Terry Crews Biography
Terry Alan Crews is an American actor and former NFL defensive end and linebacker.
Crews was born in Flint, Michigan and attended Flint Academy High School. He earned an Art Excellence Scholarship to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts and then Western Michigan University. While completing his studies as an Art major, Terry 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. He carved out a career that lasted six seasons, including stints with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins.
After retiring in 1997, Terry pursued an acting career. A stint as T-Money on Battle Dome (modeled on American Gladiators) followed. He played the beefcake "he-man" in movies such as White Chicks. He also played Damon in Friday After Next, featuring Ice Cube and Mike Epps. Terry has also done commercials with Nike. He now stars in the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris (as Julius) on the CW, and his latest movie appearances were alongside Adam Sandler in The Longest Yard and Click. Crews also recently appeared in another Adam Sandler production — The Benchwarmers with Rob Schneider and David Spade (as a person who was bullied by Gus Matthews, despite Terry's enormous size), as well as the long-delayed Mike Judge film Idiocracy, where he plays President Camacho. Terry lives in Altadena, California with his wife of seventeen years, Rebecca a former beauty queen and Christian recording artist, and five children.
In The Longest Yard, he stars with Chris Rock, but on Everybody Hates Chris, Crews stars as the father, Julius, of a young Chris Rock. Crews has a cameo appearance in Blink-182's music video 'Down'. In the video he plays the part of a police officer in pursuit of a criminal. He also appeared in Denzel Washington's 2001 movie Training Day. He also had a cameo in Jamie Kennedy's Rollin' with Saget as the security guard, except just like his role in The Benchwarmers, he acts like a coward after Bob Saget "cold-clocked decked him." He appears in Soul Plane as the bodyguard who tells Elvis Hunkee (Tom Arnold) about his daughters.
He frequently plays buffed-looking characters with a humorous softer side, such as singing along with 80's music or becoming engaged with soap operas. But more recently, he has been able to alternate with more serious projects such as his recent appearances in Harsh Times, Inland Empire and Street Kings. He also benches about 475 pounds.
On July 29, 1989 Terry married his current wife Rebecca, just one day before his 21st birthday. Terry and Rebecca also have 4 daughters: Azriel Crews, Naomi Crews, Tera Crews, and Wynfrey Crews