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Mr. T

Mostly Credited As: Mr. T
Birth Name: Laurence Tureaud
Date Of Birth: May 21, 1952 (Age 63)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Mr. T

After being a bodyguard for the likes of Mohammed Ali, being a military policeman and a role in Rocky, his career culminated in the role of "BA" on televisions A-Team show.

Mr. T was born Laurence Tureaud on May 21, 1952 in the rough southside ghetto area of Chicago. He is the second youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers), and grew up in government housing. 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. His mother is a religious woman, who has had a strong influence on him.

He was an average student in school. 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). He attended Dunbar Vocational High School.

He was a football star, studied martial arts, and was a 3-time city wrestling champion. He won a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, but was thrown out after a year. After that he went to a couple of little colleges in Chicago, always on an athletic scholarship. When he left college, Mr. T was a military policeman in the US Army. After that, he was invited to try out for the Green Bay Packers, but a knee injury finished his professional football career.

When he wasn't working as a bodyguard, he filled in by working as a bouncer. One job he had was at Dingbat's club in Chicago. He'd confront trouble makers and advice them not to caouse troble. He changed his name in 1970 by deed poll to Laurence Tero, and later to Mr. T in order that people would HAVE to address him as "Mr."

It was whilst reading "National Geographic" that Mr. T first saw the hairstyle for which he is now famous -- on a Mandinka warrior. He felt that adopting the style was a powerful statement about his origins.

In 1975 he worked for a while on the Chicago educational scheme as a gym teacher. In 1978 he decided to do something definite about his religious beliefs and was re-baptised in the Cosmopolitan Community Church in Chicago.

In 1982, Mr. T was 'spotted' by Sylvester Stallone; he was on the TV show "Games People Play," taking part in "The World's Toughest Bouncer" contest -- tossing two stuntmen about quite casually! His role in "Rocky III" was originally intended as just a few lines, but Stallone built up the part around the man. Mr. T also appeared in another boxing film, "Penitentiary 2," and in a cable TV special, "Bizarre," before accepting the role of BA in "The A-Team." The rest is history.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
I Pity the Tool (2015)As: Himself
World's Craziest Fools (2011)As: Himself
I Pity The Fool (2006)As: Host
The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour (2004)As: Himself
Eek! the Cat (1992)As: Additional Voices -- [Voice]
T and T (1988)As: T.S. Turner
The A-Team (1983)As: Sgt. Bosco Albert "B.A." Baracus
Mister T (1983)As: Himself -- [Voice]
Episode Cast Credits 

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (2014) 
  2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (LIVE) 01x01: (Apr/05/2014) As Himself (Inductee) 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Dave Salmoni, Joel McHale, India.Arie 01x73: (Sep/24/2009) As Himself 
  Adam Sandler, Peter Sarsgaard, Kate Voegele 01x31: (Jul/20/2009) As Himself (Archive Footage) 

The One Show (2006) 
  February 26, 2009 03x142: (Feb/26/2009) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Rachel Weisz, David Rakoff, Morningwood 14x37: (Oct/31/2006) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Ed Viesturs, Mr. T 56x33: (Oct/18/2006) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Martin Scorsese, Harland Williams, The Decemberists 14x12: (Oct/03/2006) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Billy Bob Thornton, Mr. T, The Wreckers 14x08: (Sep/27/2006) As Himself 

Bring Back... (2005) 
  Bring Back The A Team 01x03: (May/18/2006) As Himself 

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2003) 
  The Johnson Family 02x22: (May/08/2005) As Himself 

Johnny Bravo (1997) 
  Get Shovelized!/T Is For Trouble 04x07: (Jul/09/2004) Voiced  Himself 

Praise the Lord (1973) 
  3/25/04 13x06: (Mar/25/2004) As Himself 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Today I am a Clown 15x06: (Dec/07/2003) Voiced  Himself 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Mr. T 03x06: (Feb/07/1999) As Himself 

Suddenly Susan (1996) 
  I'll See That and Raise You Susan 01x22: (May/08/1997) As Himself 

Martin (1992) 
  Boo's in the House 05x05: (Oct/31/1996) As Mr. Jenkins 

WCW Pay-Per-View (1987) 
  Starrcade 1994 08x07: (Dec/27/1994) As Himself 
  Halloween Havoc 1994 08x06: (Oct/23/1994) As Himself 

WWE Pay-Per-View (1985) 
  WrestleMania II - New York, Chicago & Los Angeles 02x01: (Apr/07/1986) As Himself 
  WrestleMania - New York City, NY 01x01: (Mar/31/1985) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Mr. T & Hulk Hogan/The Commodores 10x17: (Mar/30/1985) As Himself (Co-Host) 
  Louis Gossett Jr./George Thorogood and the Destroyers 08x02: (Oct/02/1982) As Himself, [Special Guest Stars]

Soul Train (1971) 
  Jeffrey Osborne/ Alicia Myers/ Mr. T 14x06: (Oct/27/1984) As Himself 

Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1973) 
  Mr. T 01x53: (Mar/14/1984) As Himself 

Battle of the Network Stars (1976) 
  Special #15 01x15: (Nov/03/1983) As NBC Team Captain 
  Special #14 01x14: (May/04/1983) As NBC Team 

Diff'rent Strokes (1978) 
  Mr. T and mr. t 06x01: (Oct/01/1983) As Himself 

Silver Spoons (1982) 
  Me & Mr. T 01x04: (Oct/16/1982) As Himself 

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