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The multi-talented TERRENCE HOWARD (HOWARD) is best known for his Golden Globe and Academy
Award nominated work in Hustle & Flow, as well as for his supporting role in Crash, for
which he received a National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough
Performance. Born in Chicago, IL, Howard began his acting career as Jackie Jackson in
the ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream, which was quickly followed by
several notable TV appearances on shows such as Living Single and NYPD Blue. He 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, and soon after was offered a lead role in the UPN TV
series Sparks. In 1999, Howard was honored with the NAACP Image Award for
Outstanding Supporting Actor, an Independent Spirits Award nomination and a Chicago
Film Critics Association Award nomination for his role as Quentin in The Best Man.
Howard is known as one of the most prolific actors of his generation; his feature film
credits include diverse roles in the Academy Award nominated Ray, Pride, The Brave
One, August Rush, and Iron Man. Not only is Terrence a star on the "Big Screen," he is also
a highly regarded talent on the Great White Way -- Broadway. In 2008, Terrence realized
his childhood dream of seeing his name "up in lights" when he combined his talents with
the legendary James Earl Jones, in Debbie Allen's Broadway revival production of
Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!"
A self taught musician, Howard plays both the piano and the guitar. He displays 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.
Howard was recently seen in Law and Order: Los Angeles, where he won an NAACP
award for best supporting actor in a drama series. The show had a limited run, but
Terrence's character garnered a great deal of praise from critics and fans of the show.
Howard recently starred alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bryan Cranston in George
Lucas' Red Tails. He also was seen playing Nelson Mandela alongside Jennifer Hudson in
the film, Winnie. Last year Howard appeared in On the Road alongside Garrett Hedlund
and Vigo Mortensen and in Robert Redford's, The Company You Keep, alongside Shia
LaBeouf and Susan Sarandon. Earlier this year Terrence starred alongside Colin Farrell
and Noomi Rapace in the crime thriller Dead Man Down, as well as in House Of Bodies
along with Queen Latifah and Peter Fonda, Lullaby along with Garrett Hedlund and
Jennifer Hudson, the Farelly Brothers comedy Movie 43 with Gerard Butler, and Hugh
Jackman and Breachers alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. It was
recently announced that Terrence Howard will star in the upcoming thriller A Girl And A
When not acting, Howard has involved himself in a great deal of other projects. He is a
self-taught musician, philanthropist, and father of three. Terrence has become an
Ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).
Howard has been very involved in cancer research, and done many public service
announcements for the cause. Earlier this year South Carolina State University conferred
an honorary doctorate upon Dr. Terrence Dashon Howard.
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