Howard's parents divorced upon his father's release.He was then raised by his great-grandmother, who died shortly after Howard appreared in Iron Man as Lt. James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Tony Stark/Iron Man's best friend. Howard also appeared in The Best Man in 1999, in Ashanti's music video for her 2002 single "Foolish", and in Mary J. Howard made an appearance on the TV series Family Matters.Howard has had prominent roles in many other movies including Winnie, Ray, Lackawanna Blues, Crash, Four Brothers, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Idlewild, August Rush, The Brave One and Prisoners.Howard played James Rhodes in the first Iron Man and its video game adaptation, but he was replaced by Don Cheadle for the future films.Holland's Opus, Howard broke into the mainstream with a succession of television and cinema roles between 20.He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Hustle & Flow.Since 2015, he stars on the Fox television series, Empire. He was also part of the Fox series Wayward Pines, which ran for one season in 2015. Night Shyamalan and also included cast members Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, and Juliette Lewis.
In October 2008, Howard made a guest appearance in the short film For All Mankind directed by Daniel L.
Howard was the highest-paid cast member of the 2008 film Iron Man.
He did not appear in either of the follow-up sequels because it was reported that he would have had to take a 50 to 80 percent pay cut and was replaced by actor Don Cheadle.
This logic language would be used to prove his contention that "1 x 1 = 2". One times one equals two because the square root of four is two, so what's the square root of two?
Should be one, but we're told it's two, and that cannot be." Howard blames his leaving Pratt over disagreements with a professor regarding this hypothesis.
They had three children together: daughters Aubrey and Heaven, and son Hunter.