Anthony Anderson

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Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson 2010.jpg
Anderson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 22, 2010
Born (1970-08-15) August 15, 1970 (age 45)
Compton, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Alvina Anderson (1995–2015) (separated)
Children 2

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 as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on the television legal drama 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. Anderson is also is a regular judge on the Food Network's hit show, Iron Chef America. Anderson currently stars as Andre Johnson on the sitcom Blackish.

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

Anderson currently writes for and stars in the hit ABC series, Blackish, alongside Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross which airs on Wednesday nights. He has been 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.[7] Anderson is in an Web show Matumbo Goldberg.

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.


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. The couple have two children.[10] They currently live in Hancock Park, Los Angeles.[citation needed] Anderson has Type 2 Diabetes, and has been active in diabetes awareness. [11] On September 25, 2015 TMZ announced his wife of 20 years had filed for divorce.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Liberty Heights Scribbles
Life Cookie
Trippin' Z-Boy
2000 Romeo Must Die Maurice First work 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 work with DMX, Isaiah Washington and Andrzej Bartkowiak.
First work with Tom Arnold.
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 Third work with DMX and Andrzej Bartkowiak.
Second work with Jet Li and 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
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 Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen Irwin's Dad
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
2016 Barbershop 3 J.D.


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 Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy
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[13]
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 Celebrities Undercover Himself
2014–present Black-ish Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. Lead
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated–Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Comedy
2014 Eating America with Anthony Anderson Himself Host for Food Network show
2015 Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episode: "Pilot"

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.

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Def Jam: Icon Troy Dollar


  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
  2. ^ a b Stated on his appearance on the Bonnie Hunt talk show (April 28, 2009)
  3. ^ "People of Fulani Descent". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  4. ^ Anthony Anderson African Ancestry Reveal
  5. ^ "Anthony Anderson Biography (1970–)". 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. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "F.A.C.E. Diabetes and Anthony Anderson Ask Americans to Rethink Generation D". Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  12. ^ "'Black-ish' Star Anthony Anderson Wife Files for Divorce". 2015-09-25. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]

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