Coming from humble beginnings, Anthony Anderson has become a beloved shining star in some of Hollywood’s most well-known comedy productions. Anderson, born in Compton, California, in 1970, pursued his stardom while going to Hollywood High School for the Performing Arts. He won first place for a rendition of the iconic monologue from “The Great White Hope” in the NAACP’s ACT-SO Awards. His performance and commitment to his art earned him a scholarship to Howard University.
In the late 90s, after a brief stint as a stand-up comedian, Anderson began auditioning and landing roles in various film and tv roles. His first ever role was as Eddie on the show In the House, followed by his long-standing role as Teddy Broadis on NBC’s teen drama Hang Time. His film debut came in 1999 when he portrayed Scribbles in Liberty Heights, and in the same year, he took roles in two other films as well, playing Cookie in Life and Z-Boy in Trippin’. Anderson started taking on roles in films and TV shows, expanding his filmography to include classics like Me, Myself & Irene, and Barbershop, propelling him to stardom.
Anthony Anderson’s acting adventures, primarily on TV, have spanned decades and genres. As an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor, Anderson serves as both the executive producer and star of the ABC television show Black-ish. He plays Andre “Dre” Johnson, an upper-middle-class black father who tries to find a sense of cultural identity while parenting his children in a predominantly white environment. Alongside Black-ish, Anderson also hosts a beloved prime-time remake of the cherished classic game show of the same name, To Tell the Truth, on ABC. His Mother, Doris Hancox, is also featured on the show.
Along with Uzo Aduba and Khalil Everage, Anderson recently starred in the Netflix movie Beats, which was helmed by Star director Chris Robinson. He gained recognition via his parts in well-known movies, including Michael Bay’s blockbuster Transformers, Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning drama The Departed, in which he co-starred with a brilliant cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson, and the ensemble comedy The Big Year.
In addition, he recently appeared in the films Small Town Crime, starring alongside Octavia Spencer, John Hawkes, and Dale Dickey; The Star, produced by Columbia Pictures and starring Tyler Perry, Gina Rodriguez, and Oprah Winfrey; and Ferdinand, an Oscar-nominated film from 20th Century Fox.
Awards And Accolades
For his well-liked performance on Black-ish, Anderson has been nominated for three Critics’ Choice Awards, two Golden Globes, and five consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He also received his fourth solo Image Award in 2018 for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, bringing his career total of Image Award nominations to 12. He has received four Screen Actors Guild nominations, four BET nominations, four Teen Choice nominations, one People’s Choice nomination, and two Kids’ Choice nominations. Anderson has also presided over the NAACP Image Awards for the past six years.
After being diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in 2002, Anderson has been making an effort to connect with others facing the same illness. He has been prominent in his support for research efforts and medical treatments. Anderson has done work with the American Diabetes Association, Get Real About Diabetes, and the Fearless African Americans Connected and Empowered (F.A.C.E.) Diabetes campaign, which specifically benefits the black community.
In support of the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Mission, and Boys & Girls Club of America, to name a few, Anderson presents an annual golf tournament, “Anthony Anderson Celebrity Golf Classic,” to raise money for various charitable organizations. Anderson is an active member of the community and a philanthropist. In 2011, Anderson made a guest appearance on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, winning $250,000 for his chosen charity, the Alzheimer’s Association. Along with being recognized in the Boys & Girls Club of America’s National Alumni Hall of Fame for the Class of 2017, he proudly serves on the GOOD+ Foundation’s Fatherhood Leadership Council.
Anthony Anderson Today
After working on Black-ish for eight years as both his titular character and executive producer, the season finale for the show aired in April of 2022. Anderson’s work on the Black-ish spinoff show Grown-ish, which started in 2018, helped continue his legacy and love for his original work, spearheading the production team and creating new episodes with each new season. Following the children of Anderson’s character Dre from Black-ish, the show chronicles their journey into adulthood. Anderson’s life and career have brought so many relatable, iconic pieces of media to life. From the dedication he shows to larger projects like Black-ish to his range of productions like The Departed and Barbershop, Anthony Anderson is a phenomenal actor whose presence and influence go beyond the screen. His philanthropic work, as well as his commitment to bettering his community, has cemented him as one of Hollywood’s most cherished contributors.