Year: 2005-2009
Role: Julius

Crews took on the role of Chris Rock’s late father Julius in this sitcom based on the comedian’s life as a teenager. Narrated by Rock himself and set during the ‘80s, Everybody Hates Chris followed the trials and tribulations of a black teen and his family living in New York City, and perfectly used humor to criticize how race and class struggles are handled in America. Crews’ character was a hardworking family man who famously never let a penny go to waste, which explains why Crews keeps a photo of himself as Julius in his wallet to keep from overspending. Though the show only lasted four seasons, it was a staple in Crews’ television career, and he nailed the levelheaded yet exuberant role of Rock’s father.