Anthony Anderson

For other people named Anthony Anderson, see Anthony Anderson (disambiguation).
Anthony Anderson

Anderson in May 2010
Born (1970-08-15) August 15, 1970
Compton, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Howard University
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Writer, Chef, Game show host and panelist
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Alvina Anderson (m. 1995–2015)
Children 2

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.

Early life

Anderson was born in Compton.[1] 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.[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] 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]


Anderson in July 2006

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.[7]

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[8]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.


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.[9] In June 2010, he was cast in a minor role in Scream 4.[10]

Directorial work

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

In 1995, he married his college sweetheart, Alvina. The couple has two children, Kyra and Nathan.[11] Anderson has Type 2 Diabetes, and has been active in diabetes awareness.[12] On September 25, 2015 TMZ announced his wife of 20 years had filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in 2015.[13] His son Nathan played Tahj in "Richie Rich".

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



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Liberty Heights Scribbles
Life Cookie
Trippin' Z-Boy
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
3 Strikes Guard uncredited
2002 Barbershop J.D.
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
Hoodwinked! Bill Stork
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 Hot Bot Agent Frazier
Barbershop: The Next Cut J.D.


Year Title Role Notes
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 Entourage Himself Episode: "Neighbors"
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"
2011 Family BrainSurge Himself
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 Celebrities Undercover Himself
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"

Video game

Year Title Role
2007 Def Jam: Icon Troy Dollar


Year Association Category Work Result
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


  1. "Anthony Anderson". Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  2. 1 2 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. "Anthony Anderson to Host's NBC's 'Wall of Fame' (exclusive)". hollywoodreporter.
  9. "'Scary Movie' Funnyman Joins 'Scream IV' Cast". BloodyDisgusting.
  10. Chris Nashawaty. "Gilmore Girl: Lauren Graham to Star in Scream 4?". Entertainment Weekly.
  11. 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.
  12. "F.A.C.E. Diabetes and Anthony Anderson Ask Americans to Rethink Generation D". Retrieved 2014-06-04.
  13. "'Black-ish' Star Anthony Anderson Wife Files for Divorce". 2015-09-25.

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