Pity the fool who doesn't know these 10 fun facts about Mr. T

We'd really like to see Mr. T's resume. From dancing, playing football, starring as B.A. Baracus on The A-Team and more! We just know that resume includes some of the wildest professions.

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Mr. T is an interesting person, right down to his gold chains and iconic mohawk. From the outside, Mr. T might seem like the most intimidating man in the room, and most of the time he is, but there is a lot to learn about the man behind B.A. Baracus. In the five seasons The A-Team was on air, households came to know and love Mr. T. 

Don't let the tough guy exterior fool you, there is a lot to learn about Mr. T! Below you will find 10 fun facts about one of the '80s greatest legends.

1. Mr. T had a rough start


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Believe it or not, Mr. T's real name is not actually Mr. T! He was born in 1952 with the name Laurence Tureaud. He grew up in an area of Chicago where poverty and violent crime was part of everyday life. He lived in a three bedroom house with his 11 siblings.

Mr. T was a witness to violent crimes at a very young age, which adds to his tough guy image. His mother was one of his biggest influences and she helped him stay off the streets and out of trouble.

2. He was a talented football player


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Just in case Mr. T needed another thing to add to his tough guy resume, he was very good at football and at one point in time, it was almost his profession. 

He even won a football scholarship to play for Prairie View A&M University in Texas. He also had a tryout for the Green Bay Packers, but failed due to a knee injury.

If things would have worked out differently for Mr. T, who knows, maybe he'd be your favorite NFL player!

3. Mr. T was a bodyguard before becoming an actor


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Of course he was. Mr. T became a bouncer to earn steady income when his football career had ended. His tough persona quickly attracted club owners and eventually, more high profile clients.

Mr. T went on to be a bodygaurd for Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Muhammad Ali.

Who would ever want to get into a fight with Mr. T?

4. He had a breakfast cereal named after him


Mr. T Cereal was manufactured by the Quaker Oats Company from 1984 to 1993. The cereal is said to taste like Cap'n Crunch. The cereal featured Mr. T as the mascot and was marketed to children. 

It contained heaping amounts of sugar, just in case kids weren't sold. Mr. T stickers, comics and prizes also came in the box. Did you ever munch on some Mr. T Cereal?

5. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame


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Mr. T loves wrestling and so does one of his best friends, Hulk Hogan. Just in case you thought Mr. T couldn't get anymore tough, add WWE to his resume. He entered the world of professional wrestling in 1985 and was Hulk Hogan's tag-team partner during the first WrestleMania. (Which they won).

Muhammad Ali, one of the world's greatest boxers and one of Mr. T's former clients, was even a referee during one of Mr. T's matches.

In 2014, Mr. T was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

6. He made a rap album


Mr. T is all about helping kids stay on the right path, as shown by his work with inner-city youth and his...music video about respecting moms?

Mr. T channeled his passion for helping kids into a hip-hop album known as Mr. T's Commandments. The strangest thing about the rap album is that some songs were written by rapper, Ice-T.

7. He was on Dancing with the Stars


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In 2017, Mr. T appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Was he one of your favorites at home? At this point in his career, Mr. T did not need another thing to be good at, but the 5'10 star danced with as much elegance as you'd expect from a former-football player known for having a bad attitude. 

We aren't going to claim that he's the greatest dancer in the world, but we will give him credit for showing viewers his sensitive side.

8. He had cancer


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So by now you know that Mr. T is a dancer, a mascot, an actor and a wrestler, but most importantly, he's a cancer survior. In 1995, Mr. T was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

The A-Team star bounced back due to his great physcial and emotional health, but has inspired many to change their outlook during hard circumstances.

9. Mr. T was offered a job as a hitman


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This somehow makes sense. And not as a hitman in a movie or TV show, but a real-life hitman. As Mr. T was building his reputation as a wrestler, bouncer and A-Team star, it wasn't unlikely that he would get strange offers and requests.

In his autobiography, Mr. T: The Man with the Gold, he mentioned the strangest offer came from an anonymous letter. In the letter they asked Mr. T to kill someone, offering him $75,000 and provided flight tickets.

No, Mr. T did not take that offer!

10. He has cut down A LOT of trees


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He's a modern-day Paul Bunyan! His tree-cutting days started when he left college and entered into the military. He began in the United States Army in 1976.

During training, one of his punishments was to cut down trees until he was told to stop. He once cut down 70 trees in twelve hours. Like...how?

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Runeshaper 19 months ago
I remember seeing the breakfast cereal in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure!
327053 19 months ago
Outstanding actor, especially as Clubber Lang. “Dead Meat” 😳
Mistertelvison 19 months ago
That sounds like Mister T doing it in real life and in acting too and when Mister T doing a scene in the A Team and he supposed to be scared of flying in the air plane he would go crazy and the Face man would give the needle and Mister T
JimmyD 19 months ago
First time I remember seeing Mr. T on TV was on "America's Toughest Bouncer" in 1980 on NBC. That is also where Sylvester Stallone saw him and that led to his Rocky III role.
Kenner 19 months ago
Had the pleasure of meeting Mr. T in person once. Class act.
mcook1960 19 months ago
Green51 mcook1960 18 months ago
That is same as princess Diana
Barry22 19 months ago
He also had his own animated TV series, and co-hosted SNL, with Hulk Hogan
MrsPhilHarris 19 months ago
He was not 6’10 he was 5’10 or 1.78 meters.
LoveMETV22 19 months ago
A good amount of the information in this story is included on the Wikipedia page about Mr. T.


This article just presents in a different format.
McGillahooala LoveMETV22 19 months ago
A good amount of all the information in most of these stories comes straight from Wikipedia.
Pacificsun McGillahooala 19 months ago
Readers appreciate additional facts and trivia from fellow Readers. Do you have some.

Am grateful MeTV Staff brings our attention to favored Actors, and actually got me in the habit of referring to wiki for other actors who aren't always featured regularly. In this case, MeTV's purpose is to continue encouraging the popularity of The A-Team, so that sponsors will be impressed by the ratings which it's continuing to gain, so it will stay in the primetime lineup!

Thanks MeTV Staff!! 🎃
LoveMETV22 McGillahooala 19 months ago
Thank you for your add. However MeTV doesn't use wiki as their only source for " all" the information in their Stories or Quizzes. For this particular story the wiki-page expands on " some" of the information with added specifics.
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