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BARACUS, Bosco Albert ("B.A.")
(The A-Team)
Somewhere in America

Sgt. First Class (E-7) Bosco Albert Baracus is a Vietnam Veteran (SS# 554-04-3106). Baracus' nickname  "B.A." (for “Bad Attitude”) was earned because he had a fiery temper and a habit of punching out his commanding officers.

Mr. T. as B.A. Baracus
"Whatchu lookin' at 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”).

The A-Team was ordered by an officer named Colonel Samuel Morrison to rob the Bank of Hanoi in 1971. Unfortunately, Morrison staged his death and stole the money (some one million dollars in yen/pesetas) netted from the bank robbery. Consequently, the US Army assumed the A-Team had robbed the bank on their own. They were captured by Colonel Roderick Decker, but B.A. and the rest of the A-Team escaped from Fort Bragg, a maximum security military prison, and went underground in Los Angeles. From seclusion, B.A. and his pals hired themselves out as soldiers of fortune/urban vigilantes to help people in need. They were assisted by Los Angeles Courier Express reporter Amy Amanda Allen (a.k.a. "Triple A") and later by Tawnia Baker, Amy's fellow reporter at the newspaper.

Bosco’s personality traits include his constant scowl and threatening statements like "Don't mess with me, Sucker!", “I pity the fool” and “Shut up fool.” 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.

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).

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Cast of the 'A-Team'

Eventually, Bosco and the rest of the A-Team were captured by General Hunt Maxwell who offered them a deal. They could either face a firing squad for murder and robbery charges or volunteer for covert assignments for the US Government. Being practical people, Bosco and his buddies chose to work with Stockwell.

They set up headquarters in Langley, Virginia (home of the Central Intelligence Agency) and were issued the code name "Empress 6." (Stockwell was "Empress 1"). And although Bosco was no longer on the run, he still had to be drugged or bopped on the head to travel on an airplane to his assigned destinations.

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.


"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." -- The opening narration of The A-Team'


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