Mr. T

Mr. T

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1952-05-21 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA

32 Movies · 20 TV shows

Also Known As: T · Laurence Tureaud

Biography

Mr. T (born Lawrence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor, television personality, and retired professional wrestler. He is known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team and as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III. He is also known for his distinctive hairstyle inspired by Mandinka warriors in West Africa, his gold jewelry, his tough-guy image, and his catchphrase "I pity the fool!", first uttered as Clubber Lang in Rocky III, then turned into a trademark and reused in slogans or titles, like the reality show I Pity the Fool in 2006.

Personal Life

Mr. T is a born-again Christian. Mr. T has three children; two daughters, one of whom is a comedian, and a son from his ex-wife.In 1987, he angered the residents of Lake Forest, Illinois, by cutting down more than a hundred oak trees on his estate. The local newspaper referred to the incident as "the Lake Forest Chain Saw Massacre".In 1995, he was diagnosed with a cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, or mycosis fungoides. Once in remission, he joked about the coincidence: "Can you imagine that? Cancer with my name on it — personalized cancer!" He wrote an as-yet unpublished book on this experience, called Cancer Saved My Life (Cancer Ain't For No Wimps). He made a direct reference to it as he performed a waltz to the song Amazing Grace in Dancing with the Stars.He stopped wearing virtually 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."Mr. T often refers to himself in the third person. He also frequently talks in rhymes. He cites Muhammad Ali as his "childhood hero" and his main inspiration with regards to style and mannerisms.

Early Life

Mr. T was born Lawrence Tureaud in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest son in a family with twelve children. Tureaud, with his four sisters and seven brothers, grew up in a three-room apartment in the Robert Taylor Homes. His father, Nathaniel Tureaud, was a minister. After his father left when he was five, he shortened his name to Lawrence Tero. In 1970, he legally changed his last name to T. His new name, Mr. T., was based upon his childhood impressions regarding the lack of respect from white people for his family:I think about my father being called 'boy', my uncle being called 'boy', my brother, coming back from Vietnam and being called 'boy'. So I questioned myself: "What does a black man have to do before he's given the respect as a man?" So when I was 18 years old, when I was old enough to fight and die for my country, old enough to drink, old enough to vote, I said I was old enough to be called a man. I self-ordained myself Mr. T so the first word out of everybody's mouth is "Mr." That's a sign of respect that my father didn't get, that my brother didn't get, that my mother didn't get.Tureaud attended Dunbar Vocational High School, where he played football, wrestled, and studied martial arts. While at Dunbar he became the citywide wrestling champion two years in a row. He won a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M University, where he majored in mathematics, but was expelled after his first year.He then enlisted in the United States Army in 1975 and served in the Military Police Corps. After his discharge in the late 1970s, he tried out for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League, but failed to make the team due to a knee injury.Tureaud next worked as a bouncer at the Rush Street club Dingbats. It was at this time that he created the persona of Mr. T. His wearing of gold neck chains and other jewelry was the result of customers losing the items or leaving them behind at the night club after a fight. A banned customer, or one reluctant to risk a confrontation by going back inside, could return to claim his property from Mr. T wearing it conspicuously right out front. Along with controlling the violence as a doorman, Tureaud was mainly hired to keep out drug dealers and users. Tureaud claims that as a bouncer, he was in over 200 fights and was sued a number of times, but won each case. "I have been in and out of the courts as a result of my beating up somebody. I have been sued by customers whom I threw out that claimed that I viciously attacked them without just cause and/or I caused them great bodily harm as a result of a beating I supposedly gave them," Mr. T once remarked.He eventually parlayed his job as a bouncer into a career as a bodyguard that lasted almost ten years. As his reputation grew, he was contracted to guard, among others, clothes designers, models, judges, politicians, athletes and millionaires. He protected well-known personalities such as Muhammad Ali, Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson, Leon Spinks, Joe Frazier and Diana Ross, charging $3,000 per day, to a maximum of $10,000 per day, depending on the clientele's risk-rate and traveling locations.With his reputation as "Mr. T", Tureaud attracted strange offers and was frequently approached with odd commissions, which included assassination, tracking runaway teenagers, locating missing persons, and large firms asking him to collect past-due payments by force. Tureaud claims that he was once anonymously offered $75,000 to assassinate a target and received in the mail a file of the hit and an advance of $5,000, but he refused it.While he was in his late twenties, Tureaud won two tough-man competitions consecutively. The first aired as "Sunday Games" on NBC-TV under the contest of "America's Toughest Bouncer" which included throwing a 150-pound (68 kg) stuntman, and breaking through a 4-inch (10 cm) wooden door. For the first event, Tureaud came in third place. For the end, two finalists squared off in a boxing ring for a two-minute round to declare the champion. Making it to the ring as a finalist, he had as his opponent a 280-pound (130 kg) Honolulu bouncer named Tutefano Tufi. Within twenty seconds "Mr. T" gave the six foot five competitor a bloody nose, and later a bloody mouth. He won the match and thus the competition. The second competition was aired under the new name "Games People Play" on NBC-TV. When interviewed by Bryant Gumbel before the final boxing match, Mr T. said, "I just feel sorry for the guy who I have to box. I just feel real sorry for him." This fight was scheduled to last three rounds, but Mr. T finished it in less than 54 seconds. The line, "I don't hate him but... I pity the fool" in the movie Rocky III was written by Sylvester Stallone, who is reputed to have been inspired by the interview.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 Movie
You Cannot Kill David Arquette

