The Brief: Terry Crews is best known as an action and comedy star, but is becoming a cornerstone of the #MeToo movement for male survivors of sexual assault, as well as a role model for positive masculinity.
Terry Crews is most famous for being an actor and activist, but has also been an NFL Defensive End and Linebacker, painter, writer, producer, courtroom sketch artist, bodyguard, and television host. Although he’s an action star who is considered one of the best current bodybuilders, he also has become known for his comedic roles, and also for his work with the #MeToo movement, as well as working against toxic masculinity, and for openly discussing combating pornography addiction.
His most famous acting roles have been as the frugal voice of reason Julius Rock on Everybody Hates Chris, ex-con Damon in Friday After Next, President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho in the cult comedy Idiocracy, and most recently NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Crews’ first industry jobs were as a courtroom sketch artist in Michigan, and a self-funded anti-drug film in 1996: Young Boys Incorporated. After this, he went on to play a variety of action and comedy roles, including Damon in Ice Cube’s Friday After Next, T-Money on Battle Dome, and gained mainstream appeal with his role in White Chicks (2004), showcasing his comedy chops, physical and verbal.
In October 2017, as the #MeToo movement began gaining momentum, Terry Crews went public with his story of being groped by Adam Venit, an executive at William Morris Endeavor in 2016, but at the time chose not to publicize it for fear of losing work in the industry. In addition to this, Terry Crews came out about an addiction to pornography in 2014, via his autobiography. In addition to this, he has spoken out about being raised by an abusive, alcoholic father, and trying his hardest to be a better man, and being a better father and husband. He’s become a spokesperson on all of these issues.