|Date of birth|
11 March 1969
|Place of birth|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
He is an Academy Award nominated American actor. Having his first major role in the 1995 film Mr. Holland's Opus, which subsequently led to a number of roles in films and high visibility among African American audiences. Howard broke into the mainstream with a succession of well-reviewed television and film roles between 2004 and 2006. Among his roles in movies are Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Crash, Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Idlewild, and The Brave One.
Howard co-starred in Iron Man as James "Rhodey" Rhodes and reprised the role in the video game adaptation, but he was replaced in this role in the sequel Iron Man 2 by his Crash costar Don Cheadle, who went on to play the character for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Howard's debut pop album, Shine through It, heavily inspired by popular soul singers such as Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, was released in September 2008.