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

2020
David Arquette is known as the most hated man in pro-wrestling worldwide after winning the title as part of a marketing stunt. Nearly 20 years after he "won" the initial title, through ups and downs i...

2018.

1 Movie
Vice

Vice

7.36
2018
George W. Bush picked Dick Cheney to be his running mate in the 2000 presidential election. Cheney has experience in politics, having served as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defe...

2015.

1 Movie
From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues

From Rocky to Creed: The Legacy Continues

2015
In this one-hour documentary event narrated by Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, the filmmakers and past cast members share Rockys Cinderella story from the Oscar®-winning first film to the critic...

2014.

1 Movie
WWE Hall Of Fame 2014

WWE Hall Of Fame 2014

2014
Inductees into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame included Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Razor Ramon, Lita, Paul Bearer, Mr. T and Carlos Colón.

2013.

1 Movie
WWE: Best of WWE at Madison Square Garden

WWE: Best of WWE at Madison Square Garden

2013
The greatest moments from WWE's long and storied history with Madison Square Garden.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
World's Craziest Fools

World's Craziest Fools

2011
World's Craziest Fools is a clip show made by Roughcut TV for BBC Three, presented by Mr. T. It showcases clips, sometimes viral, of people making themselves look like "Fools", often by accident. Many...
WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania

WWE: The True Story of WrestleMania

2011
An annual pop culture touch point, it is the most anticipated yearly event in sports entertainment. The biggest matches, the biggest stars, and the biggest celebrities have been hosted at WrestleMania...

2009.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

7.75
2009
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show that featured Conan O'Brien as host from June 1, 2009 to January 22, 2010 as part of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise. ...
WWE: Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series

WWE: Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series

2009
Hulk Hogan is an enduring name in sports entertainment. He headlined the first nine WrestleMania events, becoming a global icon still cheered today by generations of Hulkamaniacs. His 2005 induction i...
WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

2009
The phrase Saturday Night s Main Event means the biggest WWE Superstars of the 80s and 90s fighting memorable battles along with humorous and unique vignettes. For the first time ever, the greatest ma...
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

6.06
2009
Thanks to the invention of a machine, the citizens of Chewandswallow were able to feed themselves. When the food is large,Flint has to scramble. Will he be able to end the weather before the town is d...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
WWE: Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology

WWE: Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology

2006
The best and most memorable matches from Hulk Hogan's career.
TV
The One Show

The One Show

2006
A magazine-style daily television programme is broadcasted on the UK's most popular television channel. The programme is hosted by Alex Jones and Matt Baker from Monday to Thursday and Chris Evans on ...

