Happy Birthday Mr. T: Celebrating the ‘A-Team’ Star and Former Pro Wrestler’s 69th

by John Jamison
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In the mid-1980s, Laurence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, made a name for himself as Sgt. Bosco B.A. Baracus on classic TV action show “The A-Team.” He also wrestled for the WWF as Mr. T during this period. Today marks the legend’s 69th birthday. And we pity the fool who doesn’t wish him well.

The iconic 1980s figure got his start in a way that many wouldn’t expect but will believe the second they hear it. He was a bodyguard. And not just any bodyguard. He protected some of the biggest names in the world, including Diana Ross and Muhammad Ali. Anyone serious enough to protect the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time is probably not worth messing with.

After getting noticed by Sylvester Stallone for his performance in tough-man competitions that aired on NBC, he earned the role of Clubber Lang in Rocky III. And he never looked back. Despite having almost zero acting experience, Mr. T turned in an iconic performance. His character, Clubber Lang, gave us the phrase “I pity the fool.”

After Rocky, Mr. T appeared on a number of different television shows. In 1983, he voiced his own character in the animated series “Mister T.” And in the same year, he landed his role on “The A-Team.” For four years, he portrayed B.A. Baracus on the hit show.

His larger-than-life personality also made a great fit for motivational advice videos like the ones included below. Watch him here, and ignore his guidance at your own peril.

Mr. T’s Cancer Diagnosis

In the mid-1990s, Mr. T was faced with a nightmare. He was diagnosed with cancer. It was T-cell lymphoma, to be specific. And he had some choice words regarding the disease.

“Can you imagine that?! Cancer with my name on it—personalized cancer,” he told Coping Magazine in 2000.

For years, he sparred with the disease. He went through intense rounds of chemotherapy, beating cancer back, only to have it return months later.

What is ‘The A-Team’ Star Doing These Days?

Thankfully, the 69-year old is enjoying better health these days. And he’s active on social media, posting frequently about his faith and motivation.

Recently, however, Mr. T talked about the prospect of an “A-Team” reboot. In an interview he gave to PopCulture, he offered some thoughts on the subject.

“Ain’t nothing like the real thing. They tried it with the movie, that didn’t work. And so, we had a certain chemistry. We came into people’s homes every Tuesday night,” he said. “People got the chance to know us, know what we was about it and all of that. So, it was we had time and it was just I had a good relationship with Dwight Schultz, who played Murdoch and Dirk Benedict, Faceman, and Hannibal, George Peppard. It was just, we had that chemistry.”

So his opinion is clear. But if we know anything about reboots, the original casts’ thoughts aren’t taken into consideration very often.

Nonetheless, we want to wish a very happy birthday to Mr. T. Here’s to another year.

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