Hollywood actor Terrence Howard is known to audiences around the world for his brilliant portrayal of the main character Lucious Lyon in the hit series Empire. Already in 1995, the talented actor stepped into the limelight with roles in Dead Presidents and Mr. Holland’s Opus. His long acting career is peppered with remarkable roles in films like Winnie, Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Crash, Four Brothers, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, August Rush, The Brave One, Prisoners, and many more.
Howard was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for his leading role in the 2005 drama film Hustle & Flow. The talented actor also played the role of James Rhodes in the first Iron Man film (2008) as well as in its video game adaptation. Since Howard is also a musician, his first studio album Shine Through It was released in September 2008.
Terrence Howard Age and Early Life
Terrence Dashon Howard was born on 11 March 1969 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He received his first professional TV role as an older Jackie Jackson in the 1992 mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream. After a hard 3 years, Howard made his breakthrough with the 1995 drama Mr. Holland’s Opus. This was followed by several other television and film roles in the late 90s. Howard also played the leading role in the 1999 film The Best Man, for which he received much critical acclaim. He also appeared in the video of Ashanti’s Grammy-nominated debut single “Foolish” and in Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You”.
Howard Terrence also received much critical acclaim for his role in the Academy Award-winning drama film Crash (2004), which featured Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle. In 2011 he played Nelson Mandela opposite Jennifer Hudson in the film adaptation of Winnie Mandela. He also resumed his role as the best man in the sequel to The Best Man Holiday (2013).
Besides countless film roles, Howard also appeared in Law & Order: LA, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hawaii Five-0, Wayward Pines among other TV series. Without a doubt, Howard’s most remarkable television role to date is his starring role as hip hop mogul Lucious Lyon in the Fox hit series Empire.
Terrence Howard was born as the son of Anita Jeanine Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. The Hollywood star had an eventful childhood, as he was often physically abused by his father. As an infant, Terrence Howard witnessed his father stabbing another man in self-defense in an incident that has since been called “The Santa Line Slaying”.
For this crime, Howard’s father served 11 months in prison for manslaughter. His parents’ marriage finally broke up shortly after his father regained his freedom. As an adolescent Howard developed a great interest in acting by visits at his great-grandmother Minnie Gentry, a stage actress in New York.
Who Is Terrence Howard Spouse or Wife?
Terrence Howard is currently married to the model and entrepreneur Mira Cristine Pak. The couple married in 2013 and they have 2 children together. Pak filed for divorce from Howard in 2015, but they were able to reconcile and are still together.
In addition to his current marital relationship, the Empire star has had a really interesting relationship timeline. In 1994, Terrence Howard married his first wife Lori McCommas. As a couple, they had 3 children together before the marriage ended in 2000. The divorce was finalized in 2003, but the couple got back together and remarried in 2005. Howard’s second marriage to his first wife ended after only one year, and their second divorce was finalized in 2007.
In 2010, Howard had another chance to marry again when he entered into the covenant of marriage with his second wife Michelle Ghent. The marriage lasted barely a year when Ghent filed for divorce in February 2011. In December 2011, Ghent obtained a restraining order against her estranged husband Howard on charges of physical abuse by the latter. Their divorce was finalized in 2013, but the estranged couple continued to be in a bitter legal battle over the divorce settlements.
Terrence Howard has five 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. Although she was born Jewish, Lori McCommas raised her 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 he hit the acting scene with a bang in the 1990s, Terrence Howard has remained very consistent throughout his career. The talented actor has enjoyed a string of juicy roles, including James Rhodes in Iron Man (2008), for which he was the highest-paid cast member. Howard has had a good run in recent years, thanks in part to his starring role in the hit series Empire. His net worth is currently estimated at $5 million.
Height and Body Measurements
Terrence Howard stands at an impressive height of 184 cm (6 feet). The Hollywood star has an average weight of 95 kg. At the beginning of the Empire series in 2015, Howard appeared to be on the heavy side and weighed up to 113 kg (250 lbs). According to the actor, he had accumulated the extra pounds for a role in another TV series but found it difficult to get rid of them. Thanks to a little teasing by his astute Empire costar Taraji P. Henson, the actor was inspired to get his physique back under control.