In a 2008 interview with The Independent, Mr. T admitted his invitation to the White House was one of the biggest surprises of his life:
"Nancy Reagan was campaigning to get kids to say no to drugs, and they heard about me going round schools telling kids to stay away from drugs. It was a real honor for a black kid from the ghetto who grew up on welfare."
To his further surprise, the first lady even sat on the A-team star's lap and gave him a kiss on the forehead, perhaps a thank you for the Mr. T doll he presented her with as a gift.
Four years later, Mrs. Reagan got some help from another popular television celebrity at the 1987 White House Christmas Party. The friendly, cat loving extraterrestrial ALF.
Millions of Getty images now available for free via embed tool
Boston schools pull out free condoms over wrapping complaints