Anthony Anderson Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 18 Oct, 2019
Facts of Anthony Anderson
Date of Birth: 1970 , August-15
Age: 51 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
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Anthony Anderson is a well-known American actor, comedian, writer and a game show host. He is best known for his role  Detective Kevin Bernard in the TV series, Law & OrderHe also featured in films like  Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Kangaroo Jack (2003), Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004), The Departed (2006), Transformers (2007), and Scream 4 (2011). Anderson served as an executive producer and starred in ABC sitcom, Black-ish. From 2016, he hosts the ABC version of the game show To Tell the Truth

Early Life Of Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson was born on August 15, 1970, in Compton, California to Doris (née Hancox) who was a telephone operator and actress. He was raised by his mother and step-father,  Sterling Bowman. He has a half-brother, Derrick Bowman. He is American and belongs to the African-American ethnicity.

Anthony completed his schooling at Hollywood High School and later joined Los Angeles Performing Arts High School. Then he attended Howard University and graduated with a theaters arts degree in 1993.

Anthony Anderson's Career

Anthony Anderson started his career as a stand-up comedian, but his first role in The Comedy Act Theater was a huge failure. Later, he trained with actors such as Avery Brooks, Ruby Dee, and Ossie Davis.

Anderson made his screen debut with TV series Hang Time. He was associated with series from 1996 to 1998 and altogether appeared in 39 episodes. He debuted in films in 1999 with Liberty Heights

Then he played a various ironic role in films, Romeo Must DieExit Wounds, Kingdom ComeCradle 2 the Grave My Baby's Daddy, Scary Movie 4TransformersScream 4, Barbershop: The Next CutSmall Town Crime, and others.

CAPTION: Anthony Anderson at 74th Golden Globe Awards SOURCE: Golden Globe Awards

Anderson enrolled himself in film direction as well. In 2009, he directed a one-minute short film that featured his Law & Order co-star, Jeremy Sisto. The film was aired on October 16, 2009, during the In The House episode "Reality Bites."

Anderson signed on to host the celebrity-driven, family game show, Wall of Fame in 2013. After a year, he starred in ABC sitcom, Black-ish as Andre "Dre" Johnson Sr alongside Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin. He earned  Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his role in the category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

Anderson host the food series,  Eating America, with Anthony Anderson in 2014. Then he served as a regular judge on Iron Chef America

Has $18 Million 

Anthony Anderson has an estimated net worth of $18 million which he garnered from his career. He earned over $300k per episode for his appearance in Black-ish. 

On average Anderson made $700k-$1m from every movie. He was also involved in film direction, and the average salary of directors in the US is above $97k. In 2011, he won $250k from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Some of his highest grossing movies are mentioned below,

Year Movie Budget (US Dollar) Box-office Collection (US Dollar) IMDb rating Starring
2000 Me, Myself & Irene $51 million $149 million 6.6 stars Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Chris Cooper, Robert Forster, Richard Jenkins
2002 Barbershop $12 million $77 million 6.3 stars Ice CubeSean Patrick,  Thomas Eve, Michael Ealy, Troy Garity, Keith David
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave $25 million $56 million 5.8 stars Jet Li, DMX, Kelly Hu, Tom Arnold, Mark Dacascos, Gabrielle Union
2006 The Departed $90 million $289.8 million 8.5 stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga
2007 Transformers  $150 million $709.7 million 7.1 stars Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor, John Turturro

In On-Off Relationship With Husband Alvina Anderson

Anthony Anderson is happily married to his college sweetheart, Alvina. The duo tied the knot in 1995 at a family ceremony. They dated for a few years before committing as husband and wife.

CAPTION: Anthony Anderson, Wife Alvina Stewart Walk First Red Carpet at 2017 SAG Awards SOURCE: US Magazine

The couple is blessed with two children, a daughter, Kyra Anderson, and son, Nathan Anderson, both of them are starred on the Netflix sitcom, Richie Rich

In 2015, Alvina filed a divorce but after a year, she requested the judge to dismiss her divorce petition as she wants to give a second chance to her marriage- The couple was separated in April 2014.

As of 2018, the duo resides in Los Angeles, California. Anthony Anderson is enjoying his blissful married life along with his wife and kids.

Anderson has Type 2 Diabetes, and he is fully active in diabetes awareness programs.  His favorite NFL football player is Reggie Bush. He shares a close bonding with actor and comedian Kevin Hart. He is a good friend of  Guy Torry, Ashanti (I),  and Trevor Noah.

Currently, he resides in the Chicago area along with his family members.

Health Issue

As per the reporter he has Type 2 Diabetes so due to this reason he keeps on promoting diabetes awareness to all people. He recommend all to do daily exercise.


In 2004, an unknown lady filed a lawsuit against Anderson and Warner Bros. Television. She claimed that Anderson had sexually assaulted her in his dressing room on the sets of All About the Anderson.  She filed a lawsuit of $900k. Later, the allegation was found false, and he was dropped from all the charges.


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