I stumbled across Dwight Schultz’s wonderful acting career completely by accident.
I guess the road to fandom began in 2008 when I was a big wrestling fan, my favourite wrestler has always been Shawn Michaels, and he was on a bit of an hiatus at the time. My friend Emma (known around the various webs as Therm or Sparklelobster) was talking to me on MSN and mentioned she’d started watching The A Team again.
I’d never seen it.
My knowledge of The A Team at the time was limited to the theme song, Mr T being one of the team and that this team had a knack for building tanks out of a cardboard box, a piece of chewing gum and some sellotape.
So Emma sent me some clips. The one that stands out is the trashbags clip. That made me think I’d like Murdock.
And then she very kindly sent me some DVDs.
I watched “Bounty”, thought “Of course I’m crazy, you got me outta the psyhcriatric ward of a VA Hospital STUPID!” was hilarious, “Pretty girl” was on the of the sweetest things I’d ever seen and all in all Murdock was a very nice albeit not very insane guy. I then watched “Waste ‘Em” and upon seeing Lefty thought “OK maybe a little insane”
I also watched “Bodyslam” when it was on TV mainly for Hulk Hogan but after that the DVDs just sat on a shelf somewhere.
Until 2010 when The A Team movie came out and me and my friends decided we had to go see it. None of us had really grown up watching The A Team. I think together our collective knowledge was the theme song and I chipped in with “The pilot’s funny.”
I loved the film adaptation. I think Sharlto Copley made a wonderful Murdock.
After seeing the film however, I wanted to see the show it was based on properly. So I got the DVDs Emma had sent me back out, they were these volume DVDs with like three episodes on each and I sat and watched them all in about as many days.
I ordered all five seasons and had seen the entire show in about two months.
Murdock was probably the funniest character I had ever seen.
And I was kicking myself for not having watched it sooner.
Dwight quickly became my favourite actor, usurping the coveted title from Johnny Depp
I started trying to find other films and TV shows he’d been in aside from The A Team and the admiration for the man blossomed.
I did discover as I was going through his filmography that I had in fact seen him in something prior to The A Team in 2008. I used to watch a lot of films on “True Movies” which is the British equivalent of the Lifetime Network in America and there was a film I’d always wanted to see but never caught and that was “Child of Rage”. I must have seen Dwight in the adverts for that film a billion times on True Movies and never even known it.
When I first started out to being a fan I found the official Dwight site and thought it was amazing. (I still do!) but when I was googling pictures the same ones would come up. You’d have some A Team screencaps, some Star Trek, the same publicity shots, and I remember when I was a big fan of Shawn Michaels, there’d been this great site with a huge gallery that had screencaps of all his matches and Raw appearances and other Television appearances and it was great for new and old fans to see things they might not have seen.
And I thought that’s what I wanted to do for fans of Dwight. Bingo, the Dwight Schultz gallery was born.
It’s had to move around a lot , but that’s the general conception of the site/gallery. I wanted there to be one place where fans could come and access pictures from Dwight’s whole career, not just The A Team and Star Trek.