Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968)[1] 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,[2]Arrested Development, The Newsroom and for his roles in films like Friday After Next, White Chicks, Bridesmaids, Idiocracy, Gamer, and The Expendables. He has starred as Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet? and as himself in the BET reality series The Family Crews. He currently plays NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Early life

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. 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.

NFL career

Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft.[4] His career included stints with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Acting career

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, Click, and The Benchwarmers. 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.

He has been featured in several Old Spice TV commercials for their "Odor Blocker Body Wash", their body sprays, deodorant and most recently, their shaving lotion. The ads are directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.[5] He has also done commercials with 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.

Personal life

With his wife of 24 years, Rebecca King-Crews, a former beauty queen and gospel recording artist, Crews has four daughters (Azriel, Tera, Wynfrey, and Naomi Burton) and one son (Isaiah). He has one grandchild, as one of his children is a stepdaughter from Rebecca's previous relationship.



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 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 Direct-to-DVD
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 Aztec Warrior Juan Claudio
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Earl Devereaux Voice
2014 The Single Moms Club Branson
2014 Reach Me Wilson
2014 Draft Day Earl Jennings
2014 Blended
2014 The Expendables 3 Hale Caesar


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 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
2007 Wild 'n Out Himself
2010–2011 The Family Crews Himself Reality show
2010–2012 Are We There Yet? Nick Kingston-Persons
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
2013 Arrested Development Herbert Love
2013 Kris Himself Guest host
2013 Drunk History Donald DeFreeze Episode: "San Francisco"
2013 Hollywood Game Night Himself Season finale
2013 Ultimate Spider-Man Blade Voice
2013 Regular Show Brock Stettman Voice
2013–present Brooklyn Nine-Nine Terry Jeffords

Music videos

Year Artist Song Role
2004 Blink-182 "Down" Police Officer
2005 Jamie Kennedy & Stu Stone "Rollin With Saget" Bouncer
2013 Major Lazer (feat. Peaches & Timberlee) "Scare Me" Major Lazer

Video games

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

External links

Name Crews, Terry
Alternative names
Short description American football player and actor
Date of birth 1968-7-30
Place of birth Flint, Michigan, U.S.
Date of death
Place of death