Born Laurence Tureaud, Mr. T grew up in Chicago's tough South Side. The youngest of 12 children raised by a single mother, T began pumping iron at an early age as a means of survival (he's fond of saying, "If you think I'm big, you should see my brothers"). Determined to succeed, he became a champion high-school wrestler and a football star. Soon after graduation, he joined the Army. When a knee injury kept him from joining the Green Bay Packers, T became a bodyguard for the likes of Muhammad Ali, Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
He adopted his signature Mandinka mohawk when he unsuccessfully tried to shave his head into a 'T'. Spotted by Sylvester Stallone while competing in the "Worlds Toughest Bodyguard" segment on TV's Games People Play, T was invited to try out for the part of Clubber Lang in Rocky III. Stallone was so impressed he expanded the role. If Rocky IIIThe A-Team made him an icon.
Several TV action series and movies followed, including a mid-'80s cartoon called Mr. T. He's even had his own cereal and infomercials. The toughest battle of his life came when he was diagnosed with cancer in 1995; in 2001 he was given a clean bill of health. He starred in the 2006 TV Land original series I Pity the Fool, and is no friend of The A-Team movie: "There is only one A-Team. That's why me or any of the other guys won't do it. It won't be like the original. If they don't want me as B.A., then I'm not going to settle for second best."
The B.A. stands for Bad Attitude, and pity the fool who gets in his way! B.A. earned his vengeful reputation in Vietnam, where he had trouble controlling his temper and had a tendency to settle his frustrations with his fists. B.A. is the mechanic of The A-Team, and possesses a special talent for creating combat vehicles and makeshift weapons. Despite his gruff demeanor and fearsome appearance, B.A. possesses an abiding sensitivity and hides a big ol' heart in his massive chest. He's also deathly afraid of heights. This is frequently a problem when getting on a plane piloted by A-Team peer "Howling Mad" Murdock, whom B.A. is routinely on the verge of throttling anyway.