Bio: Anthony Anderson – Host, 49th NAACP Image Awards
HOST, 49TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS
Three-time NAACP Image Award winner Anthony Anderson returns as your host for the 49th NAACP Image Awards. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor is the star and executive producer of ABC’s award-nominated sitcom black-ish. He portrays Andre “Dre” Johnson, a family man who struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle class neighborhood.
For his work on black-ish, Anderson has received three consecutive Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series,” a Golden Globe nomination, two Critics Choice nominations, and, in 2016, won his third individual Image Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.”
Anderson is set to host his third season of the ABC game show To Tell the Truth, a popular primetime re-imagination of the beloved classic game show of the same name. He is also producing the highly anticipated black-ish spin-off grown-ish, which is set to debut in 2018 on Freeform.
On the big screen, Anderson most recently starred in Warner Bros.’ Barbershop: the Next Cut and is starring in the January 2018 film Small Town Crime opposite Octavia Spencer, John Hawkes and Dale Dickey which premiered at SXSW. Anderson has two animated projects debuting this holiday season. In The Star, a Columbia Pictures film with Tyler Perry, Gina Rodriguez and Oprah Winfrey, he lends his voice to Zach the goat who becomes one of the unsung heroes in the first Christmas. In the 20th Century Fox feature Ferdinand, Anderson portrays a bull named Bones helping the film’s eponymous bull (John Cena) to get back home after a series of misadventures.
Anderson has become familiar to audiences through roles in such prominent films as the Michael Bay blockbuster Transformers, Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning feature The Departed alongside a stellar cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson, and the all-star comedy The Big Year. Anderson first gained attention as one of Jim Carrey’s sons in Me. Myself, and Irene and has since appeared in such films as Barbershop, Scary Movie 3, Kangaroo Jack, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, Two Can Play at that Game, Malibu’s Most Wanted, My Baby’s Daddy, Agent Cody Banks 2, and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
On the small screen, Anderson brought his talent and humor to his own WB sitcom All About the Andersons which was loosely based on his life. Anderson also had a recurring role in the police-drama television series, The Shield, opposite Michael Chiklis and Glenn Close and in NBC’s Guys with Kids. He went on to star as Kevin Bernard in Law & Order where he earned his fourth consecutive NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the 2010 season. He has received 12 total Image Award nominations in his career.
Active in his community as an advocate and philanthropist, Anderson recently hosted his first annual Anthony Anderson Celebrity Golf Classic, benefiting the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Mission and Boys & Girls Club of America. He also proudly serves on the GOOD+ Foundation’s Fatherhood Leadership Council and was recently inducted into the Class of 2017 Boys & Girls Club of America National Alumni Hall of Fame.
Born in Compton, California in 1970, Anderson pursued his acting career as he continued his education by attending Hollywood 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 to his craft, earned him an arts scholarship to Howard University.
Anderson currently lives in Los Angeles.