Mr. T

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Mr. T

Born

5/21/1952, Chicago, Illinois

Birth Name

Lawrence Tureaud

Gender

Male
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Biography

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T, Mr. was born Laurence Tureaud on 21 May 1952 in the rough southside ghetto area of Chicago. He is the second to youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers) and grew up in the housing projects of Chicago. His father left when he…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Mr. T is 5 feet 10 inches tall.

    • He starred on a ComCast commercial, where he would barge in on people, telling them they were singing lyrics incorrectly.

    • Mr. T had his own cereal in the 1980's. It was like Alpha-Bits cereal by Post with just the T's in it. It was featured prominently in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985).

    • In the second season finale of Lost , Sawyer says to the other castaways a typical Mr. T quote, "Enough jibber-jabber - let's roll."

    • Mr. T now has a new product out from Emanation, Inc. -- the "Mr. T In Your Pocket." Has the following phrases:

      "I Pity The Fool" "Don't Gimme No Back Talk, Sucka" "Quit Your Jibba Jabba" "Don't Make Me Mad." "First Name Mister, Middle Name Period, Last Name T" "Shut Up, Fool!"

    • Mr. T has been a favorite write-in candidate at college campus elections, and was elected president of the student body at least 3 times at the New College Of Florida.

    • Salary (1980s):
      A-Team: $80,000 per episode
      Personal Appearances: $15,000

    • Mr. T had a specially-made ultrasonic cleaner for his gold.

    • Mr. T wrote his own autobiography in 1985, "The Man With the Gold : An Autobiography of Mr. T".

    • Mr. T lent his voice to the "More Trouble Than They're Worth" album by the Indianapolis punk band Sloppy Seconds in 1998, after bumping into them at a comic shop.

    • Mr. T did a series of commercials for the Orbis Blindness Charity throughout 2005. The charity flies people to vision-saving surgeries, and he parodied his character B.A. and his fear of flying in them. One commercial shows him stating, "I pity the fool who refuses to help the blind see again. I ain't getting on no plane, but I will donate some cash to the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital".

    • Mr. T signed a contract with the Los Angeles firm Navtones GPS Systems in November 2005, to provide his voice for driving instructions and directions. Some of the phrases include "Pay attention to what I'm saying" and "Mr. T gonna get you there in one piece … you gonna be there safely, or else!"

    • Mr. T was nominated for the "Worst New Actor" Razzie Award in 1983, for Rocky III.

    • Mr. T has had two comic series based on him, the first from NOW Comics in 1993, lasting ten issues, and the other from APC Comics in 2005, lasting two issues.
      He was also featured in Marvel's three-issue miniseries for The A-Team in 1983.

    • Mr. T was featured in NBC's promotions for their 1983 fall television season, in which at the end of the commercial for the show(s) being promoted, he would appear, and say "Be There!"

    • Mr. T has done extensive volunteer work for the Starlight and Make-A-Wish foundations, visiting terminally ill children.

    • In 2006, Mr. T acted as spokensman in several commercials for Comcast Cable service, in which he states "Don't be a culture fool!"

    • Mr. T will reprise his role as Clubber Lang in Rocky Balboa (2006), the 6th film in the series by Sylvester Stallone, set for a Christmas Day 2006 release. He will be the ringside commentator for one of Balboa's boxing matches.

    • Mr. T sued Best Buy in 2003 for illegal use of his image, by showing altered footage from Rocky III (1983), in which they digitally manipulated a scene that showed his character, boxer Clubber Lang, punching his opponent Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone. They had replaced Stallone's image with that of a balding, overweight salesman. Best Buy stopped showing the commercial and paid him an out of court settlement.

    • Mr. T chose his name after seeing the racism and poor treatment his father and older brother endured all their lives, saying the "Mr." gives him the respect they never had.

    • Mr. T revealed in the British Channel 4's documentary "Bring Back The A-Team" (2005) that he was the only person on the A-Team cast that did not have to audition, as the show was written specifically with him in mind as the star of the show.

    • (July 2006) Mr. T announced, after visiting and assisting victims of Hurricane Katrina, that he would no longer wear his trademark gold chains. He said he felt this was wrong after seeing so much suffering, telling himself "No, T, you can never wear your gold again. It is an insult to God."

    • (1986) Mr. T angered his neighbors in Lake Forest, Illinois when he clear-cut a large number of trees from around his home saying this was due to them bothering his allergies.

    • Mr. T originally got his gold from people he threw out as a bouncer.

    • Has explained the gold chains he wore represented the chains African slaves wore.

    • Had a breakfast cereal named after him in 1984.

