Anthony Anderson has appeared in over 20 films and has earned two NAACP Image Award nominations. He is currently shooting Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed” with a stellar cast, including Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. In addition, Anderson has joined the cast of the FX drama “The Shield” opposite Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close and will be recurring on the HBO series “Entourage” playing himself. Anderson first gained attention as one of Jim Carrey’s sons in “Me, Myself and Irene,” and has subsequently appeared in such blockbuster films as “Scary Movie 3,” “Barbershop,” “Kangaroo Jack,” “Exit Wounds,” “Cradle 2 the Grave,” “Two Can Play That Game,” and “Malibu’s Most Wanted.” He recently starred as the title character in New Line’s “King’s Ransom.” Last year, Anderson starred opposite Eddie Griffin and Michael Imperioli in “My Baby’s Daddy,” opposite Frankie Muniz in “Agent Cody Banks 2” and had a cameo in “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.” He also brought his talent and humor to the small screen in his own WB sitcom “All About the Andersons,” which was loosely based on his life.
Anderson grew up in Los Angeles and while pursuing his acting career, he continued his education by attending the High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned first place in the NAACP’s ACTSO Awards with his performance of the classic monologue from “The Great White Hope.” That performance, along with his dedication and talent, earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University. In 1996, Anderson landed his first professional job starring in the teen series “Hang Time.” He then quickly landed guest-starring roles on other shows including “JAG” and “NYPD Blue.” Producer David E. Kelley was so impressed with Anderson’s talent that he wrote a two-episode arc especially for him on the hit series “Ally McBeal.”
Anderson currently lives in Los Angeles. He is married to his college sweetheart and they have two children.