Name:
Anthony Anderson
Birth Date:
August 15, 1970
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Height:
5' 10
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role in 'Me, Myself and Irene' (2000)
Profession:
actor, comedian, writer
Education:
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, California, United States
BIOGRAPHY
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Hustle & Flow

Background:

Award-winning African-American funnyman Anthony Anderson landed his first big break when he was cast opposite Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence in Ted Demme's prison drama/comedy movie set in 1930s Harlem, “Life” (1999). Since then, he scored more significant roles in such films as “Romeo Must Die” (2000), “Me, Myself & Irene” (2000), “Exit Wounds” (2001), “Barbershop” (2002), “Kangaroo Jack” (2003), “Cradle 2 The Grave” (2003), “My Baby’s Daddy” (2004), “Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London” (2004), "Hustle & Flow" (2005), "King's Ransom" (2005), “Hoodwinked” (2005; voice), "Scary Movie 4" (2006), "The Departed" (2006) and "Transformers" (2007).

On the small screen, the 5' 10" dynamic performer received his own sitcom in 2003 on The WB, “All About the Andersons,” which was canceled after only one season. He co-starred as the ruthless Los Angeles drug lord Antwon Mitchell (2005-2006) on FX's police drama "The Shield" and currently stars as heroic cop Marlin Boulet on Fox's new police serial drama set in the streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, "K-Ville."

Anderson made headlines in July 2004 when “Hustle & Flow” (2005) crew member Wayne Witherspoon were busted and charged with raping a female visitor in Anderson's trailer. Although the charges were later dropped, Anderson was still under suit for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on the set of “All About the Andersons.”

“I was falsely accused of something while filming 'Hustle and Flow' in Memphis. It’s unfortunate that certain people are targets of that. I happened to be the one with the deep pockets in that room so I was the one they went after. But we didn’t even have our day in court because it was thrown out based on the merits of the lies. We were fully exonerated of all the charges that were brought against us. We all have speed bumps in life and it’s really how you recover after that.” Anthony Anderson


L.A. Boy

Childhood and Family:

Born in Los Angeles, California, on August 15, 1970, Anthony Anderson grew up in Compton, California. His mother, Doris Bowman, is a telephone operator and a career film extra. His stepfather, Sterling Bowman, is an entrepreneur who owns a chain of clothing stores. Anderson has family living in the Chicago area.

Anderson attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he won the NAACP’s ACTSO Award for his performance of the classic monologue from "The Great White Hope." That accomplishment later earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University, in Washington, DC, where he received a BA degree in theater.

In 1995, Anderson married his college sweetheart, Alvina Stewart. They have two children together: a daughter named Kyra Anderson (born in 1996) and a son named Nathan Anderson (born in 2000). He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Being asked about how much strain his work has put on his family life, Anderson explained, “None, really. See, the luxury of television is you get banker's hours and I get to be home. I may not be able to take my kids to school in the morning every day like I have been, but I get to see them at night. I get to pick them up from school. It's different than being on location and shooting 16, 18-hour days on a film. And for the most part, I bring the family with me when I can. If I'm away during the summer months, they come with me for the summer. Or sometimes school vacations fall in line with production schedules, so for that week or so that the kids are out of school, they come on set with me. But that's the thing I love about television, you get these banker's hours and you have some semblance of a regular life.”


All About the Andersons

Career:

“I’ve trained at this (acting) since I was nine years old. I went to the High School for the Performing Arts (in Los Angeles), and went to Howard University on a talent scholarship. This is what I do. These comedies and these action films have come to me rather quickly and on a consistent basis, but I’m a very serious dramatic actor. Comedy just comes second nature to me. When you are watching these films, that’s just me up there having fun. But that is definitely what I will do in the future.” Anthony Anderson

Son of a career film extra mother, Anthony Anderson accompanied his mother to several film sets as a toddler and recognized that acting would be his way of life by the time he was 4. At age 5, he landed his first professional job with a role in a TV commercial.

While attending the Los Angeles High School for the Performing Arts, Anderson won the NAACP’s ACTSO Award for his performance of the classic monologue from "The Great White Hope," which brought him an arts scholarship to Howard University, in Washington, DC, where he earned a BA degree in theater. After college, he returned to Los Angeles to pursue a serious acting career.

In the mid 1990s, Anderson received two different guest roles on the NBC sitcom starring LL Cool J, "In the House," and made a cameo appearance in the Showtime sci-fi comedy/thriller movie "Alien Avengers" (1996), an installment of the "Roger Corman Presents" series. He then made his TV series regular debut, as Theodore 'Teddy' Brodis (1996-1998), on the Saturday morning NBC teen comedy show "Hang Time."

In the late 1990s, Anderson could be seen in a February 1998 episode of ABC’s Emmy-winning cop drama "NYPD Blue" and acted in writer/director Barry Levinson's comedy-drama film "Liberty Heights" (1999; starring Adrian Brody and Ben Foster), a semi-autobiographical account of Levinson's childhood growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s during racial and religious tension. He was also featured in Ted Demme's prison drama/comedy movie set in 1930s Harlem, "Life," starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.

