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Mr. T Biography

Birth Name:
Laurence Tureaud
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Actor, bodyguard, wrestler

Fast Facts

  • The 11th of 12 children
  • Earned a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M University and, after serving in the Army, was recruited by the Green Bay Packers until a knee injury sidelined him
  • Served as a bodyguard for Muhammad Ali, Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross
  • Was discovered by Sylvester Stallone at the "World's Toughest Bouncer" contest (a title he won twice), which led to a breakout role as Clubber Lang in 1982's Rocky III
  • Made a motivational video called Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool
  • Diagnosed with rare T-cell lymphoma in 1995
  • Auctioned off his jewelry---a collection of over 400 necklaces, seven ankle chains, nine rings and seven earrings---after seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, claiming that the gold was "an insult to God


  • 1984People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program: winner


  • Erika -- Daughter
  • Lesa -- Daughter
  • Phyllis Clark -- Ex-wife
  • Nathaniel Tureaud -- Father
  • T. Junior -- Son