brady’s mother, Linda Marie Newton, was an employee of Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.


Wayne Brady has one sibling.


Wayne Brady does not have any brothers.


Wayne Brady has a sister named Kim Brady.


With his second wife, Taketa, Brady has a daughter named Maile Masako Brady. She was born on February 3, 2003.

Wayne Brady, Yours Truly, Artists, December 11, 2023
Source: @Mrbradybaby Instagram


Brady has been married twice and divorced twice. He married his first wife, Diana Lasso, on December 31, 1993. They divorced on September 21, 1995. On April 3, 1999, he married his second wife, dancer Mandie Taketa. They had a daughter together in 2003 and separated in 2006. Taketa filed for divorce on July 2, 2007.

Wayne Brady, Yours Truly, Artists, December 11, 2023
Brady And Taketa. Source: @Mrbradybaby Instagram


In August 2023, Brady came out as Pansexual. He shared the news with a TikTok video with the caption, “As someone who gets to bring joy to others daily on tv, it’s been ironic that I don’t experience it as much as I’d like,”

He continued, “I advocate mental health for all, and a part of that is self transparency. In doing my work, I’ve come to see a few truths, one of them being that I want to be free to love whomever I want. This truth makes me Pan and part of the lgbtq+ family. It’s scary as hell to say out loud, but here it is. The people I admire the most are the ones brave enough to be themselves unapologetically. This shouldn’t shake anyone’s world, but if it bothers you at all, that’s your business. I was so afraid of having my manhood questioned but screw that. A ‘real man’ in my eyes isn’t afraid to be honest and happy. From now on, I’ll be over here living my best life!”

Brady became an official supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities in 2007. He is a member of their celebrity board, the Friends of RMHC.

He has suffered from clinical depression.

Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Wayne Brady is worth $12 million as of May 2023.


It is unknown what car Wayne Brady drives.

Wayne Brady, Yours Truly, Artists, December 11, 2023
Source: @Mrbradybaby Instagram


Brady currently lives in Malibu. He once lived in Sherman Oaks, California, for several years. He sold his house there for $2.5 million and moved to Malibu.

Movies & TV Shows

Brady has hosted The View, Celebrity Duets, The Late Late Show, The Talk, Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ, Let’s Make A Deal, Daytime Emmy Awards, BET Honours, Miss America, and more. As an actor, he has been featured in The Bold and The Beautiful, Secret Celebrity Renovation, American Gigolo, The Good Fight, The Neighborhood, Colony, Being Mary Jane, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, etc.

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