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Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard in May 2007.
Born Terrence Dashon Howard
March 11, 1969 (1969-03-11) (age 41)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, rapper
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Lori McCommas (1989–2003; 2005–present)

Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an American actor, singer, and rapper.[1] Having appeared in film and on television since the late 1980s, Howard had 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, though due to reprise his role in Iron Man 2, was replaced by Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (his Crash co-star) in October 2008.[2]

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.

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Early life

Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Anita Williams and Tyrone Howard.[3][4] His great-grandmother, Minnie Gentry, was a stage actress, as were his mother and uncles.[5][6] His parents were both biracial, of African American and Caucasian descent; he experienced racism throughout his childhood. His father was involved in what has been termed the Santa Line Slaying, serving 11 months in prison on manslaughter charges after stabbing another man.[3] At the age of 16, Howard emancipated himself from his parents and was put on welfare; at 18, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.[3] He wanted to be a science teacher,[5] though he had a low grade point average in high school and was admitted to the Pratt Institute in New York only after convincing them to give him a special entrance exam.[3] Howard did not complete his education, as he had joined his brother on an audition for The Cosby Show and was cast in the role.[3] Though he did not obtain a degree,[3][7] Howard claims to be an engineer.[8] Howard had a principal role in a short-lived CBS sitcom, Tall Hopes.

Terrence Howard is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Career

Howard first entered the entertainment world when he portrayed Jackie Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, an ABC miniseries, now frequently shown as a feature-length movie. Three years later, he made his big film break in 1995's Mr. Holland's Opus. He continued being cast in television and movie roles and co-starred as "Greg Sparks" in the late-1990s television series Sparks with James L. Avery, Sr. and Miguel A. Nunez Jr. 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. It has also been announced that Howard will re-team with Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer for a film based on the life of country music legend Charley Pride.[5]

Howard has stated that he looks for characters that "teach him about himself" when choosing his film roles.[5] Howard has also worked as a film producer, receiving such a credit for the film Pride. As of 2008, Howard hosts the PBS' series Independent Lens.

In 2008, he made his Broadway debut, playing Brick in an all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen and also starring James Earl Jones (Big Daddy), Phylicia Rashad (Big Mama) and Anika Noni Rose (Maggie). During rehearsals he allegedly attacked and seriously injured musical composer Tex Allen, who claimed to have suffered multiple injuries as a result of being being punched multiple times in the head and face. In October 2008, Allen filed a $5 million lawsuit against Howard.[9]

In October 2008, Howard made a guest appearance in the short film For All Mankind directed by Daniel L. Clifton, filmed on location in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. In 2009, he starred in the movie Fighting.

Personal life

Howard, who lives outside Philadelphia in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania,[3] was married to Lori McCommas for 14 years.[10] The couple has three children: two daughters (Aubrey and Heaven) and a son (Hunter). Howard and his wife divorced in 2003 and remarried again in 2005, but have since separated. Press reports have since noted that Howard is "trying to reunite" with his wife Annisa, and that he has stated that he is "chasing after" her.[5] His wife was born Jewish but is raising their children as Jehovah's Witnesses.[11] In an interview with NPR, he said he wanted to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses as well.[12]

In February 2009 it was reported on the The Smoking Gun that Howard was arrested in 2001 for a variety of charges related to a violent attack on his estranged wife, including simple assault, terrorist threats, harassment and stalking. According to police reports, he arrived at her house after an argument on the phone, forced entry into her home by breaking in doors, and chased her into the back yard where he punched her twice in the face with a closed fist. The violent attack ended when Howard's brother stopped it. In 2002 he pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace.[13]

These issues came to light after he reportedly downplayed singer Chris Brown's 2009 arrest for attacking his girlfriend Rihanna. When Howard was asked about the allegations of domestic violence against Brown, he told a reporter from Hollywood.tv "It's just life, man. Chris is a great guy. He'll be all right, and Rihanna knows he loves her, you know? They'll be all right."[14]

Music

Although Howard was not a music artist, he performed in several tracks for Hustle and Flow. The song "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" was written by Three 6 Mafia and produced by DJ Paul. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards, and it is also available in a version by Three 6 Mafia. The songs "Hustle And Flow (It Ain't Over)" and "Whoop That Trick", were composed by Al Kapone. All three tracks were performed by Terrence Howard, and they can be heard in the Hustle & Flow Soundtrack. Howard had been working on his first album since March 2007. The album, titled Shine Through It, was released on September 1, 2008.

Filmography

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Films

Year Movie Role Other notes
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Adult Jackie Jackson
1993 Who's the Man? Customer
1995 LottoLand Warren
Dead Presidents Cowboy
Mr. Holland's Opus Louis Russ
1996 Sunset Park Spaceman
Johns Jimmy the Warlock
1997 Double Tap Ulysses
1998 Butter Dexter Banks
Spark Byron
The Players Club K.C.
1999 Valerie Flake Hitchhiker
Best Laid Plans Jimmy
The Best Man Quentin NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2000 Big Momma's House Lester Vesco
Love Beat the Hell Outta Me Chris
2001 Investigating Sex Lorenz
Angel Eyes Robby
Glitter Timothy Walker
2002 Hart's War Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
2003 Love Chronicles T-Roy
Biker Boyz Chu Chu
2004 Crash Cameron Thayer Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Florida Film Critics Circle Pauline Kael Breakout Award
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Ray Gossie McKee Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 The Salon Patrick
Lackawanna Blues Bill Crosby NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Hustle & Flow Djay Austin Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Artist
BET Award for Best Actor
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Song
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Gotham Award - Breakthrough Award
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Four Brothers Lt. Green Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Animal Darius Allen
Get Rich or Die Tryin' Bama
2006 Idlewild Trumpy
2007 Pride Jim Ellis Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
The Hunting Party Duck (journalist)
The Brave One Detective Mercer
August Rush Richard Jeffries (child counselor)
Awake Dr. Jack Harper
The Perfect Holiday Mr. Bah Humbug
2008 Iron Man Lt. Col James Rhodes (Air Force officer) Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phillies World Series Champions DVD Narrator
2009 Fighting Harvey Boarden
The Princess and the Frog James voice only
Red Tails Col. A.J. Bullard
2010 Little Murder Drag Hammerman

Television movies

Year Movie Role Other notes
1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream Jackie Jackson
1994 Family Matters John cameo appearance
1995 The O.J. Simpson Story Young A.C
2000 King of the World Cassius Clay
2001 Boycott Ralph Abernathy Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God Amos Hicks

Discography

Awards

Steve Lehman 6 Gold Star Award™ for Artists' Rights

References

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Terrence Howard (born 1969-03-11) is an American actor.

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  • He’s like Gérard Depardieu, another strong, physical man who can break your heart with sensitivity. He has this creepiness, but a sympathetic attractiveness, too.
  • I want to be the condensation on the glass. I want to be that phenomenon that takes place between hot and cold.
    • Interview with Time magazine, 2006

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