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Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) is an American actor and former NFL player. He is perhaps best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CWsitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for his appearances in Old Spice commercials,[1] as well as for roles in films like Friday After NextWhite Chicks,IdiocracyGamer, and The Expendables. He stars as Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? and as himself in the BET reality series The Family Crews.

Early life

Crews was born in Flint, Michigan,[2] the son of Terry Crews, Sr. and Patricia Crews. Crews grew up in a rather strict Christian household where which the rearing of the children was mainly held down by his mother. He attended The Flint Academy.[3] He earned an Art Excellence Scholarship to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts and then Western Michigan University.[4] While completing his studies as an Art major, Crews was a key member of the WMU football team, where he earned all-conference honors as a defensive end. Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft.[5] He carved out a career spanning seven[6] years, including stints with the Rams, San Diego Chargers, theWashington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles.


After retiring from the NFL in 1997, Crews pursued an acting career and took a stint as T-Money on Battle Dome (modeled after American Gladiators). Crews played the beefcake "he-man" in films such as White Chicks. He played Damon Pearly in Friday After Next, starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. He has also done commercials with Nike. He last starred in the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris as Julius Rock, and his more modern movie appearances were alongside Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard, Click, and The Benchwarmers (as well as the long-delayed Mike Judge filmIdiocracy, where Crews played President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho).

Crews has made many cameo appearances. He was in Blink-182's music video of "Down" as a police officer, in Jamie Kennedy's "Rollin' with Saget" as the security guard, and in films such as Training Day and Soul Plane.

Crews usually portrays buff-looking characters with a humorous softer side, singing along with 80's music or becoming engaged with soap operas (as well as his signature robot dance). But more recently, he has been able to alternate with more serious projects such as his recent appearances in Harsh TimesStreet Kings, and The Expendables.[1][2]

Crews at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty, February 25, 2007

He has been featured in several Old Spice TV commercials for their "Odor Blocker Body Wash", their body sprays, and most recently, their shaving lotion. The ads are directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.[7]

In the sitcom Are We There Yet?, Crews had a lead role as Nick Kingston-Persons. In the series' first trailer, Ice Cube said that Crews is the perfect person to replace him as Nick, and that his physical comedy is undeniable. The series was picked up for 90 new episodes[8] (approx six seasons) by August 2010, while Crews enjoyed box office success in three movies in August 2010 (Middle MenThe ExpendablesLottery Ticket).[9]

He also stars in his own reality series on BET entitled The Family Crews which is about his everyday life with his family. The show premiered on February 21, 2010.

In 2012 it was announced that he would be joining the cast of the Aaron Sorkin-helmed drama The Newsroom. He will be portraying the bodyguard and life coach of Will McAvoy, the show's protagonist.[10] There was a reference to his football past during his first appearance in the series, but it should however be noted that the football past of his character, Lonny Church, is completely different from his real-life one (his character was a Defensive Tackle who played for the Clemson Tigers in college before being drafted to the Cincinnati Bengals in the eighth round of the NFL Draft and who then got cut five weeks into the training camp, while Crews played a Linebacker in defense for the Western Michigan Broncos in college before being drafted in the eleventh round by the Los Angeles Rams and then played in the league for four seasons). Terry is currently a contestant in a NBC celebrity reality competition series called Stars Earn Stripes.

Personal life

Crews has four daughters and one son, one grand child (with one being a stepdaughter from his wife's previous relationship) with his wife of 25 years, Rebecca King-Crews, a former beauty queen and gospel recording artist. He also had a porn addiction that nearly costed his marriage



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 Behind the Smile Big James
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 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
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
2013 Aztec Warrior Juan Claudio
2013 Reach Me
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Earl Devereaux
2014 The Expendables 3 Hale Ceasar


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2012 Battle Dome T-Money
2004 CSI: Miami Craig Waters
2005 My Wife and Kids Daryl
2005–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Julius Rock
2006 The Boondocks Various characters Voice
2010–present Are We There Yet? Nick Kingston-Persons
2010–2011 The Family Crews Himself Reality show
2011 BrainSurge Himself
2012 The Newsroom Lonny Church
2012 Stars Earn Stripes Himself Reality show
2013 Real Husbands of Hollywood Himself Reality show
2013 Second Generation Wayans Himself (TV series)
2013 Arrested Development
2013 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Terry Jeffords (TV series)

Music videos

Year Artist Song Role
2004 Blink-182 "Down" Police officer

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Expendables 2 Hale Caesar Voice


  1. ^ Terry Crews Talks The Expendables 2
  2. ^ "Flint native Terry Crews shines on screen"The Michigan Journal. February 6, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2008.
  3. ^ "Chris Rock to Appear on His Own Sitcom" July 25, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "Everybody Hates Chris"The CW. Retrieved October 2, 2008.
  5. ^ "Terry Crews NFL Football Statistics". Pro Football Reference/USA Today. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  6. ^ The Family Crews TV Show (Wife says she followed him around the NFL for 9 years)
  7. ^ Tim and Eric direct Terry Crews for Old Spice
  8. ^ ‘Are We There Yet‘ Renewed by TBS for 90 More Episodes 16 August 2010 - tvbythenumbers
  9. ^ "Terry Crews' Triple Threat! Friday Four?! Actor Speaks on Success, Family and More!" August 19, 2010.
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