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Mr. T & His Gold ChainsMr. T's Gold Chains - Mr. T (Lawrence Tero) starred on the adventure series THE A-TEAM/NBC/1983-87. On screen and off, Mr. T always wore his trademark pieces of gold jewelry around his muscular torso. In his biography, "Mister T" (1984) Mister T explained: "the gold chains are a symbol that reminds me of my great African ancestors, who were brought over here as slaves with iron chains on their ankles, their wrists, their necks and sometimes around their waists. I turned my chains into gold...the fact I wear gold instead of iron chains is because I am still a slave, only my price tag is higher now. I am still bought and sold by the powers that be in society, white people, but this time they pay me on demand, millions and millions of dollars for my services."

Mr. T bought his first chain in 1976. Reportedly, his cluster of gold necklaces and assorted rings which takes about one hour to put on, are worth around $300,000. Mr. T also wears seven earrings because of the number's religious significance.

According to a 1983 British fanzine account some nights Mr. T wears his jewelry to bed "to see how my ancestors, who were slaves, felt." Of course, their jewelry was the heavy oppressive iron shackles of slavery. See also "Mr. T's Shoes"

"I pity the fool who doesn't like my jewelry!"

In July of 2006, Mt. T (who was promoting his new TV Land show "I Pity the Fool") told reporters, "I stopped wearing the gold as of last year during (Hurricane) Katrina....See, as a spiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against my God for me to wear all that gold again because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate....Now, the gold is in my heart. So people on my show, they'll see the gold is in my heart. As a matter of fact, I'll be doing so good you will forget about the gold I used to wear."

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