Mr. T

Actor, Wrestler, Singer
An unmistakably coiffed self-promotion machine, former bodyguard-turned- actor, Mr. T was one of television's most recognized faces during the peak of his fame in the early to mid 1980's. Famed for his fearsome physique ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Earl Devereaux (Actor)

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Simpsons 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Not Another Teen Movie 2001 (Movie)

Wise Janitor (Actor)

Blossom 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judgement 2000 (Movie)

JT Quincy (Actor)

Malcolm and Eddie 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martin 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inspector Gadget 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

Agency Helicopter Pilot (Actor)

Freaked 1993 (Movie)

Bearded Lady (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

T and T 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The A-Team 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

WrestleMania 2 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons Television 1985 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. T and Emmanuel Lewis in A Christmas Dream 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XV 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Private Home Movies 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XIV 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

D.C. Cab 1983 (Movie)

Samson (Actor)

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Rocky III 1982 (Movie)

Clubber Lang (Actor)

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

Soap Cameo (Actor)

Penitentiary II 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Mr. T (TV Show)

Voice

My First Time (TV Show)

Actor

Straight Line (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An unmistakably coiffed self-promotion machine, former bodyguard-turned- actor, Mr. T was one of television's most recognized faces during the peak of his fame in the early to mid 1980's. Famed for his fearsome physique and eye-catching Mohawk haircut, Mr. T shot to stardom in 1983 when he was handpicked by director-writer-star Sylvester Stallone to play the brutal brawler Clubber Lang in "Rocky III" (1982). But it was his role of Sergeant B.A. Baracus - the rough-talking ex-Army commando on the run with his eclectic group of comrades on "The A-Team" (NBC, 1983-87) which solidified his celebrity from that point on. Although he often teetered on self-parody, Mr. T made such an indelible impression that even two decades on, he remained a familiar touchstone for children of the eighties turned adults who still loved hearing him bark, "I pity the fool!"

Relationships

T Junior

Son
Born c. 1986

Phyllis Clark

Wife
Married in 1971 divorced

Nathaniel Tureaud

Father
Abandoned family when Mr. T was five years old

Erika Tureaud

Daughter
Born c. 1979 mother, Phillys Clark

Lesa Tureaud

Daughter
Born c. 1971 mother, Phillys Clark

EDUCATION

Paul Lawrence Dunbar Vocational Career Academy

Chicago , Illinois
Played football, studied martial arts, and was a three time city wrestling champion

Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View , Texas 1971
Won a scholarship to play football, but he was thrown out after a year

Milestones

2009

Voiced Chief Earl Devereaux in the animated film, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

2006

Hosted the reality series on TV Land, "I Pity the Fool"

2001

Played a wise janitor in the comedy spoof, "Not Another Teen Movie"

1999

Appeared in the feature film "Inspector Gadget" starring Matthew Broderick

1994

Reappeared as a special referee for a Hogan-Ric Flair match

1987

Starred in the syndicated series "T. and T."

1984

Released a second album titled, Mr. T's Be Somebody Or Be Somebody's Fool, which featured music from the motivational video of the same name

1984

Released a rap album titled, Mr. T's Commandments and a related educational video

1983

Voiced himself in the Saturday morning cartoon, "Mr. T" (NBC)

1983

First starring role in a feature, the Joel Schumacher-directed, "D.C. Cab"

1983

Played ex-soldier B.A. Baracus on the hit NBC action-drama, "The A-Team"

1982

Had a memorable role as a boxer facing Rocky Balboa in the movie, "Rocky III"

1981

Made his feature debut in the boxing film, "Penitentiary 2"

1980

Appeared on NBC's "America's Toughest Bouncer" competition, a segment of NBC's "Games People Play"; spotted by Sylvester Stallone

Briefly played for the Green Bay Packers; left due to a knee injury

Worked as a bouncer and bodyguard to Steve McQueen, Muhammad Ali and Diana Ross

Served as a military policeman in the U.S. Army

Bonus Trivia

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Developed his signature look from a National Geographic photo of a Mandika warrior in Mali.

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Mr. T was quite conscious of being a positive role model for the millions of children who admired him and he never drank, smoked, or took drugs of any kind. He turned down acting roles that cast him as the villain or as overtly sexy.

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In 1995, Mr. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma; announced he was cancer free in 2001

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In 2003, Mr. T filed suit against Best Buy for using his likeness in advertising without permission.

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In 2005, Mr. T stated that he would never wear his chains again. He arrived at this decision after seeing the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

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