Anthony Anderson Net Worth, Age, Height, Sons, Wife, Movies

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and game show host. He has starred in his own short-lived sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the ABC sitcom Black-ish and the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during its fifth and final season.

Anthony Anderson

Anderson in 2010

Born (1970-08-15) August 15, 1970 (age 49)
EducationHollywood High School
Alma materHoward University
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
  • game show host
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Alvina Anderson
Parent(s)Sterling Bowman
Doris Hancox

Anthony Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and game show host. He has starred in his own short-lived sitcom, All About the Andersons, as well as the ABC sitcom Black-ish and the Fox sitcom The Bernie Mac Show during its fifth and final season. He is known for his leading roles in drama series K-Ville, The Shield and as NYPD Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order. 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. Since September 2014, he has served as an executive producer and starred as Andre Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. 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 guest panelist for various game shows.

Anthony Anderson Early life

Anderson was born in Augusta, Maine, but raised 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 brother Sterling died in 2002. His nickname was “Tugga” because he couldn’t 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 plans on graduating with his son from Howard University in 2022.

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. He previously 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 also is a regular judge on Iron Chef America. Anderson is 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 produced by Endemol USA for NBC where one family attempted to answer pop culture trivia questions while also guessing whether members of the celebrity “Wall of Fame” delivered the correct answers to those same questions. Eight one-hour episodes were taped at the time, however, the series was never aired later on.


Since his film debut in Liberty Heights, Anderson has been performing as an actor, often in comedic roles, for many years. 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. 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

Anthony Anderson wife

He is married to wife Alvina. The couple have two children, Kyra and Nathan; Nathan starred as Tahj in the Netflix sitcom Richie Rich.

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, Inc.; he was inducted on July 30, 2020.

Sexual Assault allegations

Anderson was accused of raping a 25-year-old extra in a trailer on the film set of Hustle & Flow on July 27, 2004. The alleged victim accused Anderson and assistant director Wayne Witherspoon of forcibly removing her clothing, photographing her naked body, and digitally penetrating her. A witness claimed to have heard the alleged victim’s screams and to have seen her run naked from the trailer, and she was treated at St. Francis Hospital. The charges were dropped on October 6, 2004 because the judge ruled that there was no probable cause to try the case.

Anderson was sued for sexual assault in September 2004 by another woman who claimed that Anderson made sexually suggestive remarks and then assaulted her in his dressing room on the set of All About the Andersons.

On July 20, 2018, it was revealed that he was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for another sexual assault allegation. On September 4, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office decided not to press charges against Anderson due to lack of evidence.

Anthony Anderson Movies

1999Liberty HeightsScribbles
2000Romeo Must DieMaurice
Big Momma’s HouseNolan
Me, Myself & IreneJamaal Baileygates
Urban Legends: Final CutStan Washington
2001See Spot RunBenny
Exit WoundsT.K. Johnson
Kingdom ComeJunior Slocumb
Two Can Play That GameTony
3 StrikesGuarduncredited[citation needed] [1]
2003Kangaroo JackLouis Booker
Cradle 2 the GraveTommy
Malibu’s Most WantedPJ
Scary Movie 3Mahalik
2004My Baby’s DaddyG. Bong
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination LondonDerek Bowman
Harold & Kumar Go to White CastleBurger Shack Employee
2005King’s RansomMalcolm King
Hustle & FlowKey
Hoodwinked!Bill Stork (voice)
2006Scary Movie 4Mahalik
The Last StandJay
Arthur & the InvisiblesKoolomassai (voice)
The DepartedTrooper Brown
2007TransformersGlen Whitmann
2010The Back-Up PlanDad
A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s AdventuresRay (voice)
2011Scream 4Detective Perkins
The Big YearBill Clemens
2012The Power of FewJunkshow
2013Grudge MatchMr. Sandpaper Hands
2014The Town That Dreaded SundownLone Wolf Morales
2016Hot BotAgent Frazier
Barbershop: The Next CutJ.D.
2017Small Town CrimeMr. Banks
The Star[21]Zach (voice)
FerdinandBones (voice)
2019BeatsRomelo Reese

