Mr. T Career and Net Worth
Mr. T Career and Net Worth, How much are Mr. T’s gold chains worth? are the key takeaways from the life of the man who rose to fame by locating lost jewels.
Mr. T is an American actor, wrestler and motivational speaker. Mr. T has about $1 million in net worth as at January 2023. He owes majority of his fame to his days in the ring, however, his days on the screens brought him immense success. Mr. T is famous for acting in “The A-Team” 1980s television series, “Rocky III” in 1982.
Mr. T Early Life
Lawrence Tureaud popularly known as Mt. T was born on May 21, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. Together with his eleven siblings, they were brought up in a three-bedroom apartment. His father was a minister.
He abandoned the family when Mr. T who happens to be youngest son amongst twelve was only fives years old. Mr. T decided to adopt the name Lawrence Tero. Later in 1970, he legally changed his last name to T. He went to Dunbar Vocational High School.
During his days in school, he took part in several sports including; football, wrestling and martial arts. Mr. T earned a scholarship to Praire View A&M University. He pursued a course in Mathematics but unfortunately had to drop out after just a year
Mr. T enlisted into the US Army where he served in the Military Police Corps. After, he attempted the NFL team the Green Pay Packers but failed to make the mark.
Mr. T Career
He looked to the job of a bouncer at a club in Chicago after a botched attempt at joining the NFL. It was here that he started nurturing his Mr. T persona. With lost jewelry he found at the club, he wore gold neck chains around his neck. He graduated to a bodyguard and worked in this capacity for about ten years.
His reputation as a body guard began to grow earning him deal for high-end clients like designers, models, judges, politicians, athletes and millionaires alike. Throughout his days as a bodyguard, Mr. T had the privilege of working with Muhammad Ali, Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson, Leon Splinks, Joe Frazer and Diana Ross.
Mr. T took between $3,000 to $10,000 per day during his hay days. He decided to make a loud statement about his African roots when he began to wear a quite bizarre hairstyle he spotted on a Mandinka warrior in a “National Geographic” magazine. Mr. T first appeared on screens in his late twenties on the NBC toughman competition dubbed “Sunday Games” as part of the “America’s Toughest Bouncer” segment.
Mr. T was crowned winner of the competition. Mr. T competed the second time in the rebranded “Games People Play” also on NBC. His appearance on “Games People Play” in 1980 apparently gave the inspiration to Sylvester Stallone to pen the line “I don’t hate him but…….I pity the fool” for the movie “Rocky III” in 1982.
Mr. T was also cast by Stallone as the antagonist, Clubber Lang. After appearing in “Rocky III” Mr. T landed roles in a number of films such as “Penitentiary 2”, “Bizarre” and “Silver Spoons”. Mr. T also played the role of Sergeant Bosco “B.A.” Baracus on the television show “The A-Team” alongside George Peppard, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz. How much are Mr. T’s gold chains worth? Well, the famous Mr. T chains were reportedly $300,000 which took him over an hour to wear.
Mr. T reportedly bagged as much as $80,000 per week for his role on “The A-Team”. In 1983, “DC Cab” was released. The film also featured Paul Rodriguez, Marsha Warfield and Irene Cara. it grossed $16 million on a budget of $12 million.
Mr. T Personal Life
In 1971, he married Phyllis Clark. The couple have three children together- two daughters and a son. The couple are no more. Mr. T was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995.