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Season 8, Episode 6: Fighters

Action-movie hero, sitcom star, children’s book illustrator, advertising pitchman, playable video game character, talent show host, high-end furniture designer, and human rights activist all describe the man that is TERRY CREWS. The unstoppable Crews stars on the NBC Golden Globe Award-winning hit series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (which just wrapped its eighth and final season), hosts NBC’s top rated alternative series “America’s Got Talent,” which just wrapped its 16th season, and stars in the Netflix animated film The Willoughby’s, currently streaming. Crews is also the face (and muscles) of Old Spice, a playable character in Microsoft’s Xbox One game “Crackdown 3”, and a force in the design and art world where his high-end furniture collection, in partnership with iconic Bernhardt Designs has been picking up awards across the country. Crews was also named one of TIME Magazine’s 2017 “Person of the Year” as one of the “Silence Breakers,” speaking out against sexual harassment following the #MeToo movement that has taken the world by storm. Crews’ no-holds-barred approach to work has made him a force to be reckoned with as his career continues to evolve. Crews was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this past summer.

The three-time People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive actor has starred as a series regular in three consecutive TV series that have surpassed the coveted 100-episode mark (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Are We There Yet?” and “Everybody Hates Chris”), a back-to-back-to-back fete that is extremely rare in Hollywood.The diversity of his film career is a perfect example of the complexity and range of his ability as an actor – from starring as the hilarious Latrell Spencer in WHITE CHICKS to the scary (and ironically relevant) President Camacho in IDIOCRACY to action hero Hale Caesar in THE EXPENDABLES franchise. Crews has also notably been folded into Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions family, appearing in six of his films (SANDY WEXLER, THE RIDICULOUS 6, BLENDED, CLICK, THE BENCHWARMERS and THE LONGEST YARD). Crews most recently starred in the critically acclaimed Boots Riley film SORRY TO BOTHER YOU opposite Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson and in the blockbuster film DEADPOOL 2. Next up, Crews is set to star in the Paramount animated feature film RUMBLE, slated for a February 18, 2022 theatrical release.

Crews recently added yet another title, children’s book illustrator, for his first-of-its-kind augmented reality book, COME FIND ME, which is now available for purchase online at Over 20-years ago, seeing a void of books for brown boys in the marketplace and holding strong the belief that ‘you cannot be what you cannot see,’ Terry and his then-teammate, Washington Redskins defensive end Ken Harvey, came up with a book about two brothers, Marcus & Anthony (also the names of Ken’s sons, who the book is dedicated to) playing an imaginative game of hide-and-seek while becoming pilots, conductors, captains and race car drivers. Adding in a 21st century element, Crews worked with Augmented Island Studios to pair the book with an app that truly makes this one-of-a-kind book come alive.

Crews, a lifelong artist, also added furniture designer to his resume in 2017 with the release of his capsule collection with Bernhardt Designs, which premiered at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and awarded the prestigious "Best of NeoCon 2017." Always drawing and sketching alongside his many day-jobs, Crews joined the ranks of a number of other design-world heavyweights including Yves Béhar, Jaime Hayon and Ross Lovegrove as a contributor to Bernhardt's portfolio.

But behind the brawn, bullets, and laughs is a renaissance man from Flint, Michigan who, as a teen, got his first big break after high school with an art scholarship at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. This was followed by an Art Excellence scholarship and a full-ride athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University, where, as a star defense end, he helped lead the Broncos to a Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship in 1988.

After several years in the NFL (where he painted portraits of teammates to supplement his income) with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, Crews turned his talents to the performing arts, where his talent, hard work, character, and dedication has made him one of the most sought out and respected talents in the industry.

A true definition of success, Crews’ life off-screen is as exciting and dynamic as his public persona. Crews is the caring husband of more than 30 years to wife Rebecca and proud father of five. Crews dedicates his free time to keeping physically fit — both in mind and body while also working with several non-profit organizations including Safe Horizon, Peace Over Violence and the Polaris Project. For his dedication in helping these organizations, he was awarded the UN Global Generation Award at the UN headquarters and continues to be honored by numerous organizations for his tireless advocacy in helping to combat sexual harassment and abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.

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