Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Terrence Dashon Howard

Nickname/Stage Name: Terrence Howard

Birth Date: March 11, 1969

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Occupation(s): Actor, Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer

Years Active: 1992 till Present

Net Worth: $5 million


Personal Life

Terrence Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois. Both his parents are biracial, with African and Anglo ancestry. He has been married four times to three different women and has five children and two grandchildren.

He married his first wife Lori McCommas in 1989. They split in 2003 and remarried in 2005 only to divorce again later. They have three children together; daughters Aubrey and Heaven, and son Hunter.

Through his daughter Aubrey, Howard has two grandchildren; a granddaughter born in December 2012 and a grandson born in February 2015.

The actor got married to his second wife Michelle Ghent in 2010, with the latter filing for divorce in February 2011. Their divorce was finalized in May 2013.

Howard wed his third wife Mira Pak in late 2013. They have two sons; Qirin Love (born in 2015) and Hero (born in 2016). They divorced in 2015 and got engaged and remarried in December 2018.


The actor made his Hollywood debut with an appearance in the ABC miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. He got his big break three years later in the 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus.

He continued being cast in TV and movie roles and made his Broadway debut in 2008 in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He played Colonel James Rhodes in the Marvel movie Iron Man alongside Robert Downey Jr. Surprisingly, he was replaced with Don Cheadle in the subsequent films in the MCU.

He joined the cast of Law & Order: Los Angeles in 2010 and played Nelson Mandela in the movie Winnie Mandela (2011) and began portraying Lucious Lyon in the hit Empire musical series Empire in 2015. 

Howard also appeared in the TV series Wayward Wines as Sheriff Arnold Pope, one of the major characters in the first season in 2015.


NAACP Image Award (1999, 2004, 2005)

Black Reel Award (2001, 2004, 2005)

Florida Film Critics Circle Award (2004)

National Board of Review Award (2004)

Screen Actors Guild Award (2004)

Vancouver Film Critics Award (2004)

Austin Film Critics Association Award (2005)

BET Award (2005)

Black Movie Award (2005)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Award (2005)

Satellite Award (2005)

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award (2005)

Golden Raspberry Award (2013)


"I did 19 years of supporting roles before I tried to take a lead."

"I don't like skinny girls. A woman is supposed to have curves. I'm definitely attracted to the waves in the ocean."

"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."

"If evolution works, why are monkeys still around?"


He has 10 siblings.

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 24, 2019.

Friends with Morris Chestnut and Jamie Foxx.

He endured beatings from his physically abusive father.

When he was 2 years old, he saw stab another man.

His father was convicted of manslaughter and served 11 months in jail.


Who's the Man? (1993)

Dead Presidents (1995)

Double Tap (1997)

The Players Club (1998)

The Best Man (1999)

Hart's War (2002)

Crash (2004)

Ray (2004)

Hustle & Flow (2005)

Pride (2007)

Iron Man (2008)

The Ledge (2011)

Winnie Mandela (2011)

Dead Man Down (2013)

The Best Man Holiday (2013)

Gully (2019)

Cut Throat City (2020)

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