Mr. T became a household name in the 1980s thanks to his role as charismatic Vietnam veteran B.A. Baracus in The A-Team. But, of course, the star wasn’t born with such a simple yet effective moniker. And the reason why he chose to change his name in the first place is certainly moving.
Way back before he became famous, however, Mr. T had his first brush with the showbiz world as a bodyguard. You see, as well as using his imposing size to protect the likes of preachers, prostitutes and teachers, he also took on some celebrity clients. They included pop superstars Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, champion boxers Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali and Hollywood legend Steve McQueen.