He alternated shows with Alfred Molina, who portrayed Deputy District Attorney Ricardo Morales. In 2011, Howard played Nelson Mandela in Winnie Mandela alongside Jennifer Hudson.
The great-grandson of stage actress Minnie Gentry, he was raised in Cleveland, Ohio by father Tyrone Howard and mother Anita Williams.Howard experienced a rocky childhood, enduring disciplinary beatings from his physically abusive father, and even witnessing his father stabbing another man when he was just 2 years old in the Santa Line Slaying.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.In 2008, he made his Broadway debut, playing Brick in an all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen and also starring James Earl Jones (Big Daddy), Phylicia Rashad (Big Mama) and Anika Noni Rose (Maggie).In October 2008, Howard made a guest appearance in the short film For All Mankind directed by Daniel L.
Clifton, filmed on location in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. It was reported on July 30, 2010, that Howard had joined the cast of the new Law & Order: Los Angeles installment of the Law & Order franchise, where he played Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker.PRETTY IN PINKSTARRING: MOLLY RINGWALD, ANDREW MCCARTHYMolly Ringwald plays Andie, a poor girl who lives with her father after her mother left them.She falls in love with a "richie", as she calls him, named Blane (who is played by Andrew Mc Carthy) but the pressure of friends is in the way of their relationship being perfect.The killing resulted in Tyrone Howard spending 11 months in jail for manslaughter.Howard's parents divorced upon his father's release.His debut album, Shine Through It, was released in September 2008.