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Crowned as the "Indie Film King” by Entertainment Weekly, TERRENCE HOWARD (Trumpy) exploded onto the Hollywood scene this year after delivering strong performances in a number of film and television productions. This year alone he has received multiple nominations including an Academy Award® and Golden Globe nomination. He has also received awards for Breakthrough Actor by the National Board of Review, Movieline and Gotham Awards. Howard received the Rising Star Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Renaissance Artist Award from the Diversity Awards and the Career Achievement Award from the Chicago International Film Festival. Called Sundance's "newest golden boy” by New York Magazine after a record-breaking year at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Howard recently served as a drama juror at Sundance's 2006 festival.

Howard will next be seen in August Rush, with Robin Williams and Freddie Highmore and The Weinstein Company's Awake with Jessica Alba and Hayden Christensen. Howard has recently wrapped production on Pride—also starring Bernie Mac—in which he stars as swim coach Jim Ellis. This summer he is filming the Warner Bros.' thriller The Brave One, in which he stars opposite Jodie Foster; he will follow up this film with Spring Break in Bosnia, also starring Richard Gere and Jesse Eisenberg.

Howard started off 2005 with dynamic performances in Paul Haggis' Academy Award®-winning film Crash and in Craig Brewer's Hustle & Flow. For his leading role in Hustle & Flow, Howard received Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Image Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations and won the Satellite Award for Best Actor. The song, which he performs in the film, received a Critics' Choice Award and was the first rap song ever to receive an Academy Award®. The cast of the film also received a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble.

For the critically acclaimed Crash, Howard and the all-star cast—including Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon—received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble and was nominated for a Gotham Award. The film also won an Oscar® for Best Picture at the 2005 Academy Awards®.

Keeping a powerful presence on the small screen as well, Howard was seen in the critically acclaimed HBO film Lackawanna Blues, based on Tony Award-winning Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical play and directed by George C. Wolfe. The cast, which included Jeffrey Wright and S. Epatha Merkerson was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Howard's love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry. He later began his acting career on The Cosby Show, after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director. The chance encounter helped Howard break into feature films, and soon he was cast in such films as Mr. Holland's Opus.

Some of Howard's memorable performances are of scene-stealing characters such as Cowboy in the Hughes brothers' film Dead Presidents and as Quentin in Malcolm D. Lee's film The Best Man. The latter film earned him an NAACP Image Award, Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Award nomination. A self-taught musician Howard plays both the piano and the guitar. He can be seen displaying these musical talents opposite Jamie Foxx in 2004's Ray, for which they both earned a SAG nomination. A promising songwriter, Howard's lyrics are soon to be acquired by some of today's biggest artists.

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