Mr T Fancy Dress Costumes
The memorable character played by Mr. T in the 80s TV series The A-Team was, of course, B. A. Baracus, although almost everyone just refers to the actor's name Mr. T. To confuse matters even more his real name is Laurence Turead. For this blog post I'm just going to use the name Mr. T or it's going to get mighty confusing around here!
The Mr. T costumes are ideal for retro, 80s or TV and film themed parties, and there are three main types available - mercenary (above), military and second skin, as well as wigs and accessories. I've linked to the whole range available at Amazon.co.uk under the photo above, and there are plenty of suppliers selling on the site, so the prices are competitive. However, I'll also be discussing some more cost-effective options further down this page, so read on...
The mercenary costume (above) includes a muscle top, fake gold chains (obviously, you're not going to receive real gold chains), blue dungarees and a latex headpiece - everything you need to look the part. The supplier offering the best prices was Smiffy's (a leading fancy dress supplier) and the costume is available in small, medium and large - Smiffy's Mr. T Costume.
This licensed outfit includes a camouflage style muscle top with attached chains and belt, army green trousers and a two-piece mask adult. It looks really authentic and Smiffy's were providing the best price yet again in sizes 38" to 48" chest.
Another option is this second skin costume. These are all the rage at the moment and this one includes a useful bumbag, concealed fly and under chin opening. Prices range from £29.09 to £50.99 for the same costume, so I've linked to all of the suppliers (under the picture above) so you can obtain the very best price.
Mr. T Accessories
If your budget doesn't stretch to a full costume, you'll be pleased to know that a number of cost-effective accesories are available to buy.
The four picture-links above represent a Mr. T dress-up kit, wig, gold chain and face paint.
The complete kit includes a wig, beard, face paint, clip-on earring with feather, 2 chunky gold coloured rings, gold style heavy chain, & gold style cross. It costs £19.99 (as I write) which is quite a lot cheaper than the full costumes.
All Mr T Costumes
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I was saddened to hear the news today (10th Sept 2014) that the American actor, Richard Kiel, had died aged 74. Therefore, I have decided to write this small tribute to the towering actor who is probably best-remembered for his role as the James Bond villain Jaws in the 70s films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. The metal-mouthed character provided much humour in those Bond movies, something that, I feel, has been lost somewhat in recent releases.
Kiel also provided the voice of the Jaws character in the 2003 video game James Bond 007 - Everything Or Nothing, as well as playing Happy's former boss Mr. Larson in the 1996 golfing comedy film Happy Gilmore.
I could write many pages about the numerous TV series and films that Richard Kiel had roles in. However, as I don't want SimplyEighties.com to become a dull, wiki style site, I will hand-pick some of the more notable titles that he featured in.
Born in Detroit, Michegan in 1939, Richard Kiel appeared to be never out of work during his adult life, with roles in over 40 films and dozens of TV Series. Before his acting career he worked as a bouncer at a nightclub and as a salesman selling cemetary plots, amongst other things.
Of course, Kiel's height (he was 7ft 1.5 inches tall which was caused by Acromegaly) meant that he was suited to very particular roles, and he was also scared of heights.
Kiel's acting debt came in 1960 in the TV western series Laramie during the episode Street Of Hate. He went on to have roles in sixteen films during the 1960s including Lassie's Great Adventure in 1965 in which he played Chinook Pete and The Nutty Professor in 1963 as a bodybuilder.
The acting roles continued into the 70s. Kiel played Iggy in a 1976 Starsky & Hutch episode called "Ohama Tiger" and a mean-sounding character called Animal in the 1981 episode "That's Right, We're Bad" of The Fall Guy, in which Lee Majors was the main star, of course.
Kiel's role as Jaws in the Bond films came about after he was spotted in 1975 (by the producers) playing Moose Moran in the TV western series Barbary Coast, which starred William Shatner. His cable-chewing antics and iconic grin went down well with Bond fans, and he also added warmth to a character that
In 1977, Kiel was the original choice to play The Incredible Hulk in the TV series. However, he was deemed unsuitable after he he wasn't muscular enough (Arnold Swarzenegger was also turned down as he wasn't tall enough) and he also struggled with removing the green make-up and reacted badly to a contact lens, apparently.
During his final years, the actor appeared at numerous Bond conventions around the globe. He was known to many of us who grew-up in the 70s as "that big guy with silver teeth", rather than Richard Kyle.
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