As a kid, he knew he had to toughen up to survive having witnessed murder, rape and theft.
Fearing for his safety, Laurence Tureaud, later to be known as Mr. T, took up bodybuilding. The discipline to train made him excel in martial arts, football and wrestling. Wrestling made him win back-to-back championships.
“You’re going to face adversity, the main thing is don’t quit,” Mr. T tells Goalcast. “That’s what separates the winners from the losers.”
While in the army, he became “Top Trainee” out of 6,000 troops and was promoted squad leader. Mr. T chopped down 75 trees in 5 hours, more than any other officer.
But he grew frustrated so he shifted to football. Sadly, his attempt at an NFL (National Football League) career was cut short when he injured his knee during tryouts.
He found another career as a bouncer at one of Chicago’s hottest clubs where he met celebrities who offered him jobs as their bodyguard. His list of clientele includes Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Muhammad Ali.
Mingling in Hollywood got him interested in acting but he only landed minor roles. He focused on wrestling and joined TV competitions until he caught the eye of Sylvester Stallone. The actor was so impressed with Tureaud that the script was changed to give more speaking lines to the role of Clubber Lang which he played in the movie “Rocky III.”
But his biggest break came with the TV series “The A Team” where he got to play the iconic tough guy B.A.
“I pity the fool who just gives up,” he says. “Really, you don’t lose until you stop trying.”
Laurence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T, is an actor and wrestler known for his legendary role in the hit 80s TV show, The A-Team. But before making it big, Laurence had to overcome a million and one obstacles: from childhood trauma to failed careers. This is his story.
Posted by Goalcast on Sunday, 3 June 2018