Former pro wrestler and American actor best known for playing BA Baracus in The A-Team.
Mr. T (born Lawrence Tureaud) grew up in the Chicago’s housing project with four sisters and seven brothers. After leaving college he became a Military Policeman in the US Army before trying out for the Green Bay Packers, his pro football career unfortunately curtailed by a knee injury.
For about ten years Mr. T worked as a bodyguard to the stars, protecting such well-known personalities as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
Mr. T adopted the African Mandinka warrior hairstyle as a powerful statement about his African origins.
While taking part in NBC’s America’s Toughest Bouncer competition, Mr. T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone, and although Sylvester intended to give him just a few lines in Rocky III, he eventually cast him as Clubber Lang, the primary antagonist.
In 2005, Mr. T announced he would never wear his chains again saying, “No, T, you can never wear your gold again. It’s an insult to God.” He came to this decision after seeing the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. T also donated a great deal of clothing and money to Katrina victims.
Mr. T did a video campaign for Hitachi’s Data Systems that was created and posted on consumer video sites including YouTube and Yahoo! Video. Then, in 2007, he appeared in a television commercial for the online role playing game World of Warcraft with the phrase “I’m Mr. T and I’m a Night Elf Mohawk”. A follow-up to this commercial appeared in November 2009 where he appeared promoting the “mohawk grenade” item, which appears in game and turns other players into Mr. T’s likeness.
In the 2009 movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Mr. T provided the voice for Officer Earl Devereaux, the town’s athletic cop.
Starting in 2011, Mr. T presented a clip show on BBC Three named World’s Craziest Fools. The show featured stories such as botched bank robberies and inept insurance fraudsters alongside fail videos.
In 2015, Mr. T starred in a series of Fuze Iced Tea advertisements, stating, “The only thing bolder than Fuze Iced Tea is ME!” The brand, owned by Coca-Cola, also briefly centered their social profiles and website around Mr. T.