Hollywood actor Terrence Howard is well-known by audiences across the globe for his stellar portrayal of the lead character Lucious Lyon in the hit series Empire. Way back in 1995, the talented actor burst into the spotlight with roles in Dead Presidents and Mr. Holland’s Opus. His long-running acting career is dotted with notable roles in films like Winnie, Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Crash, Four Brothers, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, August Rush, The Brave One, Prisoners among several others.
Howard earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his lead role in the 2005 drama film Hustle & Flow. The talented actor also played the role of James Rhodes in the first Iron Man (2008) film as well as its video game adaptation. Being also a musician, Howard’s debut studio album Shine Through It was released in September 2008.
Terrence Howard Age and Early Life
Terrence Dashon Howard was born on March 11, 1969, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He got his first professional TV role starring as an older Jackie Jackson in the 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream. After a rough 3 years, Howard got his breakthrough in the 1995 drama film Mr. Holland’s Opus. This was promptly followed by several other TV and movie roles through the late 90s. Howard also starred in the 1999 hit movie The Best Man for which he received major critical acclaim. He equally appeared in the video of Ashanti’s Grammy-nominated debut single “Foolish” and that of Mary J. Blige‘s “Be Without You”.
Howard Terrence equally received much critical praise for his role in the multi-Academy award-winning drama film Crash (2004) which also featured Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle. In 2011, he played Nelson Mandela opposite Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of Winnie Mandela. He also reprised his The Best Man role in the movie’s 2013 sequel The Best Man Holiday.
In addition to countless movie roles, Howard has also featured in Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hawaii Five-0, Wayward Pines among other TV series. Undoubtedly, Howard’s most notable TV role yet is his lead role as hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon in the Fox hit series Empire.
Terrence Howard was born to Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. The Hollywood star had a troubled childhood as he was frequently physically abused by his father. As a toddler, Terrence Howard witnessed his father stab another man in self-defense in an incident that has since been tagged ‘The Santa Line Slaying’.
For the offense, Howard’s father did 11 months of jail time for manslaughter. His parents’ marriage eventually fell apart shortly after his father regained his freedom. Growing up, Howard developed a keen interest in acting through visits to his great-grandmother Minnie Gentry who was a stage actress in New York.
Who Is Terrence Howard Spouse or Wife?
Terrence Howard is currently married to model and entrepreneur Mira Cristine Pak. The couple got married in 2013 and they have 2 children together. Pak filed for divorce from Howard back in 2015, however, they were able to mend their fences and are still together.
In addition to his current marital union, the Empire star has had a really interesting relationship timeline. Back in 1994, Terrence Howard got married to his first spouse Lori McCommas. As a couple, they had 3 children together before the marriage came to an end in 2000. Their divorce was finalized in 2003, however, the couple got back together and remarried in 2005. Howard’s 2nd marriage stint with his first wife came to an end after just one year and their 2nd divorce was finalized in 2007.
In 2010, Howard had another shot at marriage as he tied the knot with his second wife Michelle Ghent. The marriage lasted barely one year as Ghent filed for divorce in February 2011. In December 2011, Ghent obtained a restraining order against her estranged husband Howard over allegations of physical abuse by the latter. Their divorce was finalized in 2013, however, the estranged couple remained in an acrimonious legal battle over the divorce settlements.
Terrence Howard has 5 children and a couple of grandchildren. With his first wife Lori McCommas, Howard had 3 children; 2 daughters (Aubrey and Heaven) and a son – Hunter. Though born Jewish, Lori McCommas raised their children as Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Empire star also has 2 children with his third wife Mira Pak. The couple’s first son Qirin Love was born on May 7, 2015. They welcomed their second son Hero on July 15, 2016.
Net Worth – How Rich Is He?
Since hitting the acting scene with a bang in the 1990s, Terrence Howard has remained highly consistent in his career. The talented actor has enjoyed a number of juicy roles including that of James Rhodes in Iron Man (2008) for which he was the highest-paid cast member. Howard has also had it good in recent years thanks to his lead role in the hit series Empire. His net worth is currently pegged at $5 million.
Height and Body Measurements
Terrence Howard stands at an impressive height of 6 feet (184 cm). The Hollywood star has an average weight of 95 kg. At the start of the Empire series in 2015, Howard appeared to be on the heavy side weighing as much as 113 kg (250 lbs). According to the actor, he had piled on the extra pounds for a role in another TV series, however, he found it difficult to shed them off. Thanks to a little teasing from his sharp-witted Empire costar Taraji P. Henson, the actor was inspired to get his physique back in check.