|H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock|
|Name||H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock|
|Vehicles and/or Gadgets||B.A.'s Van|
|Occupation||Member of The A-Team|
|Residence|| A-Team Headquarters|
Veterans Hospital (formerly)
The A-Team is a group of ex-United States Army Special Forces who were wrongly convicted of a crime during the Vietnam War. Managing to escape from the military police, they fled to Los Angeles, where, as fugitives, the A-Team work as soldiers of fortune, using their military training to fight oppression or injustice. Captain H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock along with Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, Sergeant B.A. Baracus and Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck make up the A-Team. He was a mechanic before joining the army. Before the war, Murdock was a member of the Thunderbirds.
Murdock's primary role in the team is as a pilot. He claims that he can fly anything with wings, and this seems to be borne out by the show. He can also drive a semi, and operate construction equipment (such as a crane and tractor and a jet refueling truck. Though he doesn't usually drive the team around, when it's necessary he can be very skilled at evading pursuit. In addition to flying and driving, Murdock is capable of piloting a sailboat. He knows how to ride a horse, parachute, and SCUBA dive (in spite of B.A.'s claim that Murdock couldn't swim.). He can pick a lock (though not as well as Face can).
Murdock actually has extensive knowledge of various subjects and keeps up on current events, showing a genius level aptitude. He can speak many different languages.
He can communicate in Morse code. He has photographic memory, is a talented actor, and often accompanies Face on his scams. He is also capable of impersonating the voices of famous individuals and mimicking many different foreign accents.
Murdock is also known to be crazy at times (it was said that a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War was the cause of it), and was confined at the Veterans Hospital from seasons 1 to 4, although he manages to get out of there during that time period with the help of the other A-Team members. The signs of his insanity often varies from episode to episode, but include, but not to limited to: the belief of sentience of inanimate objects, having a line of imaginary pets, such as a dog named Billy, hallucinations, self-identification with fictional characters, among others.
It is revealed in the Season 4 episode Wheel of Fortune that Murdock has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on at least two occasions, once in 1969 and once in 1972. The exact extent of Murdock's missions with the CIA was never revealed.
- He was portrayed by Dwight Schultz in The A-Team NBC-TV series. He reprises his role in the game. In the 2010 movies, he was portrayed by Sharlto Copley.
- Dwight Schultz is the only actor from The A-Team TV series to reprise his role in the game.
- It was confirmed by Arthur Parsons responding to a tweet that he can change into Hannibal, Faceman and B.A by using the Character Selection wheel.
- Main article: H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock/Gallery