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Terrence Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His love for acting came naturally, through summers spent with his great-grandmother, New York stage actress Minnie Gentry. He later began his acting career after being discovered on a New York City street by ... See full bio »

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Crash Cameron
Iron Man Rhodey
Four Brothers Lt. Green


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 2022/I The System
 2022/I The Walk
Lamont Robbins
 2021/II Triumph
Coach Cutting
 2020 Cut Throat City
The Saint
 2015-2020 Empire (TV Series)
Lucious Lyon
- Home Is on the Way (2020) ... Lucious Lyon (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
- Over Everything (2020) ... Lucious Lyon (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
- We Got Us (2020) ... Lucious Lyon (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
- Love Me Still (2020) ... Lucious Lyon (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
- I Am Who I Am (2020) ... Lucious Lyon (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
 2019 Gully
Mr. Christmas (as Terence Howard)
 2017 Electric Dreams (TV Series)
- Real Life (2017) ... George
 2017/VII Saudade (Short)
 2016 Hada Madrina (TV Movie)
 2016 Cardboard Boxer
 2015-2016 Wayward Pines (TV Series)
Sheriff Pope
- Enemy Lines (2016) ... Sheriff Pope
- Choices (2015) ... Sheriff Pope
- Our Town, Our Law (2015) ... Sheriff Pope
- Do Not Discuss Your Life Before (2015) ... Sheriff Pope
- Where Paradise Is Home (2015) ... Sheriff Pope
 2016 Term Life
 2016 House of Bodies
 2015 Madonna: Ghosttown (Music Video)
 2014 Sabotage: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds
 2014 St. Vincent
 2014/II Lullaby
Doctor Crier
 2014 Sabotage
Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds
 2013 The Best Man Holiday
 2013 Prisoners
Franklin Birch
 2013/I The Butler
 2013 Dead Man Down
 2013 Movie 43
Coach Jackson (segment "Victory's Glory")
 2012 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
- I Ka Wa Mamua (2012) ... Billy
 2012 The Company You Keep
FBI Agent Cornelius
 2012 On the Road
 2012 Red Tails
Colonel A.J. Bullard
 2011 Winnie Mandela
Nelson Mandela
 2010-2011 Law & Order: LA (TV Series)
Senior DDA Jonah Dekker
- Van Nuys (2011) ... Senior DDA Jonah Dekker
- El Sereno (2011) ... Senior DDA Jonah Dekker
- Plummer Park (2011) ... Senior DDA Jonah Dekker
- Angel's Knoll (2011) ... Senior DDA Jonah Dekker
- Big Rock Mesa (2011) ... Senior DDA Jonah Dekker
 2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Defense Attorney Jonah Dekker
- Reparations (2011) ... Defense Attorney Jonah Dekker
 2011 The Ledge
Det. Hollis Lucetti
 2011 Ghost of New Orleans
Drag Hammerman
 2010 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Elmo Slide Dancer
- Music Magic (2010) ... Elmo Slide Dancer
 2009 The Princess and the Frog
James (voice)
 2009 Fighting
Harvey Boarden
 2009 For All Mankind (Short)
Mayor of Conshohocken
 2008 Iron Man (Video Game)
Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (voice)
 2008 Iron Man
 2007 The Perfect Holiday
Bah Humbug
 2007 Awake
Dr. Jack Harper
 2007 August Rush
Richard Jeffries
 2007 The Brave One
Detective Mercer
 2007 The Hunting Party
 2007 Wifey (TV Movie)
Ray Millions
 2007 Pride
Jim Ellis
 2006 Idlewild
 2005 Mary J. Blige: Be Without You (Music Video)
 2005 Animal (Video)
Darius Allen
 2005 Four Brothers
Lt. Green
 2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV Movie)
Amos Hicks
 2005 Hustle & Flow
 2005 The Salon
 2005 Lackawanna Blues (TV Movie)
Bill Crosby (as Terrance Dashon Howard)
 2004/I Ray
Gossie McGee (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 2004/I Crash
 2003 Street Time (TV Series)
Lucius Mosley
- Lockdown (2003) ... Lucius Mosley (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Gone (2003) ... Lucius Mosley (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Get Up, Stand Up (2003) ... Lucius Mosley (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- The Whole Truth (2003) ... Lucius Mosley (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Fly Girl (2003) ... Lucius Mosley (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 2003 Love Chronicles
T-Roy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 2002-2003 Soul Food (TV Series)
Benny Jones
- The New Math (2003) ... Benny Jones
- Emotional Collateral (2002) ... Benny Jones
 2003 Biker Boyz
Chu Chu (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 2002 Fastlane (TV Series)
Alton White
- Things Done Changed (2002) ... Alton White
 2002 Ashanti: Foolish (Music Video)
