Mr. T

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Mr. T
Mr. T in 2014
Laurence Tureaud

(1952-05-21) May 21, 1952 (age 71)
OccupationActor, motivational speaker, wrestler, bodyguard, television personality, comedian
Years active1980–present

Mr. T, whose real name is Laurence Tureaud[1] (born May 21, 1952) is an American actor. He is famous for playing Sgt. Bosco "B. A." Baracus in The A-Team and James "Clubber" Lang in Rocky III. Mr. T has a popular catch phrase, "I Pity the Fool", which lead to the name of a reality television series he appeared on. He also had a comic series called Mr T and the T-force. Mr. T is known for having a mohawk hairstyle and wearing a lot of gold jewelry.

Early life[change | change source]

Tureaud was born in Chicago. Before he became an actor, he was a bodyguard.

Personal life[change | change source]

Mr. T is a born-again Christian.[2]

Tureaud made his neighbors in a Chicago suburb called Lake Forest angry. He cut down more than a hundred oak trees on his estate. This is now called "The Lake Forest Chain Saw Massacre".[3]

He gave up almost all his gold, one of his identifying marks, after helping with the cleanup after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He said, "As a Christian, when I saw other people lose their lives and lose their land and property...I felt that it would be a sin before God for me to continue wearing my gold. I felt it would be insensitive and disrespectful to the people who lost everything, so I stopped wearing my gold."[4]

Filmography[change | change source]

Movie and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Penitentiary II Himself
1982 Rocky III James "Clubber" Lang
1982 Twilight Theatre TV Series
1983 D.C. Cab Samson
1983 Mister T Himself TV Series
1983 Diff'rent Strokes Himself TV Series
1983 Alvin and the Chipmunks Himself Episode: "The C Team"
The A-Team Sergeant Bosco "B.A." Baracus TV Series
1984 The Toughest Man in the World Bruise Brubaker TV
1984 Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! Himself Video
1986, 1988
WWF Superstars of Wrestling Himself TV Series
1985 WrestleMania Himself Video
1986 WrestleMania 2 Himself Video
1987 Alice Through the Looking Glass Jabberwock TV movie
T. and T. T. S. Turner TV Series
1990 Straight Line T. S. Turner
1991 Out of This World Himself TV Series
1993 Freaked The Bearded Lady
1993 The Terrible Thunderlizards Mr. T-Rex
1994 Blossom Himself TV Series
1994 Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III Freedom
1995 Kids Against Crime Himself TBN
1996 Spy Hard Helicopter Pilot
1998 Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy Mister Robinson's neighbour Video
1999 Inspector Gadget Himself
1999 Malcolm and Eddie Calvin Episode: "The Wrongest Yard"
2001 Not Another Teen Movie The Wise Janitor
2001 Judgment J. T. Quincy Cloud Ten Pictures
2003 House of Mouse Himself Episode: "House Ghosts"
2004 Johnny Bravo Himself Episode: "T is for Trouble"
2004 The Simpsons Himself Episode: "Today I Am a Clown"
2005 Return of the Lads Lad No 3 with Mark Egan and Cian Duffy
2006 I Pity the Fool Himself
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Earl Devereaux Voice Only
2011 World's Craziest Fools Himself BBC Three

References[change | change source]

  1. Dunn, Brad (2006). When They Were 22: 100 Famous People at the Turning Point in Their Lives. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 150. ISBN 0-7407-5810-1.
  2. "Words of Wisdom from Mr. T". Beliefnet. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
  3. Johnson, Dirk (May 30, 1987). "GENTEEL CHICAGO SUBURB RAGES OVER MR. T'S TREE MASSACRE". Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  4. "A-Team Star Mr T Decides to Stop Wearing Gold Jewellery Out of Respect for Hurricane Katrina Victims | Showbiz News | Sky News". February 25, 2009. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2011.