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Bring Back...

Bring Back...

2005
Bring Back... is a British television series comprising one-off shows where Justin Lee Collins tries to locate people from music, TV or film backgrounds to reunite them for a one-off performance or ge...
WWE: Wrestlemania Recall

WWE: Wrestlemania Recall

2005
WWE Wrestlemania Recall

2003.

1 TV show
TV
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

2003
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is an American reality television series providing home improvements for less fortunate families and community schools. The show is hosted by former model, carpenter and...

2001.

2 Movies
Judgment

Judgment

2001
Helen Hannah is on trial. Victoria Thorne was assigned to defend her. The entire trial is scripted, but that doesn't mean he's on one side or the other.
Not Another Teen Movie

Not Another Teen Movie

5.67
2001
On a bet, a gridiron hero at John Hughes High School sets out to turn a bespectacled plain Jane into a beautiful and popular prom queen in this outrageous send-up of the teen movie genre.

1999.

1 Movie
Inspector Gadget

Inspector Gadget

5.89
1999
John Brown is a security guard who was badly injured in an explosion. A leading robotic surgeon uses state-of-the-art gadgets and tools. John, along with his niece,Penny, and his dog, Brain, are named...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
Johnny Bravo

Johnny Bravo

6.04
1997
The story of a free spirit who believes he is a gift from God to the women of the earth was told by JohnnyBravo. Johnny is seen as a Mama's boy with big muscles and big hair. No matter what he does or...

1996.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
Spy Hard

Spy Hard

1996
The bad Gen. Dick Steele is the only man who can stop Rancor. Steele and Ukrinsky are working together to get a computer circuit for a missile. The evil mastermind is holding Veronique's father and se...
TV
Suddenly Susan

Suddenly Susan

4
1996
Suddenly Susan is a sitcom. Susan is a magazine writer in San Francisco who learns to be independent-minded after being taken care of all her life.
TV
E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows, and well-known public figures are the subjects of a documentary series on E! salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murders a...

1994.

4 Movies
WCW Starrcade 1994

WCW Starrcade 1994

1994
Starrcade '94: Triple Threat took place on December 27, 1994 from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The main event featured Hulk Hogan defending the WCW World Heavyweight Cha...
WCW Bash at The Beach 1994

WCW Bash at The Beach 1994

1994
Hulk Hogan battles Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Pretty Wonderful faces Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan for the WCW World Tag Team Championship. The WCW United States Championship...
WCW Halloween Havoc 1994

WCW Halloween Havoc 1994

1994
Halloween Havoc took place in Detroit, Michigan in 1994. The main event was a Steel Cage career. There was a career match between Hogan and Flair. The Guardian Angel vs Vader was one of the matches th...
The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III

The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III

1994
When a sly magician casts a spell so that he can buy Goldy, the last Golden Bear, Jesse runs away with her pet. Hiding deep in the heart of the forest, the youngster meets a 'Ghostman' who believes al...

1993.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
Freaked

Freaked

1993
Three people end up at a freak farm.

1992.

2 TV shows
TV
Eek! The Cat

Eek! The Cat

6
1992
Eek! The Cat is a Canadian-American animated series, created by Savage Steve Holland and Bill Kopp and produced by Fox Kids and Savage Studios with animation by Nelvana, that ran from 1992 to 1997.
TV
Martin

Martin

6
1992
Martin is an American sitcom produced by HBO Independent Productions that aired for five seasons, from August 27, 1992 to May 1, 1997 on Fox. The show is both titled after and stars actor-comedian Mar...

1991.

