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Anthony Anderson Was Forced To Shave His Beard For Law & Order After A Complaint From Dick Wolf's Wife

Dick Wolf is one of the industry’s most prolific and successful TV executives. As the architect of the “Law & Order” franchise, which includes the flagship series and all the spin-offs, and the “One Chicago” franchise, which includes “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Fire,” when he speaks, people listen. But even he has to listen to someone when it comes to his shows. And according to an interview on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Anthony Anderson revealed that Dick Wolf’s wife was the reason he was forced to shave his beard.

“That’s the word on the street,” Anderson said. “On my first stint on ‘Law & Order’ back in 2008-2009, I came with a beard.” He then revealed that after doing a full season with his facial hair, he had a nerve-wracking interaction with Wolf. “I got called into Dick Wolf’s office, and I thought I was in trouble. Jeremy Sisto was also called in; we both had a beard and thought we were getting fired because we both got called into the office. And basically, it was like, ‘you both need to shave tomorrow.”

Clarkson responded by calling Dick Wolf’s wife a powerful woman, to which Anderson chirped the old adage, “You know, happy wife, happy life.” While it may seem small, Wolf apparently took his wife’s feedback seriously by having the actors shave their beards. Of course, they didn’t have to remove a tooth, but getting called into the boss’ office is a nerve-wracking experience, even for the small stuff.



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