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Terrence Howard

1969-03-11 Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. Having his first major role in the 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus, which subsequently led to a number of roles in films and high visibility among African American audiences. Howard broke into the mainstream with a succession of well-reviewed television and film roles between 2004 and 2006. Among his roles in movies includes Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Crash, Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Idlewild, The Brave One. Howard co-starred in Iron Man and reprised the role in the video game adaption. He was replaced in this role in the sequel Iron Man 2, by Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (his Crash co-star). Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. At 18, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. He had auditioned for The Cosby Show and was cast in the role and later, Howard had a principal role in a short-lived CBS sitcom, Tall Hopes. He went on to portray Jackie Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, an ABC miniseries. Three years later, he made his big film break in 1995's Mr. Holland's Opus. He continued with television and movie roles and co-starred as Greg Sparks in the late-1990s television series Sparks. Howard also appeared in The Best Man in 1999, in Ashanti's music video for her 2002 single "Foolish", and in Mary J. Blige's video for "Be Without You". Howard also made an appearance on the TV series Family Matters. Howard has also worked as a film producer for the movie Pride. In 2008, Howard hosted the PBS' series Independent Lens. Also in 2008, he made his Broadway debut, playing Brick in an all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen. Later that year, Howard made a guest appearance in the short film For All Mankind directed by Daniel L. Clifton and in 2009, he starred in the movie Fighting. In 2010, Howard joined the cast of the new Law & Order: Los Angeles installment of the Law & Order franchise, wherein he will play Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker. Terrence ventured into the music industry with his debut pop album, Shine through It, heavily inspired by popular soul singers such as Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, was released in September 2008. Howard, who lives outside Philadelphia in Lafayette Hill, He has three children from a previous marriage: two daughters (Aubrey and Heaven) and a son (Hunter).


Cut Throat City The Saint 2020-07-31
Gully Mr. Christmas 2019-04-27
Terrence Howard's Fright Club 2018-05-24
Term Life Sheriff Braydon 2016-04-29
Cardboard Boxer Pope 2016-09-16
Take Me to the River Himself - Host 2014-03-11
St. Vincent Zucko 2014-10-09
Lullaby Dr. Crier 2014-06-13
Sabotage Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds 2014-03-28
Prisoners Franklin Birch 2013-09-18
The Butler Howard 2013-08-16
House of Bodies Starks 2013-04-19
Dead Man Down Alphonse 2013-03-08
Movie 43 Coach Jackson (segment "Victory's Glory") 2013-01-01
The Best Man Holiday Quentin 2013-11-15
Red Tails Col. A.J. Bullard 2012-01-19
The Company You Keep FBI Agent Cornelius 2012-09-06
On the Road Walter 2012-05-22
Croom 2012-09-25
Bob Ross: The Happy Painter Himself 2011-12-03
The Ledge Hollis Lucetti 2011-05-06
Winnie Mandela Nelson Mandela 2011-09-16
Little Murder Drag Hammerman 2011-01-08
Fighting Harvey Boarden 2009-04-24
B.B. King: Soundstage - Live 2009-01-29
The Princess and the Frog James (voice) 2009-12-08
Iron Man James "Rhodey" Rhodes 2008-04-30
2008 World Series narrator 2008-12-16
I Am Iron Man Himself 2008-09-30
The Brave One Detective Mercer 2007-09-14
Awake Dr. Jack Harper 2007-11-28
August Rush Richard Jeffries 2007-11-21
The Perfect Holiday Bah Humbug 2007-12-12
Pride Jim Ellis 2007-03-23
Motherland Afghanistan Narrator 2007-02-14
The Hunting Party Duck 2007-09-03
Idlewild Trumpy 2006-08-25
The Salon Patrick 2005-01-13
Animal Darius Allen 2005-05-01
Crash Cameron Thayer 2005-05-06
Lackawanna Blues Bill Crosby 2005-02-12
Four Brothers Lt. Green 2005-08-11
Get Rich or Die Tryin' Bama 2005-11-09
Their Eyes Were Watching God Amos Hicks 2005-03-06
Hustle & Flow DJay 2005-07-22
Ray Gossie McGee 2004-10-29
Biker Boyz Chu Chu (as Terrence Dashon Howard) 2003-01-31
Love Chronicles T-Roy 2003-06-30
Hart's War Lt. Lincoln A. Scott 2002-02-15
Intimate Affairs Lorenz 2002-04-18
Glitter Timothy Walker 2001-09-21
Angel Eyes Robby 2001-05-15
Boycott Ralph Abernathy 2001-02-24
Muhammad Ali: King of the World Cassius Clay 2000-01-10
Love Beat the Hell Outta Me 2000-06-30
Big Momma's House Lester Vesco 2000-05-31
The Best Man Quentin 1999-10-22
Best Laid Plans Jimmy 1999-04-09
Valerie Flake Hitchhiker 1999-01-22
Spark Byron 1998-01-16
The Players Club K.C. 1998-04-08
Butter Dexter Banks (as Terrence Dashon Howard) 1998-10-13
Double Tap Ulysses 1997-09-05
Sunset Park Spaceman (as Terrence DaShon Howard) 1996-04-26
Johns Jimmy the Warlock 1996-12-10
Mr. Holland's Opus Louis Russ 1995-12-29
Dead Presidents Cowboy 1995-10-06
The O.J. Simpson Story Young A.C. 1995-01-31
Who's the Man? Customer 1993-04-23