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Also Known As: Terrence Dashon Howard Died:
Born: March 11, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, songwriter, musician

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Capable of portrayals frighteningly intense or silky smooth, actor Terrence Howard earned accolades for roles that often pushed against mainstream racial preconceptions. Following a tumultuous childhood that included his father being sent to prison on manslaughter charges, Howard dropped out of college in order to pursue an acting career. A handful of television guest spots and supporting parts in features gradually accrued, until roles in efforts like the crime thriller "Dead Presidents" (1995) and a turn in the romantic comedy "The Best Man" (1999) enhanced his notoriety. Five years later, standout performances in the Academy Award-winning films "Crash" (2004) and "Ray" (2004) made him a hot commodity. Howard's cache reached its zenith with his universally-acclaimed work in the gritty, yet inspiring urban drama "Hustle & Flow" (2005) and a prominent role in the superhero blockbuster "Iron Man" (2008). A big year, 2008 found Howard making his Broadway debut in a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and releasing his first music album, Shine Through It. Unfortunately, it also saw him making headlines for assaulting a "Tin Roof" colleague and divorcing his first wife - for a second time - in a rocky...

Capable of portrayals frighteningly intense or silky smooth, actor Terrence Howard earned accolades for roles that often pushed against mainstream racial preconceptions. Following a tumultuous childhood that included his father being sent to prison on manslaughter charges, Howard dropped out of college in order to pursue an acting career. A handful of television guest spots and supporting parts in features gradually accrued, until roles in efforts like the crime thriller "Dead Presidents" (1995) and a turn in the romantic comedy "The Best Man" (1999) enhanced his notoriety. Five years later, standout performances in the Academy Award-winning films "Crash" (2004) and "Ray" (2004) made him a hot commodity. Howard's cache reached its zenith with his universally-acclaimed work in the gritty, yet inspiring urban drama "Hustle & Flow" (2005) and a prominent role in the superhero blockbuster "Iron Man" (2008). A big year, 2008 found Howard making his Broadway debut in a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and releasing his first music album, Shine Through It. Unfortunately, it also saw him making headlines for assaulting a "Tin Roof" colleague and divorcing his first wife - for a second time - in a rocky relationship that had seen its share of violence as well. Although not invited to return in "Iron Man 2" (2010), Howard remained busy with projects like producer George Lucas' WWII aerial adventure "Red Tails" (2012). In a wide variety of roles, Howard could always be counted on to create a unique interpretation for even the most well-worn archetypes.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Term Life (2015)
2.
 House of Bodies (2014)
3.
 Lullaby (2014)
4.
 St. Vincent (2014)
5.
 Prisoners (2013)
6.
 Movie 43 (2013)
7.
8.
 Dead Man Down (2013)
10.
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Made television debut on "The Cosby Show," (NBC) after being discovered on a New York City street by a casting director
1992:
Played Jackie Jackson in highly rated ABC miniseries "The Jacksons: An American Dream"
1993:
Made feature debut in a cameo role in "Who's the Man?"
1995:
Starred as Cowboy, a Vietnam vet turned sadistic maniac in Hughes brothers' "Dead Presidents"
1996:
Cast in starring role on UPN's "Sparks" as the more conservative and responsible of two lawyers and battling brothers
1998:
Featured in "The Players Club" and "Butter," both of which aired on HBO in lieu of theatrical release
1999:
Cast as smug troublemaker Quentin in Independent film "The Best Man"
2000:
Portrayed legendary boxing great Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali in ABC biopic "Muhammad Ali: King of the World"
2000:
Cast in supporting role as a fearsome criminal in Martin Lawrence comedy "Big Momma's House"
2001:
Landed co-starring role opposite Jennifer Lopez in romantic thriller "Angel Eyes"
2002:
Starred opposite Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell in drama "Hart¿s War"
2004:
Starred opposite Jamie Foxx in Taylor Hackford's Oscar nominated film "Ray"
2005:
Starred in HBO movie "Lackawanna Blues," based on play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, that recounts his childhood growing up in a boarding house in Lackawanna, NY
2005:
Starred with an ensemble cast in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash"
2005:
Starred in breakthrough role as a Memphis pimp trying to become a successful rapper in Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow"
2007:
Portrayed a seasoned cameraman embarking on an unauthorized mission to find a war criminal in "The Hunting Party"
2007:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster in crime drama "The Brave One"
2008:
Made Broadway debut in Debbie Allen's revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; featured an all African-American cast
2008:
Cast as Jim Rhodes, Starks' right hand man in Marvel Comcis' "Iron Man"
2010:
Cast as Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker on "Law & Order: Los Angeles" (NBC)
2011:
Played Nelson Mandela opposite Jennifer Hudson in biopic "Winnie"
2012:
Co-starred in WWII drama "Red Tails," about a crew of African American pilots in Tuskegee training program; executive produced by George Lucas
2012:
Cast opposite director Robert Redford in thriller "The Company You Keep"
2013:
Played a ruthless kingpin opposite Colin Farrell in neo-noir crime thriller "Dead Man Down"
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Education

Pratt Institute: New York , New York -

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