Anderson in May 2010
August 15, 1970|
Compton, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Howard University|
|Occupation||Actor, Comedian, Writer, Chef, Game show host and panelist|
|Spouse(s)||Alvina Anderson (m. 1995–2015)|
Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American comedian, chef, writer and game show host . He has starred in his own sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during its fifth and final season. He is also known for his leading roles in drama series K-Ville, The Shield and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order. He has also had major roles in feature films such as Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), The Departed (2006), Transformers (2007), and Scream 4 (2011). Anderson is also a regular judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Since September 2014, he has served as an executive producer and starred as Andre Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. As of June 2016, he has served as host of the ABC version of the game show To Tell The Truth. In addition, he served as guest panelist for various game shows, throughout the 21st Century.
Anderson was born in Compton. His mother, Doris (née Hancox), was a telephone operator and actress, and his stepfather, 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. 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.
Anderson has stated that his first attempt at stand up comedy was a failure. 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. 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.
Anderson writes for and stars in the hit ABC series, Blackish, alongside Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross which airs on Wednesday nights. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for this role. 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.
Anderson's series Eating America, with Anthony Anderson was a summer show in 2014, having him go to different towns in America which host "food festivals" highlighting a specific type of food. He also is a regular judge on Iron Chef America. Anderson is one of the few judges to taste dishes from all the Iron Chefs on the show. In the Ultimate Bar Food battle, he served as bartender/sous-chef for Iron Chef Bobby Flay opposite Masaharu Morimoto and fellow judge Simon Majumdar.
In 2013, Anderson signed on to host the celebrity-driven, family game show called Wall of Fameproduced by Endemol USA for NBC where one family attempted to answer pop culture trivia questions while also guessing whether members of the celebrity "Wall of Fame" delivered the correct answers to those same questions. Eight one-hour episodes were taped at the time, however, the series was never aired later on.
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 which was one of his first films as a leading actor, My Baby's Daddy, Hustle & Flow, and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, and King's Ransom which, to date, is his only starring role. In June 2010, he was cast in a minor role in Scream 4.
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 In The House episode "Reality Bites" on October 16, 2009.
In 1995, he married his college sweetheart, Alvina. The couple has two children, Kyra and Nathan. Anderson has Type 2 Diabetes, and has been active in diabetes awareness. On September 25, 2015 TMZ announced his wife of 20 years had filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in 2015. His son Nathan played Tahj in "Richie Rich".
|2000||Romeo Must Die||Maurice||First time working with Jet Li, DMX, Isaiah Washington and Andrzej Bartkowiak|
|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||Second time working with DMX, Isaiah Washington & Andrzej Bartkowiak; first time working with Tom Arnold|
|Kingdom Come||Junior Slocumb|
|Two Can Play That Game||Tony|
|2003||Kangaroo Jack||Louis Booker|
|Cradle 2 the Grave||Tommy||Third time working with DMX & Andrzej Bartkowiak; second time working with Jet Li & Tom Arnold|
|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|
|2006||Scary Movie 4||Mahalik|
|The Last Stand||Jay|
|Arthur & the Invisibles||Koolomassai|
|The Departed||Trooper Brown|
|2007||Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen||Irwin's Dad|
|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|
|2016||Hot Bot||Agent Frazier|
|Barbershop: The Next Cut||J.D.|
|1996–1998||Hang Time||Teddy Broadis||39 episodes|
|1998||NYPD Blue||Vondell||Episode: "Weaver of Hate" (season 5)|
|2001||My Wife and Kids||Dr. Buchay||2 episodes|
|2001||The Weakest Link (U.S. game show)||Himself/Celebrity Guest||1 Episode|
|2003–2004||All About the Andersons||Anthony Anderson||16 episodes|
|2004–2005||The Shield||Antwon Mitchell||15 episodes|
|2005||The Bernie Mac Show||Bryan Brown||4 episodes (season 5)|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Percy "Bone" Hamilton||Episode: "Lord of the Bling"|
|2005||Chappelle's Show||Shirtless Man||Episode 2.9; "Don't Pitch Me" sketch|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Lucius Blaine||Episode: "Fat"|
|2006–2007||'Til Death||Cofeld||6 episodes|
|2007||K-Ville||Marlin Boulet||11 episodes|
|2008–2010||Law & Order||Detective Kevin Bernard||50 episodes|
|2008||Samantha Who||Rafael Grace||Episode: "Out of Africa"|
|2011||Shameless||Marty Fisher||Episode: "Three Boys"|
|2012–present||Golf in America||Host||10 episodes|
|2012||Psych||Chef Thane Woodson||Episode: "True Grits"|
|2012||Raising Hope||Neighbor||Episode: "Inside Probe (part 1)"|
|2012||The Soul Man||Sweet Brown Taylor||Episode: "Revelations"|
|2012–2013||Guys with Kids||Gary||18 episodes|
|2010–2013||Treme||Derek Watson||4 episodes|
|2013||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Episode: "Winner Chosen"; Appeared alongside his son as chef's table guests in Ja'Nel Witt's kitchen|
|2013, 2014||Hollywood Game Night||Himself||2 episodes|
|2014||Rake||Reggie Jarvis||Episode: "Three Strikes"|
|2014||Eating America with Anthony Anderson||Himself/Host||Food Network show; also executive producer (8 episodes)|
|2014–present||Black-ish||Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr.||Lead role|
|2015||Celebrity Family Feud||Himself||Episode: "Anderson vs. Braxton"|
|2015||Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson||Himself/Host||Food Network show; also executive producer (6 episodes)|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Anthony Anderson vs. Tracee Ellis Ross"|
|2016||Richie Rich||Bulldozah||Episode: "Rapper'$ Delight"|
|2016||Blaze and the Monster Machines||Pegwheel||Season 2, episode 13|
|2016–present||To Tell the Truth||Himself/Host||8 episodes|
|2016||The $100,000 Pyramid||Himself/Celebrity Guest||Episode: Anthony Anderson vs. Sherri Shepherd|
|2016||Doc McStuffins||Stanley||Episode: "Welcome to McStuffinsville"|
|2007||Def Jam: Icon||Troy Dollar|
|2004||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor – Comedy||All About the Andersons||Nominated|
|2013||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series||Guys with Kids||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Black-ish||Nominated|
|2015||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Actor in a Comedy Series||Black-ish||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actor – Comedy||Black-ish||Nominated|
|2016||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Black-ish||Nominated|
- "Anthony Anderson". TVGuide.com. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
- Stated on his appearance on the Bonnie Hunt talk show (April 28, 2009)
- "People of Fulani Descent". Pinterest.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Msk-HFUpJ5A Anthony Anderson African Ancestry Reveal
- "Anthony Anderson Biography (1970–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- Greg Braxton (September 16, 2007). "Comic in 'K-Ville'". Los Angeles Times.
- "Lauren Graham Confirmed for Scream 4 and Two More Join the Cast". DreadCentral.
- "Anthony Anderson to Host's NBC's 'Wall of Fame' (exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.
- "'Scary Movie' Funnyman Joins 'Scream IV' Cast". BloodyDisgusting.
- Chris Nashawaty. "Gilmore Girl: Lauren Graham to Star in Scream 4?". Entertainment Weekly.
- Carpenter, Cassie (2014-09-29). "Formerly 'husky' Anthony Anderson discusses 47-pound weight loss following Type 2 diabetes diagnosis". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
- "F.A.C.E. Diabetes and Anthony Anderson Ask Americans to Rethink Generation D". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2014-06-04.
- "'Black-ish' Star Anthony Anderson Wife Files for Divorce". tmz.com. 2015-09-25.
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