ANTHONY ANDERSON (J.D.) is taking Hollywood by storm. He was recently
nominated for a NAACP Image Award for his work in the battle-of-the-sexes comedy
Two Can Play That Game, and over the past few months, blockbuster
producers like Joel Silver and Jerry Bruckheimer have placed Anderson at the
center of their tentpole films. He plays a lead role opposite Jet Li and DMX in
Silver's next action film, Cradle to the Grave, which began shooting in
March. Anderson also finished principal photography as the lead in Bruckheimer's
upcoming action-comedy Down and Under, and comedy maestro Bob Simonds has
tapped Anderson to executive produce a starring vehicle.
Raised near Los Angeles, Anderson is the son of a career film extra and her
entrepreneur husband. As a toddler he accompanied his mother to several film
sets. By the time he was four, he knew acting was his destiny. While attending
the High School for the Performing Arts, Anthony earned first place in the NAACP's
ACTSO Awards performing the classic monologue from The Great White Hope. His
dedication and talent earned him a dramatic arts scholarship to Howard
In early 1996, Anderson landed his first gig as a series regular in NBC's
long-running kids' series Hang Time. Anderson followed this success
with guest star turns in prime time shows including J.A. G. and NYPD
Blue. His breakout feature film roles include Life with Eddie Murphy,
Big Momma â€˜s House with Martin Lawrence, Me, Myself and Irene with
Jim Carrey, and Romeo Must Die with Jet Li. He also starred in Kingdom
Come and Exit Wounds. David E. Kelley was so impressed with Anderson
that he tailor-made a two-episode arc for him on the hit series Ally MeBeal.
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