The A-Team, FAQ - Today And The Future
SECTION V. TODAY AND THE FUTURE
WHERE ARE THE SHOW'S STARS TODAY?
George Peppard, sadly, passed away on May 8, 1994, from pneumonia, at
the age 65. He had been a "two-pack-a-day" smoker who gave up cigarettes in
1992 after having a non-cancerous tumor removed from his right lung. ["GEORGE
PEPPARD, 65, DIES OF PNEUMONIA," USA TODAY, FINAL EDITION, Tuesday May 10,
1994 Sec: D p: 2.] Some of the last things he was involved in were theater
productions of "The Lion in Winter" and "Papa," a one-man play on Ernest
Hemingway. He also had appeared in several TV movies after TAT, and his last
television appearance was in an episode of "Matlock."
Dirk Benedict has done several TV-movies and made guest appearances in
TV shows including "Baywatch," "The Commish" and "Walker, Texas Ranger." He
has appeared at a number of sci-fi/media conventions, primarily in association
with his role on Battlestar Galactica. He appeared in the summer 1996 Disney
feature, "Alaska," and in the TV-moive "Abduction of Innocence" on NBC. He
only takes limited assignments from Hollywood these days, and currently has
a Broadway playing being cast.
Dwight Schultz has kept busy with guest appearances in many TV
shows (most recently in "Nowhere Man") and roles in TV movies and several
feature films (Fat Man and Little Boy, The Long Walk Home, The Temp.)
He had a popular recurring role (5 episodes: "Hollow Pursuits," "The Nth
Degree," "The Realm of Fear," "Ship in a Bottle," and "Genesis") on
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION as the shy, awkward Lieutenant Reginald
Barclay. Barclay also made an appearance on Star Trek: Voyager (in the
episode "Projections") and will appear at least in a small role in the
upcoming movie Star Trek: First Contact. Dwight has made appearances at several
science-fiction/media conventions in Europe and the US the past year or two
as well. He is also the frequent co-host of the Cable Radio Network program
"UFOs Tonite!" with Don Ecker, a 2-hour call-in program discussing UFO
research and theories.
Mr. T had a short-lived syndicated program after TAT called "T and T."
He was also making public appearances and hosting events for the WCW wrestling
circuits. Recently, T was scheduled to appear in a pantomime production in
England of "Aladdin" as the Genie. However, it was revealed in late '95 that
he was suffering from skin cancer (? This was the predominant rumor but never
confirmed to my knowledge anywhere) and had to cancel his appearance to return
to the States for treatment. Little information has come since then as to
what his health condition is; however, he has been spotted making appearance
on "The Jay Leno Show" and "The Dana Carvey Show" recently and looking in good
health. He also made a cameo appearance in the movie "Spy Hard."
Melinda Culea's most recent role has been that of "Claire" on the
TV-show "Brotherly Love." This aired for one season on NBC, and has since
been picked up by the WB network for next season. She also appeared for a
while on "Knots Landing" (interestingly enough at the same time as Dwight's
wife, Wendy Fulton.)
Eddie Velez had recurring roles on several short-lived TV shows,
including NBC's "True Blue" and UPN's "Live Shot." He's also appeared in
guest-starring roles in many different series and several TV movies as well.
Marla Heasley has appeared in several TV movies, but not much more
information is available.
Detailed listings of all of the star's credits before and since the A-Team
can be found on the web at
ARE THERE ANY PLANS FOR AN A-TEAM REUNION MOVIE OR FEATURE FILM?
As of this June, there is. The following comes from Variety magazine:
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - ``The A-Team'' is set to become the latest
television series to get a new life on the big screen.
Universal Pictures plans a big-budget version of the action-comedy
show which starred Mr. T and the late George Peppard for summer
The series was about a group of outcast Vietnam veterans who
secretly banded together to fight injustices around the country,
using the skills they learned in the war, while evading capture by
Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz rounded out the case of the NBC
hit, which ran from 1983-87 and is still in syndication with 100
Producer Stephen J. Cannell said the movie would pit the A-Team
against a group that is trying to take over the U.S. and that would
adopt a more serious tone than the TV series.
He said he would look to give cameos to the three survivors but
would recast the lead roles with feature stars.
``We will probably try to find parts for members of our series to
pay homage to them,'' he said. ``But basically we're going to be
recasting this with other people -- doing an updated version of the
A-Team, circa today.''
Universal has hired Richard Hatem, who co-wrote ``Under Siege 2:
Dark Territory,'' to pen a version of the picture for an initial
As for the budget, Cannell said it will be on a par with any of the
major action vehicles over the last few years.
``'The A-Team' had the biggest action elements of any TV series in
the '80s,'' he said. ``I think that certainly the action elements in
this piece have to be the equivalent to what you've been seeing.''
WILL THERE EVER BE AN A-TEAM CONVENTION?
We certainly hope so! This is something that has been under thought and
consideration for a while now; currently, Liz Meinert is the person most
involved in the idea and any planning for SCAMCON, but don't expect
to see it happening until several years down the line at this point. If you'd
like to contact Liz regarding the con (like, to volunteer ideas, money,
publicity, money, time, money...) you can contact her at
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last update: 12-jan-97