William Dwight Schultz was born on November 24, 1947. His stage name is Dwight Schultz. His father was a postman and his mother was a telephone operator. Dwight is an only child and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. As a child he loved everything that had something to do with audio. Voices have always fascinated him and he imitated many of his television heroes, some with more success than others.
Dwight attended Calvert Hall College High School, a Catholic college preparatory school, where he became a member of the drama club. Upon graduation he attended Towson State College in Maryland. There he earned a B.A. in Theater Arts at Towson. In his senior year of college he started teaching the lower classes. From the age of nineteen, Dwight worked as a professional actor. After graduation he worked in theaters for about 15 years before deciding to try the screen as well. He decided to try to find work in the television and movies industry.
When he left for New York to find work, getting an acting job wasn’t easy so he worked in pest control and as a waiter. He rented the cheapest rooms since it was hard to make ends meet. Advising people on what audio systems to buy brought in some extra money. Finally, in 1978 he landed the lead in “The Water Engine” for producer Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre. The off-Broadway production was a hit and it was moved to the Plymouth Theatre, marking Dwight’s Broadway debut.
After this success his career began to climb. He won the coveted Drama-Logue Award in 1980 for the revival of “Crucifer of Blood,” a Sherlock Holmes drama, co-starring Glenn Close, in which he portrayed Major Alistair Ross.
He auditioned for the role of Murdock in The A-Team and got the part. However, during the shooting of the pilot of The A-Team they told him his part would be written out and they would fire him after the pilot. He had to pack his things and leave his trailer. The rest of the shooting for the pilot he had to share a trailer with the stuntmen. However, after the pilot ‘his dials were so good’ when a test audience watched it that his role wasn’t cancelled. They allowed him to remain in the series. Instead Tim Dunigan, who played the role of Face in the pilot, was fired and Dirk Benedict was hired instead.
Just before he got the part of Murdock in the A-team, Dwight had met his wife, Wendy Fulton, during a blind date in 1982. A friend invited Dwight for dinner. His friend had a girlfriend. Dwight was still single, so his friend asked his girlfriend to bring a friend of hers along so Dwight had a date for that evening. It was love at first sight, Dwight says, and they soon realized they wanted to stay together. In 1983 Dwight married Wendy in secret. Only a few people knew about it and were present (the actors of The A-team knew about it but didn’t attend the wedding). They are happily married and have one child, a daughter named Ava who was born in 1987.
After the series The A-Team ended, he made the movie Fatman and Little Boy (1989) he got the part in the movie The Long Walk Home (1990) in which Whoopi Goldberg played one of the leading roles. He told her how he had loved Star Trek ever since he was young. He had always watched the original series on television and later the spin off, Star Trek: Next Generation – the series in which Whoopi played the role of Guinan. It was Whoopi Goldberg who than approached the producers of STNG with the story that Dwight loved the series and deserved a part in it. Dwight had no idea that Whoopi had whispered his name into the producers’ ears until the moment the phone rang and they told him they had written a guest role especially for him. He was thrilled with the part of Lt. Reginald Barclay. His role was so successful that he became a returning guest on the series. They even asked Dwight to play the role of Barclay in Star Trek Voyager and in the movie Star Trek First Contact (1996).
From the late nineties until the present Dwight has been busy with voice overwork. He gives cartoon figures and computer heroes or bad guys a voice in computer games. He received a nomination for an Annie Award for his role in Chowder (Cartoon Network) in 2008 and again in 2009.