DeVaughn Nixon was born and raised in Los Angeles, California by former basketball player, Norm Nixon, and his stepmother Debbie Allen. He has two half siblings, Vivian Nichole Nixon, who's a dances, and Norman Ellard Nixon Jr, who's a basketball player. As a child, his parents taught him to appreciate education, hard work, and independence, eventually booking several roles in acting, including voice acting. Later on, he went on to continue his studies, graduating in television production and business finance from Loyola Marymount University. After his studies, he worked as a mortgage broker, but eventually left to continue his acting career.