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Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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• Grew up in Cleveland.

• Is the great-grandson of stage actress Minnie Gentry.

• First professional acting job was a bit part in a Cosby Show episode; after his appearance was left out of the final edit, he went to Bill Cosby himself to find out why his role was cut.

• Portrayed Jackie Jackson in a 1992 TV movie about the Jackson family called The Jacksons: An American Dream.

• After several studio executives said they were willing to bankroll Hustle & Flow only if someone other than Howard played the lead role, producer John Singleton helped finance the film himself rather than recast the part.

• Made his Broadway debut portraying Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2008.

• Released his debut album as a singer, Shine Through It, in 2008.

• Became an honorary member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity in 2010. 

• Enjoys restoring historic homes.