Longtime actor best known for his roles in such films as Hustle & Flow, Get Rich or Die Tryin, Crash, The Brave One, and Iron Man. In 2008, he released his debut album, Shine Through It, and in 2015, he began starring as Lucious Lyon on the FOX series Empire.
His role as Djay in the film Hustle & Flow earned him many award nominations.
He starred alongside Jeff Bridges in Iron Man.
He had his first major film role in the 1995 movie, Mr. Holland's Opus.
He had three children with his wife Lori McCommas, who he was married to from 1989 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007. He was then married to Michelle Ghent from 2010 to 2013 before he married Miranda Howard later in 2013.
- The meaning of the name Howard: Heart Brave