Mr. T was born Laurence Tureaud in the rough southside ghetto area of Chicago. He is the second to youngest of twelve children growing up.
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.
He entered the world of pro wrestling in 1985-86 and 1994-95.MR. T 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.He reappeared as a special referee for a Hogan-Ric Flair match, 7 years later in October 1994..
Mr. T has worked various professions and at one time was a bodyguard for former three-time heavyweight champion 'Muhammed Ali'. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995. You can now see Mr. T acting in many commercials including 1-800 Collect commercials.