Terrence Howard

Biography

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).

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).

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Gender Male

Known Credits 76

Birthday 1969-03-11

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

Adult Actor False

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2016 Term Life as Sheriff Braydon
2016 The Best Man Wedding as Quentin
2015 Wayward Pines(10 episodes) as Arnold Pope
2015 Lip Sync Battle(2 episodes) as Himself
2015 Empire(32 episodes) as Lucious Lyon
2014 St. Vincent as Zucko
2014 Lullaby as Dr. Crier
2014 Sabotage as Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds
2014 Take Me to the River as Himself - Host
2013 The Best Man Holiday as Quentin
2013 Prisoners as Franklin Birch
2013 The Butler as Howard
2013 House of Bodies as Starks
2013 Dead Man Down as Alphonse
2013 Movie 43 as Coach Jackson (segment "Victory's Glory")
2012 The Company You Keep as FBI Agent Cornelius
2012 On the Road as Walter
2012 Red Tails as Col. A.J. Bullard
2011 Winnie Mandela as Nelson Mandela
2011 The Ledge as Hollis
2011 Little Murder as Drag Hammerman
2010 Law & Order: Los Angeles(23 episodes) as Deputy D.A. Jonah Dekker
2009 The Princess and the Frog as James (voice)
2009 Fighting as Harvey Boarden
2008 Iron Man as Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes
2007 Awake as Dr. Jack Harper
2007 August Rush as Richard Jeffries
2007 The Brave One as Detective Mercer
2007 The Hunting Party as Duck
2007 Pride as Jim Ellis
2007 Motherland Afghanistan as Narrator
2006 Idlewild as Trumpy
2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin' as Bama
2005 Four Brothers as Lt. Green
2005 Hustle & Flow as DJay
2005 Animal as Darius Allen
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God as Amos Hicks
2005 Lackawanna Blues as Bill Crosby
2005 The Salon as Patrick
2004 Ray as Gossie McGee
2004 Crash as Cameron Thayer
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(1 episode)
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(5 episodes)
2003 Love Chronicles
2002 Fastlane(1 episode)
2002 Intimate Affairs as Lorenz
2002 Hart's War as Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
2002 Live From the Red Carpet(1 episode) as Himself
2001 Glitter as Timothy Walker
2001 Angel Eyes as Robby
2001 Boycott as Ralph Abernathy
2000 Soul Food(2 episodes)
2000 Big Momma's House as Lester Vesco
2000 Muhammad Ali: King of the World as Cassius Clay
1999 The Best Man as Quentin
1999 Best Laid Plans as Jimmy
1999 Valerie Flake as Hitchhiker
1998 Butter as Dexter Banks (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
1998 The Players Club as K.C.
1998 Spark as Byron
1997 Double Tap as Ulysses
1996 Sparks(40 episodes) as Greg Sparks
1996 Sunset Park as Spaceman (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus as Louis Russ
1994 New York Undercover(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(2 episodes)
1993 Tall Hopes(6 episodes) as Chester Harris
1993 Living Single(1 episode)
1993 Who's the Man? as Customer
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream as Jackie Jackson
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(5 episodes)
1989 Family Matters(1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(5 episodes)
1952 Today(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode)
1929 The Academy Awards(1 episode) as Terrence Howard
1900 Soundstage(1 episode)

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