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Dress Like Howlin' Mad Murdock!

Updated on October 13, 2017
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Want to dress like a member of the A-Team?

"His mind reflected in his shirts. Murdock, the mad genius [from the original A Team] gives us a little window in to his psyche, or is it just a way to insure he keeps his room at the VA?" (quote from the Howlin' Mad Mental Museum on Zazzle) Admire Murdock's Mind? Want to join his insane Team? Want to step back in time?

Then try dressing like Howlin' Mad Murdock!

★All Images of shirts used with permission from Howlin' Mad's Mental Museum.★ Click the link to purchase your Murdock tee today!

Dwight Shultz
Dwight Shultz

Just who is Howlin' Mad Murdock?

What is the howling "A-Team"? (please note, the Curator of the museum is a personal friend and I have permission to quote directly from the website)

Captain H. M. "Howlin Mad" Murdock is a fictional character in the 1980s television series, The A-Team.

He was played by actor Dwight Schultz. The character of Murdock was almost written out of the series before it even aired, because the producers found the Murdock too "over the top". The test audience actually liked the character "Howlin' Mad" and that convinced the producers to keep the part of Murdock. Murdock appeared on The A-Team from the show's beginning in 1983 until its cancellation in 1986. Schultz had a cameo in the 2010 film, while Sharlto Copley (of District 9) portrayed the Murdock character in the 2010 movie. (Info from Wikipedia.)

The following information in italics was used with permission of Howlin'Mad Mental Museum Caretakers. If there is a problem with Murdock's description, report it to them, please. But, be careful, they might get Howlin Mad at ya!)

H. M. Murdock is a pilot who flew helicopters in the Vietnam War. This soldier LOVES to fly!! H. M. stands for Howlin' Mad (not spelled out in full). Everyone generally calls him "Murdock," and only occasionally "H. M." -- rarely Howlin' Mad, (but he does paint "Howlin' Mad" under his car's "cockpit" in one episode --"The Taxicab Wars.") In the TV series, Murdock is played by actor Dwight Schultz. Murdock flew with The Air Force's Thunderbirds before the war in Southeast Asia. The Thunderbirds are the best of the best that the Air Force has in the way of pilots. As you can imagine, he is a gifted pilot, and can fly in tight spaces that only a crazy man would try. He says in the show, "If it has wings I can fly it!"

It has been discovered that Murdock is certified crazy and resides in the VA hospital in the mental ward. He is regularly broken out for missions with the team, usually under some pretense rather than by force.

He is usually seen wearing a fitted (unstructured) baseball cap with the retro green undervisor, khaki slacks and navy blue Converse Hi-top sneakers. His ever-present flight jacket, a WWII style, is painted on the back, with a growling tiger face under the words "DA NANG 1970".

Murdock is often seen wearing strange and wonderful t-shirts on the show." (again, the description is directly from the museum caretakers. If there is a problem with Murdock's description, report it to them, please. But, be careful, they might get Howlin Mad at ya!)

Who is Dwight Schultz?

"William Dwight Schultz (born November 24, 1947) is an American stage, television, and film actor. He is best known for his roles as Captain "Howling Mad" Murdock on the 1980s action show The A-Team, Reginald Barclay in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and the film Star Trek: First Contact, and Mung Daal in the children's cartoon Chowder." (from Wikipedia.)

What is the A-Team?

In 1972, The A-Team was accused of a crime (robbing the Bank of Hanoi) they didn't commit. (They were actually ORDERED to do it, but that's another story...) They have been on the run ever since. The show takes place in 1983-1987. They are Special Forces trained, and they help innocent people all over the world with big problems (problems generally=gun-toting bullies!) They work best when together, and can think and work as one (almost to the point of psychic connections.) They are the Robin Hoods of modern day ('80s) Los Angeles, CA, who rob from the truly evil scumbags of the earth and lift up the innocents!

The show was criticized for its cartoon violence, where car-flip victims merely staggered away from the wreckage, and bullets rarely met their mark. Some people fail to cite that The A-Team were against actually shooting their enemies, and ultimately gained capitulation with wit, tactics and fisticuffs. Aiming guns at tires and car radiators to stop vehicles, and walls of buildings just over the heads of enemies, was more their style.

The team members are as follows: The leader is Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith (everyone calls him "Hannibal.") Hannibal is played by George Peppard. Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck is the con-artist (everyone calls him "Face.") Face is played by Dirk Benedict. Sargent Bosco Barracas (always referred to as "B. A." - for Bad Attitude) is a tough-as-nails muscle man with a Mohawk haircut and a scowl covering his rarely-seen-but-I-promise-it's-there tender heart. B. A. is played by Mr. T. These members are on the run as fugitives from the Military Police and are sometimes reported to the MP's by local law enforcement. The fourth member of the team is their "getaway car" driver, er, uh, pilot of their escape helicopter. He went crazy and is not considered responsible for his actions. (All information from the Howlin'Mad Mental Museum and reprinted with the caretakers' permission.)

Addicted to Murdock, then you might want to listen to past broadcasts of Howling Mad Radio hosted by Dwight Schultz. This website is free, but you need to create a login.

Minds are for people who think
Minds are for people who think | Source

Howlin' Mad History: Murdock T-shirts

Clever quotes from Murdock

The folks at HowlinMad have consulted some seemingly comprehensive online lists, but ultimately, chose to go straight to the source material.

Lovingly gathered from on-screen glimpses in the show, they pieced them together like jigsaw puzzles, when necessary. In other words, these shirts were created with research in frame by frame analysis of the source material--"The A-Team" episodes.

According to the museum's website, all the shirts Murdock wore on The A-Team, were originally created by Dwight Schultz.

