Blake Anderson Biography: In His Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos
Blake Raymond Anderson is an American actor, writer, producer. He is best known for acting in and creating the Comedy Central series Workaholics. In this biography, Anderson tells his story in his own words.
Blake Anderson Bio: Age, Early Life, Education, Jobs
Anderson was born in Sacramento County, California on March 2, 1984 (Blake Anderson age: 35). He remained in the area throughout his childhood and attended Clayton High School in Concord, California. Anderson then moved south to Los Angeles to work in improvisational comedy, joining the Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade groups. He simultaneously attended Orange Coast College and delivered pizzas in his spare time.
Blake Anderson Bio: Early Career
After meeting Adam DeVine at Orange Coast College, Anderson decided the two should form a sketch comedy circle. They recruited Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck for the group, Mail Order Comedy. In 2006, they released a TV movie and a video short, followed by a five-episode television series in 2008 called 5th Year. Anderson wrote, produced, and starred in each of these projects. He also served as executive producer of the show Crossbows & Mustaches from 2006 to 2008.
Later in 2008, Anderson played Limahl Spellswell in the TV movie 420 Special: Attack of the Show! from Jamaica. He also appeared in episodes of Special Delivery and The Dude’s House, which he wrote and produced. In 2009, Anderson starred in Ratko: The Dictator’s Son, then took the next year to work on a number of projects released in 2011.
One was National Lampoon’s 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus, in which he acted as a Greek soldier. That same year, he made appearances on the shows Traffic Light, Entourage and House. He also made a cameo in the music videos for One Direction’s “One Thing” and Fun.’s “We Are Young.”
Anderson’s greatest success of 2011, however, was the TV series Workaholics, which ran on Comedy Central until 2017. Anderson co-created, wrote, executive-produced and starred in this production, which was nominated for a Young Hollywood Award.
In 2012, Anderson guest-starred in the comedy series Community. The next year, he voiced Dagda in the movie Epic and played B. Lake in an episode of Arrested Development. Anderson played himself in the show Loiter Squad between 2013 and 2014 and starred in three episodes of Parks and Recreation the next year. Also in 2014, he appeared on The Eric André Show and made a cameo in the movie Neighbors, starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.
2015 was a banner year for Anderson. He appeared on the shows Hell’s Kitchen, Drunk History, and Comedy Bang! Bang! He also voiced characters in Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and The Simpsons and made a cameo in the action movie Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Most famously, he played Will in the crime drama Dope, which earned six awards and 23 nominations worldwide.
Blake Anderson Bio: Exclusive Interview on ‘Dope’
In June 2015, Anderson sat down with uInterview for an exclusive interview about Dope. He discussed the work that went into the movie and the wisdom that comes out of it.
When asked about the difficulty of acting in Dope, Anderson said, “Nothing was too challenging, just because it was such a fun movie to be a part of and … all the actors I was working with were awesome.” He described the set’s atmosphere as “good energy the whole time” and praised his castmates for making filming a joy. “If you watch the movie, you’ll see,” he explained. “My scenes are pretty fun and comedic, so it wasn’t a lot of heavy lifting.”
Anderson’s favorite aspect of the movie is the message it sends to disadvantaged kids and young adults. He told uInterview exclusively, “What I think is, like, really cool about Dope is it’s about people – or kids – that are in a situation, in an environment, that tells you what you should be. But they don’t want to be what… the rest of society thinks they should be.” Anderson stressed that Dope is a story of truth and sticking to one’s convictions. “It’s kind of about just being yourself and original,” he said, “and not … following the path that, maybe, society sets out for you.”
Check out the full autobiographical interview at the top of this page.
Blake Anderson Bio: Recent Movies & TV Shows
Anderson has worked on a number of projects since Dope. In 2016, he voiced Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Don vs. Raph and Clint in the Ice Age: the Great Egg-Scapade. He also guest-starred on The Big Bang Theory and voiced Matt Holt in six episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The next year, Anderson voiced characters on Uncle Grandpa and The Jellies. In 2018, he appeared in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and voiced a pigeon in the family comedy Show Dogs. Anderson both produced and starred in the 2018 films Game Over, Man! and The Package.
In 2019, Anderson appeared in the short Kaiju Confidential and in three episodes of Tigtone. It was announced soon after that Anderson will voice Alex Anderson on the show Adults Only. Additional forthcoming projects include the series Woke and the movie Spy Intervention.
Blake Anderson Bio: Personal Life, Wife, Spouse, Children, Injury
Anderson is currently unmarried. He and his ex-wife, Rachael Finley, separated in 2017 after five years of marriage. They have one daughter together: Mars Ilah Anderson (2004-).
Anderson has a number of interests outside of the acting realm. He routinely praises the hip-hop scene in East Bay, California and cites Lil B as a favorite artist. He is also an avid fan of the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Athletics. Though Anderson is generally admired as an easy-going and fun-loving individual, his partying habits have consequences from time to time. At a 2011, house party, the actor jumped off of the roof and onto a beer pong table, fracturing his spine and requiring surgery.