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)
- Like his predecessor Tyra Banks, both of Terry's known Golden Buzzer acts finished in the top 3 of their respective series' final as of the end of Season 14. Coincidentally, like Tyra his first Golden Buzzer act placed third overall, and his second finished as runner-up.