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Actor and professional wrestler Mr. T, known for his mohawk and gold chains, starred in 1980s TV programs like The A-Team and Mister T.
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T as the owner of a gym of young athletes who fought crime and solved mysteries.
Gaining a reputation as an advocate and role model for young people, Mr. T began aiming more of his work around helping youths. In 1984, he released a music album entitled Mr. T's Commandments that encouraged children to make good choices. He followed the success of this album with a motivational video and film soundtrack called Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool!,
aimed at encouraging children to make responsible decisions.
A year later, Mr. T signed on to the new television drama, The A-Team, a show about four Vietnam vets framed for a crime they didn't commit. Each week, the show's characters helped innocent people while on the run from the military. Mr. T's role as Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus relied mainly on the star's unique off-screen personality. The show became another instant hit.
In 1985, at the height of his fame, Mr. T entered the world of professional wrestling. He became the tag-team partner of wrestling legend, Hulk Hogan, in WrestleMania I. Remaining with the WWF, Mr. T became a special "WWF boxer," in light of his character in Rocky III. Around this time, he also began starring in his own show, T. and T., about a streetwise kid who became a city detective. The show lasted for three seasons.
By the early 90s, Mr. T's popularity was on the decline, due mostly to his poor health. In 1995 doctors diagnosed the actor with T-cell lymphoma, a form of cancer. While he recovered, Mr. T kept a low profile and limited his appearances to commercials.
As his health increased, he began appearing again on the big screen. In 1999 he made a cameo in the children's comedy, Inspector Gadget. He then made a series of appearances in 2001, including roles in Not Another Teen Movie, Judgment, and The Proud Family. That same year, at the age of 49, Mr. T officially went into remission.
Mr. T returned to the small screen in 2006 with his own reality show, I Pity the Fool. In the series, Mr. T traveled from town-to-town giving advice, solving problems and teaching people about cooperation. The show lasted for six episodes. Most recently, Mr. T has returned to commercials.
Mr. T currently splits his time between residences in Chicago, Illinois, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has three children with ex-wife Phillys Clark.
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