Dwayne Mooney Bio, Career, Wife, Children, & Other Facts

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Dwayne Mooney Bio, Career, Wife, Children, & Other Facts

Dwayne Mooney is a celebrity son, comedian, life coach, financial advisor, and actor. He is known for The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979), Reach Around Radio (2011), and Actors Entertainment (2009). People also know Dwayne for being the son of the late comedian, writer, social critic, and actor, Paul Mooney.

Mooney’s father, Paul is remembered for his playing singer Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story (1978), Junebug spike Lee’s satirical film Bamboozled (2000), and Negrodamus on Chappelle’s Show. The writer father of Dwayne Mooney is also known for his writing for Sanford and Son and In Living Color.

Dwayne is also an advocate of multiple wives or partners and open relationships. He and his twin brother dedicated a lifetime to energizing communities with resources and progressive, and often life-changing information.

And they all did through the medium of comedy, social criticism/discussion, and philanthropy. Know all about Dwayne Mooney’s early life, how he’s handling life with multiple romantic mates, his financial being, and much more in the content below.

Dwayne Mooney’s Early Life

Not much about Dwayne’s early life has been discussed. It’s only ironic considering the countless interviews Mooney has given over the years, yet he is still to discuss his birth details or his upbringing.

Dwayne Mooney is one brother of the famous Mooney Twins. Dwayne is also an advocate of multiple wives or partners and open relationships.
Dwayne Mooney studied at Oakland Senior High School. He graduated from Los Angeles City College. Source: Pinterest

However, it, at least, has been confirmed that Mooney went to Oakland Senior High School and graduated from Los Angeles City College. 

Also, Paul admits he was still in high school when he fathered Dwayne and his twin brother, Daryl. Henceforth, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh star was presumably born around 1957/58.

Reportedly, Dwayne mostly grew up with his mother and great-grandmother who did not allow to him see his father for the most part of his childhood. His paternal grandfather, George Gladney was a basketball star in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Dwayne Mooney’s Parents

As discussed, Dwayne’s father was a comedian, writer, and actor. He had Daryl and Dwayne with his former partner, Toni. The former ringmaster had his twin sons when he was still in his late teenage years.

After separating from Toni, Paul had a relationship with a theater actress, Karen with whom he had a daughter, named, Lisa.

Mooney's father, Paul Mooney, was a comedian, writer, social critic, and actor, best known as a writer for comedian Richard Pryor and for his collaborations with Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and Dave Chappelle.
Dwayne’s father, Paul Mooney is known for his roles like singer Sam Cooke in The Buddy Holly Story, Junebug in Spike Lee’s satirical film Bamboozled, and Negrodamus on Chappelle’s Show. Source: Getty

Subsequently, he next married Yvonne Mooney (originally, Yvonne Carothers). She is known for acting in the 1977 Michael Schultz directorial comedy film, Which Way Is Up? That year Yvonne also appeared in The Richard Pryor Special?

Yvonne and Paul married in 1973 and had three children, Shane, Spring, and Symeon. The couple, however, later separated.

After divorcing Yvonne, Paul married a woman named Shelley, but there is little or no information about her to date. Dwayne’s father also dated another woman, Stacey J, and before his death, was allegedly in a relationship with 10-time Grammy Chaka Khan.

Dwayne Mooney’s Father Passed Away At 79

Mooney’s dad passed away in May 2021 in his Oakland residence, California, at age 79. The veteran writer died of a heart attack.

Dwayne’s father, Paul wrote for many comedy shows including Richard Pryor’s comedy album “Saturday Night Live” jokes. He was also on the writing team of shows like Sanford and Son, In Living Color, and acted in movies like “The Buddy Holly Story,” “Bamboozled,” and “Meet the Blacks.”

Dwayne Mooney Had Five Siblings

Dwayne initially had four siblings, Daryl, Lisa, Shane, Spring, and the late brother, Symeon. Daryl, the 30-minute older twin brother of Dwayne is also an actor; his film credits include Write It Black, and Wishes (2014). He has also appeared alongside his brother, Dwayne in the film, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.

Fun Fact: The Mooney Twins are almost always photographed with Dwayne on Daryl’s right; so Dwayne is usually always on the left side of the pictures.

Shane is a writer who has penned for many magazines, including Penthouse, PC Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. He resides in California, northern side, and, in his spare time, collects sexual trivia.

In addition to three brothers, the son of the comic writer also has a half-sister, named Spring. She is a business owner, a brand ambassador, and the mother of three kids. Dwayne’s other half-sister, Lisa was born through Paul’s teenage relationship with Karen.

