Athlete-turned-actor Terry Crews was an easy choice for traditional tough-guy roles, but his fearless approach to comedic material soon earned him the admiration of fans and critics alike. Following a career in the National Football League, Crews turned his attention to acting, making his debut in the Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi actioner "The 6th Day" (2000). A formidable figure surprisingly comfortable flexing his funny bone, he began to make a name for himself with several small but memorable turns in comedies like "Friday After Next" (2002) and "The Longest Yard" (2005). A regular role as comedian Chris Rock's dad, Julius, on "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN, 2005-06/The CW, 2006-09) and a sidesplitting turn as the president of a painfully stupid future society in Mike Judge's "Idiocracy" (2006) cemented his growing reputation as a comedic talent. Roles in deadly serious fare like the crime drama "Street Kings" (2008), the apocalyptic action-adventure sequel "Terminator Salvation" (2009), and the Sylvester Stallone tribute to testosterone, "The Expendables" (2010), made sure Crews kept one foot firmly rooted in the action genre. With his media visibility at nearly combustible levels, the actor was simultaneously seen in a popular series of TV ads for Old Spice, his own reality show, "The Family Crews" (BET, 2010-11), a sitcom, "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 2010- ), and the rip-roaring sequel "The Expendables 2" (2012). The versatile Crews continued to deliver the goods as funny man, action hero, and, frequently, a combination of the two.