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Anthony Anderson
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Anderson in 2010
Born (1970-08-15) August 15, 1970 (age 53)
Education Hollywood High School
Alma mater Howard University (BFA)
  • Actor
  • game show host
Years active 1995–present
Alvina Anderson
(m. 1999; separated 2015)
Children 2

Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor and game show host. He is best known for his leading roles in drama series such as Marlin Boulet on K-Ville, and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on the NBC crime drama Law & Order and comedy sitcom television series Guys with Kids as well as leading roles in comedy series such as Andre 'Dre' Johnson on Black-ish. He 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 and also has more roles on other television programs such as All About the Andersons, The Bernie Mac Show, and The Shield. Since June 2016, he has served as host of the ABC version of the game show To Tell the Truth. In addition, he has served as a guest panelist for various game shows.

Early life

Anderson was born in Compton, California. 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; Anthony has a half brother named Derrick Bowman. His stepfather Sterling died in 2002. His nickname was "Tugga" because he could not pronounce sugar. 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 graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2022.


Anderson in 2006

Anderson stars in and executive produces the hit ABC series Black-ish, alongside Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross. 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 short-lived 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. After three seasons (18, 19, and 20) as Kevin Bernard, he reprised the role upon the series's revival in 2022, concurrent with the final episodes of Black-ish. Only signed for one year, it was confirmed after the season he would not be returning for season 22. Before the initial stint, he 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 was frequently a judge on Iron Chef America, 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 which was produced by Endemol USA for NBC. One family attempts to answer pop culture trivia questions while also guessing whether members of the celebrity "Wall of Fame" answered the same questions correctly. Eight one-hour episodes were taped at the time, however, the series was never aired. He also starred in the sitcom Guys with Kids, which lasted a single season.

In 2014, Anderson began starring as Andre "Dre" Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish, which completed its eight-season run in 2022. During its run Anderson received 11 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations. In 2022, Anderson was not nominated as a producer or actor for its final season. .....? Now I'm not saying the voters were stupid for not nominating me or Black-ish or Tracee, I'm just saying they're racist."

He also serves as executive producer on its spinoffs Grown-ish, which premiered on Freeform in 2018, and Mixed-ish, which ran on ABC for two seasons from 2019 to 2021. He also reprised Dre in episodes of both series.

Since 2016, he has been the host of To Tell the Truth, which also airs on ABC.


Anderson has been performing as an actor for many years since his film debut in Liberty Heights, often in comedic roles. 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; Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London; and King's Ransom, which to date is his only starring role. Anderson had a small role in the Academy Award-winning Martin Scorsese film The Departed. Additionally, Anderson had a supporting role in Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4. He was originally set to return in Scary Movie 5 with Regina Hall and Kevin Hart, however, everything regarding scripting and filming changed. In June 2010, he was cast in a minor role in Scream 4.

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

He has been married to wife Alvina since September 1999. The couple have two children, Kyra and Nathan; Nathan starred as Tahj in the Netflix sitcom Richie Rich and guest starred in Black-ish. His wife initially filed for divorce in September 2015, after having been separated since April 2014. However, the couple reconciled in January 2017 and she withdrew her petition. She filed for divorce for the second time on March 25, 2022.

Anderson has Type 2 diabetes and has been active in diabetes awareness.

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

Anderson is an honorary member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity; he was inducted on July 30, 2020.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Liberty Heights Scribbles
Life Cookie Uncredited
Trippin' Z-Boy
2000 Romeo Must Die Maurice
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
Kingdom Come Junior Slocumb
Two Can Play That Game Tony
3 Strikes Guard Uncredited [1]
2002 Barbershop J.D.
2003 Kangaroo Jack Louis Booker
Cradle 2 the Grave Tommy
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 (voice)
2006 Scary Movie 4 Mahalik
The Last Stand Jay
Arthur & the Invisibles Koolomassai (voice)
The Departed Trooper Brown
2007 Transformers Glen Whitmann
2010 The Back-Up Plan Dad
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Ray (voice)
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.
2017 Small Town Crime Mr. Banks
The Star Zach (voice)
Ferdinand Bones (voice)
2019 Beats Romelo Reese


