Terrance and Oprah

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Terrence certainly has come a long way from when Oprah first saw him—eating a fish sandwich on the set of Their Eyes Were Watching God, in which he played Amos Hicks. "I don't know what to say," he says. "I feel like a passenger on one of the best potential rides that somebody could hope to be on."

One of the prime reasons for Terrence's success is his utter believability in every role—as everything from an accomplished TV director to a small-time pimp. "I think as an actor your job is to surrender 100 percent to what your director needs from you and 100 percent to the character," Terrence says.