Home » Arts & Entertainment » Mr T., born Lawrence Tureaud, took on his moniker after hearing all his family members called “boy” by strangers. He decided the only way for a black man to earn a title of respect was to make that title part of his name, so Mr. would be the first thing out of everyone’s mouth.

Mr T., born Lawrence Tureaud, took on his moniker after hearing all his family members called “boy” by strangers. He decided the only way for a black man to earn a title of respect was to make that title part of his name, so Mr. would be the first thing out of everyone’s mouth.

Happy Birthday: Mr. T

Happy Birthday actor Mr. T

Born: Lawrence Tureaud

May 21, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Quotes:

[Playboy magazine – September 1983] 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.

I believe in the Golden Rule – The Man with the Gold… Rules.

I pity the fool… [his trademark quote]

When I was growing up, my family was so poor we couldn’t afford to pay attention.

As a kid, I got three meals a day. Oatmeal, miss-a-meal and no meal.

I think about my father being called ‘boy’, my uncle being called ‘boy’, my brother, coming back from Vietnam and being called ‘boy’. So I questi… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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