A former NFL linebacker born in Flint, Michigan, Terry branched into acting playing roles in several sitcoms including Everybody Hates Chris and Are We There Yet? He also served as host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire from 2014 to 2015 and has also done many movies including The Expendables series.
He has been playing the role of Terry Jeffords on the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine since 2013.
In 2017, he was included among a group of people named as Time magazine's Person of the Year.
- Terry is the second America's Got Talent host to have previously hosted Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, followed by Regis Philbin.
- Golden Buzzer: Kseniya Simonova (Champions), Detroit Youth Choir (14), Voices of Our City Choir (15), World Taekwondo Demonstration Team (16), Alfredo Silva's Cage Riders (Extreme)
- Like his predecessor Tyra Banks, the first two of Terry's known Golden Buzzer acts finished in the top 3 of their respective series' final (Champions 1 and 14). Coincidentally, like Tyra his first Golden Buzzer act placed third overall, and his second finished as runner-up.
- Terry is the show's third African-American host. The first being Nick Cannon and the second being Tyra Banks.
- Terry gave his Golden Buzzer to group acts in 4 consecutive seasons (14-16), as well as America's Got Talent: Extreme, 2 of them being choir acts.