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Also Known As: Anthony Alexandre Anderson Died:
Born: August 15, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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As a dynamic performer with incredible screen presence, actor Anthony Anderson made his career easily oscillating between comedies and dramas on both television and in feature films. Though he started out providing comic relief in a number of films early in his career, including "Life" (1999) and "Big Momma's House" (2000), Anderson quickly made his presence known as a powerful dramatic force with guest starring roles on gritty cop dramas like "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). After earning laughs as a bungling burglar in "Barbershop" (2002) and in his own short-lived sitcom, "All About the Andersons" (The WB, 2003-04), he had a career-defining role as the powerful and much-feared drug kingpin, Antwon Mitchell, on "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Giving perhaps his best performance to date, Anderson flung open the doors to a wider variety of roles that helped redirect a career that seemed destined for him to play second banana in cheap comedies. By the time he joined the cast as a homicide detective on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990- ), Anderson had more than proved himself as a capable dramatic performer.

As a dynamic performer with incredible screen presence, actor Anthony Anderson made his career easily oscillating between comedies and dramas on both television and in feature films. Though he started out providing comic relief in a number of films early in his career, including "Life" (1999) and "Big Momma's House" (2000), Anderson quickly made his presence known as a powerful dramatic force with guest starring roles on gritty cop dramas like "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). After earning laughs as a bungling burglar in "Barbershop" (2002) and in his own short-lived sitcom, "All About the Andersons" (The WB, 2003-04), he had a career-defining role as the powerful and much-feared drug kingpin, Antwon Mitchell, on "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Giving perhaps his best performance to date, Anderson flung open the doors to a wider variety of roles that helped redirect a career that seemed destined for him to play second banana in cheap comedies. By the time he joined the cast as a homicide detective on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990- ), Anderson had more than proved himself as a capable dramatic performer.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hot Bot (2015)
3.
 Grudge Match (2013)
4.
 Goats (2012)
5.
 Scream 4 (2011)
6.
 Big Year, The (2011)
8.
9.
 Transformers (2007)
10.
 Last Stand, The (2006)
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Milestones close milestones

1975:
Landed first professonal job with a role in a TV commercial at age five
1995:
Had early TV credit on an episode of the NBC sitcom "In the House"
1996:
Made cameo appearance in the Showtime thriller "Alien Avengers," an installment of the "Roger Corman Presents" series
1997:
Made TV series regular debut on the Saturday morning NBC teen comedy "Hang Time"
1998:
Appeared on an episode of "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
1999:
Featured in the 1930s-set prison comedy "Life," starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence
1999:
Acted in Barry Levinson's "Liberty Heights," a portrait of racial and religious tension in 1950s Baltimore
2000:
Had a two-episode recurring role on Fox's "Ally McBeal"
2000:
Cast as a bodyguard in the Andrzej Bartkowiak actioner "Romeo Must Die"
2000:
Re-teamed with Lawrence for "Big Momma's House"
2000:
Played one of Jim Carrey's sons in the Farrelly Brothers' comedy "Me, Myself & Irene"
2000:
Played a film student haunted by a mysterious killer in "Urban Legends: Final Cut"
2001:
Acted as the confidant colleague of David Arquette's postal worker in the comedy "See Spot Run"
2001:
Re-teamed with Bartkowiak, providing comic relief as DMX's sidekick, in "Exit Wounds"
2001:
Played Jada Pinkett Smith's bumbling husband and son of Whoopi Goldberg in "Kingdom Come"
2001:
Co-starred in the comedy "Two Can Play That Game"
2002:
Acted opposite Jerry O'Connell as a pair of New Yorkers on the lam in the Australian Outback in "Kangaroo Jack"
2003:
Re-teamed with Bartkowiak and DMX for "Cradle 2 the Grave"
2003:
Played the lead character on The WB comedy series "All About the Andersons"
2004:
Co-stared with Frankie Muniz in "Agent Cody Banks 2"
2005:
Starred opposite Donald Faison in "King's Ransom"
2005:
Cast as the ruthless Los Angeles gang lord Antwon Mitchell on FX's police drama "The Shield"
2005:
Starred in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow" opposite Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson
2006:
Cast in Martin Scorsese's mob drama "The Departed"
2008:
Joined the cast of the long-running NBC crime drama "Law & Order"; series cancelled after 20 years on the air
2009:
Directed a one-minute short film featuring his "Law & Order" co-star Jeremy Sisto; aired during the "Law & Order" episode "Reality Bites"
2011:
Acted in Wes Craven's "Scream 4"
2011:
Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin
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Education

Howard Univeristy: Washington , Washington D.C. -
Hollywood High School: Los Angeles , California - 1988

Notes

"Hollywood seems to think you can only have one black person in each movie. I tend to think that when you have more than one black face in a movie, it all of a sudden becomes a 'black movie' as opposed to being just a movie with minorities in it." --Anderson to Cinefantastique, October 2000.

Anderson on the short shrift his character got in edits for "Urban Legends: Final Cut": "There were a lot of parts cut from the movie. I can't really take it personally. There were a lot more jokes between Stan [his character] and Dirk [Michael Bacall] throughout this movie. Not that I count my lines or anything, but you're hired to do a job, and you come all this way, and find out that after rewrites, you've got six lines. It's a job. It happens. We understand that this is a job. This is what we came here to do. So complaining really isn't going to do any good. I come to work and I have fun. I'm living my dream. I don't know too many people who can say that." --to Cinefantastique, October 2000.

Anderson on his work in the Andrzej Bartkowiak films "Romeo Must Die" and "Exit Wounds": "I've gotten my butt kicked by the best. Jet Li beat the best, but Steven Seagal can still kick a good butt. It's a different kind of kicking though." --from "Exit Wounds" press notes, 2001.

"I do what I do because I like to dispel the myths of a big man not being svelte, not being quick or light on his feet. I just want to dispel all myths and stereotypes that are normally associated with a large-sized man. I do the splits, I do my own stunts, I do my own falls as much as I possibly can."-Anderson January 21, 2003

August 3, 2004, Anderson was charged with aggravated rape for the alleged assault on a 25-year-old extra, while co-starring in a movie called "Hustle & Flow," being filmed in Memphis. Also charged is the movie's assistant director, Wayne Witherspoon; charges thrown out by a Judge, who called the accusations "suspicious"

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Alvina Anderson. Homemaker.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Doris Bowman.
son:
Nathan Anderson. Born c. 2000.
daughter:
Kyra Anderson. Born c. 1996.
step-father:
Sterling Bowman. Raised Anderson.
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