During an interview with “The New York Times,” Franklin said that he mostly played doctors and cops and for the sole purpose of paying his bills and support his family and children.
Franklin would eventually switch careers. He had an M.F.A. Degree in directing from the AFI Conservatory and became a director and producer with mostly low-budget films. Before he made the switch, however, he appeared in “The Rockford Files,” “McClain’s Law,” “ALF,” and even “Roseanne” in several episodes. He even made it into a few films, such as “The Legend of the Golden Gun” and “A Smokey Mountain Christmas.”
The A-Team Never Dies
This wasn't the end of the A-Team, however. In 2010, a movie version of the show appeared, starring the likes of Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, and Jessica Biel. Dirk Benedict, who played Faceman, and Dwight Schultz, who played Murdock, both made cameo appearances. The movie's success proved that there was still an appetite for the characters, giving rise to rumors of a new series.
Indeed, in September of 2015, Fox announced they were working on a reboot of "The A-Team." Original writer and producer Stephen Cannell's daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, is one of the writers. The team was to be made up of both male and female characters.
The Other Members of the Team
Apart from the four main characters, there were plenty of faces that appeared over the years. Carl Franklin played Captain Crane, an associate of Colonel Roderick Decker.
Crane was only a character on the show for two years, so it isn't noteworthy to forget his part. Franklin himself doesn't even consider "The A-Team" one of his career highlights. While he spent his time helping Colonel Decker try to hunt down the A-Team, his help didn't amount to much, and the team always slipped through his fingers. What has Franklin been up to since the show ended?
Moving to the Big Screen
Nevertheless, many of his films are well-regarded, if not well-known. His best film is thought to be "One False Move," which won numerous awards, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy after directing an episode of "House of Cards."
He's written "Punk," "Devil in a Blue Dress," and "Bless Me, Ultima," as well as directing them and others. His TV directing credits also include three other episodes of "House of Cards," four episodes of "The Leftovers," five episodes of "Partner," and four episodes of "Mindhunter." In 1996 he received a Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal from the American Film Institute for his outstanding body of work.
The Man After the A-Team
Colonel Decker himself spent his time on-screen trying to hunt down the A-Team, in order to bring them in for a crime they didn't commit, just like it says in the opening.
Lance LeGault played this antagonistic character, and he was already fairly well-known before he joined the team. He'd already appeared in movies such as "Stripes" and "Catch My Soul." Even more notably, he acted as a stunt double for none other than the king of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, in a number of films. However, he shot to big-time fame thanks to his role as Colonel Roderick Decker.