Before he was famous, Mr. T worked as a bouncer in clubs and went on to be a bodyguard for celebrities including Muhammad Ali, Steve McQueen, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross. Mr. T revealed to USA Today
: They thought enough of me that I could protect them, and that was serious business. That’s where my tough attitude comes from — when I was a body guard, I gotta look mean, I don’t talk to nobody. The meanness and toughness is there. I enjoyed putting my life on the line,” he continued. “And when they’d say, ‘Thank you, Mr. T?’ Oh man, that was, oooh, that was the greatest, that they appreciated what I did. Then I was happy. And that’s it.