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Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) is an American actor, voice actor and a former American football player. After several years playing pro football, Crews retired and pursued an acting career, which took flight on the big screen in 2000's The 6th Day. Many film roles have followed, among them those in White Chicks, Idiocracy, The Expendables (2010) and its sequels, and Bridesmaids. Crews has also found success on the small screen, having recurring roles on Are We There Yet? and Arrested Development. He might be best known for playing Sgt. Terry Jeffords on the police Work Com Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
But his most famous work among the Internet users is a series of Old Spice commercials (directed by Tim & Eric), where Crews goes full Large Ham, proving that Awesomeness Is Volatile by appearing in more and more bizarre commercials. As an actor, Crews has an indeniable comedic talent, which, coupled with his tough guy appearance, makes him one of the most hilarious actors in Hollywood, but Terry has some serious roles to his credit, such as portraying a Scary Black Man in Gamer, giving one of the most chilling performances in his entire career.
Between 2016 and 2017, Crews gained another views in the net when he was seen appearing in Blizzard Entertainment headquarters, expressing that he loves playing their games, especially Overwatch and was hoping that he will become one of the voice cast members, in particular for the character Doomfist. He has given hints and questions if the fans want it to happen (receptions are positive) and also does mock-auditions for it. Unfortunately, due to Blizzard's vision that the character is African and needed to have African VA, Crews did not get the role, but it already left a mark within the fandom of Overwatch. Though you may also notice that Doomfist does end up having a face and body build similar to Crews himself as a result.
AND REMEMBER: TERRY CREWS IS SO POWERFUL HE CAN APPEAR ON THE OTHER PEOPLE'S PAGES, BUT HE DOESN'T DO SO BECAUSE HE'S A NICE GUY!
Notable acting roles:
- Are We There Yet?
- Deadpool 2
- The Expendables
- Get Smart
- The Longest Yard
- Sorry to Bother You
- White Chicks
Tropes associated with Terry Crews' roles:
- Bald of Awesome: Never a hair on his head, but given he's huge and incredibly muscled, he generally plays pretty physically impressive guys.
- Gentle Giant: He's huge, incredibly muscled, and can extremely effectively play a Scary Black Man. But more often than not that trope is subverted and he plays incredibly friendly characters. He's also incredibly nice in real life.
- Hidden Depths: According to this interview, he had an art scholarship before his football scholarship, and got invited by a furniture company to manufacture his designs. The result: a mutant swivel-chair-cum-coffee-table that somehow works.
- Large Ham: The man certainly acts like he enjoys his work, and contrary to the fact that he looks like a serious, imposing man he generally plays loud, fun-loving characters whose favorite food is the scenery.
- Older Than They Look: 50 years old and looks like hes still in his early to mid 30s.
- Pec Flex: Terry Crews is the master of it.
- Playing Against Type: In a way, his whole career is this. He's a former pro athlete, built like a tank on steroids, and can play a Scary Black Man with the best of them. You would think that he would primarily play action roles or be a serious character. Instead, his best known roles are comedic and hammy.
- Real Men Wear Pink: After Large Ham, probably one of his most recurring tropes. His characters are usually In Touch with His Feminine Side in one way or another, and completely unafraid of letting others know about it. This bleeds into his real life as he's genuinely comfortable being sensitive.
- Scary Black Man: He has played one on occasion, and certainly looks the part, but more often than not this is a subverted trope with him playing a friendly character despite his scary black appearance. Brooklyn Nine-Nine in particular gets a lot of mileage with this trope, with scenes of him In-Universe invoking it by playing "Scary Terry" in police lineups or undercover.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Most of his roles. He rarely spends an entire work without yelling and/or ripping his shirt off.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Most of his roles show off his physique at one point or another. Or the whole time.