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'Empire' Star Terrence Howard Says He's Quitting Acting After Final Season

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Sep. 13 2019, Updated 5:11 p.m. ET

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Terrence Howard will be saying farewell to his acting career after the sixth and final season of his hit Fox drama, Empire. The new season is set to air later this month and the actor has declared that he will be leaving Hollywood after the show wraps.

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Terrence, 50, sat down with Extra and revealed he's "done" with acting. “I’m done with acting. I’m done pretending,” he told Extra‘s correspondent Miss USA Cheslie Kryst when she asked about his plans post-Empire.

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Cheslie then asked the father of four if he will be going into philanthropy as his next career move. He replied, "No, not philanthropy; I’m just focusing on bringing truth to the world.”

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Terrence also shared what he will miss the most when the show concludes later this year. “The cast. I love the cast members. I will miss them a great deal, and the crew," he said.

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The Iron Man star has played patriarch and record label executive Luscious Lyon on Empire since the show's debut in 2015. Luscious is a corrupt yet loving family man who attempts to groom his sons into taking over the family music label upon his retirement.

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Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson stars as his wife and fashion icon Cookie Lyon. Other castmates include Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Bryshere Y. Gray and Serayah.

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The actor has racked up an impressive list of credits since he started his career over 20 years ago. He has starred in films like Hustle & FlowThe Best ManThe ButlerAugust Rush and many more.

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Terrence's news comes just several months after he was allegedly being investigated for tax evasion. According to The Blast, the government is exploring potential financial crimes reportedly committed by the Wayward Pines actor, his wife Mira Pak and her company, Universal Bridges Inc. He was hit with a tax lien in April for a total $143,538.61. The lien comes from taxes he reportedly owed from 2010.

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