Born Laurence Tureaud, he became a tough-guy star on The A-Team and on in Rocky III and worked as a professional wrestler.
He grew up in housing projects called the Robert Taylor Homes and created his renown persona through his work as a bouncer and bodyguard.
After helping clean up the effects of Hurricane Katrina, he decided to stop wearing his famous gold jewelry, and starred in reality show I Pity the Fool, which was based off B.A. Baracus's catchphrase.
His father's name was Nathaniel, and he was the youngest boy out of his seven brothers and four sisters.
He was once employed as a bodyguard for Diana Ross.