Lawrence Tureaud (born May 21, 1952), better known as Mr. T, is an American actor, television personality, and retired bouncer, bodyguard and professional wrestler. He is known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the television series The A-Team (1983-1987), with George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, and Dwight Schultz; and as boxer Clubber Lang in Rocky III (1982), with Sylvester Stallone (who also directed), Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young and Tony Burton.
He is also known for his distinctive hairstyle inspired by Mandinka warriors in West Africa, his copious gold jewelry, his tough-guy persona and his catchphrase “I pity the fool!”, first uttered as Clubber Lang in Rocky III, then turned into a trademark used in slogans or titles, like the reality show I Pity the Fool in 2006.
Other notable film appearances include Joel Schumacher’s D.C. Cab (1983), with Max Gail, Adam Baldwin, Charlie Barnett, Gary Busey, Marsha Warfield, and Whitman Mayo; Freaked (1993), with Alex Winter (who also co-directed), Randy Quaid, William Sadler, Megan Ward, Michael Stoyanov, Bobcat Goldthwait, Brooke Shields; cameo appearances in Spy Hard (1996), with Leslie Nielsen; and Not Another Teen Movie (2001), with Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans, Jaime Pressly, Eric Christian Olsen, Eric Jungmann, Mia Kirshner, Deon Richmond, Cody McMains, Sam Huntington, Samm Levine, Cerina Vincent, Ron Lester, Quaid, Lacey Chabert, Riley Smith, and Samaire Armstrong; and voiced in the animated comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), with Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Benjamin Bratt, and Neil Patrick Harris.
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- The Blues Brothers (1980)** – directed by John Landis – uncredited
- Penitentiary II (1982) – directed by Jamaa Fanaka
- Ricky III (1982) – directed by Sylvester Stallone
- D.C. Cab (1983) – directed by Joel Schumacher
- Be Somebody… or Be Somebody’s Fool! (1984) – directed by Jeff Margolis – video
- A Christmas Dream (1984) – directed by Sid Smith – TV movie
- Straight Line (1990) – directed by George Mihalka – TV movie
- Freaked (1993) – directed by Tom Stern & Alex Winter
- The Magic of the Golden Bear: Goldy III (1994) – directed by John Quinn
- Spy Hard (1996) – directed by Rick Friedberg
- Inspector Gadget (1999)* – directed by David Kellogg – cameo as himself
- Judgement (2001) – directed by André van Heerden – TV movie
- Not Another Teen Movie (2001)* – directed by Joel Gallen
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) – directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller