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For other people named Anthony Anderson, see Anthony Anderson (disambiguation).
Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson 2010.jpg
Anderson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 22, 2010
Born (1970-08-15) August 15, 1970 (age 44)
Compton, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Alvina Anderson (1995–present)[citation needed]
Children (daughter) Kyra Anderson and (son) Nathan Anderson

Anthony Anderson[1] (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor and writer, and the star of ABC's Black-ish. He has also starred in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during the fifth and final season of the show. He is also known for his leading roles in television dramas such as K-Ville, The Shield and Law & Order. He has also had supporting roles in films such as Me, Myself & Irene, Transformers, The Departed, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Scream 4, and Kangaroo Jack.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born and raised in Compton, California. His mother, Doris (née Hancox), was a telephone operator and actress, and his father, Sterling Bowman, was a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, who moved to Los Angeles to work in the steel mill industry before opening a chain of three clothing stores.[2] According to a DNA analysis, Anderson descends from the Bubi people of Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea), and from the Tikar, Hausa, and Fulani people of Cameroon.[3][4]

Anderson has stated that his first attempt at stand up comedy was a failure.[2] He appeared at The Comedy Act Theater billed as comedian "Tasty Tony, the One and Only, and if there's another, he's a phony."[citation needed] Although this experience was a blow to his ego, he did meet his future friend and fellow comedic actor Guy Torry there, who consoled him after the show and encouraged him to keep getting up on stage. He and Guy would later act together in the Eddie Murphy film titled Life.[5] Anderson is an alumnus of the Hollywood High School Performing Arts Magnet's Class of 1988 and Howard University. He trained with actors such as Avery Brooks, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.[6]

Acting career[edit]

Anderson in July 2006

Currently Anderson writes and stars alongside Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross for the hit ABC series, Blackish, which airs Wednesday nights. His past television work includes a lead role in the teen series Hang Time as Teddy Broadis. He had many one-off and guest roles on major series such as NYPD Blue, Malcolm & Eddie, In the House, and Ally McBeal. Recurring roles were on several series such as 'Til Death and The Bernie Mac Show. He was the central character in the series All About the Andersons, which lasted for one season on The WB. Anderson joined the cast of the long-running NBC crime drama television series, Law & Order in 2008. He previously starred in two other crime series, Fox's K-Ville (as one of the lead characters) and Fox's cable channel FX's The Shield.[7] Anderson is in an Atom.com Web show Matumbo Goldberg.

Film[edit]

After his film debut in Liberty Heights, Anderson has been performing as an actor, often in comedic roles, for many years. Among his more prominent feature films are: Kangaroo Jack, My Baby's Daddy, Hustle & Flow, and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.[8] In June 2010, he was cast in a minor role in Scream 4.[9]

Directorial work[edit]

In 2009, Anderson directed a one-minute short film featuring his Law & Order co-star, Jeremy Sisto. The short was made for the Responsibility Project, a joint initiative of NBC and Liberty Mutual Group. The short aired during the Law & Order episode "Reality Bites" on October 16, 2009.

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, he married his college sweetheart, Alvina.[citation needed] The couple have two children.[citation needed] They currently live in Hancock Park, Los Angeles.[citation needed] Anderson has Type 2 Diabetes, and has been active in diabetes awareness.[10]

In 2004, Anderson was arrested, accused of raping a woman on the set of the film Hustle & Flow. The charges were later dropped.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Liberty Heights Scribbles
Life Cookie
Trippin' Z-Boy
2000 Romeo Must Die Maurice
Big Momma's House Nolan
Me, Myself & Irene Jamaal Baileygates
Urban Legends: Final Cut Stan Washington
2001 See Spot Run Benny
Exit Wounds T.K. Johnson
Kingdom Come Junior Slocumb
Two Can Play That Game Tony
3 Strikes Guard uncredited
2002 Barbershop J.D.
2003 Kangaroo Jack Louis Booker Nominated-Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Cradle 2 the Grave Tommy
Malibu's Most Wanted PJ
Scary Movie 3 Mahalik
2004 My Baby's Daddy G. Bong
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London Derek Bowman
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Burger Shack Employee
2005 King's Ransom Malcolm King
Hustle & Flow Key
Hoodwinked! Detective Bill Stork
Alone in the Dark Photo of missing person (cameo)
2006 Scary Movie 4 Mahalik
The Last Stand Jay
Arthur & the Invisibles Koolomassai
The Departed Trooper Brown
2007 Def Jam: Icon Troy Dollar Video game
Transformers Glen Whitmann
2010 The Back-Up Plan Dad
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Ray
2011 Scream 4 Detective Perkins
The Big Year Bill Clemens
2012 The Power of Few Junkshow
2013 Grudge Match Mr. Sandpaper Hands
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown "Lone Wolf" Morales

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996–1998 Hang Time Teddy Broadis
1998 NYPD Blue S05E14: "Vondell" (17 February)
2001 My Wife and Kids Marriage Counsellor, Dr. Buchay
2003–2004 All About the Andersons Anthony Anderson
2004–2005 The Shield Antwon Mitchell
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Bryan Brown season 5
2005 Veronica Mars Percy "Bone" Hamilton Episode: "Lord of the Bling"
2005 Chappelle's show Shirtless Man "Don't Pitch Me" Sketch
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lucius Blaine
2007 K-Ville Marlin Boulet
2008–2010 Law & Order Detective Kevin Bernard
2008 Samantha Who Rafael Grace
2011 Shameless Marty Fisher
2012–present Golf in America Host[12]
2012 Psych Chef Thane Woodson
2012 The Soul Man Sweet Brown Taylor
2012–2013 Guys with Kids Gary Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
2010–2013 Treme Derek Watson
2013 Hollywood Game Night Himself
2014 Rake Reggie Jarvis Episode: "Three Strikes"
2014-present Black-ish Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. Lead
Pending - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series
2014 Eating America with Anthony Anderson Himself Host for Food Network show

Anderson has also made guest appearances on Entourage, Veronica Mars, Chappelle's Show, and Food Network Star. He had a recurring role on 'Til Death. Playing for the Alzheimer's Association, Anderson won $250,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Anderson also appears on Food Network's Iron Chef as a regular guest judge. His series Eating America, with Anthony Anderson was a summer show, having him go to different towns in America which host "food festivals" highlighting a specific type of food.

Web shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–present Matumbo Goldberg Matumbo Goldberg

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
  2. ^ a b Stated on his appearance on the Bonnie Hunt talk show (April 28, 2009)
  3. ^ "People of Fulani Descent". Pinterest.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msk-HFUpJ5A Anthony Anderson African Ancestry Reveal
  5. ^ "Anthony Anderson Biography (1970–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  6. ^ Greg Braxton (September 16, 2007). "Comic in 'K-Ville'". Los Angeles Times. 
  7. ^ "Lauren Graham Confirmed for Scream 4 and Two More Join the Cast". DreadCentral. 
  8. ^ "'Scary Movie' Funnyman Joins 'Scream IV' Cast". BloodyDisgusting. 
  9. ^ Chris Nashawaty. "Gilmore Girl: Lauren Graham to Star in Scream 4?". Entertainment Weekly. 
  10. ^ "F.A.C.E. Diabetes and Anthony Anderson Ask Americans to Rethink Generation D". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  11. ^ "Anthony Anderson Rape Charge". The Smoking Gun. July 28, 2004.
  12. ^ [1][dead link]

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