American actor-singer and rapper Terrence Howard was born on 11 March 1969, in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Terrence Dashon Howard. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the son of Anita Williams and Tyrone Howard. Both of his parents were biracial, of African American and European American descent. He even experienced racism in his childhood. At the age of 16, Howard emancipated himself from his parents and was put on welfare; at 18, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. He wanted to be a science teacher, though he had a low GPA in high school and was admitted to the Pratt Institute in New York only after convincing them to give him a special entrance exam. Howard did not complete his education, as he had joined his brother on an audition for The Cosby Show and was cast in the role.
His appearances on such television shows as Coach, Street Legal, Living Single, and Picket Fences started his career. His breakout role in 1995's Mr. Holland's Opus helped pave the way for Howard's film career, as did his critically acclaimed performance as Cowboy in the Hughes brothers film Dead Presidents. By the time he took the role of Quentin in 1999's The Best Man, Howard had established a reputation as an actor of both skill and integrity. The new millennium finally brought Howard work that showcased his talent and made him a well-known name, like his role in the Paul Haggis film Crash, as well as his work in the John Singleton's Four Brothers. He also attracted the spotlight on the small screen with parts in the acclaimed TV films Their Eyes Were Watching God with Halle Berry, and Lackawanna Blues with S. Epatha Merkerson. This set the stage for his career-making performance as a pimp desperate to create a new life for himself as a musician in Hustle & Flow, for which he earned an Oscar nomination. Over the coming years, Howard would remain a vital force on screen, appearing in several films like Get Rich or Die Tryin', Idlewild, Iron Man, and On the Road.
A self taught musician, Howard plays both the piano and the guitar. You can see Terrence display his musical talents opposite Jamie Foxx in this year's breakout film Ray (2004). A promising songwriter, Howard's lyrics are soon to be acquired by some of today's biggest artists.
A citizen of the USA and of mixed ethnicity, Howard stands significantly tall at a height of six feet and one inch. He has also maintained his weight very well. People often search and view his pictures. Terrence Howard is an American actor singer and rapper with an estimated net worth of $20 million. His net worth is increasing with his increasing activity in the American acting and singing industry.
Talking about his personal life, he was married to Lori McCommas for 14 years. The couple has three children: two daughters, Aubrey and Heaven, and a son, Hunter. Howard and his wife divorced in 2003 and remarried again in 2005, but have since separated. Howard married his girlfriend Michelle Ghent, a 33-year-old commercial production employee, in a secret ceremony in January 2010. On February 2, 2011, it was reported by TMZ that Michelle Ghent had filed for divorce. In December 2012 Howard became a grandfather for the first time when his daughter Aubrey and her husband welcomed their first child.
He has been doing very well in his career and we wish him best of luck for his bright future and a promising career ahead.