Terry Crews – Renaissance man

Consider him part of the furniture

Terry Crews

Terry Crews is an artist in the body of a defensive end.

At different times in his life, the host of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” which premieres Monday, Jan. 7, on NBC, has assumed the roles of actor, presenter, comic, author, social activist, pro football player and even amateur IT guy (he built a computer with his son and plans to do another).

And three years ago, the 50-year-old native of Flint, Mich., and co-star of NBC’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” added another title to his resume, that of furniture designer, creating the Terry Crews Collection for Bernhardt Design.

“It’s mainly modern living room furniture. You know, couches, sofas, tables – those kind of things,” Crews explains. “I would love to move into dining and all that stuff but right now it’s strictly dealing with sofas, chairs, tables. Mainly, Bernhardt Design does a ton of things for businesses so you will see a lot of my things in the lobby at a museum or a hotel or a stadium – those kind of things. … It’s really, really cool, man. I love this world. It’s really nice.”

In fact, it’s his new passion and his work has caught on. His third collection debuts this spring at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.

“There’s something satisfying about it because it’s something I control,” he says. “It’s kind of like my $100 million movie. You know, when you can see something that you thought up in the marketplace … there’s something immensely satisfying about that, at least for an artist.”

Full name: Terry Alan Crews

Birth date: July 30, 1968

Birthplace: Flint, Mich.

Alma mater: Western Michigan University

Family ties: He and wife Rebecca have five children

NFL career: Los Angeles Rams (1991), San Diego Chargers (1993), Washington Redskins (1995)

TV credits include: “Battle Dome,” “The District,” “CSI Miami,” “My Wife and Kids,” “All of Us,” “The Boondocks,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “The Newsroom,” “Are We There Yet?” “Arrested Development,” “Drunk History,” “Portlandia,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Movie credits include: “The 6th Day” (2000), “Serving Sara” (2002), “Friday After Next” (2002), “Deliver Us From Eva” (2003), “Baadasssss!” (2003), “Starsky & Hutch” (2004), “White Chicks” (2004), “The Longest Yard” (2005), “Puff, Puff, Pass” (2006), “Idiocracy” (2006), “Norbit” (2007), “Get Smart” (2008), “The Expendables” (2010), “Bridesmaids” (2011), “The Single Moms Club” (2014), “Wilson” (2014), “Deadpool 2” (2018)

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