Family-friendly comic, actor and philanthropist Anthony Griffith is known for his “clean,” yet edgy and acerbic, style. Since the 1980s, he has been making audiences laugh with his anecdotes and razor-sharp observations on family life and marriage.
A Bittersweet Offering, Anthony Griffith Daughter
Making people laugh as hard as humanly possible, is Comedian Anthony Griffith’s mission as a stand up comedian. Listen as he talks with Jeff Allen, Brad Stine and Ron Pearson about having MS and the impact of the death of his daughter on him as a comedian.
Behind his wit and stoicism there is a history of struggle. Anthony Griffith daughter passed away in 1990 at the age of two after a battle with cancer, and Griffith has lived with multiple sclerosis for many years. Recently Griffith recorded a video for a nonprofit organization Moth Stories, in which he opened up about his pain in the wake of his daughter’s cancer diagnosis. The heartbreaking monologue, delivered through tears, describes the sharp contrast that took place as the apex of his career– what otherwise would have been a moment for celebration, an appearance on “The Tonight Show”– was coinciding with the ultimate personal anguish.
Anthony Griffith is a gentle giant at 6 feet 4 inches. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in a low-income household in an inner city neighborhood, the challenges and peculiarities of which he has often mined for comedy. In keeping with the joyful eccentricity his audiences have come to expect, he has described his childhood career aspiration as escape artistry; according to Griffith, this venture met with some modest local success before his dreams of being like idol Harry Houdini were cut short by the theft of his prop straitjacket.
Griffith found his calling in college, initially honing his craft by performing anywhere he could get a gig; his persistence paid off, landing him coveted spots on programs such as “Star Search” and the aforementioned “The Tonight Show.” Over the years followed dozens of appearances on national television, and roles in movies such as “Tales from the Hood” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”
As a deeply spiritual man, Anthony Griffith has made it his mission to help and comfort others, both through sharing his story and through the balm of laughter. He has toured with the Apostles of Comedy, along with comics Brad Stine, Ron Pearson and Jeff Allen, writing and producing comedy shorts to be performed in churches across the country. Griffith also holds workshops designed to help budding actors navigate the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, specializing in audition techniques and practical business skills. Griffith currently makes his home in Los Angeles.
Originally posted 2013-12-15 14:36:36.