While he might not be acting much anymore, Mr. T is still large and in-charge. During his heyday, the public knew him thanks to his huge collection of gold chains, rings, bracelets, armbands, earrings, and more. However, in a show of solidarity after Hurricane Katrina, he gave most of these away, preferring a slimmed-down look that nonetheless is still quintessential Mr. T.
The man is still instantly recognizable – he’s so easy to recognize that his appearance in commercials sometimes doesn’t even have him announce who he is. Pity the fool who doesn’t recognize this legend!
Throwing the First Punch
Mr. T's big break in Hollywood came from being cast as violent antagonist Clubber Lang in "Rocky III." In the film, he not only defeats Rocky to win the title, but he shoves Rocky's trainer Mickey Goldmill, which prompts a fatal heart attack for Mickey. In the rematch, as movie fans will know, Rocky comes back to reclaim his title.
Lang's catchphrase “I pity the fool!” is still spat by fans of "The A-Team" and Mr. T in general, despite the fact that Bacarus never utters the line. While Mr. T broke out with "Rocky III," it was "The A-Team" that made him a household name.
Nothing to Pity Here
Both before and after "The A-Team," Mr. T's life was incredible. Mr. T found out he had been diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995, but he didn't let it slow him down. He had dabbled in wrestling before becoming part of the movie and television business, and he continued to appear inside the ring in celebrity bouts up until 2001.
WWE inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. While he hasn't had a huge number of acting roles, he did provide his voice for police officer Earl Devereaux in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Most of his appearances have been as himself, something we're sure he enjoys.
The Wild One
"The A-Team" always had a lot of comedic tensions between Mr. T's character and Dwight Schultz's Howlin' Mad Murdock. However, Murdock wasn't even supposed to be part of the show past the first episode.
Producers thought that he was too hard to write for, and they were unsure how his character would fit in with the rest of the cast, but test audiences liked him too much. Thus, the show kept this wild and crazy pilot, and his spot in TV history is set in stone. It also put his actor Dwight Schultz on the map.
Getting His Big Break as a Madman
Schultz had almost no acting credits to his name when he got the role of Howlin' Mad Murdock. He had a few bit parts in TV and a role in the TV movie "When Your Lover Leaves," but then he exploded – almost literally – on the scene thanks to "The A-Team."
In 1985 the actor spoke with the "Los Angeles Times" about the role. Upon getting the original script, he loved the part and how funny it was. He realized he could adapt it to his talents and be versatile.