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Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard is a famous American actor, singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. Terrence Howard is well-known for his Oscar-nominated performance in the American drama film ‘Hustle & Flow’.

Early Life

Terrence Howard was born on 11th March 1969. Presently, he is 53 years old and his birth sign is Pisces. His full name is Terrence Dashon Howard. He is originally from Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was born to his parents Tyrone and Anita (née Williams) Howard.

Moreover, both of his parents were biracial, with African and English ancestry.

This person had an unpleasant childhood as both his parents used to be abusive towards him. Therefore, at just the age of 2, he witnessed his father stab a man, which led to his father’s imprisonment for some time for manslaughter.

However, after his father’s release, his parents divorced.

In addition, his great-grandmother was actress Minnie Gentry. Terrence was raised by his great-grandmother. And, she died on May 11, 1993, at the age of 77. At the age of 18, this person moved to New York to pursue his acting career.

Initially, he attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, with a major in chemical engineering. But, Terrence dropped out after 2 years and started doing small acting roles in different TV shows.

Additionally, he earned a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from (SCSU) South Carolina State University.

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Caption: Terrence Howard posing for a photo. Source: Instagram

Personal Life

This actor has been married five times to three women and has five children and two grandchildren. He married his first wife, Lori McCommas, in the year 1993.

The two divorced in 2001, remarried in 2005, and later divorced again. Together, they had three children: daughters Aubrey and Heaven, and son Hunter.

In the year 2010, he married his second wife, Michelle Ghent. However, Ghent filed for divorce in February 2011. In December 2011, she filed for a restraining order, accusing Howard of being physically abusive toward her.

Moreover, their divorce was finalized in May 2013, though the agreement was overturned in 2015 after a judge ruled Howard had signed it under duress of Ghent threatening to sell nude pictures of Howard and other personal information.

Similarly, he wed his third wife, model and restaurateur Mira Pak, in late 2013. The couple has two sons, Qirin Love and Hero. The two divorced in the year 2015 and then again engaged to remarry in December 2018.

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Caption: Terrence Howard and his ex-wife Mira along with their kids at the Walk of Fame Ceremony. Source: BCK


Terrence’s first significant role was in the year 1992 in the TV miniseries named ‘The Jacksons: An American Dream’.

Therefore, having his first major roles in the 1995 films Dead Presidents and Mr. Holland’s Opus, he broke into the mainstream with a succession of television and cinema roles between the years 2004 and 2006.

This actor was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Hustle & Flow.

He also has had prominent roles in many other movies, including August Rush, Winnie Mandela, Big Momma’s House, Ray, Lackawanna Blues, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Crash, Four Brothers, Idlewild, Biker Boyz, The Brave One, and Prisoners.

Similarly, he played James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the first Iron Man film. Terrence starred as the lead character Lucious Lyon in the television series Empire. Moreover, his debut album, Shine Through It, was released in September 2008.

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Caption: Terrence Howard in ‘Hustle & Flow’. Source: IMDb


Likewise, in September 2019, he announced that he had retired from acting, as he was “tired of pretending”. However, on February 1, 2021, it was announced that this actor would star in the British sci-fi/thriller film Beneath.

Throughout his career, Howard has received many awards as well as nominations for his amazing acting skills.

And, these include the ‘NAACP Image Award’ for Outstanding Supporting Actor, for his role in the 1999 movie ‘The Best Man,’ The ‘BET Award for Best Actor for his role in the TV series ‘Empire’ 92015).

He also won the ‘National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance for his role in the 2004 movie ‘Crash’. A self-taught musician, this actor plays both the piano and the guitar.

Terrence can be seen displaying his musical talents opposite Jamie Foxx in this year’s breakout film Ray. Moreover, a promising songwriter, his lyrics are soon to be acquired by some of today’s biggest artists.

In addition to his musical talents, this person also has a strong interest in science.

Social Media

His Facebook page has earned over 2.7 million followers. Similarly, his ‘@terrencehoward’ Twitter account has gained over 252.8K followers. And, her ‘@theterrencehoward’ Instagram account has amassed more than 797K followers.

Terrence Howard – Body Measurements

Terrence Howard is 6 feet or 1.84 m tall. And, he weighs around 82 kilos or 180 lbs. His chest-waist-hip measurements are 34-30-34 inches respectively. In addition, his biceps size is 16 inches. Moreover, Howard has a set of hazel eyes and his hair is black.

Terrence Howard – Net Worth 2023

Terrence Howard has amassed a sizable personal fortune over the years. However, this Oscar-nominated actor and musician has a net worth of around $5 million.