 2002 Hart's War
Lt. Lincoln A. Scott
 2001 Glitter
Timothy Walker
 2001 Intimate Affairs
 2001 Angel Eyes
 2001 Boycott (TV Movie)
Ralph Abernathy
 2000 Big Momma's House
Lester Vesco (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 2000 King of the World (TV Movie)
Cassius Clay
 1999 The Best Man
 1999 Best Laid Plans
Jimmy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1998-1999 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
A.J. Foreman / Lonnie
- What's Up, Chuck? (1999) ... A.J. Foreman (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Hammer Time (1998) ... Lonnie (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1999 Valerie Flake
Hitchhiker (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1998 Mama Flora's Family (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1998) ... Lincoln (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Episode #1.1 (1998) ... Lincoln (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1998 Butter
Dexter Banks (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1998 The Players Club
K.C. (as Terence Howard)
 1996-1998 Sparks (TV Series)
Greg Sparks
- Blind Justice (1998) ... Greg Sparks (as Terrence DaShown Howard)
- Till Your Well Runs Dry (1998) ... Greg Sparks (as Terrence DaShown Howard)
- Cain and Abel Sparks (1998) ... Greg Sparks (as Terrence DaShown Howard)
- She's Having My Baby (1998) ... Greg Sparks (as Terrence DaShown Howard)
- Flirting with Disaster (1998) ... Greg Sparks (as Terrence DaShown Howard)
 1998 Spark
Byron (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1997 Double Tap
 1996 Johns
Jimmy the Warlock (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1996 Sunset Park
Spaceman (as Terrence DaShon Howard)
 1995 Mr. Holland's Opus
Louis Russ
 1995 Shadow-Ops (TV Movie)
Rio (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
- Buster and Claudia (1995) ... Buster
 1995 Dead Presidents
Cowboy (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1995 Lotto Land
Warren (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1995 The O.J. Simpson Story (TV Movie)
Young A.C
 1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
- Elective Conduct (1994) ... Malik
- Enemy Lines (1994) ... Malik
 1994 Getting By (TV Series)
- My Brilliant Career (1994) ... Herbert (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1994 Family Matters (TV Series)
- Opposites Attract (1994) ... John (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1994 Coach (TV Series)
Johnny Williams
- Blue Chip Blues (1994) ... Johnny Williams (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1994 Living Single (TV Series)
Brendan King
- The Hand That Robs the Cradle (1994) ... Brendan King (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1983-1993 Tall Hopes (TV Series)
Chester Harris
- Fantasy Girl (1993) ... Chester Harris (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Shorts, Laws, & Videotape (1993) ... Chester Harris (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Will Work for Credit (1993) ... Chester Harris (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Get the Jet (1993) ... Chester Harris (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Pilot (1993) ... Chester Harris (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1993 Who's the Man?
Customer (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream (TV Mini Series)
Jackie Jackson
- Part II (1992) ... Jackie Jackson (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
- Part I (1992) ... Jackie Jackson (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
 1992 All My Children (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5713 (1992) ... Justin
- Episode #1.5712 (1992) ... Justin (credit only)
- Episode #1.5708 (1992) ... Justin (as Terrence Dashon Howard)
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Alternate Names:

Terence Howard | Terrance Dashon Howard | Terrence DaShon Howard | Terrence DaShown Howard | Terrence Dashon Howard


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Anita Hawkins Williams | Tyrone Howard


Minnie Gentry (great grandparent)

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(2008) You offend me, I will call you on it. I don't care if you're the head of a studio or a P.A. on the set. You disrespect me, you have to pay for that. You're not gonna tell me 'shut up' and I'll shut up. I've always maintained my integrity. That's more important than anything. Being able to face yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and say, 'I still see me there. I don't see a dented... See more »


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