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Terrence Howard Biography

Birth Name:
Terrence Dashon Howard
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • 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

Awards

  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: winner
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: winner
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2005Phoenix Film Critics Association-Breakout Performance of the Year - On Screen: winner
  • 2005National Board of Review-Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: winner
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2000Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated

Relationships

  • Antonio Howard -- Brother
  • Terrell Howard -- Brother
  • Tyrone Howard Jr. -- Brother
  • Aubrey Howard -- Daughter
  • Heavenly Howard -- Daughter
  • Lori McCommas -- Ex-wife
  • Michelle Ghent -- Ex-wife
  • Mira Pak -- Ex-wife
  • Tyrone Howard -- Father
  • Darnell Williams -- Half Brother
  • Ariana Williams -- Half Sister
  • Anita Williams -- Mother
  • Hero -- Son
  • Hunter Howard -- Son
  • Qirin Love -- Son