Terrence Howard

Actor, Musician, Songwriter
Capable of portrayals frighteningly intense or silky smooth, actor Terrence Howard earned accolades for roles that often pushed against mainstream racial preconceptions. Following a tumultuous childhood that included ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (151)

Empire 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Term Life 2015 (Movie)

Sheriff Braydon (Actor)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Wayward Pines 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Cardboard Boxer 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

From the Outside Looking In 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love Beat the Hell Outta Me 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lullaby 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Man Down 2014 (Movie)

(in talks) (Actor)

Miracle on 42nd Street 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Sabotage 2014 (Movie)

Julius "Sugar" Edmonds (Actor)

St. Vincent 2014 (Movie)

Zucko (Actor)

Take Me to the River 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Dead Man Down 2013 (Movie)

Alphonse Hoyt (Actor)

House of Bodies 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Coach Jackson (Actor)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Franklin Birch (Actor)

The Best Man Holiday 2013 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

The Company You Keep 2013 (Movie)

FBI Agent Cornelius (Actor)

Winnie 2013 (Movie)

Nelson Mandela (Actor)

BET Honors 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hawaii Five-O 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

Colonel A.J. Bullard (Actor)

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Giving Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

Law & Order: LA 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Ledge 2011 (Movie)

Hollis Lucetti (Actor)

Little Murder 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Fighting 2009 (Movie)

Harvey Boarden (Actor)

Heart of the City: Chicago's War on Violence 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Independent Lens: Tulia, Texas 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

The 2008 American Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Voice of James (Actor)

Wings of Defeat 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Companeras 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Dream in Doubt 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Hard Road Home 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

Rhodey (Actor)

Red White Black & Blue 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Creek Runs Red 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The Paper 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Water Flowing Together 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

2007 NCLR Alma Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

August Rush 2007 (Movie)

Richard Jeffries (Actor)

Awake 2007 (Movie)

Dr Jack Harper (Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Moving Image Salutes Will Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Pride 2007 (Movie)

Jim Ellis (Actor)

Revoluc!on: Five Visions 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Brave One 2007 (Movie)

Detective Mercer (Actor)

The Hunting Party 2007 (Movie)

Duck (Actor)

The Perfect Holiday 2007 (Movie)

Bah Humbug (Actor)

The Salon 2007 (Movie)

Patrick (Actor)

Twisted 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Idlewild 2006 (Movie)

Trumpy (Actor)

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Independent Spirit Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Cameron (Actor)

Four Brothers 2005 (Movie)

Lt. Green (Actor)

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

Bama (Actor)

The 2005 MTV Movie Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Animal 2004 (Movie)

Darius Allen (Actor)

Hustle & Flow 2004 (Movie)

Djay (Actor)

Love Chronicles 2004 (Movie)

DJ Troy (Actor)

Ray 2004 (Movie)

Gossie McKee (Actor)

Biker Boyz 2003 (Movie)

Chu Chu (Actor)

Coach 1992 - 1997, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Getting By 1993 - 1997, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1992 - 1997, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1992 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1992 - 1997, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sparks 1995 - 1997, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Street Time 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fastlane 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hart's War 2002 (Movie)

Lieutenant Lincoln A Scott (Actor)

Angel Eyes 2001 (Movie)

Robby (Actor)

Glitter 2001 (Movie)

Timothy Walker (Actor)

Big Momma's House 2000 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Investigating Sex 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Laid Plans 1999 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Valerie Flake 1999 (Movie)

Hitchhiker (Actor)

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

K C (Actor)

Spark 1997 (Movie)

Byron (Actor)

johns 1997 (Movie)

Jimmy the Warlock (Actor)

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow-Ops 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset Park 1996 (Movie)

Spaceman (Actor)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

Cowboy (Actor)

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

Louis Russ (Actor)

The O.J. Simpson Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tall Hopes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

Customer (Actor)

A Fish Story (TV Show)

Host

Arusi Persian Wedding (TV Show)

Host

At Home in Utopia (TV Show)

Host

Beyond the Call (TV Show)

Host

Boycott (TV Show)

Actor

Butter (TV Show)

Actor

Double Tap (TV Show)

Actor

How Is Your Fish Today? (TV Show)

Host

In the Woods (Movie)

(Actor)

Iron Ladies of Liberia (TV Show)

Host

Knee Deep (TV Show)

Host

Knocking (TV Show)

Host

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Lioness (TV Show)

Host

March Point (TV Show)

Host

Milking the Rhino (TV Show)

Host

Miss Navajo (TV Show)

Host

Motherland Afghanistan (TV Show)

Host

New Year Baby (TV Show)

Host

Race to Execution (TV Show)

Host

Sentenced Home (TV Show)

Host

Shadya (TV Show)

Host

Son's Sacrifice (TV Show)

Host

Spark (Movie)

Byron (Actor)

Terra Incognita (TV Show)

Host

Today's Man (TV Show)

Actor

Two Square Miles (TV Show)

Host
Music (4)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 (Tv Show)

Performer

Hustle & Flow 2004 (Movie)

("Pop It For Some Paper") (Song Performer)

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

("Take It") (Song Performer)

The Best Man 1999 (Movie)

(Song)
Producer (3)

