Howard at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Terrence Dashon Howard
March 11, 1969 
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Spouse(s)||Lori McCommas (m. 1994–2005)
Michelle Ghent (m. 2010–13)
Mira Pak (m. 2013)
Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an American actor and singer. Having his first major roles in the 1995 films Dead Presidents and Mr. Holland's Opus, Howard broke into the mainstream with a succession of television and cinema roles between 2004 and 2006. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Hustle & Flow. Howard has had prominent roles in many other movies including Winnie, Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Crash, Four Brothers, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Idlewild, August Rush, The Brave One and Prisoners. Howard played James Rhodes in Iron Man and reprised the role in the video game adaptation. However, he was replaced by Don Cheadle for the future films. He currently stars as the lead character Lucious Lyon in the television series Empire. His debut album, Shine Through It, was released in September 2008.
Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. His maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Gentry, was a stage actress, as were his mother and uncles. He experienced racism in his childhood. His father was involved in what has been termed the Santa Line Slaying (1971), serving eleven months in prison on manslaughter charges after stabbing another man to death(out of self defence). 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 and worked at Pan American Airlines, where he would travel on his off days to attend auditions in search of that big break. He wanted to be a science teacher, though he had a low GPA in high school and was admitted to the Pratt Institute in New York only after convincing them to give him a special entrance exam. 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.
Howard first entered the entertainment world when he portrayed 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 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 made an appearance on the TV series Family Matters.
Howard has stated that he looks for characters that "teach him about himself" when choosing his film roles. Howard has also worked as a film producer, receiving such a credit for the film Pride. In 2008, Howard hosted the PBS series Independent Lens.
For the 2005 movie Hustle & Flow, Howard performed all the tracks for his character, including "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp", which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards.
Howard was the highest-paid cast member of the 2008 film Iron Man. He did not appear in either of the follow-up sequels because it was reported that he would have had to take a 50 to 80 percent pay cut and was replaced by actor Don Cheadle.
Howard released his debut adult alternative album, Shine Through It, in 2008 on Columbia/SME Records. He described the album as urban country and either wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on the album.
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 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 (brother of the director), who said he suffered multiple injuries as a result of being punched multiple times in the head and face. In October 2008, Allen filed a $5 million lawsuit against Howard.
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.
It was reported on July 30, 2010, that Howard had joined the cast of the new Law & Order: Los Angeles installment of the Law & Order franchise, where he played Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker. He alternated shows with Alfred Molina, who portrayed Deputy District Attorney Ricardo Morales. The series was cancelled after one season. In 2011, Howard played Nelson Mandela in Winnie Mandela alongside Jennifer Hudson.
Since 2015, he stars on the Fox television series, Empire. The former was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong in which he plays a hip-hop mogul who discovers he is dying and must ensure the survival of his music empire. The cast includes Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe. He was also part of the Fox series Wayward Pines, which ran for one season in 2015. The latter series was produced by M. Night Shyamalan and also included cast members Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, and Juliette Lewis.
Howard married his first wife, Lori McCommas, in 1994. They have three children together: daughters Aubrey and Heaven, and son Hunter. Through Aubrey, Howard has two grandchildren, a granddaughter born in December 2012 and a grandson (Adrian) born in February 2015. Howard and McCommas divorced in 2003, but remarried in 2005. They subsequently divorced for a second time in 2007. McCommas was born Jewish but is raising their children as Jehovah's Witnesses. In an interview with NPR, Howard stated he wanted to become a Jehovah's Witness as well.
Howard married his second wife, commercial production employee Michelle Ghent. Ghent filed for divorce in February 2011. Ghent filed for a restraining order in December 2011, accusing Howard of being physically abusive toward her. Their divorce was finalized in May 2013.
Though he did not complete his engineering degree, Howard thinks of himself as an engineer and intends to return one day to complete the "three credits" of which he is currently short. Howard's account of his educational history has not been confirmed; Pratt Institute, which he says he attended, closed its engineering degree program in 1993. On February 26, 2013, Howard said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he had earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from South Carolina State University that year. Although he was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from SCSU in 2012, he never attended the university and never earned a degree in chemical engineering.
In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Howard explained that he had formulated his own language of logic, which he called Terryology, and which he was keeping secret until he had patented it. This logic language would be used to prove his contention that "1 x 1 = 2".
"How can it equal one?" he said. "If one times one equals one that means that two is of no value because one times itself has no effect. One times one equals two because the square root of four is two, so what's the square root of two? Should be one, but we're told it's two, and that cannot be."
Howard blames his leaving Pratt over disagreements with a professor regarding this hypothesis. He also stated that he spends many hours a day constructing models of plastic and wire that he patented and claims to confirm his belief.
|1992||Jacksons: An American Dream, TheThe Jacksons: An American Dream||Jackie Jackson|
|1993||Tall Hopes||Chester Harris|
|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|
|2005||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
|1994||Family Matters||John||1 episode|
|1994||Living Single||Brendan King|
|1995||New York Undercover||Buster Goings|
|2010–11||Law & Order: LA||Senior D.D.A. Jonah "Joe" Dekker||Series regular|
|2011||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Senior D.D.A. Jonah "Joe" Dekker||Episode: "Reparations"|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Billy||Episode: "I Ka Wa Mamua"|
|2015–present||Empire||Lucious Lyon||Series regular
Won—BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Villain
Nominated—Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV: Chemistry
|2015-present||Wayward Pines||Sheriff Arnold Pope||Series regular (season 1)
recurring ( season 2)
|2008||Iron Man||USAF Lt. Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes||Voice role|
2002 Foolish Ashanti 3:47 Ashanti
|2005||Be Without You||Mary J. Blige||4:07||The Breakthrough||Be Without You|
- Shine Through It (2008)
Awards and Nominations
|1999||Independent Spirit Award||Best Supporting Male||The Best Man||Nominated|
|Black Reel Award||Best Supporting Actor||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2000||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture||Won|
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