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Biography #2Laurence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, was an actor mostly known for his roles in the 1980s television series The A-Team and as boxer Clubber Lang in the movie, Rocky III. In the series, he played Bosco Bad Attitude (or B.A.) Baracus, an ex-army commando on the run with three others members from the US government for crimes they didn't commit. Tureaud was the second to youngest of twelve children; he and his four sisters and seven brothers grew up in the housing projects of Chicago. Tureaud is famous for his trademark Mohawk-style haircut and for the many gold chains he wears around his neck. His catch phrase, I pity the fool!, comes from Rocky III, where he played a boxer facing Rocky Balboa in a match. When asked if he hated Rocky, he replied, I don't hate Balboa, I pity the fool.
At 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) tall, Tureaud weighs somewhere between 216 and 237 lb (98 and 108 kg). His gold jewelry is genuine and worth around $300,000. It takes him about an hour to put it on, and most nights he cleans it in an ultrasonic cleaner although some nights he sleeps in it to see how my ancestors, who were slaves, felt. He was once reported to be earning around $80,000 a week for his role in The A-Team and getting $15,000 for personal appearances, but by the end of the 1990s, he was appearing only in the occasional commercial, largely because of health problems.
Tureaud was born in Chicago, Illinois, was a college American football star, studied martial arts, and won a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University, Texas, but was thrown out after a year. After that he went to a couple of small Chicago colleges on athletic scholarships. After leaving college he was a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army before trying out for the Green Bay Packers. His professional football career was finished, however, by a knee injury.
For about nine years Tureaud was a bodyguard to the stars, protecting such well-known personalities as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross. He charged around $3,000 a day and his business card famously read, Next to God, there is no better protector than I. He always boasts that he never lost a client saying, "I got hurt worse growing up in the ghetto than working as a bodyguard."
In 1970 he changed his name by deed poll from Laurence Tureaud to Laurence Tero and then later to Mr. T so that people would have to address him as Mr. It was while reading National Geographic that Mr. T first saw the unusual hairstyle for which he is now famous, on an African Mandinka warrior. He decided that adopting the style was a powerful statement about his African origins.
In 1982 Tureaud was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in The World's Toughest Bouncer contest. 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 television special, Bizarre, before accepting the role of B.A. in The A-Team. When asked at a press conference whether he was as stupid as B.A. Baracas, he observed quietly, It takes a smart guy to play dumb.
Mr. T entered the world of pro wrestling in 1985 and returned to it in 1994. He was Hulk Hogan's tag-team partner at the first WrestleMania. He returned to the World Wrestling Federation as a special guest referee in 1987, before disappearing from the wrestling world. He reappeared as a special referee for a Hogan-Ric Flair match, seven years later, in October 1994.
Tureaud was diagnosed in 1995 with T-cell lymphoma. He lives in Sherman Oaks, California, and is single. Mr. T still seeks acting jobs and has had small roles in several films. He has also appeared in commercials for MCI's 1-800-COLLECT collect-call service.
Mr. T is famous on the Internet for two phenomena that were created to honor him. The first, Mr. T Ate My Balls quickly became applied to other celebrities. The other, Mr. T. vs... is a phenomenon of web pages depicting Mr. T fighting other celebrities, political figures, and other famous people in multi-page online comic books, made with rather substandard photo editing and doctoring techniques. Mr. T traditionally wins the contest, later to relax with a glass of milk.
Mr. T also has a cameo role in the Nintendo video game EarthBound. Mr. T is a born-again Christian, and he frequently appears on the TBN Christian television series.
Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Mr. T" (16-Jul-2004)
Biography #3 (for Judgment: The Movie)A former professional wrestler, personal bodyguard and cancer survivor, Mr. T has become an icon in the world of entertainment. Selected by Sylvester Stallone to play a lead role as Clubber Lang in Rocky III, he truly burst into the public eye. Since then Mr. T has starred in the hit television series The A Team, and has had film roles in Inspector Gadget, Spy Hard and Freaked. He has also had television appearances in Suddenly Susan, Blossom and Martin.
Mr. T presently lives in Sherman Oaks, California, and is planning on publishing his biography entitled Cancer Saved My Life.
for "Judgment: The Movie" updated 01-Jan-2000