Love Beat the Hell Outta Me 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Ledge 2011 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Pride 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Capable of portrayals frighteningly intense or silky smooth, actor Terrence Howard earned accolades for roles that often pushed against mainstream racial preconceptions. Following a tumultuous childhood that included his father being sent to prison on manslaughter charges, Howard dropped out of college in order to pursue an acting career. A handful of television guest spots and supporting parts in features gradually accrued, until roles in efforts like the crime thriller "Dead Presidents" (1995) and a turn in the romantic comedy "The Best Man" (1999) enhanced his notoriety. Five years later, standout performances in the Academy Award-winning films "Crash" (2004) and "Ray" (2004) made him a hot commodity. Howard's cache reached its zenith with his universally-acclaimed work in the gritty, yet inspiring urban drama "Hustle & Flow" (2005) and a prominent role in the superhero blockbuster "Iron Man" (2008). A big year, 2008 found Howard making his Broadway debut in a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and releasing his first music album, Shine Through It. Unfortunately, it also saw him making headlines for assaulting a "Tin Roof" colleague and divorcing his first wife - for a second time - in a rocky relationship that had seen its share of violence as well. Although not invited to return in "Iron Man 2" (2010), Howard remained busy with projects like producer George Lucas' WWII aerial adventure "Red Tails" (2012). In a wide variety of roles, Howard could always be counted on to create a unique interpretation for even the most well-worn archetypes.

Relationships

Minnie Gentry Actor

Grandmother

Michelle Ghent

Wife
Secretly married on Jan. 20, 2010 Separated one year later on Jan. 27, 2011 and filed for divorce a few days later She filed a restraining order against him on Dec. 6, 2011, claiming Howard constantly beat and threatened to kill her; court granted Ghent a temporary restraining order; Howard filed a counter suit, denying Ghent's allegations

Aubrey Howard

Daughter
Born c. 1993; mother, Lori McCommas

Heavenly Howard

Daughter
Born c. 1997; mother, Lori McCommas

Hunter Howard

Son
Born c. 1995; mother, Lori McCommas

Tyrone Howard

Father
Convicted for "The Santa Line Slaying," a nationally publicized incident that occurred in Cleveland, OH on Dec. 21, 1971 that resulted in the death of one man; charged with second-degree murder; spent 11 months in jail

Lori McCommas

Wife
Married in 1989 Divorced in 2003 Remarried in February 2005 Once again divorced in 2008

Anita Williams

Mother
Died in September 2008 after a long battle with cancer

May Yang

Companion
Post-breakup, Yang allegedly assaulted Howard on May 6, 2012

EDUCATION

Pratt Institute

New York , New York
(chemical engineering)

Milestones

2013

Played a ruthless kingpin opposite Colin Farrell in neo-noir crime thriller "Dead Man Down"

2012

Cast opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"

2012

Co-starred in WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas

2011

Played Nelson Mandela opposite Jennifer Hudson in biopic "Winnie"

2010

Cast as Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker on "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC)

2008

Made Broadway debut in Debbie Allen's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; featured an all African-American cast

2008

Cast as Jim Rhodes, Starks' right hand man in Marvel Comcis' "Iron Man"

2007

Co-starred with Jodie Foster in crime drama "The Brave One"

2007

Portrayed a seasoned cameraman embarking on an unauthorized mission to find a war criminal in "The Hunting Party"

2005

Starred with an ensemble cast in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash"

2005

Starred in HBO movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, that recounts his childhood growing up in a boarding house in Lackawanna, NY

2005

Starred in breakthrough role as a Memphis pimp trying to become a successful rapper in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow"

2004

Starred opposite Jamie Foxx in Taylor Hackford's Oscar nominated film "Ray"

2002

Starred opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell in drama "Hart’s War"

2001

Landed co-starring role opposite Jennifer Lopez in romantic thriller "Angel Eyes"

2000

Portrayed legendary boxing great Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in ABC biopic "Muhammad Ali: King of the World"

2000

Cast in supporting role as a fearsome criminal in Martin Lawrence comedy "Big Momma's House"

1999

Cast as smug troublemaker Quentin in Independent film "The Best Man"

1998

Featured in "The Players Club" and "Butter," both of which aired on HBO in lieu of theatrical release

1996

Cast in starring role on UPN's "Sparks" as the more conservative and responsible of two lawyers and battling brothers

1995

Starred as Cowboy, a Vietnam vet turned sadistic maniac in Hughes brothers' "Dead Presidents"

1993

Made feature debut in a cameo role in "Who's the Man?"

1992

Played Jackie Jackson in highly rated ABC miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"

Made television debut on "The Cosby Show," (NBC) after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director

Bonus Trivia

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"It's like you don't meet any strangers now. And even though people just know me through the work, they have a fondness, like they've been able to see through a mirror-plated glass and see something, see their own reflection. That means I must have been honest to some degree." – Howard to CNN.com, July 26, 2005

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"Terrence is just so watchable even when words aren't coming out of his mouth. For years he's been that guy in the background, that you were always watching, always looking over the shoulder of the main guy looking at Terrence." – John Singleton to CNN.com, July 26, 2005

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"I got sidetracked. I kept thinking, I'll get a music deal somehow, even though I couldn't play anything at the time. I thought because I was a songwriter, because I had dreams it would work out." – Howard on how his acting career got in the way of his desire to sing, from the Associated Press, April 29, 2008

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Howard's estranged wife Michelle Ghent filed a restraining order against him on Dec. 6, 2011, claiming he constantly beat and threatened to kill her during the course of their marriage. The court granted Ghent a temporary restraining order against Howard, however, he filed a counter suit and denied her allegations.

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