Taraji P. Henson: Son, Husband, Family, Net Worth (Biography)

How much is Taraji Worth?

Taraji P. Henson’s worth: $6 Million

Taraji Penda Henson is a brilliant actress residing in the States. She has an Academy Award nomination under her belt as well as one Golden Globe award shining well on her trophy cabinet. There is no surprised when her name ranks amongst the most beloved actresses in the States.in Hollywood.

Taraji most appreciated work is in 2001’s Baby Boy. It was also a leap role of Taraji as she gained a lot of positive reviews. Later she also portrayed a prostitute in 2005’s Hustle & Flow. It is also one of the roles which earned her recognition in the field.

Furthermore, her portrayal of a single mother in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button of 2008 is also one of her most recognized acting works. For the role, Henson was nominated for an Academy Award.


Early Life

Taraji Penda Henson was born to father Boris Lawrence Henson and mother Bernice Henson on 11th September of 1970 in D.C. Her father is a janitor whereas her mother is a corporate manager.


Henson went to Oxon Hill High School. Furthermore, in the initial stage, Taraji was studying engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

However, later she started to study drama at Howard University.

Early Career

Henson had different jobs when she was studying in college. To pay her tuition fee, she worked as a secretary and a waitress.


As an actress

Henson made a debut as a professional actor in the year 1997. From the year to 1998, the actor appeared in 3 episodes of Smart Guy as Mo’Nique. In the later 90’s and 2000’s, she appeared in few minor roles in movies like Streetwise as Tammy, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Satan’s School for Girls as Paige.

As on television, Taraji appeared as a guest on Smart Guy followed by other appearances in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Sister, Sister, and House.

Taraji also was on an episode of TV shows like Sister, Sister as Leslie and on ER as Elan.

However, in 2001, Taraji played the role of Yvette in feature movie Baby Boy. Her portrayal of the character in the film is considered to be a highlight of her career as she gained recognition for her acting skill in the movie.

Taraji then started to appear more in movies and TV shows which include 2005’s Hustle & Flow, 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Family That Preys and many others.

Furthermore, she talented actress has been a cast member of different TV shows like Boston Legal, The Division, and Eli Stone.

Finally, in 2010, she also was seen in superhit film Karate Kid. She the movie, she portrayed the mother (Sherry Parker) of the Karate Kid Dre Parker portrayed by Jaden Smith. Jackie Chan played Mr. Han, the karate master in the movie.

Later, Henson also got a role in Person of Interest in 2011 and also appeared in Person of Interest on 20th November of 2013.

Recent Works

Recently, the actress has been more active on TV rather than cinema. In 2016, she was in 2 movies Hidden Figures as Katherine Johnson and Term Life as Samantha Thurman.

Whereas on TV, she is still playing the main role of Cookie Lyon in Empire. She also played the voice of Ethel in Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade. As in recent 2017, she also was on an episode of The Simpsons as Praline.

Currently, she is also working on film Proud Mary.

Awards and Nominations

Henson till date has won a total of 26 awards.
In 2006, she earned a BET Awards and a Black Reel Awards for her work in Hustle & Flow.

Taraji own a collection of 6 NAACP Image Awards, 5 BET Awards, and many others.

In 2016, Taraji won a Golden Globe Awards for her role in Empire along with a Shorty Awards.

Personal Information

Name Taraji Penda Henson
Birthdate September 11, 1970
Birth Place Washington, D.C., United States
Profession Actor, Director
Mother’s Name  Bernice Gordon
Father’s Name Boris Lawrence Henson
Siblings None
Height 5’ 4″ (163 cm)
Weight  60 kg (132 lbs)
Body Measurement N/A
Horoscope Virgo
 Net Worth $6 Million

Relationships, Marriage, and Children

Henson got married to her long-term boyfriend, William Lamar Johnson. Together on May of 1994, the duo had their first child Marcell Johnson.

But in 2003, her husband was murdered.

Charity Works

Henson is a huge supporter of PETA in 2011; she became nude for it adds. She also was seen in another ad for it with her dog.

Henson is also a huge supporter of LGBT community.

Social Reach

Henson’s fan following on Twitter is 4.74 Million and 10 Million on Instagram.

Net Worth

The net worth of Taraji Henson is $6 Million.

Rumors and Controversies

In 2014, Henson got into an uncomfortable situation after she shared in an interview that her son’s car was searched illegally by police.

The situation got worst after a video went viral of her son drove through the crosswalk while lightened and some illegal substances were found in his car.

She controlled the situation by apologizing for her statement as her son gave her wrong information about the incident.

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