AMERICA’S Got Talent host Terry Crews is one of the most recognizable figures in show business.
With his shaved head and muscular build, Crews has created a signature look throughout his long career as an actor and television host.
But in a rare throwback photo of the former NFL linebacker in college after he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991, a young Crews with a full head of hair looks almost unrecognizable.
The 55-year-old AGT host admits that part of the reason he shaved his head is because people don’t recognize him by his hair.
“I’m living a lie because I’m not bald at all. I shave my head every day,” Crews told Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“But you see, the thing is, when it grows into it, people wonder, ‘Who is that?’ and people get really disturbed.
“So I’ve been like this for almost 30 years.”
After being selected by the Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 draft, Crews spent five years moving between five NFL teams and one in Germany.
During a training stint with the Green Bay Packers in 1993, he earned just $150 a week.
“I would have made more money at McDonald’s,” Crews said Dax told Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast.
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“That’s the reality.”
After leaving the NFL, he worked at various jobs, including sweeping floors in a factory for $8 an hour.
He took a $12 job as a security guard for film and television studios to get closer to the entertainment industry.
After his big break as an actor in the Ice Cube film Friday After Next, he appeared in numerous commercials, television shows and films over the course of his 24-year acting career.
“I know a lot of actors who think, ‘I have my job, I feel at peace.’ But I would never feel like that.” Crew says.
“I was literally willing to do anything to make sure some money came in.”