Anthony Anderson

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Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson 2010.jpg
Anderson in 2010
Born (1970-08-15) August 15, 1970 (age 50)
EducationHollywood High School
Alma materHoward University
  • Actor
  • game show host
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Alvina Anderson
Parent(s)Sterling Bowman
Doris Hancox

Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970)[1][2] is an American actor, comedian, and game show host. He has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He has starred in his own short-lived sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the ABC sitcom blackish and the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during its fifth and final season. Anderson is known for his leading roles in drama series K-Ville, The Shield and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order. He 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. Since June 2016, he has served as host of the ABC version of the game show To Tell the Truth. In addition, he has served as guest panelist for various game shows.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Compton, California.[1][2][3] 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; Anthony has a half brother named Derrick Bowman. His brother Sterling died in 2002. His nickname was “Tugga” because he could not pronounce sugar.[4] 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.[5][6]

Anderson has stated that his first attempt at stand-up comedy was a failure.[4] 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.[7] Anderson is an alumnus of the Hollywood High School Performing Arts Magnet's Class of 1988 and plans on graduating with his son from Howard University in 2022.[8]


Anderson in 2006

Anderson stars in and executive produces the hit ABC series Black-ish, alongside Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross. 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 short-lived 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.[9]

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 Fame[10] produced 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.


Since 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, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London and King's Ransom which, to date, is his only starring role. Anderson had a small role in the Academy Award-winning Martin Scorsese film The Departed.[11] Additionally, Anderson had a supporting role in Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4. He was originally set to return in Scary Movie 5 with Regina Hall and Kevin Hart, however, everything regarding scripting and filming changed.[12] In June 2010, he was cast in a minor role in Scream 4.[13]

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 In The House episode "Reality Bites" on October 16, 2009.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to wife Alvina.[14] The couple have two children, Kyra and Nathan; Nathan starred as Tahj in the Netflix sitcom Richie Rich.[15]

Anderson has Type 2 Diabetes and has been active in diabetes awareness.

Playing for the Alzheimer's Association, in 2011, Anderson won $250,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[16]

Anderson is an honorary member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; he was inducted on July 30, 2020.[17]

Sexual assault allegations[edit]

Anderson was accused of raping a 25-year-old extra in a trailer on the film set of Hustle & Flow on July 27, 2004. The alleged victim accused Anderson and assistant director Wayne Witherspoon of forcibly removing her clothing, photographing her naked body, and digitally penetrating her.[18] A witness claimed to have heard the alleged victim's screams and to have seen her run naked from the trailer, and she was treated at St. Francis Hospital. The charges were dropped on October 6, 2004 because the judge ruled that there was no probable cause to try the case.[19]

Anderson was sued for sexual assault in September 2004 by another woman who claimed that Anderson made sexually suggestive remarks and then assaulted her in his dressing room on the set of All About the Andersons.[20]

On July 20, 2018, it was revealed that he was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for another sexual assault allegation.[19] On September 4, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office decided not to press charges against Anderson due to lack of evidence.[21]



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 [1]
2002 Barbershop J.D.
2003 Kangaroo Jack Louis Booker
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! Bill Stork (voice)
2006 Scary Movie 4 Mahalik
The Last Stand Jay
Arthur & the Invisibles Koolomassai (voice)
The Departed Trooper Brown
2007 Transformers Glen Whitmann
2010 The Back-Up Plan Dad
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Ray (voice)
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.
2017 Small Town Crime Mr. Banks
The Star[22] Zach (voice)
Ferdinand Bones (voice)
2019 Beats Romelo Reese


