B.A. Baracus

Sgt. Bosco 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.

According to the series, B.A. meant “Bad Attitude,” because of his constant scowl and his threatening statements like “Don’t mess with me, Sucker!”

Sgt. Baracus was an expert mechanic whose vivid technical imagination could turn old spare parts/machinery into rocket launchers, armored tanks or machine guns.

B.A.’s real name was Elliot. His childhood nickname was “Scooter.”


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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