Anthony Anderson Television

1996–1998Hang TimeTeddy Brodis39 episodes
1998NYPD Blue VondellEpisode: “Weaver of Hate”
2001My Wife and Kids Dr. Buchay2 episodes
2001The Weakest LinkHimself/Celebrity Guest1 episode
2002The Proud FamilyRay Ray (voice)Episode: “Behind Family Lines”
2003–2004All About the AndersonsAnthony Anderson16 episodes
2004–2005The ShieldAntwon Mitchell15 episodes
2005The Bernie Mac ShowBryan Brown4 episodes (season 5)
2005Veronica MarsPercy “Bone” HamiltonEpisode: “Lord of the Bling”
2005EntourageHimselfEpisode: “Neighbors”
2005Chappelle’s ShowShirtless ManEpisode 2.9; “Don’t Pitch Me” sketch
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitLucius BlaineEpisode: “Fat”
2006–2007‘Til DeathCofeld6 episodes
2007K-VilleMarlin Boulet11 episodes
2008–2010Law & OrderDetective Kevin Bernard50 episodes
2008Samantha WhoRafael GraceEpisode: “Out of Africa”
2010Golf in AmericaHost10 episodes
2011ShamelessMarty FisherEpisode: “Three Boys”
2011Family BrainSurgeHimself
2012PsychChef Thane WoodsonEpisode: “True Grits”
2012Raising HopeNeighborEpisode: “Inside Probe (part 1)”
2012The Soul ManSweet Brown TaylorEpisode: “Revelations”
2012–2013Guys with KidsGary18 episodes
2010–2013TremeDerek Watson4 episodes
2013Hell’s KitchenHimselfEpisode: “Winner Chosen”
Appeared alongside his son as chef’s table guests in Ja’Nel Witt’s kitchen
2013Real Husbands of HollywoodHimselfEpisode: “Rock, Paper, Stealers”
2013ChoppedHimselfEpisode: “Celebrity Holiday Bash”
2013, 2014Hollywood Game NightHimself2 episodes
2014RakeReggie JarvisEpisode: “Three Strikes”
2014Celebrities UndercoverHimself
2014Eating America with Anthony AndersonHimself/HostFood Network show; also executive producer (8 episodes)
2014–presentBlack-ishAndre “Dre” Johnson, Sr./NarratorLead role; also executive producer
2015, 2019Celebrity Family FeudHimselfEpisodes: “Anderson vs. Braxton”, “Black-ish vs. The Goldbergs
2015Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson Himself/HostFood Network show; also executive producer (6 episodes)
2015–2018Blaze and the Monster MachinesPegwheel (voice)3 episodes
2016Lip Sync BattleHimselfEpisode: “Anthony Anderson vs. Tracee Ellis Ross”
2016Richie RichBulldozahEpisode: “Rapper’$ Delight”
2016–presentTo Tell the TruthHimself/Host8 episodes
2016The $100,000 PyramidHimself/Celebrity GuestEpisode: “Anthony Anderson vs. Sherri Shepherd”
2016Doc McStuffinsStanley (voice)Episode: “Welcome to McStuffinsville”
2017Jimmy Kimmel Live!Himself/Guest HostMay 3, 2017; standing in for Jimmy Kimmel, who was on paternity leave.
His mother Doris accompanies Guillermo as sidekick.
2017The Gong ShowHimself/JudgeEpisode: “Dana Carvey/Tracee Ellis Ross/Anthony Anderson”
2017Drop the MicHimselfEpisode: “Halle Berry vs. James Corden / Anthony Anderson vs. Usher”
2018Grown-ishAndre “Dre” Johnson, Sr.Episode: “Late Registration”; also executive producer
2019Live in Front of a Studio AudienceUncle Henry Jefferson
Episode: “Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons”
“All in the Family and Good Times”
2019Mixed-ishAndre “Dre” Johnson, Sr.Episode: “Becoming Bow”; also executive producer
2019The Late Late Show with James CordenHimself/Guest HostDecember 11, 2019
2020Extreme Makeover: Home EditionHimselfGuest
2020#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town HallHimselfTelevision special
2020Who Wants to Be a MillionaireHimselfGuest

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