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TheDailyBeast: Crazy Celebrity Name Changes

Laurence Tureaud: Mr. T

Celebrity tough guy Mr. T wasn’t always known by a single letter. Born Laurence Tureaud, it wasn’t until he became a bouncer that his “Mr. T” persona began to come to life. His wearing of excessive bling began after he started collecting the gold neck chains patrons would leave behind after a fight. Mr. T eventually grew so famous for his strong-man image that he began to enter strength and boxing competitions, well aware of his own fire. “I just feel sorry for the guy who I have to box. I just feel real sorry for him,” he told "Today" before a match.



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