Anthony Anderson

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Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson 2010.jpg
Anderson in Los Angeles, California, May 22, 2010
BornAnthony Anderson[1]
(1970-08-15) August 15, 1970 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Alvina Anderson (1995–present)
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Anthony Anderson
Anthony Anderson 2010.jpg
Anderson in Los Angeles, California, May 22, 2010
BornAnthony Anderson[1]
(1970-08-15) August 15, 1970 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Alvina Anderson (1995–present)

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 television dramas such as K-Ville, The Shield and Law & Order. He has also had supporting roles in films such as Transformers, The Departed, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Scream 4, and Kangaroo Jack.

Early life[edit]

Anderson was born and raised in Compton, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. 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] 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] When his stage name was announced, he was booed off the stage before ever saying a word. 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

His 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.


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. They currently live in Hancock Park, Los Angeles. Anderson has diabetes, and has been active in diabetes awareness.[10]


On July 28, 2004, Anderson was charged with aggravated rape of a woman who police say was assaulted after being lured into a production trailer on a Memphis, Tennessee movie set. According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Anderson and Wayne Witherspoon attacked the woman, who was an extra. The woman told police that Witherspoon forcibly removed her clothes once she was inside the trailer. She told investigators that Anderson, who was already in the trailer at the time, joined the assault, according to a graphic criminal complaint. The woman told the police that Anderson and Witherspoon "both assaulted her with their hands and took pictures of her while she was nude." A witness told officers that he heard the woman screaming and managed to unlock the trailer's door. At that point, the naked woman ran from the vehicle, which was parked on the grounds of the Shelby County Corrections Center, where scenes from director Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow were being shot.[11] However, on October 5, 2004, a judge dismissed the charge and said that testimony by the accuser was some of the most "suspicious" he has ever heard. Judge Anthony Johnson said the accuser's testimony fell short of producing the probable cause needed to support the charge.[12] On September 16, 2004, Anderson and Warner Bros. Television were named in a $900,000 suit by a woman who claimed Anderson made suggestive comments, grabbed her genitalia and sexually assaulted her in his dressing room on the All About the Andersons set.[13]


1999Liberty HeightsScribbles
2000Romeo Must DieMaurice
Big Momma's HouseNolan
Me, Myself & IreneJamaal Baileygates
Urban Legends: Final CutStan Washington
2001See Spot RunBenny
Exit WoundsT.K. Johnson
Kingdom ComeJunior Slocumb
Two Can Play That GameTony
3 StrikesGuarduncredited
2003Kangaroo JackLouis Booker
Cradle 2 the GraveTommy
Malibu's Most WantedPJ
Scary Movie 3Mahalik
2004My Baby's DaddyG. Bong
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination LondonDerek Bowman
Harold & Kumar Go to White CastleBurger Shack Employee
2005The Bernie Mac ShowBryan Brownseason 5
King's RansomMalcolm King
Hustle & FlowKey
Hoodwinked!Detective Bill Stork
Alone in the DarkPhoto of missing person (cameo)
2006Scary Movie 4Mahalik
The Last StandJay
Arthur & the InvisiblesKoolomassai
The DepartedTrooper Brown
2007Def Jam: IconTroy DollarVideo game
TransformersGlen Whitmann
2010The Back-Up PlanDad
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's AdventuresRay
2011Scream 4Detective Perkins
The Big YearBill Clemens
2012The Power of FewJunkshow


1996 – 1998Hang TimeTeddy Broadis
1998 (17 Feb)NYPD BlueVondell - S05E14
2001My Wife and KidsMarriage Counsellor, Dr. Buchay
2003 – 2004All About the AndersonsAnthony Anderson
2004 – 2005The ShieldAntwon Mitchell
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLucius Blaine
2007K-VilleMarlin Boulet
2008 – 2010Law & OrderDetective Kevin Bernard
2008Samantha WhoRafael Grace
2011ShamelessMarty Fisher
2012–PresentGolf in AmericaHost[14]
2012PsychChef Thane Woodson
2012The Soul ManSweet Brown Taylor
2012–2013Guys with KidsGaryNominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (2013)
2012–PresentTremeDerek Watson
2013Hollywood Game NightHimself

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.

Web shows[edit]

2011–PresentMatumbo GoldbergMatumbo Goldberg


  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
  4. ^ Anthony Anderson African Ancestry Reveal
  5. ^ Anthony Anderson Biography (1970–)
  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. ^ F.A.C.E. Diabetes and Anthony Anderson Ask Americans to Rethink Generation D
  11. ^ Anthony Anderson Rape Charge,, accessed April 17, 2009.
  12. ^ Judge dismisses rape charge against actor/comedian Anthony Anderson,, accessed April 17, 2009.
  13. ^ Anderson charged again,, accessed April 17, 2009.
  14. ^

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