Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

  • Born on
    • March 11th, 1969
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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Acting (58 Credits)

2020Cut Throat City as The Saint
2019Gully as Mr. Christmas
2016Cardboard Boxer as Pope
2016Term Life as Sheriff Braydon
2015Empire (2015) as Lucious Lyon
2014St. Vincent as Zucko
2014Lullaby as Dr. Crier
2014Sabotage as Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds
2013The Best Man Holiday as Quentin
2013House of Bodies as Starks
2013Dead Man Down as Alphonse
2013Prisoners as Franklin Birch
2013Lee Daniels' The Butler as Howard
2013Movie 43 as Coach Jackson (segment "Victory's Glory")
2012Red Tails as Col. A.J. Bullard
2012The Company You Keep as FBI Agent Cornelius
2012On the Road as Walter
2011Winnie Mandela as Nelson Mandela
2011Ghost of New Orleans as Drag Hammerman
2011The Ledge as Hollis Lucetti
2010Law & Order: Los Angeles as Deputy D.A. Jonah Dekker
2009Fighting as Harvey Boarden
2009The Princess and the Frog as James (voice)
2008Iron Man as James "Rhodey" Rhodes
2007Pride as Jim Ellis
2007The Brave One as Detective Mercer
2007The Hunting Party as Duck
2007Awake as Dr. Jack Harper
2007August Rush as Richard Jeffries
2007The Perfect Holiday as Bah Humbug
2006Idlewild as Trumpy
2005Hustle & Flow as DJay
2005Animal as Darius Allen
2005Four Brothers as Lt. Green
2005Their Eyes Were Watching God as Amos Hicks
2005Get Rich or Die Tryin' as Bama
2005Lackawanna Blues as Bill Crosby
2004Crash as Cameron Thayer
2004Ray as Gossie McGee
2003Biker Boyz as Chu Chu (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
2002Hart's War as Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
2001Boycott as Ralph Abernathy
2001Glitter as Timothy Walker
2001Angel Eyes as Robby
2001Intimate Affairs as Lorenz
2000Love Beat the Hell Outta MeWatch Free
2000Big Momma's House as Lester Vesco
1999The Best Man as Quentin
1999Best Laid Plans as Jimmy
1998The Players Club as K.C.
1998Mama Flora's Family as Lincoln
1997Double Tap as UlyssesWatch Free
1996Sunset Park as Spaceman (as Terrence DaShon Howard)Watch Free
1996Johns as Jimmy the Warlock
1995Mr. Holland's Opus as Louis Russ
1995Dead Presidents as Cowboy
1993Who's the Man? as Customer
1992The Jacksons: An American Dream as Jackie Jackson (adult)


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