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B.A. Baracus

Sergeant B.A. Baracus:
Bosco Baracus is the name his mother gave him, but to the rest of us and the A-Team themselves he's plain B.A. In South Asia, where he earned his reputation for having a Bad Attitude, B.A. was recognised as the finest field infantry mechanic in the military. But times change. Big and bad, and with jewels hanging off him like lights on a christmas tree, B.A. is now known as an electronics wizard who could build a racing car from a sackful of bottle tops and a rubber band. Like Achilles, B.A. has a weakness: fear of flying. He knows it's irrational, but like he says: "If it's safer to fly than drive - how come they don't put parachutes in cars?"

Sgt. Bosco B.A. Barracus
The B.A. stands for Bad Attitude, and pity the fool who gets in his way! B.A. earned his 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 with a special skill 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 member "Howling Mad" Murdock, whom B.A. is routinely on the verge of throttling anyway.
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Mr. T. Information:
Real Name: Lawrence Tero
Born: 21st May 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA raised by his mother. He is the second to youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers)
Educated: Dunbar Vocational High School.
Height: 5ft 10 inch
Three Children: Lesa, Erika and T Junior.
Awards: Twice named America's toughest bouncer.
Previous Occupation: Gym teacher, Military Policeman, Bouncer, Bodyguard (Diana Ross, Steve McQueen and Muhammad Ali)
Diagnosed with cancer in 1995, all clear in 2001.

Famous Mr. T. Quotes:

"I am the best bodyguard, because I'll take a bullet, I'll take a stab wound, I'll take a hit upside the head; I'm like a Kamikaze pilot; The President got shot because his men relaxed." - Mr. T, in Sept. 1983 issue of Playboy

"I believe in the Golden Rule - The Man with the Gold... Rules."

"I pity the fool..." [his trademark quote]


T, Mr. was born Laurence Tureaud on 21 May 1952 in the rough southside ghetto area of Chicago. He is the second to youngest of twelve children (he has four sisters and seven brothers) and grew up in the housing projects of Chicago. His father left when he was 5, and his mother raised the family on $87 a month welfare in a three-room apartment. Mr. T's brothers encouraged him to build up his body in order to survive in the area, and he has commented, "If you think I'm big, you should see my brothers!" His mother is a religious woman, who has had a strong influence on him. He says, "Any man who don't love his momma can't be no friend of mine." He was an average student in school. "Most of the time", he says, "I stared out the windows, just daydreaming. I didn't study much because I have a photographic memory". Apart from one spell between 5th and 7th grades when he went a little astray - playing hockey, cursing, acting tough, being disrespectful -- he was a well- behaved child. (He worried about how his mother would feel if he ended up in jail, and stayed out of trouble!) He attended Dunbar Vocational High School. He was a college football star, studied martial arts, and was three times city wrestling champion! He won a scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, but was thrown out after a year.
From the IMDB.

Entered the world of pro wrestling in 1985-86 and 1994-95. Was Hulk Hogan's tag team partner at the first WrestleMania, defeating the team of Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper on March 31, 1985. His feud with Piper continued into WrestleMania 2 in 1986, defeating Piper in a boxing match by DQ. Mr. T returned to the WWF as a special guest referee in 1987, before disappearing from the wrestling world. He reappeared as a special referee for a Hogan-Ric Flair match, 7 years later in October 1994. He stayed with Hogan for a few matches before returning to obscurity.
From the IMDB.

Born Laurence Tureaud, Mr. T grew up in the tough southside ghettos of Chicago. The youngest of 12 children, and raised by a single mother, T began pumping iron at an early age as a means of survival. Determined to succeed at something, he became a champion high-school wrestler and a football star. Soon after his graduation from high school, he joined the US 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 (among others). T adopted his signature Mandinka hairstyle in the mid '70s, while he was working as a bouncer in-between bodyguard gigs. 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 3." Stallone was so impressed he expanded the role. If "Rocky 3" made him a star, "The A-Team" made him an icon. Several TV action series and movies followed, including a cartoon called "Mr. T" which ran for three seasons on Saturday mornings in the mid '80s. He also was featured on his own Mr. T Cereal. The toughest battle of his life came when he developed cancer in the '90s. He seems to have won the fight, and is frequently seen as a guest on TV shows like "Suddenly Susan," and most recently in the feature film "Inspector Gadget."
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B.A. Baracus images.
Mr. T. images.
How to hide the fact that you're Mr. T. from your co-workers.
Mr. T. article.
Mr. T. biography from The Fool Files.
Mr. T. interview from Entertainment Weekly.
Mr. T. on gun control.
Mr. T. interview from The Conan O'Brien Show.
Mr. T.'s comeback.
Mr. T.'s cancer battle.
Mr. T.'s cancer battle.
Mr. T.'s court battle over his name.

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