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Overview (3)

Born in Seaside, California, USA
Birth NameRico Elliott Anderson
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rico Anderson, an award-winning actor and the oldest of eleven children on his mother's side, and the 3rd of 4 children oh his father's side, was born in Seaside/Monterey, CA. He was raised on the south side of Chicago, as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was in Chicago where his love for the arts began. As a little boy, Rico and his 3rd grade class went to a touring performance of The Wiz, starring Stephanie Mills. Even at that early age, Rico sat there mesmerized and amazed at the performances. Memories from that performance stuck in the back of his mind and would not surface until a few years later when he and his family moved to Berkeley, California. The bug bit again and Rico started performing in several Independent films and theatre productions around the Bay Area. Rico also majored in Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University. Eventually Rico moved to Los Angeles and has been blessed to have many film, television, voice over and theatre credits to his name.

Rico's selected film and television credits include guest staring as Marco in Young & Hungry on Freeform and Donnie in Grey's Anatomy. Other selected guest star and recurring works include, The Fosters, NCIS, Modern Family, Criminal Minds, K.C. Undercover, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Days of our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Murder in the First, Weeds, Sullivan & Son, Justified and The Shield. Rico's breakthrough role was in the 2005 Academy Award Winning short, "Mighty Times: The Children's March" where he portrayed civil rights activist, Shelley "The Playboy" Stewart. This period piece was Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel's The Avengers, Star Wars Trilogy) and Sam Elliott (The Hulk, The Big Lebowski) respectfully.

Another breakthrough role was in Sci Fi when Rico was tapped to star in the TV pilot, Star Trek: Renegades, directed by Tim Russ (Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager) and starring Walter Koenig (Star Trek, Babalon 5), Sean Young (Blade Runner) and Edward Furlong (John Connor in The Terminator). Rico was directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) in the pilot for Dollhouse w/ Eliza Dushku and Tahmoh Penikett (Man of Steel, Battlestar Galactica), played (The Color Purple) Danny Glover's son in in "The Harimaya Bridge" with Peter Coyote and starred in the Universal release of, "Hole in One" with Producer, David Ellison (Star Trek into Darkness, World War Z) and Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman).

In 2016, Rico won Best Actor at The Pasadena International Film Festival for the film "Dreams My Master".

Onstage, Rico has captivated audiences in such noteworthy performances including the multiple award winning production of The West Coast Premiere of The Ballad of Emmett Till (Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles), Lyons in Fences (NexStage Theatre, Ketchum Idaho), Stone in the revival of Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope (Sci-Fest LA, Acme Theatre), The title role in Oedipus (African American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco) , For The Love of Freedom-Trilogy (The Robey Theatre Company, Los Angeles) where Mr. Anderson took on the pivotal role of General Alexander Petion, Graffiti Blues (National Black Theatre Festival, North Carolina), the multiple award winning production of The Meeting as Malcolm X, Off-Off Broadway in Bed of Truth, Equus, and A Soldiers Play . Mr. Anderson, as a member of the L.A. based Sketch Comedy Troupe, The Outpatients, performed at The World Famous Comedy Store Main Room.

Selected Commercial work includes: McDonalds, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, UPS Store, Lending Tree, Bud Light, Honda, Chevrolet, Sony, Jeep.

In 2015, Rico was selected to be an Emmy voter in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS)

As a Voice Over artist, Rico has recorded ADR / voice work for Batman: Arkham Knight, Power (Starz) and VH-1's Hit the Floor. Commercial and promotion: Bud Light, Honda, Sony, Jeep, The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and National Rent a Car.

Rico still lives in Los Angeles, continues to work extensively in film, television, theatre and voice over and is carefully selecting his next project.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: JJPR, modified by Rico Anderson

Trivia (18)

2nd cousin of actor Paul Benjamin (I)
Rico is the oldest of 11 children on his mother's side ( 6 biological and 5 adopted) and the 3rd of four children on his father's side.
His mother is a retired government worker and his father is a retired transit bus driver.
Is an active member of The Robey Theater Company, a Los Angeles based African American theater company created by Ben Guillory and Danny Glover.
Majored in Theatre Arts and Minored in Black Studies at San Francisco State University.
His father is African American and his mother is African American / Cherokee Indian.
Is a founding member of the African American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco.
Portrayed Malcolm X in "The Meeting" in Hollywood at The Stella Adler Theatre (Feb. 16 thru March 11, 2007). [February 2007]
Another one of his "bill paying" jobs was traveling with a theatre group, from Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, to elementary, middle and high schools and performing shows about health and safety. The first show was called 'Bodywise'. It was performed in elementary schools and was a Sesame Street type review that taught children about eating right, exercising, conflict resolution and saying no to drugs. Rico played the title character, Rob. The second show was called 'Nightmare on Puberty Street'. It was performed in middle schools and took on topics ranging to peer pressure, puberty, bullying and thoughts of suicide. Rico played the title character of Jamal. The third show was called 'Secrets'. It was performed in high schools and tackled the subject of HIV / AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Rico played the title role of Eddie. The fourth show was called P.E.A.C.E. Signs. It was performed in middle schools and dealt with conflict resolution. Rico helped create, write and originated one of the title characters. Rico worked for Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs for 10 years.
Won his first Best Actor award on his birthday on March 10, 2016 at the Pasadena International Film Festival for the film, 'Dreams My Master'.
Loves to hike.
In 2006, Rico's father passed away from liver cancer.
Was born on the Ford Ord Army base in the small town of Seaside in Monterey, California.
One of his "bill paying" jobs was doing a bubble show for kids parties. It was a science show that taught kids how bubbles are made, the different colors and even shapes of bubbles. He was referred to at parties as "The Bubble Man".
Is a fan of Star Trek and has been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with many actors from the various Trek series and films in various projects ranging from television, film and theatre.
Is a huge fan of all things Sci Fi and has been ever since he was a child.
Went to San Francisco State University.
Was raised on Chicago's south side until he was ten, and grew into manhood in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

Wake up. Stay hungry, hustle hard, figure out what you want, write that shit down and go get it. Work on it every day. I love this saying, "The wealthiest place on the planet, is the graveyard. Because in the graveyard, we will find inventions that we were never, ever exposed to, ideas and dreams that never became reality, hope and aspirations that were never acted upon". Be diligent about what you want. Be humble. It's OK to be flawed. It builds character and just makes you try that much harder. No one is perfect. I'm not. Build and maintain relationships, nurture them, help others, be nice, be kind, don't be a diva, be grateful, be a fucking shark - lion - cheetah - pit-bull - T Rex - Wolverine - Hulk - Superman - Wonder Woman, whatever in this business. If you're the new kid on the block either for a limited or long term or permanent time on a production, be and stay professional. When on set and you are done for the day, hang up your wardrobe. Remind them why they chose you to play in their sandbox. And do it 1000+%. Avengers reference: If you're Hawkeye (the archer) on a team with thunder gods, technological geniuses, super soldiers and Hulks, then do your absolute best to never ever miss the shot. If by chance you do, its OK. Don't be afraid to fail. That means you try harder, push further and realize that it's not always for reasons you may automatically think and in some cases, can control. Don't always take it personally. If you get discouraged, it's OK. I do...a lot. I also get over it. Don't get taken advantage of. It's OK to say no. Get the joke. Watch yourself, know who you are and work like a beast...then, goes to sleep, wake up the next day, rinse and repeat. And have fun doing all of it.

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