Oscar nominee, best known for Fox's Empire, The Best Man franchise, Hustle & Flow, upcoming in 7 films, launched new app Holly
Born in Chicago, IL, Terrence Howard is best known for his Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominated work in HUSTLE & FLOW, as well as for his supporting role in the film CRASH, and as ‘Lucious Lyon’ in FOX’s hit series EMPIRE.
Terrence recently starred in FOX’s WAYWARD. He has features including TERM LIFE, BEST MAN WEDDING– a follow up to the big hit BEST MAN HOLIDAY, and CARDBOARD BOXER.
Terrence made his feature film debut in the 1993 movie WHO’S THE MAN?, which he followed with the role of “Cowboy” in the period saga DEAD PRESIDENTS. In 1995, Howard was noticed for his role as a star high school athlete in MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS. In 1999, he was honored with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination for his role as “Quentin” in THE BEST MAN. Terrence began his career with several notable TV appearances on shows such as LIVING SINGLE, NYPD BLUE and SOUL FOOD. He became well known for his lead role in the UPN series SPARKS. Howard also won a NAACP Image Award in 2011 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for LAW AND ORDER: LOS ANGELES.
A self-taught musician, Terrence writes, composes and produces music including “WHAT THE DJ SPINS”, a hit featured on EMPIRE. He also displayed his musical talents in RAY as Ray Charles’ one-time guitarist, ‘Gossie McKee’, and in HUSTLE & FLOW as the rapper “Djay,” in which Howard performed all the tracks for his character, including “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Additionally, his debut album, SHINE THROUGH IT, was released in September 2008.
Terrence will make his directorial debut and star in the TV drama pilot DELTA BLUES, currently in pre-production. He is also set to star in thriller AFTERWARD, drama NEVERMORE, and action comedy SELFIE.
Terrence resides in Chicago, IL with his wife, Mira and has five children. He also has a strong interest in science, and has over 50 patents pending based on his scientific research and pursuits. He is also an artist, and he creates incredible light sculptures influenced by sacred geometry.