born as Laurence Tureaud, is best known
for his role in the 1980s television series
"The A Team", his role as "Clubber
Lang" in Rocky III and for his appearances
on the WWF as a pro-wrestler. He is also
known for his record called "Mr.
T's Commandments", a rap album for
kids. His trademark mohawk and and gold
chains have made him an icon of the entertainment
T was born on May 21, 1952 as Laurence
Tureaud in Chicago, Illinois. The second-youngest
of twelve children, Mr. T grew up in a
small, three-bedroom apartment with his
siblings and mother. His father left them
when Mr. T was only five, leaving his
mother to raise twelve children on less
than $100 a month from her welfare check.
Determined to make his mother proud, Mr.
T worked hard in school and sports, eventually
becoming a local football star, student
of martial arts, and a three-time wrestling
graduating from Dunbar Vocational High
School, Mr. T was awarded a football scholarship
to Prairie View A&M University in
Texas. He was expelled after one year
but was quickly awarded scholarships to
other universities. Late, he joined the
Army to serve as a military policeman.
After his service ended, Mr. T was offered
a playing position with the Green Bay
Packers. His professional football career
was cut short by a serious knee injury
and Mr. T looked for work as a bodyguard,
T's size and strength landed him jobs
with Mahammad Ali, Diana Ross, and Michael
Jackson. In 1970 he changed his name to
Lawrence Tero and soon changed it again
to Mr. T. After an appearance on "The
World's Strongest Black Man", Mr.
T was sought out by Sylvester Stallone
to play a boxer in the upcoming movie
T found some film success in "The
Beastmaster" and "Penetentiary
2" before accepting his biggest role
as B.A. Baracus in the television show
"The A-Team". The show premiered
in 1983 and launched Mr. T into the center
of pop culture. One year later Mr. T produced
a video entitled "Be Somebody...or
Be Somebody's Fool!" that he produced
with musician Ice T as a motivational
and inspirational video for children.
Mr. T's album, "Mr. T's Commandments"
came out later that same year. Like his
first video, Commandments was designed
to teach and inspire youth.
1985 Mr. T entered the world of professional
wrestling when he joined Hulk Hogan for
the first WrestleMania. Because of his
background in Rocky, Mr. T became a special
"WWF boxer", although he never
made this is full-time career.
the late 1980s and early 1990s Mr. T appeared
in numerous television shows and movies,
mostly as cameo appearances or small roles.
He also worked on commercials for communication
companies like MCI and Comcast. In 1995
Mr. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma
which has limited his ability to work
T continues to be a pop culture icon for
generations and still makes appearances
on the TBN Christian television network.
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