Mr. T was born Lawrence Tureaud and raised on the tough streets of Chicago, USA.
His father would later change the family name to Tero.
Mr. T grew up without getting into TOO much trouble despite his hard surroundings, thanks to the strong, positive influence of his mother.
As a young child, Mr. T accidentally fell on some broken glass that would leave a scar on his stomach that would be a sign of things to come: it was
in the shape of a “T”.
Since he lived in the Chicago ghetto, his seven older brothers encouraged him to build up his body in order to survive their tough environment, hence
the Mohawk muscleman that we see today.
The bodybuilding paid off: in high school, he was a football star and three-time city wrestling champion.
He went on to become an MP (military policeman) in the US Army.
After leaving the army, then came the name change, as Mr. T was truly born.
His cleanly shaven head, bald look, was now replaced by the Mohican hairstyle, and added to that was the final touch to this new image: the jewelry.
His gold “battalion” of chains and rings would frequently weigh up to 40 lbs.
Mr. T began work as a bodyguard, armed only with his hands, wits, and a business card that reads, “Mr. T Bodyguard Extraordinaire. Next to God
there is no better protector than I.”
It wasn’t long until Mr. T became known as the “greatest bodyguard in the world.” And for good reason…