Terrence Dashon Howard is an American actor and singer. He made his major debut with Dead Presidents in 1995. He broke into the mainstream movie between 2004 and 2006. He was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Hustle & Flow.
His other prominent roles include Winnie, Ray, Crash, Get Rich and Prisoner. He was praised for his role as James Rhodes in Ironman and reprised the role in the video game adaptation. He currently is the lead character in the TV Series Empire. He released his debut album in 2008.
Howard was born to Anita Jeanine William and Tyrone Howard on 11 March, 1969 in Illinois. At the age of 18 he moved to New York City to pursue acting career. He did not complete his education as he joined his brother for an audition for The Cosby Show and was cast in the role.