First Class (E-7) Bosco Albert Baracus (Mr. T) from the adventure series THE A-TEAM/NBC/1983-87 was fondly called “B.A.” by his fellow A-Team members, who were Vietnam veterans on the run from the United States Army for a crime (robbing a bank in Hanoi) they did not commit.
His nickname “B.A.” (for “Bad Attitude”) was earned because he had a fiery temper and a habit of punching out his commanding officers and because of his constant scowl and his threatening statements like, “Don’t mess with me, Sucker!”, and “I pity the fool.”
Born in Chicago on November 3, 1955, Bosco (real first name is Elliot) served in Vietnam as a weapons and munitions officer with Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith, Lieutenant Templeton “Face” Peck, and Captain H. W. “Howling Mad” (a.k.a. members of the US Armed Forces “The A-Team”).
“Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire The A-Team.” — Opening narration of THE A-TEAM
Despite his sour demeanor, Baracus is a talented mechanic with vivid technical imagination. In a few moments, he can turn old spare parts/machinery into rocket launchers, armored tanks or machine guns.
Some B.A. Baracus Quotes
“Shut up fool!”
“If that fool’s flyin’, we dyin'”
“Hey man. I ain’t gettin’ on no airplane, and that’s it!”
“Nobody puts their hands on my mother and lives to tell about it!”
“Enough Jibba-Jabba, Let’s roll!!!”
“If these guys wanna get rough, we can get rough.”
“I’d like to take this dude and teach him to breathe underwater.”
“There was a new private eye in town. His name is B.A. Baracus, and he’s lookin’ down at the Maltese fool.”
“You heard the man, sucka. We’re a team. We go out together.”
When he is not battling the bad guys, Bosco likes to drink milk and to spend time helping kids as a volunteer at a LA youth center. He also likes to wear lots and lots of gold jewelry around his neck (to match his heart of gold)
Bosco’s Achilles heel is his fear of heights. So, whenever the A-Team needs to travel on a plane, they have to sedate Baracus with a drug (put in his milk) or conk him over the head to bring his along. B. A. once said “If it’s safer to fly than drive – how come they don’t put parachutes in cars?”
While on terra firma, Bosco drives the A-team around in his black-with-red trim 1983 GMC G series van (License plate numbers: 2L8-3000; S96 7238; 2A22029; and 2E14859).
Some Bosco stats: Height: 5 feet, 10 inches; Hair: Black; Eyes: Brown; Blood Type AB- Negative (the same type as Murdock); Wounded: Upper thigh, shoulder and leg. In college Bosco was a football player but and lost the MVP trophy to his rival, quarterback Jason Duke (“The Duke”), whom he and the rest of the Team helped rescue from crooked gold miners years later. Bosco’s mother lives in Chicago on the Northside of the city at 700 Foster Avenue. She gave Bosco the childhood nickname “Scooter” because he liked to “scoot” a toy car given to him by his father around on the floor. And despite Bosco’s apparent animosity towards his colleague H.M. Murdock, they are really best of friends.