Terrence Dashon Howard
(born March 11, 1969) is an American actor. Having his first major role in the 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus
, which subsequently led to a number of roles in films and high visibility among African American
audiences. Howard broke into the mainstream with a succession of well-reviewed television and film roles between 2004 and 2006. Among his roles in movies includes Winnie
, Lackawanna Blues
, Four Brothers
, Hustle & Flow
, Get Rich or Die Tryin'
, The Brave One
. Howard co-starred in Iron Man
and reprised the role in the video game adaption.
His debut album, Shine Through It
, heavily inspired by popular soul singers such as Marvin Gaye
and Curtis Mayfield
, was released in September 2008.
Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois
and raised in Cleveland, Ohio
, the son of Anita Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. His matrilineal great-grandmother, Minnie Gentry
, was a stage actress, as were his mother and uncles. Both of his parents were biracial
, of African American
descent; he experienced racism
throughout his childhood. His father was involved in what has been termed the Santa Line Slaying
, serving 11 months in prison on manslaughter
charges after stabbing another man. At the age of 16, Howard emancipated himself from his parents and was put... Read More