William Dwight Schultz (born November 24, 1947) is an American stage, television, and film actor. He is best known for his roles as Captain "Howling Mad" Murdock on the 1980s action show The A-Team, and as Reginald Barclay in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and the film Star Trek: First Contact. He is also best known in Animation as the Mad Scientist Dr. Animo in the Ben 10 series, and Chef Mung Daal in the children's cartoon Chowder.
Schultz was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and an alumnus of Towson University, both located in Towson, Maryland. He married former actress Wendy Fulton (Bare Essence) in 1983 and has a daughter named Ava, who graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2009. Schultz is good friends with voice actors John DiMaggio, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Fred Tatasciore as well as former A-Team costar Dirk Benedict.
Schultz' breakthrough role was the mentally unstable Captain "Howling Mad" Murdock on The A-Team. At the series outset, the producers felt that his character would be too over-the-top for viewers and planned to drop him after his debut, but early test screenings showed that he was popular with the audience. As a result, he was effectively "written back in" to the series.
Schultz has also appeared in films including The Fan (1981), as Broadway actress Lauren Bacall's director, and Fat Man and Little Boy (1989), as J. Robert Oppenheimer. During the filming of Fat Man and Little Boy he was frequently at odds with co-star Paul Newman. Newman was a liberal Democrat who favored nuclear disarmament, while Schultz is a conservative Republican, who opposed disarming.
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