It turns out that Dwayne Johnson is not the only successful crossover entertainer in the industry; Terry Crews is also in the ranks. One look at his chiseled frame makes everyone think that he belongs in a ring. Terry is a former American football player who became an actor and artist and is best known for his roles in the movies Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?, and The Expendables.
He also hosted the popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and was one of the names listed as TIME Person of the Year in 2017.
Terry’s Early Days
Terry Alan Crews was born on July 30, 1968, in Flint, Michigan, the son of a Christian family. His father, Terry Crews Sr., was an abusive alcoholic, which meant his mother was in the driver’s seat when it came to raising young Terry.
He went to Flint Southwestern for his high school education and earned a full scholarship to play football at Western Michigan University. He also received other art scholarships such as the Chrysler-sponsored scholarship at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. As a footballer, Terry played the defensive end for the WMU Broncos, for which he won an All-Conference Honour and the 1988 Mid-American Conference Championship.
Terry Crews’ professional career began when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams. He was selected in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL draft. Throughout his career, he has also played with the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Post-football and Acting Career
The teams hung his football in boots in 1997, when he was just 29 years old. He moved to Los Angeles to realize his long-cherished dream of an acting career. His first role as an actor was the character “Warriors” in the syndicated game show Battle Dome. He impersonated T-Money until the series was canceled in 2001.
Before his next movie role, he appeared in everything from music videos to commercials. His next role was in the movie Friday After Next, starring Ice Cube, for which Terry had previously worked as a bodyguard on set. He then starred in films such as White Chicks in 2001 and Adam Sandler’s The Longest Yard the following year. Terry gained greater public recognition when he appeared as Julius Rock in the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Among his many other films is his role as Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The crews worked to rid themselves of his reputation as a comedian, a cliché that his sitcom film roles had forced upon him. He got his chance to do just that when he played Hale Caesar in the series The Expendables. The former professional football player has also worked as a dubbing actor in cartoons such as Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, where he was the voice of the character of Earl Devereaux.
He worked with BET to create his own reality series about him and the daily life of his family. It was called The Family Crews and ran from 2010 to 2011, with Crews starring as the American host on Netflix’s original show Ultimate Beastmaster in 2017.
Throughout his career, the actor has been nominated for several awards from various associations. These include the Teen Choice Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and the NAACP Image Awards.
Family – Wife, and Kids
The veteran actor was together with his girlfriend Rebecca King for some years at the end of the ’80s before they finally got married. They exchanged their marriage vows in 1990. The marriage produced five children. Their names are Azriel, Isaiah, Naomi, Tera, and Wynfrey Crews.
Fortunately, the Crews’ relationship managed to escape the familiar stain of scandal, which is almost the norm for high-profile relationships in the industry. He and his wife have maintained a solid relationship over the years. There was no sign of an affair or divorce.
Terry’s Net Worth
According to calculations for his seven-year professional football career and his numerous film appearances and voice-overs, Terry’s net worth is estimated at 20 million dollars according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Sexual Orientation/Gay Controversy
The only blot on Terry’s otherwise flawless acting career would be if he accused the head of the WME film group, Adam Venit, of having sexually abused him. This led to unfounded rumors that the actor was either gay or bisexual.
Terry says the incident took place at a party in 2016 when Adam made inappropriate advances to him, even groping and squeezing his genitals several times. In the end, Terry had to push him into some of the other party guests. With regard to the event, Crews says he has never felt so emasculated and objectified as he does now.
Meanwhile, Adam was given a 30-day leave of absence pending an internal investigation. In the meantime, he has returned to his work but has been demoted from his role as head of the WME film group. Instead, he is now working in a lesser capacity as an agent. A result with which Terry Crews clearly expressed his dissatisfaction.
All this happened at about the same time as the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.
Terry Crews’ Body Measurements
It is surprising that the former athlete, given his impressive physique, has never been cast in a macho man- and muscle-bound role. From his many interviews and social media updates, it is clear that he deliberately avoided such roles. Yet this does not make him any less drooling.
Terry Crews stands at an impressive height of 1.91 m (6 feet 3 inches) and has a healthy weight of 111 kg (245 pounds).