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Terrence Howard is an American actor best known for his award-nominated performance in the 2005 film Hustle & Flow.
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Of his success, Howard has stated, "I always wanted to be rich and famous, but it was for all of the wrong reasons. I think I wanted it mainly to sleep with as many women as I could. But, coming so late, I can appreciate the success so much more. It's important that I don't waste this opportunity."
Two years into his college education at Pratt Institute, Howard married his college sweetheart, Lori McCommas, after finding out that she was pregnant. The couple had three children, two girls and a boy, during their union. They divorced in 2001.
Howard married his second wife, Michelle Ghent, in 2010, with whom he never had children; they divorced a year later, citing "irreconcilable differences." Ghent filed a restraining order against Howard, claiming domestic abuse—a cause his first wife had also asserted. Howard rebutted, declaring in court statements that Ghent "hated black people" and had frequently spewed racial slurs at him.
Howard resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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