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Rico E. Anderson

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Rico E. Anderson
Born (1968-03-10) March 10, 1968 (age 56)
Years active1989–present

Rico Elliott Anderson is an American film and television actor who has appeared in over 90 TV shows, films, and commercials.[1]

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born in Seaside, California and is the oldest of eleven children on his mother's side (6 biological and 5 adopted), and the 3rd of 4 children on his father's side. He was born in Seaside/Monterey, CA, and was raised on the south side of Chicago, as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Acting since he was 12, Rico was a huge staple in the mainstream and indie theatre and film scene in the SF Bay Area. He is a founding member of the African American Shakespeare Company and performed traveling theatre for over 5 years all over Northern and Southern California performing for and peer educating children about health and safety in 4 major productions produced by Kaiser Permanente. Rico even got his feet wet early in the world of Star Trek as a member of the Star Trek Earth Tour from Paramount Parks at Paramount's Great America as the Klingon Ambassador Ri'Qoh!!

He has an impressive list of television credits including three years as Herbie on the critically acclaimed Apple TV+ series, Truth Be Told. He has had guest appearances on, FBI: International, I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, S.W.A.T., The Orville, fan film Star Trek: Renegades, Modern Family, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, Bones, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives to name a few.

Onstage, he appeared in several noteworthy performances including the multiple award winning production of The Ballad of Emmett Till (Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles), Fences (NexStage Theatre, Ketchum Idaho), The title role in Oedipus (African American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco) , For The Love of Freedom-Trilogy (The Robey Theatre Company, Los Angeles), The Meeting as Malcolm X, Off off Broadway in Bed of Truth, Equus, and A Soldiers Play .

As a member of the L.A. based Sketch Comedy Troupe, 'The Outpatients', he performed at The World Famous Comedy Store Main Room.

He is a recipient of multiple awards including the NAACP and Telly Award, Drama Critics Circle, Ovation, SOFIE, Pasadena International Film Festival, NYFA and FIFF.

Rico appeared on the ballot under consideration for the 2023 Primetime EMMY® Awards in the category of OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES for his role as Daniel LeDee in FBI: International | Season 2, Episode 9: "Wheelman"

Rico still lives in Los Angeles, continues to work extensively in film, television, theatre and voice over, makes celebrity appearances at various sci fi conventions and is carefully selecting his next project.

Select filmography[edit]


2023 I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson Jack Season 3, Episode 2
2023 FBI: International Daniel LeDee Season 2, Episode 9
2021 B Positive Officer Nelson Season 2, Episode 8
2019 Truth Be Told Herbie 18 Episodes
The Rookie Amari Season 2, Episode 6
2018 S.W.A.T. Young Daniel Sr. 3 Episodes
2017 The Orville Moclan Doctor Season 1, Episode 3
Goliath Hank Season 2, Episode 1
Rosewood Agent Fitzpatrick Season 1, Episode 10, Bacterium & the Brothers Panitch
The Mick Officer Season 1, Episode 12, The Wolf
The Fosters Swat #2 Season 4, Episode 1, Potential Energy
Grey's Anatomy Donnie Season 12, Episode 24, Family Affair
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Reggie Season 2, Episode 4, It's A Miracle...
Code Black Cop Season 1, Episode 4, Sometimes It's A Zebra
2015 Star Trek: Renegades Boras Pilot
2012 Two and a Half Men M. P. Searle Season 10, Episode 7, Avoid the Chinese Mustard
Sullivan & Son Mike Season 1, Episode 2, The Bribe
2 Broke Girls MTA Guy Season 1, Episode 22, And the Big Buttercream Breakthrough
Love That Girl! Officer Bradley Fatal Attraction
Modern Family Policeman Season 3, Episode 6, Go Bullfrogs!
Days of Our Lives Public Defender O'Neill 4 Episodes
Law & Order: LA Alec Bratton Season 1, Episode 16, Big Rock Mesa
2010 Mike & Molly Man Season 1, Episode 3, First Kiss
Weeds Bartender Season 6, Episode 3, Bartender
The Bold and the Beautiful Prison Guard 5 Episodes
Justified FBI Agent Murphy Season 1, Episode 4, Long in the Tooth
2009 Dollhouse Agent 2 Episodes
Entourage Reporter Season 6, Episode 2, Amongst Friends
Eleventh Hour Dave Season 1, Episode 16, Subway
2008 Chocolate News Bernard Season 1, Episode 1
Root Of All Evil Admissions Officer Season 2, Episode 9, Strip Clubs vs Sororities
Mind of Mencia Black Guy 2 Episodes
2006 NCIS Rick Samson Season 4, Episode 10, Smoked
The Shield Eritano Season 5, Episode 7, Man Inside


Year Title Role Notes
2023 Rite Of Passage Dad
2019 Get Gone Ranger Rico Action On Film International Film Festival - Best Supporting Actor
2017 Spinning Man Reporter #1
5th Passenger Captain Arnold Reguine
The Assassin's Apprentice Blanco
Jaded Charles
Runaway Renzler
2016 Dreams My Master Ernie Pasadena International Film Festival - Best Actor[2][3]
2015 Fearless Coach Carl
2013 Things Never Said Louis
The Harimaya Bridge Grant Holder
2007 Derek and Delila Glen
2006 Break-Down at El Mirage Armand
2005 The Urban Demographic Bob Johnson
2002 String Theory Marcus


  1. ^ "Rico E. Anderson TV Commercials - iSpot.tv". iSpot.tv. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "PIFF 2016 Nominees and Award Winners". Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Mark Tapio Kines (12 March 2016). "3rd Annual Pasadena International Film Festival Goes Out with a Bang". Colorado Boulevard. Retrieved August 20, 2019.

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