Terrence Howard Biography

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Score: 8.11 / 10
Released: August 16, 2013
Director: Lee Daniels
Producer: Lee Daniels, Laura Ziskin, Cassian Elwes, Buddy Patrick
Studio: Entertainment One
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Leo, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Alex Pettyfer
Genre: Drama
Length: 132 minutes
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Terrence Howard Biography


Date of Birth: March 11, 1969

Terrence Howard started his career on the small screen when he first nabbed a small appearance on the series Family Matters and Coach. Other opportunities followed with a showing on Picket Fences and the role of Jackie Jackson in the telefilm, The Jacksons: An American Dream.

With all his credits, it wasn't until 1995 that he first caught viewers' attention as a despicable cowboy in the drama Dead Presidents (1995). He then moved onto Mr. Holland's Opus (1995), playing Louis Russ. Although the character was originally penned for a white actor, after seeing Howard in a guest role on Coach, the director decided he was the actor for the part. Howard, who had already made a deal to work on a German miniseries, took a huge pay cut to perform in the film. But all was not lost, because the film allowed Howard to meet and learn from Richard Dreyfuss, who gave him invaluable information on the film industry.

In 1996 Howard landed a starring role in the sitcom, Sparks. Unfortunately, the show didn't garner much interest with viewers, and was canceled by the end of its second season.

Three years later, he stole the spotlight playing Quentin in the film The Best Man (1999). As a supporting character, he received nominations from Chicago Film Critics Association and the Independent Spirits Awards and won an Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

The next year he landed the role of Cassius Clay in the telefilm, King of the World, which was soon followed by a number of major roles in feature films like Big Momma's House with Martin Lawrence and Angel Eyes, starring Jennifer Lopez. In 2002, he won a Black Reel award as Best Supporting Actor in the TV movie Boycott. Since then, he has played roles in Hart's War (2002) alongside Colin Farrell, Biker Boyz (2003) with Laurence Fishburne, and Ray (2004) with Jamie Foxx.

In 2005, he received a National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance in the Academy Award winning Best Picture Crash (2004), then in 2006, received nominations from both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards for his work in Hustle & Flow (2005). Howard can also be seen in the World War I film Red Tails (2012) inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen as well as playing iconic historical figure Nelson Mandela in Winnie (2012). His most recent films are Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) where he starred alongside Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, and Prisoners (2013)where he starred alongside Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis. He also starred in the comedy flick, The Best Man Holiday (2013). More recently, he can be seen in St. Vincent(2014) and Sabotage(2014).

Howard's personal life has been rocky. His father served 11 months in prison on manslaughter charges after stabbing another man. Terrence was arrested in 2001 for beating his first wife, Lori after he broke down a door and punched her twice in the face before being restrained by his brother. In 2008, he was accused of assault after he allegedly attacked composer Tex Allen when they were working together on Broadway's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Finally, his second wife, Michelle, filed for divorce in February 2011 and has been granted a temporary restraining order against him. The pair have made headlines for their verbal attacks toward each other.


St. Vincent(2014)
Ten (2014) (2014)
The Best Man Holiday(2013)
Lee Daniels' The Butler(2013)
The Company You Keep(2012)
On the Road(2012)
Red Tails(2012)
In the Woods (2012)
The Ledge(2011)
Little Murder(2011)
The Princess and the Frog (2009) (voice)
Iron Man(2008)
The Perfect Holiday(2007)
August Rush(2007)
The Brave One(2007)
The Hunting Party(2007)
Get Rich or Die Tryin'(2005)
Four Brothers(2005)
The Salon (2005)
Hustle & Flow(2005)
Love Chronicles (2003)
Biker Boyz(2003)
Investigating Sex (2002)
Hart's War(2002)
Angel Eyes(2001)
Love Beat the Hell Outta Me (2000)
Big Momma's House(2000)
The Best Man(1999)
Best Laid Plans(1999)
Valerie Flake (1999)
The Players Club (1998)
Spark (1998)
Double Trap (1997)
Johns (1996)
Sunset Park (1996)
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Dead Presidents (1995)
Lotto Land (1995)
Who's the Man? (1993)

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Actor Dead Man Down (2013)
Actor Red Tails (2012)
Actor Winnie (2012)
Actor The Ledge (2011)
Actor Fighting (2009)
Actor August Rush (2007)
Actor Awake (2007)
Actor The Brave One (2007)
Actor The Hunting Party (2007)
Actor Pride (2007) (2007)
Actor Idlewild (2006)
Actor Crash (2005)
Actor Four Brothers (2005)
Actor Hustle & Flow (2005) Actor in a Leading Role Nominee
Actor Ray (2004)
Actor Biker Boyz (2003)
Actor Hart's War (2002)
Actor Angel Eyes (2001)
Actor Glitter (2001)
Actor Big Momma's House (2000)
Actor The Best Man (1999)