HOLLYWOOD, CA–The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Emmy nominated actor and new Walk of Famer Actor Anthony Anderson with the first virtual Walk of Fame star ceremony in the history of the prestigious boulevard. The production was filmed at the Hollywood Museum and can be viewed on www.walkoffame.com. The event was emceed by President/CEO Rana Ghadban. Guest speakers included Walk of Famer George Lopez, Executive Brian Dobbins, and Anthony’s mother, Doris Bowman. Anderson’s sidewalk star is located at 6780 Hollywood Boulevard.
The decision to resume the Walk of Fame ceremonies was not made lightly and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce followed strict filming guidelines set forth by the County of Los Angeles. The county of Los Angeles adopted a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to allow Music, Television and Film production to resume as of June 12, 2020. Safety guidelines included: COVID-19 testing for each participant, sanitizing the production area, maintaining social distancing, wearing proper personal protective equipment and closing the ceremony to the public. In-person participants were limited and the ceremony is available to the public on the Walk of Fame website.
Anthony was inducted into the Walk of Fame Class in 2018, but he elected to hold off on his ceremony so he could celebrate alongside another great milestone, his 50th birthday which falls on August 15, 2020.
As a native Angeleno, Anthony attended Hollywood High School’s Performing Arts classes and has played an active part in the Hollywood community, as an advocate and philanthropist, for more than 35 years. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anthony decided to move forward with his ceremony as previously scheduled by partnering with Hollywood UNITES to help support the vulnerable members within the Hollywood community.
*Hollywood UNITES, an initiative from the Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation, provides meals and vital resources to those in need to help alleviate the detrimental impact on our community through these uncertain times. Anthony’s donation to Hollywood UNITES will expand the Foundation’s reach and provide more resources to the Hollywood community.
Six-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe nominated actor, Anthony Anderson is the star and executive producer of ABC’s multi-award nominated sitcom “black-ish.” The show will begin its seventh season this fall. Anderson also hosts the ABC game show “To Tell the Truth,” now in its fifth season. He produces “grown-ish” for Freeform and “mixed-ish” for ABC, both “Blackish” spin offs. He is also executive producing “Road Trippin” with Rickey Thompson and Denzel Dion which just began airing on SnapChat. Last year, Anthony appeared in the Emmy award winning ABC live television special, “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” as Henry Jefferson in the All in the Family” portion. In the second Emmy nominated special, “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: “All in the Family” and “Good Times,” Anderson performed the opening song with Patti La Belle.
On the small screen, Anthony brought his talent and humor to his own WB sitcom “All About the Andersons” which was loosely based on his life. He also starred in Fox’s “K-Ville,” had a recurring role in the police-drama television series, “The Shield,” NBC’s “Guys with Kids,” and starred in “Law & Order.” Anthony has hosted several culinary focused shows on the Food Network including “Eating America, with Anthony Anderson” and “Carnival Cravings with Anthony Anderson,” as well as served as a regular judge on “Iron Chef America.” For the past two years, he has also hosted “Dear Mama: An Event to Honor Moms,” which is VH1’s annual Mother’s Day celebration to salute moms everywhere. In addition, he’s been a frequent guest host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Anthony has received six consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, making him the most nominated Black actor in the same role in the history of the Emmys. He has also been nominated three times as a producer on “black-ish” in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. Anthony has two Golden Globe nominations and three Critics Choice nominations for his popular role in “black-ish.” Additionally, in 2020, he won his sixth individual Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series,” adding to his 15 total Image Award nominations in his career. He has been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild awards, BET Awards, and Teen Choice awards as well as one People’s Choice Awards and one Kids’ Choice Awards. Anderson has also hosted the NAACP Image Awards for the past seven consecutive years.
On the big screen, Anderson has become familiar to audiences through roles in such prominent films such as TRANSFORMERS, THE DEPARTED and THE BIG YEAR. Anderson first gained attention in ME, MYSELF, AND IRENE and has since appeared in such films as the BARBERSHOP franchise, SCARY MOVIE 3, KANGAROO JACK, EXIT WOUNDS, CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE, TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME, MALIBU’S MOST WANTED, MY BABY’S DADDY, AGENT CODY BANKS 2, HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE, SMALL TOWN CRIME, THE STAR and the Academy Award nominated animated film FERDINAND. Last year Anthony starred in and was the executive producer of Netflix’s film BEATS. He is currently developing the film FOOTBALL OR ME, a romantic comedy.
Anthony is active in his community as an advocate and philanthropist, He hosts the 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 inducted into the Class of 2017 Boys & Girls Club of America National Alumni Hall of Fame. Anderson has Type 2 diabetes and is an advocate for diabetes awareness and a spokesperson for the “Getting Real About Diabetes” campaign. Anderson has always been a supporter of his hometown, Compton, California. He has partnered with the City of Compton in holiday food giveaways in the city where they provided food to over 1,000 residents. In the battle against Covid-19, Anderson joined Mayor Garcetti at a South L.A. clinic to urge communities of color to seek COVID-19 testing. He also co-hosted the “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” special, to support African Americans impacted by coronavirus. And in lieu of participating in the Veteran’s Day Parade due to Covid-19, he co-hosted “The 2020 National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall” television special.
For more information contact: Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame
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