Mr. T, the mohawk-rocking, gold-chain-wearing, fool-pitying
maniac, is 60 years old today. (Monday 5/21). In honor of
the beloved television star, here are 5 facts you might not
What's up with the gold chains ?
Mr. T isn't just about bling. The chains serve a purpose.
Historically, Mr. T wore them in honor of African slaves
who were forced to wear chains. In his biography, he
explained, "The gold chains are a symbol that reminds
me of my great African ancestors, who were brought over
here as slaves with iron chains on their ankles, their wrists,
their necks and sometimes around their waists. I turned my
chains into gold..."
Does Mr. T still wear gold ?
After 2005's Hurricane Katrina, Mr. T thought it
would be an insult to wear the jewelry while others
were so clearly suffering. According to a 2005 interview
with USA Today, Mr. T said, "Because of the situation
we're in now (after Katrina), I told myself, 'No, T, you can
never wear your gold again.' It's an insult to God."
What's Mr. T's real name ?
Mr. T was born Laurence Tureaud, but he changed
his name to Mr. T in 1982. "When I was old enough
to change my name, I changed it to Mr. T so that the
first word out of someone's mouth was 'Mister,' a sign
of respect," he remarked.
Is there symbolism to Mr. T's mohawk ?
His signature hairstyle comes from the Mandinka tribe
of Africa. He first came across the idea for it when he
saw a Mandinka warrior in an issue of National Geographic
back in 1977. "I saw the warrior standing there with his
spear and his beads around his neck and whatnot and the
stuff on his ankles. That was what gave me the idea. I said,
'Wow, let me bring respect to them,'" Mr. T said.
Sailin' on a BW midnight boat, their were no questions asked.
Waters so green and the air was so clean Matt stuck right to
Oh I'm just dreamin'... my life Away