Crews at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
|Born||Terry Alan Crews
July 30, 1968
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, painter, sketch artist, former football player|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Crews (m. 1990)|
Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) 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, as well as films such as Friday After Next, Idiocracy, and The Expendables series.
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 2013[update], he plays NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine–Nine and also hosted the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from 2014 until 2015.
Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, the son of Patricia and Terry Crews Sr. He grew up in a strict Christian household, where he was raised mainly by his mother. 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.
Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. His career included stints with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
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, The Benchwarmers, and Street Kings 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 encounters while stuck in traffic, and Crews also portrays a singing host at a resort in Blended with Adam Sandler.
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, shaving lotion, and most recently ads for "Bearglove" scented products that feature him dueling against Isaiah Mustafa, who does The Man Your Man Could Smell Like commercials. The ads are directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. 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. 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.
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, Naomi (b. 1989). He is a Christian.
Crews is also a hobby painter and sketch artist.
In 2014 he released his autobiography, Manhood: How To Be A Better Man Or Just Live With One.
|2000||The 6th Day||Vincent Bansworth|
|2001||Training Day||Bloods Member||Uncredited|
|2002||Friday After Next||Damon Pearly|
|2003||Deliver Us from Eva||Big Bartender|
|2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||8 Ball|
|2004||Starsky & Hutch||Porter|
|2004||White Chicks||Latrell Spencer|
|2005||The Longest Yard||Cheeseburger Eddy "89"|
|2006||The Alibi||Crazy Eight|
|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|
|2010||The Expendables||Hale Caesar|
|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||The Expendables 3||Hale Caesar|
|2014||VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever||Bruce Onion (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2015||Aztec Warrior||Juan Claudio|
|2015||The Ridiculous 6|
|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"|
|2005–09||Everybody Hates Chris||Julius Rock||Main role, 88 episodes|
|2005–07||The Boondocks||Various voices||3 episodes|
|2010–11||The Family Crews||Himself||Reality series|
|2010–12||Are We There Yet?||Nick Kingston-Persons||Main role, 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|
|2013–14||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||Main role, 45 Episodes|
|2014||American Dad!||Heinrich Brown (voice)||Episode: "Rubberneckers"|
|2014–15||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)|
|2015||Lip Sync Battle||Himself (contestant)|
|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|
|2015||Kendrick Lamar||"These Walls"||Talent Show Dancer|
|2012||The Expendables 2||Hale Caesar (voice)|
|2013||Saints Row IV||Benjamin King (voice)|
- "Flint native Terry Crews shines on screen". The Michigan Journal. February 6, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2008.
- "2012 Terry Crews Interview for Expendables 2 - LatinRapper.com". latinrapper.com. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
- "Terry Crews attributes his Hollywood star power comedy and dancing in 'White Chicks' and 'Everybody Hates Chris' to his Flint upbringing". MLive.com. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
- "No One Wants To Be With The Marlboro Man: Terry Crews On 'Manhood'". NPR. May 17, 2014.
- YouTube. youtube.com.
- "Terry Crews NFL Football Statistics". Pro Football Reference/USA Today. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Terry Crews from The Adam Carolla Show. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
- Tim and Eric direct Terry Crews for Old Spice, Philadelphia citypaper, February 24, 2011
- "Actor Terry Crews Explains "How He Does Everything Unto the Lord" in Hollywood".
- "Actor Terry Crews and his wife say experience will keep them safe from reality TV pitfalls". The Times-Picayune (NOLA.com). February 20, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
- Terry Crews (May 20, 2014). Manhood How to Be a Better Man-or Just Live with One. Random House LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
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