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Anthony Alexandre Anderson (born August 15, 1970) is an Americanmarker actor, comedian, and writer. He has 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 Law & Order. He has also had supporting roles in films such as Transformers, The Departed, and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.

Early life

Anderson was born in Los Angeles, Californiamarker, the son of Dora, a telephone operator and actress; his stepfather, Sterling Bowman, owns a chain of clothing stores. Anderson is an alumnus of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Howard Universitymarker. He trained with actors such as Avery Brooks, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.


Anderson has been performing as an actor, often in comedic roles, for many years. His television work includes 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 series All About the Andersons, which lasted for one season on the WB.

Among his most prominent feature films are: Kangaroo Jack, My Baby's Daddy, Hustle & Flow, and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.

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.

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 Law & Order episode "Reality Bites" on October 16, 2009.

Personal life

In 1995, he married his college sweetheart, Alvina. The couple have two children. They currently live in Hancock Park, Los Angeles.


On July 28, 2004, Anderson was charged with aggravated rape of a woman who police say was assaulted after being lured into a production trailer on a Memphismarker, Tennesseemarker movie set. According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Anderson and Wayne Witherspoon attacked the woman, who was a movie extra. The woman told police that Witherspoon forcibly removed her clothes once she was inside the trailer. She told investigators that Anderson, who was already in the trailer at the time, joined the assault, according to a graphic criminal complaint. The woman told cops that Anderson and Witherspoon "both assaulted her with their hands and took pictures of her while she was nude." A witness told officers that he heard the woman screaming and managed to unlock the trailer's door. At that point, the naked woman ran from the vehicle, which was parked on the grounds of the Shelby County Corrections Center, where scenes from director Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow were being shot. However, on October 5, 2004, a judge dismissed the charges of rape by actor/comedian Anthony Anderson and said that testimony by the accuser was some of the most "suspicious" he has ever heard. Judge Anthony Johnson said the accuser's testimony fell short of producing the probable cause needed to support the charge.

On September 16, 2004, Anderson and Warner Bros. Television were named in a $900,000 suit by a woman who claimed Anderson made suggestive comments, grabbed her genitalia and sexually assaulted her in his dressing room on the All About The Andersons set.


Year Film Role Other notes
1999 Liberty Heights Scribbles
Life Cookie
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
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
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Burger Shack Employee
2005 The Bernie Mac Show Bryan Brown (Season 5)
King's Ransom Malcolm King
Hustle & Flow Key
Hoodwinked! Detective Bill Stork
Alone in the Dark Photo of missing person (cameo)
2006 Scary Movie 4 Mahalik
Arthur & the Invisibles Koolomassai
The Departed Trooper Brown
2007 Transformers Glen Whitmann

Years Series Role
2004–2005 The Shield Antwon Mitchell
2008— Law & Order Detective Kevin Bernard


  1. Anthony Anderson Biography (1970-)
  2. Comic in 'K-Ville' - Los Angeles Times
  3. Anthony Anderson Rape Charge,, accessed April 17, 2009.
  4. Judge dismisses rape charge against actor/comedian Anthony Anderson,, accessed April 17, 2009.
  5. Anderson charged again,, accessed April 17, 2009.

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