Terry Crews Learned Important Lessons in Harder Times

Terry Crews

Times are great for Terry Crews, with his TBS “Are We There Yet?” getting a 90-episode renewal – yes, that’s n-i-n-e-t-y as in 10 fewer than 100 – and his latest movie, Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables,” hitting at the box office and already prompting sequel talk.

But the nice guy NFL pro-turned-actor says he learned some of his most important life lessons during the harder times.

“I spent a year unemployed as an actor.  I know what that feels like.  You have to stick with it and believe, you have to concentrate on improving.  I prayed a lot,” says Crews with a laugh.  “I learned a lot playing in the NFL.  You just keep going and you don’t stop.  Keep going and keep playing and you’ll keep getting new opportunities.  Take the smallest little opportunity and make something of it.

“I have to tell people also, sometimes you have to redirect,” he adds.  “When something is not working out, sometimes you’ve got to get your mind off it.  I decided to do other things for awhile, doing anything I could think of to keep that fire alive, until things started to break for me.”

That was when he found himself doing security duty for Ice Cube while the rap star made the movie “Friday After Next.”  After that, Crews got a supporting part in Adam Sandler’s 2005 remake of “The Longest Yard” with Chris Rock.  Chris Rock remembered Terry when it came time to cast his autobiographical TV show, “Everybody Hates Chris.”  That’s how Crews wound up playing Chris’ dad on the show for five years.  And now, of course, he’s the TV counterpart of Ice Cube’s “Are We There Yet” loveable stepdad.

“Most of my business is repeat business,” notes Crews.  It’s not hard to see why.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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