Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Date of Birth

Birthday: August 15
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Anthony Anderson is a writer, and the star of ABC's black-ish. He has also 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 as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on the television legal drama Law & Order.

He has also had supporting roles in films such as Me, Myself & Irene, Transformers, The Departed, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Scream 4, and Kangaroo Jack.

Anthony Anderson is a writer, and the star of ABC's black-ish. He has also 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 as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on the television legal drama Law & Order.

He has also had supporting roles in films such as Me, Myself & Irene, Transformers, The Departed, Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London, Scream 4, and Kangaroo Jack.

Anderson was born and raised in Compton, California. His mother, Doris (née Hancox), was a telephone operator and actress, and his father, 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. 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 Howard University. He trained with actors such as Avery Brooks, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

Currently Anderson writes and stars alongside Laurence Fishburne and Tracee Ellis Ross for the hit ABC series, black-ish. 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, and recurring roles on several series such as 'Til Death and The Bernie Mac Show.

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Awards & Nominations

9 Nominations
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series - 2020
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, as Andre "Dre" Johnson Sr.
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series - 2019
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, as Andre "Dre" Johnson
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series - 2018
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, as Andre Johnson
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Comedy Series - 2018
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, Executive Producer
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Comedy Series - 2017
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, Executive Producer
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - 2017
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, as Andre Johnson
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series - 2016
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, as Andre Johnson
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Comedy Series - 2016
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, Executive Producer
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series - 2015
  • Nominee
  • Anthony Anderson, as Andre Johnson
  • black-ish
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios
Anthony Anderson presents the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie during the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson presents the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie to Damon Lindelof and the team from Watchmen at the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Anderson present the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie to Damon Lindelof and the team from Watchmen at the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson and Sterling K. Brown during the 72nd Emmy Awards.
Randall Park and Anthony Anderson present an award at the 71st Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson and Alvina Stewart arrive at the 71st Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson on the red carpet at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.
Bill Hader and Anthony Anderson
Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole and Anthony Anderson
Priyanka Chopra and Anthony Anderson at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards
Dwyane Wade, Alvina Stewart, Gabrielle Union, and Anthony Anderson at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
Anthony Anderson and Marsai Martin on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
Television Academy performers celebration
Television Academy performers celebration
Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, and Bruce Rosenblum at the 68th Emmys Governors Ball.
Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross present an award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
Anthony Anderson is interviewed in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
Anthony Anderson is excited to see that black-ish has been nominated as Lauren Graham and Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum look on in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
Anthony Anderson, Lauren Graham, and Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announce the nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announce the nominees for Lead Actor in a Limited Series in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson at the 67th Emmys Governors Ball.
Anthony Anderson and Regina King at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Jordan Peele, John Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key backstage at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson and Kerry Washington at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross present an award at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.
Anthony Anderson and fellow nominees Mayim Bialik, Rachel Brosnahan, Seth Green, and Niecy Nash take a group selfie at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
Anthony Anderson arrives at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
Niecy Nash, Mayim Bialik, and Anthony Anderson talk to the press on the red carpet at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Anthony Anderson presents the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie during the 72nd Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson presents the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie during the 72nd Emmy Awards.

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Anthony Anderson presents the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie to Damon Lindelof and the team from Watchmen at the 72nd Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson presents the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie to Damon Lindelof and the team from Watchmen at the 72nd Emmy Awards.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Anderson present the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie to Damon Lindelof and the team from Watchmen at the 72nd Emmy Awards.
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Jimmy Kimmel and Anthony Anderson present the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series or Movie to Damon Lindelof and the team from Watchmen at the 72nd Emmy Awards. 

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Anthony Anderson and Sterling K. Brown during the 72nd Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson and Sterling K. Brown during the 72nd Emmy Awards.

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Randall Park and Anthony Anderson present an award at the 71st Emmy Awards.
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Randall Park and Anthony Anderson present an award at the 71st Emmy Awards. 

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Anthony Anderson and Alvina Stewart arrive at the 71st Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson and Alvina Stewart arrive at the 71st Emmy Awards.

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Anthony Anderson on the red carpet at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.
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Anthony Anderson on the red carpet at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys.

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Bill Hader and Anthony Anderson
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Bill Hader and Anthony Anderson at the 70th Emmys Governors Ball.

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Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole and Anthony Anderson
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Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole and Anthony Anderson at the 70th Emmys Governors Ball.

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Priyanka Chopra and Anthony Anderson at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards
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Priyanka Chopra and Anthony Anderson at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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Dwyane Wade, Alvina Stewart, Gabrielle Union, and Anthony Anderson at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Dwyane Wade, Alvina Stewart, Gabrielle Union, and Anthony Anderson at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.

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Anthony Anderson and Marsai Martin on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.
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Anthony Anderson and Marsai Martin on the red carpet at the 2017 Primetime Emmys.

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Anthony Anderson and Kim Estes attend the Television Academy's 2017 Performers Peer Group Celebration of the 69th Emmy Awards at Montage Beverly Hills on Monday, August 21, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson attend the Television Academy's 2017 Performers Peer Group Celebration of the 69th Emmy Awards at Montage Beverly Hills on Monday, August 21, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, and Bruce Rosenblum at the 68th Emmys Governors Ball.
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Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, and Bruce Rosenblum at the 68th Emmys Governors Ball.

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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross present an award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross present an award at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.


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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.
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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross on the red carpet at the 2016 Primetime Emmys.

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Anthony Anderson is interviewed in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
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Anthony Anderson is interviewed in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.

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Anthony Anderson is excited to see that black-ish has been nominated as Lauren Graham and Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum look on in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
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Anthony Anderson is excited to see that black-ish has been nominated as Lauren Graham and Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum look on in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.

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Anthony Anderson, Lauren Graham, and Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
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Anthony Anderson, Lauren Graham, and Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.

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Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announce the nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
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Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announce the nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.

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Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announce the nominees for Lead Actor in a Limited Series in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.
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Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announce the nominees for Lead Actor in a Limited Series in the Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center, North Hollywood, California on July 14, 2016.

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Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson at the 67th Emmys Governors Ball.
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Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson at the 67th Emmys Governors Ball. 

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Anthony Anderson and Regina King at the 67th Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson and Regina King at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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Jordan Peele, John Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key backstage at the 67th Emmy Awards.
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Jordan Peele, John Oliver and Keegan-Michael Key backstage at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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Anthony Anderson and Kerry Washington at the 67th Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson and Kerry Washington at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 67th Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross present an award at the 67th Emmy Awards.
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Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross present an award at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.
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Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson on the red carpet at the 67th Emmy Awards.

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Anthony Anderson and fellow nominees Mayim Bialik, Rachel Brosnahan, Seth Green, and Niecy Nash take a group selfie at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Anthony Anderson and fellow nominees Mayim Bialik, Rachel Brosnahan, Seth Green, and Niecy Nash take a group selfie at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.

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Anthony Anderson arrives at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Anthony Anderson arrives at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.

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Niecy Nash, Mayim Bialik, and Anthony Anderson talk to the press on the red carpet at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.
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Niecy Nash, Mayim Bialik, and Anthony Anderson talk to the press on the red carpet at the Performers Peer Group Celebration August 24 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, California.

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Stars of new ABC family comedy Black-ish Anthony Anderson (in white jacket), Tracee Ellis Ross (to his right), along with Marsai Martin, Marcus Scribner and Yara Shahidi and Miles Brown. 

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