As a child in his hometown of San Rafael, California, Notary was diagnosed as being severely hyperactive, and his parents enrolled him in a gymnastics class to burn off some of his excess energy. By the time he was 17, he had won regional and state championships and placed second at nationals. He attended UCLA on a scholarship while living in a camper-van that he parked on Veteran Avenue, studying for midterms and finals by candlelight and sprinting out to a coffee or sandwich shop in Westwood to use 
In late 2000, an 'Ape School' of movement training classes for the actors who would portray apes in the forthcoming movie was organized by Charlie Croughwell on Stage 5 at Los Angeles Center Studios. Ape School instructors were Terry Notary and John Alexander, who had played the title role in Mighty Joe Young and 'Digit' in Gorillas in the Mist. For six intensive weeks, they trained the principals (including Tim Roth, Glenn Shadix, Lisa Marie, Helena Bonham Carter and David Warner), and one hundred extras attended three-day workshops, teaching them to walk, run, eat, grunt and fight like apes. Once the cameras rolled, Notary carried a chimpanzee warlord Thade's more spectacular stunts in the movie, plus four other ape characters. He was lauded by the Los Angeles Daily News, who called him "the real hero" of the movie.
Acrobat and actor Terry Notary was a stunt double, stunt coordinator and movement instructor in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes (2001), and performed the same function as well as playing the roles of Bright Eyes and Rocket in the 2011 movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the 2014 sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the 2017 third film War for the Planet of the Apes.
Notary went on to work on choreography, movement coaching and stunts on X2 (2003), Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), The Incredible Hulk (2008), The Forgotten Ones (2009), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), James Cameron's Avatar (2009) and The Lost Tribe (2010). After Rise of the Planet of the Apes he worked on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011) and Peter Jackson's The Hobbit (2012, 2013 & 2014).
In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Notary also played "about 1,000 other apes in the background", multiplied through the magic of computer graphics: "Whenever you see armies of apes charging through the trees - that's five of us".
- Terry Notary article at Wikipedia
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- Terry Notary's Teaser Reel at YouTube
- Andy Serkis and Terry Notary On-Set Interview, by Germain Lussier - Collider.com (April 14th, 2011)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Monkey Business, by Marina Dundjerski - UCLA Magazine (Fall 2001)
- ↑ The Planet of the Apes Chronicles, by Paul A. Woods
- ↑ Inside the Planet of the Apes, by Mark Cotta Vaz - Cinefex #87 (October 2001)
- ↑ Planet of the Apes Fanclub news page
- ↑ Movie Apes Unmasked!, by Jim Nelson - 'National Enquirer' (28 July 2014)