- WHERE ARE THE SHOW'S STARS TODAY? George Peppard 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 last I'd heard was working on a play for Broadway. Dwight Schultz has kept busy with guest appearances in many TV shows (most recently on such programs as "Diagnosis Murder" and "Touched by an Angel") 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 appeared in the film "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 was a frequent guest co-host on Don Ecker's UFO's Tonite! radio program in 1994-1996 and has been involved in several "Alien Voices" radio- dramas with Leonard Nimoy and John Delancie. 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 large role was that of "Claire" on the TV-show "Brotherly Love." This aired for one season on NBC, and was picked up by the WB network for one season. She also appeared for a while on "Knots Landing" (interestingly enough at the same time as Dwight's wife, Wendy Fulton.) Occaisionally you can spot her in guest spots on TV series and in telemovies. 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, including a recent appearance the series "Nightman". Marla Heasley now works in the jewelry business in California. She appeared in a few other projects after "The A-Team" but is no longer actively involved in acting. Robert Vaughn is still fairly active in the industry and continues to make many appearances in various television programs and movies. Detailed listings of all of the stars' credits before and since the A-Team can be found on the web at http://homepage.seas.upenn.edu/~pellegri/credits.html
DO YOU HAVE AN ADDRESS WHERE I CAN WRITE TO DIRK/DWIGHT/T? These are addresses I have; I cannot garuntee their accuracy or that you will get a reply, though I know at least a few people have received responses from writing to Dirk's address. Dirk Benedict P.O.Box 634 Bigfork, MT 59911 USA Dwight Schultz c/o Paul Kohner 9300 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 555 Beverly Hills, CA 90212
- ARE THERE ANY PLANS FOR AN A-TEAM REUNION MOVIE OR FEATURE FILM? As of June '96, there are. 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 1998. 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 government officials. 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 episodes. 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 $250,000. 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.'' Some fans are upset with the plans to recast the Team and there is a letter writing campaign to deter this. Information can be found at http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~pellegri/movie.html In the past year, further information on this project has been spotty. The first draft of the script by Richard Hatem was, in this fan's opinion, truly horrid (and no, I will not reveal how I got a copy of it). Word was that the script was sent back for major rewrites, and the production/release date pushed back what seems to be indefinitely. Casting rumors persist, with Mel Gibson still the favorite for the Hannibal role, Ving Rhames for B.A., and Jim Carrey for Murdock, but there is nothing substantial to back up these rumors. And since there isn't even a script yet, I doubt we will see this movie come to light anytime soon.
- WILL THERE EVER BE AN A-TEAM CONVENTION? Hopefully. Originally some of us had planned on at least a small con in conjunction with the movie release, but nothing has come of either the movie or the con yet. But we are still looking to plan some sort of convention, within the next 2-3 years. Of course, in the meantime there is an annual small get-together/party for A-Team fans held in the Philadelphia, so if you would be interested in information on this, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.