Dwight Schultz

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William Dwight Schultz

(American film, stage, television actor
Best known for his The A-Team Action-drama series)

Born November 24, 1947

Baltimore County, Maryland

Spouse Wendy Fulton (m. 1983)

William Dwight Schultz (November 24, 1947) is an American actor and voice artist. Schultz became famous for his role of "Howling Mad" Murdock, the A-Team's pilot, on the 1980s NBC action television show The A-Team. He appeared in the film Fat Man and Little Boy in 1989 and was said to have argued for historical accuracy for the movie. He also made notable appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager as Lieutenant Reginald Barclay.

Schultz is known for also voicing mainstream cartoon voices in animations such as as the mad scientist Dr. Animo in the Ben 10 series, Chef Mung Daal in the children's cartoon Chowder, and Eddie the Squirrel in CatDog. Schultz also tried his hand at being a conservative talk-radio host on his own podcast program called Howling Mad Radio and guest hosted for Michael Savage, Jerry Doyle, and Rusty Humphries several times each. Schultz is a Christian of German descent.

Theater roles

Dwight's, theatre credits include Broadway debut as the inventor, Charles Lang in The Water Engine/Mr. Happiness (Plymouth Theatre), George Guthrie in Night And Day (ANTA Playhouse), and his Drama-Logue Award-winning performance as Major Alistair Ross in The Crucifer Of Blood (Helen Hayes Theatre) with Charlton Heston as Sherlock Holmes and Jeremy Brett as Dr. Watson. Off-Broadway, as Charles Lang in The Water Engine (Martinson Hall) and Nicholas Siobok in The Crazy Locomotive (Theatre Four); and regionally, as Edward ‘Ned’ Sheldon in Ned and Jack (Hudson Guild Theatre) and the title character in Gyubal Wahazar (Towson State Theatre).

In 1998, Star Trek alumni Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie produced an adaptation of The Lost World, in which all the characters were played by Star Trek actors. Dwight played Edward Malone in the play. 

The A-Team

From 1983 to 1987 Schultz played Murdock on The A-Team as one of its four main characters. He designed all the T-shirts his character "Howling Mad" Murdock wore on the TV series and called it his consistent contribution to the series. Murdock was almost written out of the series before its debut, as the producers found the character too "over the top". However, Murdock's popularity among test audiences convinced the producers to keep him on the show.

Murdock can be seen in the final scene of the series finale wearing a T-shirt that says, "Fini" the French word for "End", while in the episode "Without Reservations" he is seen to wear a shirt that reads "Almost Fini". Murdock, seemingly the craziest member of the A-Team, resides in a military mental hospital for most of his time when he is not on missions with the group, though it is frequently indicated that he only pretends to be insane as a cover. In the mental hospital Murdock has a Pac-Man arcade game in his room that appears in the pilot episode. Murdock is officially released from the mental hospital at the start of Season Five and subsequently drops the insanity ruse.

Star Trek spin-off series as Barclay

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation series and upon his transfer to Captain Picard's Enterprise-D and in the fictional Star Trek universe year of 2366, Schultz played the Role of Reginald Barclay and held the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

Due to his nervous nature, many members of the Enterprise crew initially referred to him as "Lieutenant Broccoli", a play on the name Barclay, was coined by Wesley Crusher upon learning this Captain Picard asked the crew not to refer to him as this nickname. Commander Riker and chief engineer La Forge attempted to get Barclay transferred off the ship, not believing he was competent enough to serve on the Federation flagship.

As time passed, with the help of Counselor Troi, Barclay slowly grew in confidence and became one of La Forge's best engineers.

In Star Trek: Voyager prior to 2371, Barclay transferred to Jupiter Station and worked as part of the original holo-engineering team in Dr. Lewis Zimmerman's holographic laboratory, assigned to test the Emergency Medical Hologram's interpersonal skills.

Also in Star Trek: Voyager, Barclay was transferred to the Pathfinder Project at Starfleet's Communications Research Center, endeavoring to return the star ship USS Voyager to the Alpha Quadrant from the distant Delta Quadrant.

Star Trek Filmography

Movie/TV Show Name Date of Release Role Episodes/Film
Star Trek: The Next Generation 1990-1994 Lieutenant Reginald Barclay "Hollow Pursuits", "The Nth Degree", "Realm of Fear", "Ship in a Bottle", "Genesis"
Star Trek: Voyager 1995–2001 Lieutenant Reginald Barclay "Projections", "Pathfinder", "Inside Man", "Life Line", "Author, Author", and "Endgame"
Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Lieutenant Reginald Barclay Feature film

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