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Mr. T

Actor, Known for his Role as B. A. Baracus in the TV Series "The A-Team"

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 Mr. T Biography

The 11th of 12 children, the future Mr. T was born Laurence Turead on May 21, 1952 in Chicago, IL. Growing up dirt poor on welfare in Chi-town's dismal housing projects, Turead became especially close to his mother.

To occupy himself, the gifted athlete immersed himself in sports while attending Dunbar Vocational High School; his skills on the gridiron were strong enough to win him a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas in 1971, where he began majoring in mathematics. Unfortunately, he was thrown out a year later, for reasons unclear. After a short stint in the U.S. Army, where he served as a military policeman, Turead returned to Chicago, where he found employment as a bouncer at a number of bars. Accustomed to throwing out belligerent drunks from his policeman days, Turead quickly gained a reputation as one of Chicago's baddest of the bad bouncers. Around this same time, he began sporting the radical mohawk which ultimately became his signature look - a hairstyle which he claimed was inspired by Africa's Mandikan warriors.

He became a well-known celebrity bodyguard, charging $3,000 a day and handing out business cards that read, "Next to God, there is no greater protector than I." Mr. T transformed himself into a shameless self-promoter. In 1982, Mr. T was cast in his first film, the ultra low-budget "Penitentiary II" directed by Jamaa Fanaka. Mr. T fared far better on his sophomore movie. Cast as Sylvester Stallone's imposing new opponent, Clubber Lang, in "Rocky III," Mr. T made a solid impression as the glowering boxer, sweating pure menace and venom in every scene. Released in summer of 1982, the film, arguably the best of the punch-drunk film franchise's sequels, became a monster hit, grossing over $125 million at the domestic box office.

Capitalizing on his white-hot popularity, Mr. T next landed a starring role in the Joel Schumacher-directed comedy, "D.C. Cab." Mr. T's greatest fame, however, would be on the small screen, where his muscle bound machismo threatened to burst into viewers' living rooms. In 1984, veteran producer Stephen J. Cannell cast the new actor in his most famous role of Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus on the seminal 1980's action-drama, "The A-Team."

After a decade of merchandising, cartoons, and a heavily hyped dalliance with professional wrestling, the overexposed Mr. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer. Into the new millennium, Mr. T continued to keep a low profile. Apart from doing some radio interviews and starring in the occasional skit on "Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Mr. T remained under the radar. However, he was still greeted like a conquering hero wherever he went, by the same adults who loved him as kids. By 2005-06, Mr. T. announced his comeback. To spearhead this effort, Mr. T got his own reality show on TV Land titled aptly "I Pity the Fool."

Mr. T was offered a cameo appearance in the film adaptation of "The A-Team," but he decided to turn it down, whereas Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict both made cameos in the film. These scenes were shown after the credits but were reinserted during the film in the Extended Cut. In the 2009 movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," Mr. T provided the voice for Officer Earl Devereaux, the town's athletic cop who loves his son very much.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Mr. T?

    Booking fees for Mr. T, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mr. T, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Mr. T?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mr. T for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mr. T for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mr. T or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mr. T or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Mr. T

Actor, Known for his Role as B. A. Baracus in the TV Series "The A-Team"

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Mr. T Biography

The 11th of 12 children, the future Mr. T was born Laurence Turead on May 21, 1952 in Chicago, IL. Growing up dirt poor on welfare in Chi-town's dismal housing projects, Turead became especially close to his mother.

To occupy himself, the gifted athlete immersed himself in sports while attending Dunbar Vocational High School; his skills on the gridiron were strong enough to win him a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas in 1971, where he began majoring in mathematics. Unfortunately, he was thrown out a year later, for reasons unclear. After a short stint in the U.S. Army, where he served as a military policeman, Turead returned to Chicago, where he found employment as a bouncer at a number of bars. Accustomed to throwing out belligerent drunks from his policeman days, Turead quickly gained a reputation as one of Chicago's baddest of the bad bouncers. Around this same time, he began sporting the radical mohawk which ultimately became his signature look - a hairstyle which he claimed was inspired by Africa's Mandikan warriors.

He became a well-known celebrity bodyguard, charging $3,000 a day and handing out business cards that read, "Next to God, there is no greater protector than I." Mr. T transformed himself into a shameless self-promoter. In 1982, Mr. T was cast in his first film, the ultra low-budget "Penitentiary II" directed by Jamaa Fanaka. Mr. T fared far better on his sophomore movie. Cast as Sylvester Stallone's imposing new opponent, Clubber Lang, in "Rocky III," Mr. T made a solid impression as the glowering boxer, sweating pure menace and venom in every scene. Released in summer of 1982, the film, arguably the best of the punch-drunk film franchise's sequels, became a monster hit, grossing over $125 million at the domestic box office.

Capitalizing on his white-hot popularity, Mr. T next landed a starring role in the Joel Schumacher-directed comedy, "D.C. Cab." Mr. T's greatest fame, however, would be on the small screen, where his muscle bound machismo threatened to burst into viewers' living rooms. In 1984, veteran producer Stephen J. Cannell cast the new actor in his most famous role of Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus on the seminal 1980's action-drama, "The A-Team."

After a decade of merchandising, cartoons, and a heavily hyped dalliance with professional wrestling, the overexposed Mr. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer. Into the new millennium, Mr. T continued to keep a low profile. Apart from doing some radio interviews and starring in the occasional skit on "Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Mr. T remained under the radar. However, he was still greeted like a conquering hero wherever he went, by the same adults who loved him as kids. By 2005-06, Mr. T. announced his comeback. To spearhead this effort, Mr. T got his own reality show on TV Land titled aptly "I Pity the Fool."

Mr. T was offered a cameo appearance in the film adaptation of "The A-Team," but he decided to turn it down, whereas Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict both made cameos in the film. These scenes were shown after the credits but were reinserted during the film in the Extended Cut. In the 2009 movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," Mr. T provided the voice for Officer Earl Devereaux, the town's athletic cop who loves his son very much.

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  • How to book Mr. T?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mr. T for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Mr. T, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mr. T or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mr. T?

    Booking fees for Mr. T, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mr. T, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mr. T?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mr. T for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mr. T for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mr. T or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mr. T or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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