    • Mr. T in 1984 released a rap album titled Mr. T's Commandments.

    • The Mr. T cartoon starred Mr. T as himself, the owner of a gym where a group of gymnasts trained. He would help them with their training, but they would also help him solve mysteries and fight crime.

    • His catch phrase, "I pity the fool!" comes from the film Rocky III (1983), where he played a boxer facing Rocky Balboa in a match. When asked if he hated Rocky, he replied, "I don't hate Balboa, but I pity the fool."

    • In 1982 Mr. T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in "The World's Toughest Bouncer" contest. His role in Rocky III (1983) was originally intended as just a few lines, but Stallone built up the part around the man.

    • It was while reading National Geographic that Mr. T first saw the unusual hairstyle for which he is now famous, on an African Mandinka warrior. He decided that adopting the style was a powerful statement about his African origins.

    • Mr. T's business card while he was a bouncer read: "Next to God, there is no better protector than I."

    • For about nine years he was a bodyguard to the stars, protecting such well-known personalities as Muhammad Ali, Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson, and Lee and Diana Ross.

    • After leaving college he was a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army before trying out for the Green Bay Packers. His professional football career was finished, however, by a knee injury.

    • The "B.A." in B.A. Baracus stands for Bosco Albert, not "Bad Attitude."

    • (June 2000) Trying to get a biography, "Cancer Saved My Life" published. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995. T currently lives in Sherman Oaks, California and is single.

  • Quotes

    • Mr. T: When I was growing up, my family was so poor we couldn't afford to pay attention.

    • (As B.A. Baracus on The A-Team)
      Mr. T: I ain't gettin on no plane!!

    • Mr. T: 'T' stands for 'Tender' for the ladies and the kids. For the bad guys and thugs 'T' stands for 'Tough'. You know, I have to be both.

    • (when asked why he "pities the fool")
      Mr. T: That is a good question. That is a good question and a legitimate question. And I'm the man to answer it. You pity the fool because you don't want to beat up a fool. You know, pity is between sorry and mercy. See, if you pity him, you won't have to beat him up. So that's why I say fools you gotta give another chance because they don't know no better.

    • Mr. T: As a kid, I got three meals a day. Oatmeal, miss-a-meal and no meal.

    • (commenting on his attire as a bodyguard)
      Mr. T: I shaved my head, wore derby hats, white gloves, 3 piece suits, carried a cane. I never went any place without a fresh carnation or a rosebud in my lapel.

    • Mr. T: I got hurt worse growing up in the ghetto than working as a bodyguard.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • a great actor

    10
    Mr.T was born Laurence Tureaud on 21 May 1952 in the rough southside ghetto area of Chicago. He is the second to youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers) and grew up in the housing projects of Chicago. His father left when he was 5, and his mother raised the family on $87 a month welfare in a three-room apartment. Mr. T's brothers encouraged him to build up his body in order to survive in the area, and he has commented, "If you think I'm big, you should see my brothers!" His mother is a religious woman, who has had a strong influence on him.moreless
  • A good actor

    7.5
    T, Mr. was born Laurence Tureaud on 21 May 1952 in the rough southside ghetto area of Chicago. He is the second to youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers) and grew up in the housing projects of Chicago. His father left when he was 5, and his mother raised the family on $87 a month welfare in a three-room apartment. Mr. T's brothers encouraged him to build up his body in order to survive in the area, and he has commented, "If you think I'm big, you should see my brothers!" His mother is a religious woman, who has had a strong influence on him. He says, "Any man who don't love his momma can't be no friend of mine." He was an average student in school. "Most of the time", he says, "I stared out the windows, just daydreaming. I didn't study much because I have a photographic memory". Apart from one spell between 5th and 7th grades when he went a little astray - playing hookey, cursing, acting tough, being disrespectful -- he was a well- behaved child. (He worried about how his mother would feel if he ended up in jail, and stayed out of trouble!) He attended Dunbar Vocational High School. He was a college football star, studied martial arts, and was three times city wrestling champion! He won a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, but was thrown out after a year. Entered the world of pro wrestling in 1985-86 and 1994-95. Was Hulk Hogan's tag team partner at the first WrestleMania, defeating the team of Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper on March 31, 1985. His feud with Piper continued into WrestleMania 2 in 1986, defeating Piper in a boxing match by DQ. Mr. T returned to the WWF as a special guest referee in 1987, before disappearing from the wrestling world. He reappeared as a special referee for a Hogan-Ric Flair match, 7 years later in October 1994. He stayed with Hogan for a few matches before returning to obscurity.moreless
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