Dwayne Mooney’s Younger Half-Brother Died At 20

Dwayne’s other brother, Symeon Mooney died in 2001. Symeon was the last child of Yvonne and Paul before they broke up. He was killed on Oct 20, 2001, and was just 20 years old at the time.

Symeon was shot from close range in a car parked in an alleyway in LA. According to Paul’s book, Balck is the New White, the person who — fired at Symeon used to hang out with him. The killer later drove to Las Vegas, checked himself into a hotel, and committed suicide.

Dwayne Mooney’s Collaboration With His Twin Brother

The womb mates, Dwayne and Daryl have partnered up on several occasions. Together, they are known as comedians, health educators, motivational speakers, and self-help advocates. Their services have also include holistic health and the human potential movement for over 20 years.

Paul Mooney's son, Dwayne Mooney has a twin brother, Daryl Mooney
Dwayne and his twin brother, Daryl are comedians, health educators, motivational speakers, and self-help advocates. Source: Laugh Factory

The brother duo provides information, personal experience, and common sense to empower people to make conscious choices that can change the quality of their lives. The twins have spoken in lecture halls across the states. They also use their stand-up comedy experience to share a message of health and empowerment.

As stand-up comedians, Dwayne and Daryl have performed in comedy clubs around the country. And they have also been seen on BET’S Comicview, with their special brand of humor they call “Conscious Comedy.” It deals with current events and the social ills that affect societal issues, such as racism, sexism, the media, and misinformation.

Dwayne along with his brother, Daryl, discusses such topics as natural health, self-esteem, cultural pride, and self-determination. They have also been the partners of American Wellness, which features super nutritious health products. The brothers also offer financial strategies, especially with passive incomes and the FX market.

Dwayne Mooney’s Career

As mentioned, Dwayne is a life coach who also mentors people in automated financial investments, online. As social philanthropists, he and his brother, Daryl has received a long list of humanitarian awards and honors that span more than 30 years of their careers in comedy and public speaking.

His lifetime associations include special relationships and collaborations with comedy stars like Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney, and Dick Gregory. Mooney’s school of peers include stars such as Chris Rock, Bill Maher, George Lopez, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hugley, and Russell Peters.

Along with his brother, Dwayne has given interviews on networks such as BET, UPN, WB, NBC, CBS, Showtime, and more.

Dwayne Mooney Is A Polyamorous

The second child of Yvonne and Paul, Dwayne Mooney believes in Polyamory. He is a partner with his wife, Billie, and girlfriend, Melissa.

Dwayne's concept of multiple partner was also featured on Bravo's The Newlyweds. On the show, back in January 2016, the then-new wife of Dwayne's son, Ericka ridiculed her father-in-law's relationship with two women. 
Dwayne is a partner to both his wife, Billie (on right), and girlfriend, Melissa (left). Source: Instagram

Mooney resides in Los Angeles, California. 

Dwayne Mooney’s Daughter-In-Law Feared That Dwayne Was Going To Convert His Son Into Polyamorous

The multiple partner concept of Mooney was also featured on Bravo’s The Newlyweds. On the show, back in January 2016, the then-new wife of Dwayne’s son, Ericka had a dismissive take on her father-in-law’s relationship with two women.

Mooney’s son, Adonis admitted to Erica he slept with 14 prostitutes in Brazil during a vacation with his dad. At the time, they were just dating. The confession, however, took place only after their marriage.

Apparently, Erica didn’t want Dwayne to be at her wedding and Adonis had also dumped his anti-monogamous father. Mooney later commented that he’d nothing to do with his son’s take on a relationship with Erica or his perception of polyamory.

What Dwayne Mooney Said About His Father’s Gay Rumors And Sexual Allegations

In 2019, rumors started to swirl stating that Dwayne’s father, Paul molested Richard Pryor’s young son earlier in his career. There were also some other allegations claiming that the Louisiana-born comedian was gay.

To this Mooney and his twin brother, Daryl responded explaining that the alleged victim never openly admitted that it was their father.


Although Pryor Jnr did stress that a male molested him at age 13, he did not give out the name of the perpetrator.

In regards to their father’s sexuality, the twin son maintained that their father was never gay because ‘he had children.’

Dwayne Mooney’s Net Worth

Given the jovial and almost always sarcastic nature of Dwayne, the details regarding his fortune have been something hard to extract. Add to that, the funny man cum social mentor is yet to be game for exchanging talks with someone about his financial particulars.

Regardless, Dwayne has himself confessed that he is no less than his son, Adonis, who owns a lake house in LA. Too many times Mooney has also been noticed claiming he makes money whether he’s asleep or awake.

Not to mention he owns a company, The Wealth Portal Inc. Dwayne mostly makes his money through trading the forex, from the stock market, and other cash low programs.