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Dwight Schultz 'Life & Career - What the' A-Team 'Star is Known for


Actor and voice actor Dwight Schultz, known as Reginald Barclay on 'Star Trek', once admitted that he was almost fired from 'The A-Team' because of his personality.

Born in Baltimore in November 1947, Schultz has been in the entertainment industry for nearly five decades.

It was just too much for the showrunners.

Dwight Schultz as 'Howling Mad' Murdock from 'The A-Team' around 1986 | Photo: Getty Images


Shortly after graduating from Towson University in Maryland, he started his theater career in New York. Fortunately, it turned out to be very successful as it landed several leading roles in Broadway productions.

One of Dwight Schultz's most memorable roles in theater was that of Charles Lang, the protagonist in David Mamet's play 'The Water Engine'. In total, they occurred over 60 times.

Apart from that, the actor portrayed Major Alistair Ross in Paul Giovanni's Broadway production 'The Crucifer of Blood', which featured 236 performances and received four Tony Award nominations.

Dwight Schultz on May 18, 2012 in Novi, Michigan | Photo: Getty Images

In late 1980 the play and some of the actors (including Schultz) moved to Los Angeles. There he decided to stay in California and pursue a career in television and films on the West Coast.

For a man as talented and experienced as Dwight Schultz, finding acting roles in LA was pretty easy. However, the role that earned him his celebrity status was that of Captain Howling Mad Murdock on 'The A-Team'.

In this project he had the opportunity to work with various stars, including Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and George Peppard.

Dwight Schultz (Barclay) in SG1 204: 'Der Gamekeeper' # StargateRisingpic.twitter.com / 5JdC2RSJGW

- TrekCore.com (@TrekCore) March 10, 2018


About Peppard, who died in May 1994, Schultz once said that he was a movie star in the 'best and worst sense' and stated that he always wants to be the most conspicuous person.

After Schultz said Hollywood was a place of ego and Peppard an example of it, he pointed out that this was probably why the late actor and Mr. T didn't get along.

Dwight Schultz went so far as to say that Peppard couldn't accept the fact that Mr. T, who wasn't as experienced in the entertainment industry as he was, was seen as the main star of 'The A-Team'.

Dwight Schultz on June 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Apart from that, Schultz also announced that the show's producers wanted to fire him because they thought he was too 'excessive', which he accepted and accepted by calling himself an 'over-actor'.

It was just too much for the showrunners to take and they considered getting rid of it. Fortunately for Schultz, they changed their minds.

He explained that Brandon Tartikoff, the late TV executive and former NBC president, called Schultz's agents to tell them the actor's dials were very good.

Had a great time #SuperAnimationGametime like @yurilowenthal and I interviewed the great Dwight Schultz on @ GeekandSundry's #Twitch channel! pic.twitter.com/UI1w40VDkJ

- John Rocha (@TheRochaSays) October 26, 2016

DWIGHT SCHULTZ saved the audience from the fire

With clock faces, Tartikoff was referring to how audiences rated a show's characters. If they liked an actor, they would turn the clock face to the right. If they didn't, they'd turn it left.

Given that Dwight Schultz was universally loved and accepted for his role on 'The A-Team', the showrunners decided to include him on the project.

In 1990, three years after 'The A-Team' ended, Schultz began serving Barclay on Star Trek: New Generation. 'He would later repeat that role in' Voyager 'and' First Contact ', both of which are part of the' Star Trek 'universe.

Happy Birthday #Star Trek actor Dwight Schultz known as oddball engineer Reg Barclay! pic.twitter.com/I5rK9vUMgC

- TrekCore.com (@TrekCore) November 24, 2019

Most recently, the TV star has mainly focused on his career as a voice actor, working not only in animated shows but also in video games. He once admitted that since he has to sign NDAs before working on these projects, he couldn't brag or talk much about them.

However, Dwight Schultz never stopped getting into the business and working on famous titles like 'Splinter Cell: Double Agent', 'God of War: Chains of Olympus' and 'Lego: Dimensions'.