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Wayne Brady was born in Columbus, Georgia and lived in Orlando, Florida. At 16, Brady had already decided on a career in the military. Little did he know that a chance performance in a high school play would garner him not only rave reviews but also permanently alter his long-range plans. Soon, he was heavily involved in the central Florida theater community, performing in numerous stage productions including “A Chorus Line”, “Fences”, “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “I’m Not Rappaport”. Brady moved to Las Vegas and then to Los Angeles in 1996, where he began working in theater and television. He performed at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum in its production of “Blade to the Heat”. He also garnered guest starring roles in such television series as NBC’s I’ll Fly Away (1991) and The Home Court (1995) and In the Heat of the Night (1988) for CBS. Currently, Brady is busy hosting the VH-1 series, Vinyl Justice (1998), which premieres in August. Brady has also been honored with several nominations for his work in theater, including Best Actor in a Musical for “Cotton Patch Gospel” at the distinguished Edyth Bush Theatre. He was named Sak Theatre’s 1992 Rookie of the Year for TheatreSports/Improv.
Interesting Facts about Wayne Brady
- He started acting in high school when he was 16 to overcome his heavy stuttering and build confidence. He had an unexpected invitation from a friend to take over one line in a play, in which he ended up with the lead role and that was the turning point to get into acting. Before this, he originally had plans to go into the military like his father.
- Underwent surgery in Nov 2002 to fix his right knee which he hurt when he was 18
- Father, with Mandie Taketa, of daughter Maile Brady.
- Friends with Amanda Seales.
- Graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 1989.
- His mother, Linda Marie Newton, was an employee of Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. 
- When acting in school, a stage piece dropped on his right foot – his big-toe nail never grew in straight.
- Starting his own talk show, The Wayne Brady Show (2002). [August 2002]
- Director Neil Patrick Harris cast Brady in the role of “Tom Collins” in a 2010 limited-run production of the musical, “Rent”, at the Hollywood Bowl. Brady had previously played Harris’s character’s brother on How I Met Your Mother (2005).
- Son of Wayne Brady and Linda Marie Newton.
- Wayne is the spokesperson for Avaya, a telecommunications company. [November 2004]
- Sung in the Dr. Phillips High School chorus.
Personal Quotes by Wayne Brady
I always thought that common sense would prevail. But on a game show, there is no common sense.- Wayne Brady
I didn’t know that I could do a talk show. I didn’t know that we could bring variety to daytime. I didn’t know that people wanted to see singing, and dancing and comedy in the morning.- Wayne Brady
My mom didn’t let me play video games growing up, so now I do. Gaming gives me a chance to just let go, blow somebody up and fight somebody from another dimension. It’s all escapism.- Wayne Brady
I like to be left alone when I’m not working.- Wayne Brady
I want the single player experience.- Wayne Brady