Mr. T

“I pity the fool!”

We suppose it’s obvious. If you want to grow up to be a big, bad, take-no-nonsense dude, decked out in gold chains with a mohawk and an attitude… you should probably change your name from Laurence Tureaud to something a little more, er, tough.

And so that’s just what the poor black kid from the mean streets of Chicago did when he decided it was time to make a name for himself… and behold, Mr. T was born.

Best known as Sergeant Bosco (‘B.A.’) Baracus on NBC’s The A-Team, Mr. T. devoted a lot of the 80s to being one bad-ass dude. And from guest spots on Silver Spoons and Diff’rent Strokes, to a bit of a wrestling career in the WWF, Mr. T was everywhere, it seemed.

But… if it weren’t for Sylvester Stallone, we may not have ever met Mr. T at all. After catching a glimpse of Laurence– oops!… we mean ‘Mr. T’ on NBC’s Games People Play, Sly hand-picked his for a career-making role as Clubber Lang in 1982’s Rocky III.

Sure, he may have looked tough and talked tough, but inside Mr. T was just a big ol’ teddy bear, always doing what he could to tell kids about staying in school, saying ‘no’ to drugs, and always being a good friend.

If you were a kid in the 80s, it was nice to know that you had this guy out there, lookin’ out for you: “First name ‘Mister’, middle name ‘period’, last name ‘T’.”

We ♥ Mr. T.

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~ by weheartthe80s on November 18, 2011.

One Response to “Mr. T”

  1. You know I had to comment on the baddest mofo from the ’80s, didn’t you? I pity the fool who wouldn’t (and, if you’re ever in need of a laugh, check this out):

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