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.