Date of Birth: August 15th 1970
Anderson was born in Los Angeles, California, but grew up in Compton, California, the son of Doris, a telephone operator and actress; his step-father, Sterling Bowman, owns a chain of clothing stores. Anderson is an alumnus of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Howard University. He trained with actors such as Avery Brooks, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.
Anderson first achieved recognition in the NBC television show Hang Time (1995–2000). He had a breakout role in 1999's Romeo Must Die. Since then, Anderson has starred in a number of films, including Exit Wounds, Barbershop, and Kangaroo Jack. In 2003, he got his own sitcom on The WB, All About the Andersons, co-starring John Amos. The series was cancelled after only one season. In March 2005, Anderson began co-starring in The Shield's fourth season as Antwon Mitchell, an ex-convict who poses as a community leader while still running his old street gang. His performance on The Shield earned him much acclaim from critics who had previously dismissed him as a light comedy actor, resulting in him returning to The Shield during the show's fifth and sixth seasons for a few episodes. Anderson also starred in the animated family film Hoodwinked, and had a supporting role in the Best Picture Academy Award-winning film The Departed.
In the game Def Jam: Icon, he provides his voice and likeness to Troy Dollar, a fighter and the leader of a rival record label.
On July 28, 2004, while filming the motion picture Hustle & Flow, Anderson and crew member Wayne Witherspoon were arrested and charged with raping a female visitor to Anderson's trailer. The charges were later dismissed, but Anderson was still under suit for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on the set of All About the Andersons.