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There’s a reason Mr. T wore gold chains around his neck and a heartbreaking reason he stopped

Mr. T is an American actor and professional wrestler famous for his distinct tough-guy persona, layers of gold jewelry, and hairstyle inspired by West African Mandinka warriors. He is well-known for his role as Clubber Lang in Rocky III, where he said the line that has become his catchphrase: “I pity the fool.” The icon was born Laurence Tureaud, but he legally changed his name to Mr. T in 1970. He saw that white people tended to refer to his father, uncle, and older brother as ‘boy’ so he changed his name so people would respectfully call him ‘mister’ instead. However, in 2005, Mr. T stopped wearing his trademark gold chains. His reason was Hurricane Katrina.

Why Mr. T Stopped Wearing His Gold Chains
In the mid-1970s, Mr. T worked as a bouncer. His previous experience as a military policeman helped cultivate his tough reputation. Being a bouncer connected Mr. T with celebrities, and he became a bodyguard. For a decade, he guarded many celebrities like Michael Jackson, LeVar Burton, Joe Frazier, Diana Ross, and Muhammad Ali.

This led to his chance meeting with actor Sylvester Stallone in 1980, who cast him in Rocky III, the film that launched Mr. T’s career. But as he worked as a doorman, he started a collection of gold chains left behind by customers. He said he would return the jewelry to anyone who claimed them. Meanwhile, his persona became linked to the chains. At the peak of his fame, he allegedly wore over $300,000 of gold chains.

However, he stopped wearing real gold in 2005 after the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “As a Christian I said I would never wear my own gold again because of what happened with Hurricane Katrina. It would be a sin against God for me to wear my gold [when so many] people lost everything. Sure, it’s my trademark, I am the same person whether I’m wearing the gold or not. My moral values are the same. The gold don’t make me, I make the gold.”

Despite his gruff persona, Mr. T became an advocate and role model for his young fans, knowing that many people looked up to him. In 1984, he released a rap album called Mr. T’s Commandments, a motivational video, and a film soundtrack called “Be Somebody… or Be Sombody’s Fool” filled with encouraging messages for children to make good choices and be good people.

Even though people associate Mr. T with his gold, he grew up impoverished and the second youngest of 12 children. They lived together in a three-roomed apartment in Chicago, raised by a single mother since his father left when Mr. T was five. Crime was rampant in their neighborhood, and his brothers encouraged him to start bodybuilding to protect himself. In school, he excelled in martial arts, wrestling, and football. He even became a city wrestling champion thrice in high school and earned a football scholarship to Prairie View A&M University.

His Cancer Diagnosis
In the early 1990s, Mr. T began to lose popularity because his health prevented him from working as much. He was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, a rare type of blood cancer, in 1995. He had found a small lump on his ear while removing a diamond earring. Later, he joked to Coping with Cancer magazine about getting “cancer with my name on it. Personalized cancer.”

At first the cancer was localized to his ear, so after weeks of radiation treatment, he thought the ordeal was over. But eleven months later, the cancer returned and Mr. T suffered through a cycle of chemotherapy and other treatments for years. Despite all of the hardships, he stayed strong and encouraged other cancer fighters. “I pity the fool who just gives up,” he said. “We all gonna die eventually from something or other, but don’t be a wimp. Put up a good fight. Don’t sit around waiting on death. We can be tough. We can be determined. Go out and have some fun and make death find you! We can be living with cancer, not dying from it. We can be cancer survivors.”

In 1999, he began appearing in more films and officially went into remission. His most well-known recent film role was the tough but endearing Officer Earl Devereaux in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 2009. He also appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2017.


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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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