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Terrence Howard

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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Mar 11, 1969 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Righting Wrongs 1986-11-27
Latest Project:
Movie Magic in the Bayou: The Making of a Princess 2022
Known For
Movie Magic in the Bayou: The Making of a Princess Self 2022
Movie Cut Throat City The Saint 2020-07-31
Movie Term Life Sheriff Braydon 2016-04-29
Movie Cardboard Boxer Pope 2016-09-16
Series Empire Lucious Lyon 2015-01-07
Movie St. Vincent Zucko 2014-10-09
Movie Sabotage Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds 2014-03-28
Movie Lullaby Dr. Crier 2014-06-13
Movie Dead Man Down Alphonse 2013-03-08
Movie House of Bodies Starks 2013-04-19
Movie Movie 43 Coach Jackson (segment "Victory's Glory") 2013-01-01
Movie The Butler Howard 2013-08-16
Movie The Best Man Holiday Quentin 2013-11-15
Movie Prisoners Franklin Birch 2013-09-18
Movie Red Tails Col. A.J. Bullard 2012-01-19
Movie The Company You Keep FBI Agent Cornelius 2012-09-06
Movie On the Road Walter 2012-05-22
Movie Little Murder Drag Hammerman 2011-01-08
Movie The Ledge Hollis Lucetti 2011-05-06
Movie Bob Ross: The Happy Painter Himself 2011-12-03
Series Law & Order Los Angeles Deputy D.A. Jonah Dekker 2010-09-29
Movie Fighting Harvey Boarden 2009-04-24
Movie The Princess and the Frog James (voice) 2009-12-08
Movie Iron Man James "Rhodey" Rhodes 2008-04-30
Movie I Am Iron Man Himself 2008-09-30
Movie The Hunting Party Duck 2007-09-03
Movie August Rush Richard Jeffries 2007-11-21
Movie Pride Jim Ellis 2007-03-23
Movie The Perfect Holiday Bah Humbug 2007-12-12
Movie Awake Dr. Jack Harper 2007-11-28
Movie Animal Darius Allen 2005-05-01
Movie The Salon Patrick 2005-01-13
Movie Crash Cameron Thayer 2005-05-06
Movie Their Eyes Were Watching God Amos Hicks 2005-03-06
Movie Four Brothers Lt. Green 2005-08-11
Movie Get Rich or Die Tryin' Bama 2005-11-09
Movie Hustle & Flow DJay 2005-07-22
Movie Ray Gossie McGee 2004-10-29
Movie Biker Boyz Chu Chu (as Terrence Dashon Howard) 2003-01-31
Movie Intimate Affairs Lorenz 2002-04-18
Movie Hart's War Lt. Lincoln A. Scott 2002-02-15
Movie Boycott Ralph Abernathy 2001-02-24
Movie Angel Eyes Robby 2001-05-15
Movie Muhammad Ali: King of the World Cassius Clay 2000-01-10
Movie Big Momma's House Lester Vesco 2000-05-31
Movie The Best Man Quentin 1999-10-22
Movie Best Laid Plans Jimmy 1999-04-09
Movie Spark Byron 1998-01-16
Movie Butter Dexter Banks (as Terrence Dashon Howard) 1998-10-13
Movie The Players Club K.C. 1998-04-08
Movie Double Tap Ulysses 1997-09-05
Movie Sunset Park Spaceman (as Terrence DaShon Howard) 1996-04-26
Movie The O.J. Simpson Story Young A.C. 1995-01-31
Movie Dead Presidents Cowboy 1995-10-06
Movie Mr. Holland's Opus Louis Russ 1995-12-29
Movie Who's the Man? Customer 1993-04-23
Series The Jacksons: An American Dream Jackie Jackson (adult) 1992-11-15
Series Mama Flora's Family Lincoln 1988-11-08
Movie Righting Wrongs Defense attorney 1986-11-27