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Anthony Anderson



While Anthony Anderson got his start in stand-up, his wide range of genre-spanning credits as a producer and actor in light comedy, pointed satires, food-based reality shows and gritty episodic dramas display his versatility and cross-audience appeal. But even though it's not immediately apparent how the points on his resume connect in one straight line, all of his work harkens back to core values of family, togetherness, responsibility, fairness, justice, and doing right in a sometimes complicated world.



Born August 15, 1970, Anderson was one of four kids raised by his mother and stepfather (the man he considered his "only father I knew or cared about") in Compton, Los Angeles, California. While their neighborhood could be rough, his no-nonsense stepfather, who owned three clothing stores, instilled a respect for paternal responsibility and entrepreneurship in Anderson. While Anderson remembers seeing a teenage Dr. Dre perform at Compton's most important hip-hop venue Skateland, U.S.A., his most formative memory of a performer was watching his mother rehearse for an amateur production of A Raisin in the Sun at Compton Community College. Even though both he and his mother agree that she was a terrible actress, the impression of her becoming someone else on stage solidified his ambitions.



His ambitions stoked, young Anderson seized every opportunity to perform, whether it was singing at church, competing in spelling bees, or appearing in a commercial at the age of five. After successfully auditioning for Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, he won the top prize in the NAACP's Act-So awards and gained entrance to Howard University's drama program with an audition tape that included monologues from Shakespeare and "The Great White Hope". (Anderson's stepfather, always the pragmatist, took extraordinary measures to push Anderson out of the nest after college by not only insisting he pay rent if he wanted to live at home, but also by padlocking the TV cabinet and freezer, installing a pay phone in the house, and razzing Anderson with Lassie reruns: "That dog's an actor. Where are you acting?")



Too-strange-to-be-fiction family lore like that formed the basis of Anderson's stand-up comedy routines that he performed briefly under the name "Tasty Tony" while picking up small roles in TV and movies until 1999, when he landed roles both in the Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy comedy Life, and Barry Levinson's cinematic memoir Liberty Heights. A slew of roles in a wide range of genres followed for the next few years, culminating in recurring roles on Treme as actor-waiter Derek Watson, on The Shield as Antwon Mitchell, the drug boss turned community leader who still keeps one foot in the thug life, and on Law & Order as conservative lawman Detective Kevin Bernard, a role for which he earned four consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.



Anderson's other great passion, for food and cooking, has led to many hosting gigs on shows like Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson, Eating America with Anthony Anderson, the web series Anthony Eats America, and his recurring seat at the judge's table on Iron Chef America. While his everyday diet is "vegan-ish" as a way of regulating his type 2 diabetes, he's so devoted to the kitchen arts that he takes weekend classes at famed culinary academy Le Cordon Bleu's Los Angeles outpost.



While his first forays into producing the sitcoms All About the Andersons and Matumbo Goldberg (both about domestic life from an African-American perspective) ended after one season, conversations with his screenwriter friend Kenya Barris about their experiences raising their children in affluent, majority-white communities that are so unlike the neighborhoods they grew up in inspired the duo to create and produce black-ish. Taking a page from unflinching sitcoms of the '70s like All In The Family an

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Small Town Crime
  • Actor
2017
90% Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • J.D.
2016
No Score Yet Hot Bot
  • Agent Frazier
2016
70% The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Lone Wolf Morales
2014
29% Grudge Match
  • Mr. Sandpaper Hands
2013
57% The Power Of Few
  • Junkslow
2013
19% Goats
  • Coach
2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac
  • Actor
2012
40% The Big Year
  • Bill Clemont
2011
59% Scream 4
  • Deputy Perkins
2011
18% The Back-up Plan
  • Playground Dad
2010
56% Accidents Happen
  • Producer
2010
57% Transformers
  • Glen Whitmann
2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)
  • Koolomassai
2007
No Score Yet Last Stand
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Steppin: The Movie
  • Trevor
2007
91% The Departed
  • Brown
2006
No Score Yet Katt Williams: The Pimp Chronicles: Pt. 1
  • Actor
2006
37% Scary Movie 4
  • Mahalik
2006
No Score Yet The Last Stand
  • Jay
2006
No Score Yet The Gospel: Live
  • Host
2005
82% Hustle & Flow
  • Key
2005
2% King's Ransom
  • Malcolm King
2005
46% Hoodwinked
  • Det. Bill Stork
2005
74% Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Burger King Employee
2004
83% Somersault
  • Producer
2004
13% Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
  • Derek
2004
4% My Baby's Daddy
  • G
2004
36% Scary Movie 3
  • Mahalik
2003
31% Malibu's Most Wanted
  • PJ
2003
26% Cradle 2 the Grave
  • Tommy
2003
8% Kangaroo Jack
  • Louis Booker
2003
82% Barbershop
  • JD
2002
43% Two Can Play That Game
  • Tony
2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2
  • Actor
2001
28% Kingdom Come
  • Junior Slocumb
2001
32% Exit Wounds
  • T.K.
2001
23% See Spot Run
  • Benny
2001
9% Urban Legends: Final Cut
  • Stan Washington
2000
48% Me, Myself & Irene
  • Jamaal
2000
30% Big Momma's House
  • Nolan
2000
33% Romeo Must Die
  • Maurice
2000
87% Liberty Heights
  • Scribbles
1999
50% Life
  • Cookie
1999

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet 'Til Death
2006-2010
  • Cofeld
Chopped
2009
  • Appearing
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Matthew Vault
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Thane
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Det. Kevin Bernard
97% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
  • Percy `Bone' Hamilton
No Score Yet The Soul Man
2012
  • Sweet Brown Taylor
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet America's Funniest Home Videos
1990
  • Guest
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Brand X with Russell Brand
2012-2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
93% black-ish
2014
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Andre "Dre" Johnson/Drex Johnson Andre "Dre" Johnson Andre Johnson
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
50% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons
2016
  • Guest
  • Actor
7% Guys with Kids
2012-2013
  • Gary
No Score Yet Are We There Yet?
2010-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
66% Rake
2014
  • Reggie Jarvis
No Score Yet The Shield
2002-2008
  • Antwon Mitchell
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Det. Lucius Blaine
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
2013
  • Actor
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist

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