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Terry Crews
Terry Crews by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Born Terry Alan Crews
(1968-07-30) July 30, 1968 (age 46)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, football player
Years active
  • 1991–1997 (football player)
  • 1999–present (actor)
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Rebecca Crews (m. 1990)
Children 5
Terry Crews
No. 51, 90, 94
Position: Defensive end/Linebacker
Personal information
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Flint (MI) Southwestern
College: Western Michigan
NFL draft: 1991 / Round: 11 / Pick: 281
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 32
Tackles: 57
Assists: 38
Stats at

Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968)[1] is an American actor and former American football player. He is perhaps best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for his appearances in Old Spice commercials,[2] as well as films such as Friday After Next, White Chicks, Bridesmaids, Idiocracy, Gamer, and The Expendables.

Crews starred as Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? and as himself in the BET reality series The Family Crews. As of 2014, he plays NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and hosts the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Early life[edit]

Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, the son of Patricia and Terry Crews, Sr.[3] He grew up in a strict Christian household, where he was raised mainly by his mother.[4] After earning his high school diploma from Flint Academy High School, now known as Flint Southwestern Academy, he received a Chrysler-sponsored art scholarship at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. This achievement was soon followed by an Art Excellence scholarship and a full-ride athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University. As a defensive end for the WMU Broncos, Crews earned All-Conference honors and helped his team win the Mid-American Conference Championship in 1988.

In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Crews stated that his first job in the entertainment industry was working as an artist for WJRT in Flint, Michigan. Crews later became the courtroom sketch artist for the station.[5]

NFL career[edit]

Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft.[6] His career included stints with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Crews revealed in an interview with Adam Carolla that he painted portraits of his teammates in order to supplement his income. [7]

Acting career[edit]

After retiring from the NFL in 1997, Crews pursued an acting career and got a role as T-Money on Battle Dome. He later had roles in films such as White Chicks, Friday After Next, Training Day, Soul Plane, The Longest Yard and The Benchwarmers. He has made many cameo appearances; he was in Blink-182's music video for "Down" as a police officer and in Jamie Kennedy's "Rollin' with Saget" as a security guard. Crews appears in "Click" as the singing driver Adam Sandler's character Michael Newman encountered while stuck in traffic.

His stint as the father on Everybody Hates Chris gained him further fame.

He has been featured in several Old Spice TV commercials for their "Odor Blocker Body Wash", their body sprays, deodorant and most recently, their shaving lotion. The ads are directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.[8] He has also done commercials for Nike. He starred in his own reality series on BET, The Family Crews, about his everyday life with his family. The show premiered on February 21, 2010. Since 2013, he has starred on the two-time Golden Globe award winning television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.[9][10] He has been nominated for a 2015 Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and a 2015 Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the show.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Crews married Rebecca King, a former beauty queen and gospel recording artist, in 1990. They have three daughters, Azriel (b. 1990), Tera (b. 1999), and Wynfrey (b. 2004), and one son, Isaiah (b. 2007). He has one step-grandchild through a stepdaughter from his wife's previous relationship (b. 1989) Naomi. He is a Christian.[12][13]

Crews is also a hobby painter and sketch artist.[5]

In 2014 he released his autobiography, Manhood: How To Be A Better Man Or Just Live With One.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The 6th Day Vincent Bansworth
2001 Training Day Bloods Member Uncredited
2002 Serving Sara Vernon
2002 Friday After Next Damon Pearly
2003 Deliver Us from Eva Big Bartender
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted 8 Ball
2004 Soul Plane Bouncer
2004 Starsky & Hutch Porter
2004 White Chicks Latrell Spencer
2005 The Longest Yard Cheeseburger Eddy "89"
2006 The Alibi Crazy Eight
2006 Harsh Times Darrell
2006 The Benchwarmers Steven
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Cool Crush Ice Killa
2006 Click Singing Guy in Car Uncredited
2006 Idiocracy Pres. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho
2006 Inland Empire Street Person
2007 Norbit Big Black Jack Latimore
2007 How to Rob a Bank Officer Degepse
2007 Who's Your Caddy? Tank
2007 Balls of Fury Freddy "Fingers" Wilson
2008 Street Kings Detective II Terrence Washington
2008 Get Smart Agent 91
2008 Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control Agent 91 Direct-to-DVD
2009 Terminator Salvation Captain Jericho
2009 Gamer Hackman
2010 The Expendables Hale Caesar
2010 Lottery Ticket Jimmy
2010 Middle Men James
2011 Bridesmaids Boot Camp Instructor Cameo
2012 The Expendables 2 Hale Caesar
2013 Scary Movie 5 Martin
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Earl Devereaux (voice)
2014 The Single Moms Club Branson
2014 Draft Day Earl Jennings
2014 Blended Nickens
2014 The Expendables 3 Hale Caesar
2014 VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever Bruce Onion (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2014 Reach Me Wilson
2015 Aztec Warrior Juan Claudio
2016 The Ridiculous Six


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Battle Dome T-Money Game show
2004 CSI: Miami Craig Waters Episode: "Rap Sheet"
2005 My Wife and Kids Daryl Episode: "Michael Joins a Gym"
2005 All of Us Parker Episode: "He-Male Trouble"
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Julius Rock 88 episodes
2005–2007 The Boondocks Various voices 3 episodes
2010–2011 The Family Crews Himself Reality series
2010–2012 Are We There Yet? Nick Kingston-Persons 100 episodes
2012 The Newsroom Lonny Church 5 episodes
2012 Stars Earn Stripes Himself Reality series
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Himself 2 episodes
2013 Second Generation Wayans Mike Williams Episode: "The Beginning of the End of the Beginning"
2013 Arrested Development Herbert Love 5 episodes
2013–2014 Drunk History Donald DeFreeze / Joe Louis 2 episodes
2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Blade (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Regular Show Brock Stettman (voice) Episode: "The Thanksgiving Special"
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Terry Jeffords
2014 American Dad Heinrich Brown (voice) Episode: "Rubberneckers"
2014–present Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself (host)
2014 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Blade (voice) Episode: "Hulking Commandos"
2014 World's Funniest Fails Himself (host)

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Role
2004 Blink-182 "Down" Police Officer
2005 Jamie Kennedy & Stu Stone "Rollin With Saget" Bouncer
2005 Bizarre "Rockstar" Dancing Guy Next To The Pool
2013 Major Lazer "Scare Me" Major Lazer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 The Expendables 2 Hale Caesar (voice)
2013 Saints Row IV Benjamin King (voice)


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