With diligence the museum's designers have carefully applied themselves to create the most accurate possible representation of the shirts worn by Howlin' Mad on the A Team.

Find them in the "As seen on Howlin' Mad" category in their Howlinmad's Store at Zazzle (clickable link).

Below, see HowlinMad's reproduction of the shirt seen above:

"Minds are for people who think!" Shirt - used with permission of the Howlin' Mad Mental Museum

"Minds are for people who think" reproduction of a Howlin Mad t-shirt
"Minds are for people who think" reproduction of a Howlin Mad t-shirt | Source

Purchase this shirt at the Howlin" Mad Mental Museum link in the introduction.

A Doodle Do Murdock Research - How Howlin Mad Mental Museum creates designs for Murdock products:

How the shirts are researched for the museum.
How the shirts are researched for the museum. | Source

An example of some of the intensive research that takes place in "Howlin' Mad's Mental Museum Lab (HMMM Lab) The original images from the TV series is broken down into sections, then enlarged to get details needed to replicate the t-shirt.

More Howlin' Mad Shirts on Zazzle:

The shirts that HowlinMad have available are in three categories:

1) Reproductions of actual shirts Murdock wore.

2) Quotes

3) Inspired by Murdock

Go explore, but do not lose your mind!

Wear a Murdock shirt? - Take an A-Team stand!

Would you wear one of Murdock's shirts?

I'm nuts, lets get that straight. I've got my whole room and board resting on that fact.

Find the original A-Team series on Amazon: - You have my permission to purchase any of the following products :)

Below you will find links to purchase the complete boxed set and/or the individual seasons.

Disclosure:

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Where Can You Watch the Original A Team TV 1980's Series?

You can watch the A Team for free on Hulu right on your computer!

Clicking on "Hulu" will open a new tab.

Who is your favorite A-Team Character from the 80's TV show?

Dwight Shultz, George Peppard, Dirk Benedict or Mr. T.

Cast your vote below:

Who is your favorite A-Team Member?

  • 92% Howlin' Mad Murdock
  • 4% Hannibal (the boss)
  • 2% B.A. (show me the bling)
  • 2% Faceman (or "Face" for short)
170 people have voted in this poll.

Collectible "A Team" Stuff on eBay: - TV A-Team collectibles and memorbilia...

Love the original A Team? Then you could find a treasure on EBay!

Check back often as the A Team collectible items will change.

No, you do not have to make a choice between the movie or the 80's TV show, but I would like to know that you visited this webpage about Howling Mad Murdock. If you do have an opinion, feel free to state it. Thanks for visiting!

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      @Old Navy Guy: I must give the credit to the curator of the Howlin Mad Museum. I got all my information from that source.

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      Old Navy Guy 4 years ago

      The "Original" TV Series of course. Thanks for a fun look back and some very nice research.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      I loved Murdock when I was watching the A Team on TV back in the 1980s - but when I started watching Dwight Schultz as Barclay on STTNG, I was in even more awe of his talent - the man sure can ACT!! He is absolutely brilliant!!!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Love it - I've long been a huge Dwight Schultz fan.

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      lilymom24 5 years ago

      What a blast from the past. I loved the ATeam and Murdock was my favorite character on the show.

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      Steve Charles 6 years ago

      I love it when a lens comes together...

      Great stuff!

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the heads up about my mistake. I have made the corrections. Also added two other actresses who were "members" of the A-Team at one time.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I would like to point out that the last post about "Triple A" being in only the first episode is false. She is Amy, the reporter who is in almost every episode. Other than that...I LIKE!!!

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      I was also a huge fan in the 80s. I'm pretty sure I watched EVERY episode. The show was one of those classics you almost hate to see touched. Not sure I'll be able to watch it but I'm sure it will earn them new fans as the characters and stories were so much fun to watch. Nice job on this lens. I learned a few things! ;)

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      Kyecerulian 7 years ago

      Love the lens! I am a fan of the 80's A-Team. Wrote a lens about the things which worry me for the 2010 movie. I have high hopes but also many worries. I don't think it will live up to the TV show, but I hope it will at least be worth watching.

      I've lensrolled you on that lens because I'd almost forgotten about Murdock's shirts, but it will be another tragic loss if those don't make it into the new movie. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Rdy2gO 7 years ago

      I prefer The A-Team Classic! The movie reminds me too much of the "Fake A-Team" -impostors from one of the episodes. I watched the series every week when I was a kid. Murdock always was my real reason for watching, anyway, but I had forgotten how many great quotes he had! Some of those lines were hilarious!

      The best part is, I never thought I'd be able to get the shirts he was actually WEARING on the show, so thanks for the great lens! Now I can actually start checking them off of the very wish list I began keeping when I was a teenager. =)

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      My grown children purchased every single episode of the A-Team. We, as a family, own them. I did not like the A-Team when it first came out - now, I love them, and especially Mad Murdock! Love this!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I never did like the A-Team ;) If I had to chose who I liked best, it would be George Peppart. Love the t-shirts.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Woops! My favorite was George Peppart, then Murdock, then Mr T! What an entertaining TV series! However, I don't like the trend today to bring those classic series to the cinema :)

      Great lens here, I enjoyed a lot!

      Dom.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I watched the A-Team religiously. I was in love with George Peppard.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      I have never watched the A-team but these shirts are great!

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      @enigma0430 lm: Thank you! I appreciate your comment.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I never was an A Team fan, but enjoyed the lens and the shirts. The quotes are great! I noticed an A-Team movie is about to come out.

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      enigma0430 lm 7 years ago

      I remember watching the A-team it was one of my favorite shows back in the day. Great Lens!