- Grew up in Cleveland.
- Is the great-grandson of stage actress Minnie Gentry.
- First professional acting job was a bit part in a Cosby Show episode; after his appearance was left out of the final edit, he went to Bill Cosby himself to find out why his role was cut.
- Portrayed Jackie Jackson in a 1992 TV movie about the Jackson family called The Jacksons: An American Dream.
- After several studio executives said they were willing to bankroll Hustle & Flow only if someone other than Howard played the lead role, producer John Singleton helped finance the film himself rather than recast the part.
- Made his Broadway debut portraying Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2008.
- Released his debut album as a singer, Shine Through It, in 2008.
- Became an honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in 2010.
- Enjoys restoring historic homes.
- 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Winner
- 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
- 2000, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
- 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Winner
- 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
- 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2005, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- Michelle Ghent — Ex-wife
- Ariana Williams — Half Sister
- Terrell Howard — Brother
- Antonio Howard — Brother
- Hero — Son
- Anita Williams — Mother
- Tyrone Howard Jr. — Brother
- Tyrone Howard — Father
- Darnell Williams — Half Brother
- Mira Pak — Ex-wife
- Qirin Love — Son
- Heavenly Howard — Daughter
- Aubrey Howard — Daughter
- Hunter Howard — Son
- Lori McCommas — Ex-wife
- Attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, United States
- Birth Name: Terrence Dashon Howard
- Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
- Profession: Actor
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