The Actor: TERRENCE HOWARD has turned in award winning
performances on screen, stage and in the studio during an impressive career that
includes the films Hustle & Flow, Crash, Ray and Pride, television shows Law &
Order: Los Angeles, Living Single, NYPD Blue and the ABC miniseries The
Jacksons: An American Dream, as well as Broadway an all-African-American
production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Howard made his film debut in 1993 in Who's the Man?, which he followed with
the role of Cowboy in the period saga Dead Presidents. In 1995, Howard was
noticed for his role as a star high school athlete in Mr. Holland's Opus. Other
feature film credits include The Best Man, Valerie Flake, Best Laid Plans, The
Brave One, August Rush and Iron Man.
His work in Hustle & Flow earned him Golden Globe and Academy Award
nominations. He earned a National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough
Performance for his role in Crash. In 1999, Howard was honored with the NAACP
Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, an Independent Spirit Award
nomination, a Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination for his role as
Quentin in The Best Man.
A self-taught musician, Howard plays both the piano and the guitar. He
displayed his musical talents in Ray as Ray Charles' one-time guitarist Gossie
McKee, and in Hustle & Flow as the rapper Djay. For the movie, 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.
In 2011, Howard accepted the NAACP award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in
a Drama Series for his work on Law & Order: Los Angeles.
The Impact of the Tuskegee Airmen: "Many of the accomplishments of the civil
rights movement happened as the result of the desegregation of the Armed Forces
and what these men did. All the things they fought for set up the precedents
that Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and even Barack Obama relied on. So, I'm very
thankful that they persevered through all of the suffering and the persecution.
Often times you don't know who is benefiting from all your hard work when you're
The Story: "The real life story of the Red Tails is a great American story.
It's a story about the contribution that black people have made to security and
freedom. The thing that makes this film beautiful is that is an historically
significant story about how the Tuskegee Airmen contributed to the world at the
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