1 Movie
Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show

Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show

1991
Even though he wants the hottest comedians, he gets no respect.

1989.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
Straight Line

Straight Line

1989
Mr. T comes out fighting in Straight Line, an intense, unrelenting action thriller about the sinister mind-control plot of a power-mad man, and the immovable object that won't stop 'til he drops! Mr. ...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
T. and T.

T. and T.

1988
T. And T. In production from 1987 to 1990 is a Canadian-produced television series. The series moved to new episodes on the Family Channel in 1990. It was Mr's vehicle of choice. The A-Team was cancel...

1987.

1 Movie
Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

1987
In this animated feature about a little girl making her way through a fantastic land filled with strange creatures and running into surprises around every corner, Alice makes her way through a fantast...

1986.

1 Movie
WWE WrestleMania II

WWE WrestleMania II

1986
Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper in a Boxing match Battle Royal featuring superstars and athletes from the WWF and NFL Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy in a Steel Cage match for the WWF Championship

1985.

1 Movie
WWE WrestleMania

WWE WrestleMania

1985
The first professional wrestling pay-per-view event took place in New York City. There were professional wrestling matches on the show. T against Paul Orndorff.

1984.

3 Movies
A Christmas Dream

A Christmas Dream

1984
In this NBC Christmas Special from 1984, Mr. T plays a street Santa Claus who meets a young boy, played by Emmanuel Lewis of TV's Webster, who doesn't share the spirit of Christmas. Mr. T sets out to ...
Be Somebody… or Be Somebody's Fool!

Be Somebody… or Be Somebody's Fool!

1984
Educational video where Mr. T attempts to instill good values (honor thy mother, don't give in to peer pressure, etc.) to kids through rapping and breakdancing, among other things.
The Toughest Man in the World

The Toughest Man in the World

1984
Mr. T's first starring made-for-TV movie role has him playing a tough and scowling, but softhearted, nightclub bouncer who finds himself involved with a bunch of kids after being conned into taking ov...

1983.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The A-Team

The A-Team

4
1983
The A-Team is an American action-adventure television series, running from 1983 to 1987, about a fictional group of ex United States Army Special Forces personnel who work as soldiers of fortune, whil...
TV
Mister T

Mister T

1983
Mister T is an animated series that aired on NBC on Saturday morning from 1983 to 1986. A total of 30 episodes were produced during the first two seasons, with the final season consisting entirely of ...
D.C. Cab

D.C. Cab

1983
Harold owned a rundown cab company. Albert wants to start his own cab company, but Harold's employees don't want to make something out of themselves, so he needs to motivate them. Cab drivers must dec...

1982.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Silver Spoons

Silver Spoons

8
1982
From September 25, 1982 to May 11, 1986 and from September 15, 1986 to March 4, 1987 Silver Spoons was a sitcom that aired on NBC. The series was produced by Embassy Television for the first four seas...
Penitentiary II

Penitentiary II

1982
When one of his prison enemies escapes and kills his girlfriend, an ex-con on parole decides to resume his boxing career.
Rocky III

Rocky III

5.83
1982
Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from La...

1980.

1 Movie
The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

7.2
1980
Jake Blues, just released from prison, put his old band back together to save the catholic home where he and his brother were raised.

1978.

1 TV show
TV
Diff'rent Strokes

Diff'rent Strokes

6.23
1978
The series stars Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges as Arnold and Willis Jackson, two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white Park Avenue businessman named Phillip and his daught...

1976.

1 TV show
TV
Battle of the Network Stars

Battle of the Network Stars

1976
Battle of the Network Stars was a series of competitions where television stars from ABC, CBS, and NBC would compete in various sporting events. A total of nineteen of these competitions were held, al...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1952.

1 TV show
TV
Today

Today

1952
The American morning television show is called Today. January 14, 1952 is when the program first aired. The first of its kind, the fifth-longest running American television series. It was expanded to ...
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