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William Dwight Schultz (born 24 November 1947; age 74) is an actor known to Star Trek fans for portraying Reginald Barclay. His appearances as Barclay range over an eleven-year period from 1990 to 2001. He also voiced the role in the video game Star Trek: Elite Force II.

Outside of Trek, his best known role is that of Murdock on the long running and fondly remembered 80s series The A Team.

Biography

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, Schultz attended Calvert Hall College High School, and then went on to earn a BA in Theater Arts from Baltimore's Towson State University.

His early work was primarily in theatre, where he worked for fifteen years before transitioning to television. His stage role in "The Crucifix of Blood" (starring Charlton Heston) won him the "Drama-Logue" award.

As a jobbing actor, Schultz also worked odd jobs in New York while honing his craft. He moonlighted as everything from waiter and door-to-door salesman to officer of the New York Bureau of Pest Control. In 1983, he married the actress Wendy Fulton, and they had a daughter Ava in 1987.

He appeared in the television movies Thin Ice (with Daniel Hugh Kelly, which led to his audition for "The A-Team"), Dial M for Murder (with Christopher Plummer), and Sherlock Holmes (with Frank Langella, Stephen Collins, and Christian Slater).

However his portrayal of Captain H.M. 'Howling Mad' Murdock on The A-Team, from 1983 through 1987, is what made him a household name. Rather like Reginald Barclay, Murdock is a highly intelligent, but not quite neurotypical character, who appears to have suffered trauma in his past. Fellow Star Trek performers Lance LeGault, William Lucking, Marc Alaimo, Peter Parros, and Melinda Culea also had recurring roles on the series. The A Team had a significant cultural impact at the time, and continues to be shown and syndicated across the world. At the time, the series included a major mechandising line with everything from books to children's lunchboxes being produced with Murdock's face on them.

Schultz made many more television appearances, including guest spots on shows from Hill Street Blues (starring Barbara Babcock, Barbara Bosson, James B. Sikking), CHiPs (with his TNG co-star Michael Dorn) and Jake and the Fatman (in an episode with Tim Russ) to Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (with Teri Hatcher and Kristanna Loken), Walker, Texas Ranger (starring Noble Willingham) and the 1990s version of Fantasy Island (starring Mädchen Amick and Malcolm McDowell).

He also appeared on a number of other science fiction series, including Babylon 5, in which he played a crazed lurker in the episode "The Long Dark", alongside Andreas Katsulas and Bill Mumy (though Mumy did not appear in the episode), and Stargate SG-1, playing The Keeper in the episode "The Gamekeeper".

In addition, Schultz had roles in several films, most notably as J. Robert Oppenheimer in the 1989 historical drama Fat Man & Little Boy (co-starring Ed Lauter and Logan Ramsey), coincidentally portraying the third cousin of fellow Trek actor Alan Oppenheimer. He also co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in 1990's The Long Walk Home and with DS9 guest actor Steven Weber in the 1993 thriller The Temp.

Schultz has recently been focusing his talents on voice acting in a number of films, TV projects, and video games. He has even lent his voice to episodes of Seth MacFarlane's series Family Guy. Some of his notable voiceover roles include Eddie the Squirel on Nickelodeon's CatDog, O'aka XXIII and Maechen in the Final Fantasy X games, and various roles in the Everquest computer games. He also voiced Dr. Animo on the Cartoon Network series Ben 10. He also voices Mung Daal in the Cartoon Network series Chowder, and as the voice of Stan on "The Chimp Channel"

In November 2009, Schultz confirmed that he and former A-Team co-star Dirk Benedict would make cameo appearances in the feature film of The A-Team.

Schultz sometimes fills-in for notable radio talk show hosts on their respective radio shows, Rusty Humphries and Jerry Doyle (formerly of Babylon 5). He hosted a talk radio podcast called Howling Mad Radio which ended in March 2009.

Schultz also was a voice actor for the game Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars, joining an all-star cast of voice actors which included Trek alumni Michael Dorn and John de Lancie and future Star Trek: Lower Decks voice actor Fred Tatasciore.

Appearances as Barclay

Additional appearances

Voice acting credits

Other Trek connections

Schultz with his makeup artist Mike Smithson on "Genesis"

Additional projects in which Schultz appeared with other Star Trek performers include:

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