Anderson in May 2010
August 15, 1970 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Alvina Anderson (m. 1995–2015)|
Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor and writer. He has 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 drama series K-Ville, The Shield and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order. He has also had supporting roles in films such as Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), Transformers (2007), and Scream 4 (2011). Anderson is also is a regular judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Since September 2014, he has starred as Andre Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish.
Anderson was born in Los Angeles 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. 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 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.
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.
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. 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 Law & Order episode "Reality Bites" on October 16, 2009.
In 1995, he married his college sweetheart, Alvina. The couple have two children, Kyra and Nathan. They currently live in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. 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.
|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|
|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, 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"|
|2014||Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson||Himself/Host||Food Network show; also executive producer (6 episodes)|
|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|
- 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 Some sites list his middle name as Alvin, e.g., http://www.tvsa.co.za/actors/viewactor.aspx?actorid=7954
- 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.
- "'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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