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Terry Crews          

Actor, Author & Host of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Terry Alan Crews is an American actor and former NFL 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 for roles in films like "Friday After Next," "White Chicks," "Idiocracy," "Gamer," 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."

Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, 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 and 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, 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. He carved out a career spanning seven years, including stints with the Rams, San Diego Chargers, the Washington 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 and Old Spice. He 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 film "Idiocracy," 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," "Soul Plane" and "Bridesmaids."

Crews usually portrays buff-looking characters with a humorous softer side, singing along with '80s 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 Times," "Street Kings," and "The Expendables."

He has been featured in several Old Spice TV commercials for their "Odor Blocker Body Wash," their body sprays, as well as their shaving lotion.

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 by August 2010, while Crews enjoyed box office success in three movies in August 2010 ("Middle Men," "The Expendables," "Lottery Ticket").

He also starred in his own reality series on BET entitled "The Family Crews," which was about his everyday life with his family. The show premiered in February 2010 and ran through 2012.

In 2012, it was announced that he would be joining the cast of the Aaron Sorkin-helmed drama "The Newsroom." He portrayed the bodyguard and life coach of Will McAvoy, the show's protagonist.

Terry was recently a contestant in the NBC celebrity reality competition series "Stars Earn Stripes." He reprised his role in "The Expendables 2" and also appeared in "Scary Movie 5."

Crews is set to star in the upcoming FOX series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," a single-camera ensemble comedy about what happens when a detective who doesn't take anything seriously gets a new 'by-the-book" boss who wants him to grow up and respect the badge.


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