American actor and TV producer, Allen Payne is best recognized for portraying the character of C.J. Payne in Tyler Perry's television series House of Payne from 2006 until 2012. He is further noticed for the 1991 movie named New Jack City where he portrayed the role of Gerald Gee Money Wells, the drug lord sidekick opposite Wesley Snipes.
What is Allen Payne’s Net Worth?
The multi-talented actor, who has managed to age beautifully in the showbiz, has a net worth of $5 million. Allen’s prime portion of revenues is generated from his work in television and films. Some of his hit TV shows that raised his earnings are 2014’s American Police Procedural TV series CSI: NY and the role of Larry in sitcom All of Us in 2004.
Allen is mostly seen in the big screens, and the notable works that made him earn profits are Tyler Perry’s directorial What's Done in the Dark in 2006 and American crime movie Blue Hill Revenue that released in 2001.
Married On Screen But What About His Real Life?
Allen Payne is also known as C.J. Payne for portraying the role of a married man in 2006’s TV series House of Payne. The actor’s wife in the show was Janine Payne, characterized by ace actress Demetria McKinney. Together, the couple enjoyed an on-screen married life with two children named Malik & Jazmine Payne.
Allen Payne and his on-screen wife Demetria McKinney at episode 190 Mother's Day Out in 2011 (Photo: deedeesworld.net)
When it comes to life behind the cameras, the 49-year-old actor has kept the details of his love life inside a closed box. However, we have come to know that the actor has a son. Despite that, it's still unknown whether the actor is married or not.
Allen's Hesitancy To Portray Gay Characters
No doubt, Allen has wonderful acting abilities but he hesitates to portray the gay character on screen. When Blackbird director Patrik Polk and actor Isaiah Washington were interviewed by Sway In The Morning on 25 April 2015, they opened up about the actors who hesitate to depict gay characters. They also included Allen in the list along with the actors like Michael Jai White, and Gary Dourdan when they were chatting about the reluctance of Black actors to play homosexual roles on screen.
In the interview, Patrik stated that Allen liked his movie script but was somewhat hesitant to kiss a man because of his son. As per him, Allen stated that he can't portray the character because he can't let his son see him kissing some other guy on camera. The director even hurled Allen for poking fun at actor Rockmond Dunbar for essaying a gay character.
Family: Mother’s Death
Allen was born to parents Allen Roberts and late Barbara Reeves. His family is a sufferer of chronic diseases and his mother, Barbara lost her life that made him stepped out of acting. While shifting to California for movie roles, Allen became more conscious about his health and fitness routines that completely changed him to a vegan.
Out of two children, Allen is the eldest one who shares invaluable love and bond with his close friends and family members.
Allen was born on 7 July 1968 in Harlem, New York, as per wiki. He went to Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken NJ. The actor stands tall at the height of 1.78 (5’ 10”) and possesses Afro- American ethnicity.