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Terrence Alan "Terry" Crews, Jr.[1][2][3] (born July 30, 1968)[1] is an actor, former professional football player[4] , and a voice actor. On Regular Show, he provided the voice of Broc Stettman, a football player, in the episode "The Thanksgiving Special."

Early life

Terrence Alan Crews, Jr. was born on July 30, 1968, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Terrence Alan "Terry", Sr., who worked at General Motors as a foreman on the second shift and served in the Army after graduating high school, and Patricia "Trish" Crews, a former housewife who gave birth to Crews' half-brother Marcelle at 16 and Terry at 18; she now serves as a receptionist at McLaren-Flint.[3][5][6][7] At 2 years old, Crews put an electrical cord in his mouth while it was still attached to its socket. It electrocuted him, causing his lower lip to become bloody. As a result, he has a scar on his lower lip.[6]

Growing up in a "strict Christian family", his father was an alcoholic and his parents often got into arguments and altercations.[1][6] He, alongside his mother and half-brother, left his father's house after a dispute to his great-aunt's farm, where they lived in the attic for a year.[6] His parents reconciled a year later, but the couple still abused each other, both physically and verbally.[6] As a young child, Crews was a bed wetter.[6] At 5 years old, while he was attempting to lift a couch, he felt a sharp pain in his side; he had given himself a hernia and underwent surgery.[6] His parents had another child together, a daughter named Michaell, whom they nicknamed "Micki."[6] His great-great-grandfather was also a slave.[8]

Crews started working out regularly at 14.[8] He developed an interest in football while in junior high school, though Crews considered art his first love.[6][9] Crews was voted "most likely to succeed" at his high school, Flint Academy.[4]

He attended high school at Flint Academy and attended college at Western Michigan University, where he had both art and football scholarships.[2][4] He also studied art at Interlochen Center for the Arts.[4] While in college, he was assigned to pound signs on campus with his boss watching; after his boss called him lazy, Crews stopped and left. Crews later regretted his actions and said this experience helped him learn "pride is ugly."[8]



At 6'2" and 245 lbs, Crews knew he would be a football player. On the WMU team, he earned all-conference honors as a defensive end and played on the 1988 MAC champion Broncos.[1] Off the field, however, Crews started feeling pressure to perform well and was known to disagree regularly with his coaches, causing tension between him and the coaches.[6] In the meantime, Crews worked at the refrigerator company Stafford-Smith and as a security guard on film sets and locations, giving him one of his first exposures to the entertainment industry.[6] Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the eleventh round (and being the 281st pick overall) in the 1991 National Football League draft.[2] Crews was excited to play in the NFL, and dreamed of making movies after his NFL career.[9] He would play as a linebacker and started play on the Rams the year he was drafted. However, his professional football career wasn't nearly as successful as it was in college, as he only played six games with the Rams before sitting out for the 1992 season.

He returned in 1993 on the San Diego Chargers, playing in slightly more games than before (10), but would once again sit out the next season in 1994. The Chargers went to the Super Bowl that season, but Crews had been cut from the team before then, missing out on his chance to play in a Super Bowl.[9]

In 1995, he played on the Washington Redskins for 16 games, which was his most successful season in the NFL. Crews was also on the 1996 Philadelphia Eagles pre-season squad but never made it to the final team. Crews decided to leave the NFL after being cut by the Eagles.[2][10] Crews finished his career with 32 games played, 2 tackles and 3 assists.[2][11] Never a star player, Crews stated his knack for drawing portraits and photorealistic art pieces helped him financially, admitting he earned more money from drawing portraits of his teammates than playing on the field.[12]

After being cut from the Eagles pre-season squad, Crews made his first film, co-writing the independent film Young Boys Incorporated; he later remarked the film was "horrible", but was grateful for it being one of his first experiences with the entertainment industry.[9]

Crews played in Germany for the Rhein Fire in the World League of American Football in 1997. After playing one season for the Fire, he retired from all professional football.[1] Crews also suffered several concussions during his football career.[8]

With his playing career over, Crews learned he was 30 pounds overweight and in order to give her husband a wake-up call, his wife pinched his back fat. It was here Crews decided to be healthier for his wife and children.[13] When Crews was asked if his football background helped his acting career, he answered: "It helps me every day, immensely, mostly because when you play sports, you are relentlessly examining yourself. I mean, everything you do when you play is recorded and gone over again and again, and each move, each step is broken down to try to improve it. I know some actors don't watch themselves on film but I definitely do. There's a saying: 'What gets measured gets done.' I say: 'What gets examined gets better.'"[13]

Acting and other ventures

Following his retirement from sports, Crews watched the film Do the Right Thing, which inspired him to get into the entertainment business.[8] Crews originally intended on being either a storyboard artist, a special effects artist, a writer or a director, and admitted he didn't have interest in acting at first; however, a friend of his invited him to audition for Battledome, marking his acting debut.[8][14] Following Battledome's cancellation, Crews could not find another acting job for two years.[15]

After acting in the film The Longest Yard he was introduced to Chris Rock, who would later hire him to play a fictionalized version of Rock's father on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.[4] He has been in such movies as Starsky & Hutch, Serving Sara, Norbit, Friday After Next, White Chicks, Idiocracy, and Get Smart.[9][6][16] He also played the father on another sitcom, entitled Are We There Yet?, and Crews and his family had their own reality show on BET, The Family Crews.[4]

He currently plays Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and is also the current host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.[17]

Crews has released a memoir, Manhood: How to Be a Better Man - Or Just Live With One. His memoir details his strict childhood and abusive father, as well as revealing an addiction to pornography, something he has had since the age of 12. His addiction almost ruined his marriage, but he conquered his addiction and reconciled with his wife.[1]

Voice credits

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Personal life

When not acting Crews enjoys doing the following hobbies: playing the flute, drawing, and painting.[18] Crews has also painted NFL lithographs for Sierra Sun Editions.[4][9] Crews has had a near-death experience, nearly drowning on the reality show Stars Earn Stripes.[8] Crews' favorite film is Do the Right Thing, his favorite anime is Ghost in the Shell and his favorite food is marinated Rib-eyes on the grill with a side of steamed broccoli or spinach.[8] When asked if he had any philosophy, Crews replied: "Embrace failure. Never never quit. Get very comfortable with that uneasy feeling of going against the grain and trying something new. It will constantly take you place[s] you never thought you could go. This has been my mantra for years. I always remember I won't do things right on the first try. So failure is mandatory for success!"[8]

He married Rebecca (née King) (b. 1966)[6][18] on July 29, 1989, one day before Terry's 21st birthday.[6] The two met at church.[6] Rebecca is a former beauty queen (having been Miss Gary 1984) and a Christian recording artist.[6][1] She majored in Musical Theater at a college she was attending, having a 4.0-grade point average, before having to drop out to raise her daughter, Naomi, alone after Naomi's father left; she attended beauty school in the meantime.[6] Together Terry and Rebecca have five children, having four daughters (Naomi Burton, Rebecca's daughter from a previous relationship, Tera, Azriel, and Wynfrey) and one son (Isaiah).[3][4][18][1][6] Early in their marriage Rebecca was pregnant but suffered a miscarriage.[6] He also has a granddaughter and is the uncle of actress Storm Ascher.[18][19] Terry and Rebecca reside in Los Angeles, California with their children and dog, Coffee.[18][6] Crews is also a Christian.[20]

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