Mr. T

Lowest Rated: 8% Spy Hard (1996)
Birthday: May 21, 1952
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
With muscle-bound arms bulging from his sleeveless tank tops, a mohawk, and enough gold jewelry to enrich a small nation, gruff, tough Mr. T was certainly one of the most recognizable television stars of the early '80s. Though more of a personality than a bona fide actor, he has appeared in several features, but is best known for playing no-nonsense ex-soldier B.A. Baracus on the hit action-drama The A-Team (1983-1987). Prior to that, Mr. T had played character roles in four feature films. Born Lawrence Tureaud in a tough southside Chicago project, he was the second youngest of 12 siblings. His father abandoned the family when Tureaud was five, leaving his mother to raise her huge family alone in a three-bedroom apartment on less than 100 dollars a month from welfare. Tureaud was devoted to his mother, and though he got into a little trouble during early adolescence, straightened himself out so as not to shame her by getting thrown in jail. Following graduation from Dunbar Vocational High School, Tureaud attended college. His football skills landed him a scholarship to Prairie View A & M University in Texas, but he was expelled after one year. Tureaud qualified for other sports scholarships and so continued his education until joining the Army and serving as a military policeman. Following his discharge, he was recruited by the Green Bay Packers, but suffered a serious knee injury and so became a bodyguard for stars such as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross. He also worked as a bouncer. In 1970, he changed his name to Lawrence Tero and shortly thereafter shortened it to Mr. T. In the mid-'70s, he worked as a gym teacher in Chicago. It was Sylvester Stallone who offered him his first acting job after Stallone saw the beefy black bouncer on the TV show Games People Play. Stallone was so impressed by Mr. T's agile strength that he cast him in Rocky III (1982). Mr. T was at his peak popularity, particularly with young boys, while on The A-Team. At one point a toy company even created a Mr. T action figure. He also had a breakfast cereal named after him. Following his series' demise, Mr. T's acting career has been sporadic. Over the course of the next few decades, small roles in film (Not Another Teen Movie) and television (Martin, Malcolm and Eddie) helped the amiable tough guy remain a recognizable pop culture icon, but in 2011 Mr. T began hosting World's Craziest Fools, an irreverent, clip-based show featuring criminal blunders and side-splitting mishaps captured on amateur video footage and CCTV.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
86% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Earl Devereaux $124.9M 2009
29% Not Another Teen Movie Wise Janitor $37.9M 2001
No Score Yet Judgment J.T. Quincy 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live: The Best of Eddie Murphy Actor 1998
8% Spy Hard Helicopter Pilot 1996
No Score Yet The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III Freedom 1994
47% Freaked Bearded Lady 1993
No Score Yet Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones Actor 1990
No Score Yet Straight Line Actor 1988
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Actor 1987
No Score Yet Through the Looking Glass Actor 1987
No Score Yet Bob Hope Buys NBC? Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Toughest Man in the World Bruise Brubaker 1984
17% D.C. Cab Samson 1983
29% Young Doctors in Love Cameo 1982
66% Rocky III Clubber Lang 1982
No Score Yet Penitentiary 2 Himself 1982

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
Reality cast member
  • 2017
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Bosco `B.A.' Baracus
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host
  • 1985
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
Himself
  • 1983

QUOTES FROM Mr. T CHARACTERS