Toughest dude of the toughest team on TV. Former wrestler. Possibly hardest man ever. Loves gold chains. Doesn’t like flying.
Mr. T was born Lawrence Tureaud in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest son in a family with twelve children. Tureaud attended Dunbar Vocational High School, where he played football, wrestled, and studied martial arts. While at Dunbar he became the city-wide wrestling champion two years in a row.
He then enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Military Police Corps. In November 1975, Tureaud was awarded a letter of recommendation by his drill sergeant, and in a cycle of six thousand troops Tureaud was elected “Top Trainee of the Cycle” and was also promoted to squad leader.
For about ten years he was a bodyguard to the stars, protecting such well-known personalities as Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
In 1980, Mr. T was spotted by Sylvester Stallone while taking part in NBC’s “America’s Toughest Bouncer” competition. Although his role in Rocky III was originally intended as just a few lines, Mr. T was eventually cast as Clubber Lang, the primary antagonist.
In the 2009 movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Mr. T provided the voice for Officer Earl Devereaux, the town’s athletic cop who loves his son very much.
Endorsements & TV Commercials
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.
Mr. T is now famous for his African Mandinka warrior hairstyle which he adopted as a powerful statement about his African origins.