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Terry Crews
Terry Crews by Gage Skidmore 4.jpg
Born Terry Alan Crews
(1968-07-30) July 30, 1968 (age 48)
Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, painter, sketch artist, football player
Years active
  • 1991–1997 (NFL)
  • 1999–present (actor)
Spouse(s) Rebecca King (m. 1990)
Children 4
Website Official website

Football career
No. 51, 90, 94
Position: Defensive end / Linebacker
Personal information
Height: 6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Flint Southwestern Academy
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
Player stats at

Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968)[1] is an American actor and former American football player. He is 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, Idiocracy, White Chicks 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. Since 2013, he has played 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 to 2015.

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 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, "Idiocracy", 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 role 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.[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. 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.

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, Naomi (b. 1989). Terry is also a Christian.[9][10]

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.[11] The book included details about his marriage, along with his wife's response to his pornography addiction.[12] In the summer of 2015, Crews posted a picture on his social media outlets wearing a "Porn Kills Love" T-shirt and promoting the popular anti-pornography organization Fight the New Drug.[13] In 2016, Crews made national headlines with his anti-pornography activism by releasing a series of love videos on his Facebook page discussing his past pornography addiction and how he overcame it.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 The 6th Day Vincent Bansworth
2001 Training Day Bloods Member Uncredited[citation needed]
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[citation needed]
2006 Idiocracy President. 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 video
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 video
2014 Reach Me Wilson
2015 Aztec Warrior Juan Claudio
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Chico
2016 Sandy Wexler[16] TBA


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 Main role (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 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
2013–2014 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 Main role
2014 American Dad! Heinrich Brown (voice) Episode: "Rubberneckers"
2014–2015 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself/host
2014 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Blade (voice) Episode: "Hulking Commandos"
2015 World's Funniest Himself/host
2015 Lip Sync Battle Himself/contestant
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/celebrity guest Episode: Terry Crews vs. Natasha Lyonne

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
2015 Kendrick Lamar "These Walls" Talent Show Dancer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2012 The Expendables 2 Hale Caesar
2013 Saints Row IV Benjamin King


Year Association Category Work Result
2006 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Parental Unit Everybody Hates Chris (Shared with: Tichina Arnold) Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2007 Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2008 Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2009 Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Hates Chris Nominated
2011 Are We There Yet? Nominated
2011 NAMIC Vision Awards Best Performance - Comedy Are We There Yet? Nominated
2012 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Are We There Yet? Nominated
2013 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
2014 Behind the Voice Actors Awards Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year N/A Nominated
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Nominated
Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Nominated
Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game Saints Row IV Nominated
2015 Online Film & Television Association Award [17] Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
2015 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nominated


  1. ^ "Flint native Terry Crews shines on screen". The Michigan Journal. February 6, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2008. 
  2. ^ "2012 Terry Crews Interview for Expendables 2 -". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  3. ^ "Terry Crews attributes his Hollywood star power comedy and dancing in 'White Chicks' and 'Everybody Hates Chris' to his Flint upbringing". Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  4. ^ "No One Wants To Be With The Marlboro Man: Terry Crews On 'Manhood'". NPR. May 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b YouTube. 
  6. ^ "Terry Crews NFL Football Statistics". Pro Football Reference/USA Today. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Terry Crews from The Adam Carolla Show. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Tim and Eric direct Terry Crews for Old Spice, Philadelphia citypaper, February 24, 2011
  9. ^ "Actor Terry Crews Explains "How He Does Everything Unto the Lord" in Hollywood". 
  10. ^ "Actor Terry Crews and his wife say experience will keep them safe from reality TV pitfalls". The Times-Picayune ( February 20, 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "No One Wants To Be With The Marlboro Man: Terry Crews On 'Manhood'". 17 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Terry Crews' New Book Details Struggle With Porn Addiction - Black America Web". Black America Web. 27 May 2014. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 
  14. ^ ABC News. "Terry Crews Says Porn Addiction Nearly Ruined His Life". ABC News. 
  15. ^ Brandon Griggs, CNN (24 February 2016). "Terry Crews: Porn addiction 'messed up my life'". CNN. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Terry Crews". Retrieved 13 June 2016. 

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