Howell Wayans, the Wayans family patriarch, died at 86 years of age. Marlon Wayans announced the news on Instagram with a touching post. He shared a picture of him and Howell together, with the latter kissing his son on the head.

“Legend. When I was a child I asked my Dad what did you want to be when grew up? He simply said ‘I wanted to be a man’ I said ‘not a lawyer? A doctor? An actor?’ He said ‘just a man,'” Marlon wrote.

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Who was Howell Wayans?

Howell Wayans was a supermarket manager. He was well known as the patriarch of the Wayans family. Howell was born on August 26, 1936, in New York City to Pail Otto and Lillian Victoria Howell.

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Howell raised 10 of his children in New York City alongside his late wife Elvira, who died three years ago. Elvira was born on July 23, 1938, in Manhattan, New York City. She was a homemaker and a social worker. She met Howell in the early 1950s. They enjoyed their marriage for almost seventy years.

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Howel and Elvira’s children are Dwayne, Keenen Ivory, Diedre, Damon Wayans, Kim, Elvira, Nadia, Devonne, Shawn, and Marlon.

Wayans used his salary as a supermarket manager to raise his family in New York. However, he retired from the labor industry.

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In 2022, he had an estimated net worth of $2 million. However, his children have made money primarily from the entertainment, movie, and television industries. As of 2022, the Wayans family has an estimated net worth of $183 million. This is the combined net worth of only six members of Howell’s family members, Keena Ivory ($65 million), Marlon ($40 million), Damon ($35 million), Shawn ($30 million), Kim ($8 million), Damon Jr ($5 million).

Howell Wayans lived in Chelsea, New York. He has at least 40 grandchildren.