Year Title Role Notes
1995 In the House Eddie Episode: "Nanna Don't Play"
1996–1998 Hang Time Teddy Brodis 39 episodes
1996 In the House Snacks Episode: "Close Encounters of the Worst Kind"
1998 NYPD Blue Vondell Episode: "Weaver of Hate"
2001 My Wife and Kids Dr. Buchay 2 episodes
The Weakest Link Himself/Celebrity Guest 1 episode
2002 The Proud Family Ray Ray (voice) Episode: "Behind Family Lines"
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)
Veronica Mars Percy "Bone" Hamilton Episode: "Lord of the Bling"
Entourage Himself Episode: "Neighbors"
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"
2010 Golf in America Host 10 episodes
2011 Shameless Marty Fisher Episode: "Three Boys"
Family BrainSurge Himself
2012 Psych Chef Thane Woodson Episode: "True Grits"
Raising Hope Neighbor Episode: "Inside Probe (part 1)"
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
Real Husbands of Hollywood Episode: "Rock, Paper, Stealers"
Chopped Episode: "Celebrity Holiday Bash"
2013 & 2014 Hollywood Game Night 2 episodes
2014 Rake Reggie Jarvis Episode: "Three Strikes"
Celebrities Undercover Himself
Eating America with Anthony Anderson Himself/Host Food Network show; also executive producer (8 episodes)
2014–present blackish Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr./Narrator Lead role; also executive producer
2015 & 2019 Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episodes: "Anderson vs. Braxton", "Black-ish vs. The Goldbergs
2015 Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson Himself/Host Food Network show; also executive producer (6 episodes)
2015–2018 Blaze and the Monster Machines Pegwheel (voice) 3 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Anthony Anderson vs. Tracee Ellis Ross"
Richie Rich Bulldozah Episode: "Rapper'$ Delight"
The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/Celebrity Guest Episode: "Anthony Anderson vs. Sherri Shepherd"
Doc McStuffins Stanley (voice) Episode: "Welcome to McStuffinsville"
2016–present To Tell the Truth Himself/Host 8 episodes
2017 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself/Guest Host May 3, 2017; standing in for Jimmy Kimmel, who was on paternity leave.
His mother Doris accompanies Guillermo as sidekick.
The Gong Show Himself/Judge Episode: "Dana Carvey/Tracee Ellis Ross/Anthony Anderson"
2017 Drop the Mic Himself Episode: "Halle Berry vs. James Corden / Anthony Anderson vs. Usher"
2018 Grown-ish Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. Episode: "Late Registration"; also executive producer
2019 Mixed-ish Episode: "Becoming Bow"; also executive producer
Live in Front of a Studio Audience Uncle Henry Jefferson
Episode: "Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons"
"All in the Family and Good Times"[23]
The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself/Guest Host December 11, 2019
2020 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself Guest[24]
#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall Television special
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Drug Dealer
2007 Def Jam: Icon Troy Dollar
2012 Diablo III Monster voices

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2000 Breakout Foo Fighters promoting Me, Myself, & Irene because the song's featured on the film's soundtrack

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Year Category Work Result Ref.
Black Reel Awards 2002 Best Supporting Actor Two Can Play That Game Nominated
2006 Hustle & Flow Nominated [25]
Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 Best Ensemble The Departed Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2007 Best Ensemble The Departed Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated [26]
2016 Nominated [27]
2017 Nominated [28]
2018 Nominated [29]
Golden Globe Awards 2017 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated [30]
2018 Nominated [31]
Kids' Choice Awards 2016 Favorite TV Actor – Family Show Black-ish Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 2002 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Two Can Play That Game Nominated [32]
2003 Barbershop Nominated [33]
2006 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series K-Ville Nominated [34]
2009 Law & Order Nominated [35]
2010 Nominated [36]
2011 Nominated [37]
2013 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Guys with Kids Nominated [38]
2015 Black-ish Won [39]
2016 Won [40]
2017 Won [41]
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) BET Awards 2016 (as host) Nominated
2018 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Won [42]
2019 Won [43]
2020 Won [44]
2021 Nominated [45]
Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated [46]
2016 Nominated [47]
Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
2017 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [48]
Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
2018 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [49]
Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
2019 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [50]
2020 Nominated [51]
Satellite Awards 2006 Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture The Departed Won
2018 Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated [52]
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hustle & Flow Nominated [53]
2017 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated [54]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2018 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated [55]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2004 Choice TV Actor – Comedy All About the Andersons Nominated [56]
2015 Black-ish Nominated [57]
2017 Nominated [58]
2019 Nominated [59]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 2002 Best Ensemble Barbershop Won


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