Gather round, fellow soldiers of fortune. It\u2019s time for another plan to come together. This time, it\u2019s a look back at one of the coolest players on The A-Team: Bad Attitude Baracus, played by Mr. T himself. He pities the fool who tries to get him on a chopper without proper preparation. In the case of Mr. T, born as Lawrence Tureaud, he could essentially play himself to project a gritty yet smooth renegade who keeps his cool through it all. That\u2019s partly because Mr. T had to keep his head held high or else others would try and kick him down. Since his birth on May 21, 1952, Tureaud wanted people\u2019s respect, especially after seeing all the men in his life belittled, sometimes even called \u201cboy,\u201d in a nod to persisting racial biases. So, he went through the legal proceedings and changed his name officially to Mr. T so he would never hear himself referred to as \u201cboy.\u201d Mr. T makes a knockout on set Stallone vs. Mr. T \/ Everett Collection Many of his roles would actually perfectly incorporate Mr. T\u2019s own tough guy persona, gained by his experience as a bouncer. In that line of work, he blocked paces from some of the hardest, shadiest characters around. With all that strength accumulated, it only makes sense he\u2019d eventually channel some of it in the ring. And what a ring he fought in. In 1982, Sylvester Stallone cast him as a rival boxer in Rocky III. There, fans got to hear the start of that most iconic line: \u201cI don't hate him but... I pity the fool.\u201d It\u2019s also where producers spotted the opportunity to create a show just for him, and the T was the first piece of the A Team. RELATED: Catch Up With The Cast Of \u2018The A-Team\u2019 Then And Now 2020 Mr. T ended up quite enjoying and loving The A-Team, most of the time. He especially appreciated the show\u2019s running joke that no action scene would be so intense there\u2019d be blood, gore, and death. The show continually and deliberately pushed the boundaries for what outrageous stunt the characters could miraculously walk away from. What disease does Mr. T have? Mr. T in season 3 of The A-Team \/ Everett Collection Even though he had a lot of fun with the A Team, Mr. T still had a few hiccups on set. When filming the season 4 premiere on a cruise ship, Mr. T experienced a loss in the family.. He overcame Baracus\u2019s fear of flying to get helicoptered off the ship and send a whole list of demands to the producers for his return. And so Mr. T went through a relatively brief period of unemployment for one episode before they patched things up. Good thing, too, because Bad Attitude was already a cult icon. Ever a tough guy on the outside, Mr. T actually battled cancer in the \u201890s, specifically T-lymphona. Instead of fretting, which would have been understandable, he took to laughing off its name as \u201cpersonalized cancer\u201d because of the T in its name. Today, he lives life especially aware of the suffering that goes on in the world. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, he rushed down to assist, and ditched all his signature gold jewelry; the amount of suffering and loss he saw was humbling. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr.T (@officialipitythefool) Mr. T worked hard to leave his bouncer days behind and wrestled into the spotlight. Today, he\u2019s here to stay, teaming up with fellow wrestling personality Hulk Hogan to host SNL, and even showing off his moves on Dancing With the Stars. Unlike Bad Attitude, he didn\u2019t need any milk to pull that off! Today in his late 60s, a born-again Christian with three children, and really living life to the fullest. After all, there\u2019s never been a camera Mr. T didn\u2019t like. Though, he didn't particularly care for the remake of The A-Team. Recall the show's outrageous stunts and running gag? He thought the actual violence with stakes took away what made the franchise fun. What do you think?