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Mr. T -- 6 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/10/2017 

Mr. T is competing with pro partner Kym Johnson on Dancing with the Stars' 24th season on ABC.

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Lawrence "Mr. T" Tureaud is a 64-year-old actor and retired professional wrestler from Chicago, IL.

Known for his wise cracks and energetic personality, Mr. T is a wrestling hall of famer who slipped on some dancing shoes for Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars.

Although he and Kym land towards the bottom of the judges' leaderboard each week on the show, the judges believe he definitely has potential in the competition. It also doesn't take much for the 5'10" actor to shine onstage. Want to learn more about him?

Below is a list of 6 facts Reality TV World has compiled about Mr. T:

- Born in Chicago, IL, Mr. T is the youngest boy in a family of 12 kids. His father was a minister who left the family when Mr. T was only five-years-old, leaving a single mother to raise all of the children.

- Mr. T previously worked as a doorman, a military policeman, a Chicago nightclub bouncer, and a celebrity bodyguard for Steve McQueen, Diana Ross, Muhammad Ali and more.

He adopted the name Mr. T when he was a bouncer because he thought the moniker would force customers to show him respect. He also claims his gold statement jewelry was taken from misbehaving customers.

- Mr. T's signature Mohawk hair style was inspired by a National Geographic photo of an African Mandikan warrior.

- Mr. T coined his catch phrase, "I pity the fool," when playing a boxer pitted against Rocky Balboa in Sylvester Stallone's film Rocky III. Shortly afterwards, Mr. T starred in the film D.C. Cab, premiered his own cartoon series called Mister T on NBC, and starred on the TV show The A-Team.

- Reality TV fans might remember Mr. T from his reality show I Pity the Fool, which only lasted for six episodes in 2006 on TV Land.

- In 1985, Mr. T entered the world of professional wrestling. He became the tag-team partner of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania I. Around this time, he began starring on his own show entitled T. and T. about a streetwise kid who became a city detective.


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