Year Title Role Notes
1995 In the House Eddie Episode: "Nanna Don't Play"
1996–1998 Hang Time Teddy Brodis 39 episodes
1996 In the House Snacks Episode: "Close Encounters of the Worst Kind"
1998 NYPD Blue Vondell Episode: "Weaver of Hate"
2000 "Ally Mcbeal " Matthew Vault Episodes: "Prime Suspect" and "The Oddball Parade".
2001 My Wife and Kids Dr. Buchay 2 episodes
The Weakest Link Himself/Celebrity Guest 1 episode
2002 The Proud Family Ray Ray (voice) Episode: "Behind Family Lines"
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)
Veronica Mars Percy "Bone" Hamilton Episode: "Lord of the Bling"
Entourage Himself Episode: "Neighbors"
Chappelle's Show ... 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
Law & Order Detective Kevin Bernard 60 episodes
2008 Samantha Who Rafael Grace Episode: "Out of Africa"
2010 Golf in America Host 10 episodes
2011 Shameless Marty Fisher Episode: "Three Boys"
Family BrainSurge Himself
2012 Psych Chef Thane Woodson Episode: "True Grits"
Raising Hope Neighbor Episode: "Inside Probe (part 1)"
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
Real Husbands of Hollywood Episode: "Rock, Paper, Stealers"
Chopped Episode: "Celebrity Holiday Bash"
2013–2014 Hollywood Game Night 2 episodes
2014 Rake Reggie Jarvis Episode: "Three Strikes"
Celebrities Undercover Himself
Eating America with Anthony Anderson Himself/Host Food Network show; also executive producer (8 episodes)
2014–2022 Black-ish Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr./Narrator Lead role; also executive producer
2015, 2019 Celebrity Family Feud Himself Episodes: "Anderson vs. Braxton", "Black-ish vs. The Goldbergs
2015 Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson Himself/Host Food Network show; also executive producer (6 episodes)
2015–2018 Blaze and the Monster Machines Pegwheel (voice) 3 episodes
2016 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Anthony Anderson vs. Tracee Ellis Ross"
Richie Rich Bulldozah Episode: "Rapper'$ Delight"
The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/Celebrity Guest Episode: "Anthony Anderson vs. Sherri Shepherd"
Doc McStuffins Stanley (voice) Episode: "Welcome to McStuffinsville"
2016–present To Tell the Truth Himself/Host
2017, 2021, 2022 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself/Guest Host Fill-in for Jimmy Kimmel.
His mother Doris accompanies Guillermo as sidekick.
2017 The Gong Show Himself/Judge Episode: "Dana Carvey/Tracee Ellis Ross/Anthony Anderson"
Drop the Mic Himself Episode: "Halle Berry vs. James Corden / Anthony Anderson vs. Usher"
Animal Nation with Anthony Anderson Himself/Host 10 Episodes
2018 Grown-ish Andre "Dre" Johnson, Sr. Episode: "Late Registration"; also executive producer
2019 Mixed-ish Episode: "Becoming Bow"; also executive producer
Live in Front of a Studio Audience Uncle Henry Jefferson
Episode: "Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons"
"All in the Family and Good Times"
The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself/Guest Host December 11, 2019
2020 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself Guest
#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall Television special
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest
Mo Willems: Don't Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! Himself/Guest Host September 17, 2020
2022 Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music & Laughter Himself Television Special

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours ... Brenton
2007 Def Jam: Icon Troy Dollar
2012 Diablo III Monster voices
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Monster voice effects

Music videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2000 Breakout Foo Fighters promoting Me, Myself, & Irene because the song's featured on the film's soundtrack

Awards and nominations

Association Year Category Work Result Ref.
Black Reel Awards 2002 Best Supporting Actor Two Can Play That Game Nominated
2006 Hustle & Flow Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics 2006 Best Ensemble The Departed Nominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2007 Best Ensemble The Departed Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
2016 Nominated
2017 Nominated
2018 Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2017 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
2018 Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards 2016 Favorite TV Actor – Family Show Black-ish Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 2002 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Two Can Play That Game Nominated
2003 Barbershop Nominated
2006 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series K-Ville Nominated
2009 Law & Order Nominated
2010 Nominated
2011 Nominated
2013 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Guys with Kids Nominated
2015 Black-ish Won
2016 Won
2017 Won
Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) BET Awards 2016 (as host) Nominated
2018 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Won
2019 Won
2020 Won
2021 Won
2022 Won
Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
2016 Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
2017 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
2018 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
2019 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2020 Nominated
2021 Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series (as producer) Nominated
Satellite Awards 2006 Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture The Departed Won
2018 Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hustle & Flow Nominated
2017 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Black-ish Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2018 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards 2004 Choice TV Actor – Comedy All About the Andersons Nominated
2015 Black-ish Nominated
2017 Nominated
2019 Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 2002 Best Ensemble Barbershop Won

See also

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