Entering the new millennium, Anderson was cast as a bodyguard in the Andrzej Bartkowiak's action movie starring Jet Li and late singer/actress Aaliyah, "Romeo Must Die," in which he played Maurice, the bodyguard and babysitter of a notorious crime boss' daughter (played by Aaliyah), and as Jamaal Baileygates, the foul-mouthed genius son of Jim Carrey's character, in the Farrelly brothers' schizophrenic comedy “Me, Myself and Irene.” He was also reunited with Martin Lawrence for Raja Gosnell's comedy movie "Big Momma's House" and appeared as a film student haunted and murdered by a mysterious killer in John Ottman's teen slasher movie starring Jennifer Morrison, "Urban Legends: Final Cut," a sequel to 1998's "Urban Legend." TV viewers could also catch him playing a two-episode recurring role as Matthew on Fox's popular comedy-drama series starring Calista Flockhart, "Ally McBeal."

The following year, Anderson added to his resume John Whitesell's family comedy film "See Spot Run” and writer/director Mark Brown's romantic comedy starring Vivica A. Fox and Morris Chestnut, "Two Can Play That Game" (Anderson played Chestnut's buddy Tony), for which he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He was also cast as Jada Pinkett Smith's bumbling husband, brother of LL Cool J and son of Whoopi Goldberg, in Doug McHenry's family comedy-drama set at a funeral, "Kingdom Come," and Andrzej Bartkowiak’s film version of John Westermann's novel, "Exit Wounds," in which he provided comic relief as DMX's sidekick.

Anderson was nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his turn as J.D., Michael Ealy's cousin in Tim Story's drama/comedy movie "Barbershop" (2002). He also earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actor and a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy for his performance in David McNally's buddy-action movie "Kangaroo Jack" (2003), in which he acted opposite Jerry O'Connell as a New Yorker duo on the lam in the Australian Outback.

Next, he was nominated for a BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor – Comedy for his work on The WB's sitcom "All About the Andersons" (2003-2004), which he also wrote, produced and starred in. The show was canceled by The WB before the second season and later aired on TV One.

Anderson appeared in a TV commercial for “Miller Lite” and teamed up again with director Andrzej Bartkowiak, rapper/actor DMX and martial artist Jet Li for the action movie "Cradle 2 the Grave" (2003) and co-stared as the wisecracking sidekick of Frankie Muniz's character in Kevin Allen's romantic/thriller/comedy "Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London" (2004), the sequel to the 2003 film “Agent Cody Banks.” He also starred as G, an aspiring boxer, in Cheryl Dunye's comedy feature "My Baby's Daddy" (2004), alongside Eddie Griffin and Michael Imperioli.

Returning to television, Anderson was cast as the ruthless Los Angeles drug lord Antwon Mitchell (2005-2006) on FX's police drama "The Shield." During that time, he also had a recurring role on Fox's sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show" and provided his voice for character Detective Bill Stork in the computer animated family comedy “Hoodwinked” (2005). Anderson garnered rave reviews for his performance in writer/director Craig Brewer's Academy Award winning musical/drama film "Hustle & Flow" (2005), in which he starred as Key, a modestly successful sound engineer who has always wanted to make it in the music business and the old friend of Terrence Dashon Howard's character. He won a Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in addition to nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), Black Reel Awards (for Best Ensemble and for Best Supporting Actor), and Image Awards (for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture).

When asked what made he want to be in “Hustle & Flow” (2005), Anderson revealed, “I felt it was time for me to take my career in a different direction. I’ve made 26 films and 24 of them have been comedies. Yeah, check IMDB, yeah, over a billion dollars already. It was getting to that point where I was just ‘The Funny Guy,’ so I wanted to really just show the world what I could do. I’ve trained at this since I was nine years old and I want people to see what I can do on the dramatic side. I was willing to pass on projects until a project like ‘Hustle & Flow’ came across my desk. I read it and I was on board and then the struggle to make the film came. John Singleton got attached and we still couldn’t make the film so John put his money where his mouth was and made it happen. He sold and mortgaged his house to make this happen.”

Afterward, Anderson starred in the title role of a wealthy, selfish, obnoxious businessman who arranges his own kidnapping in Jeff Byrd's comedy film "King's Ransom" (2005). The following year, he was cast as a cadet named Brown in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award winning mob drama, "The Departed" (2006), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon. The film won him a National Board of Review for Best Ensemble and nominated him for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Also that year, Anderson did a parody of "Brokeback Mountain” in David Zucker's "Scary Movie 4," a fourth film of the "Scary Movie" franchise, and co-starred with Laz Alonso in writer/director Russ Parr's dark comedy film "The Last Stand." Additionally, he had a recurring role, as Cofeld (2006-2007), on Fox's sitcom "'Til Death."

Recently, Anderson joined Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson in Michael Bay's live action film "Transformers" (2007), playing Glen Whitmann, a computer hacker and friend of Maggie (played by Rachael Taylor) who assists in decoding the Decepticons' signal. He currently stars as Marlin Boulet on Fox's new police serial drama set in the streets of New Orleans, "K-Ville." The show premiered on September 17, 2007.


Awards:

  • National Board of Review: Best Ensemble, "The Departed," 2006

  • Black Movie: Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, "Hustle & Flow," 2005

  • Acapulco Black Film Festival: Rising Star Award, 2001

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