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Sharito Copley (born November 27, 1973) plays the part of H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock in the 2010 big screen reboot of The A-Team TV series. Sharlto is a South African born producer, actor, and director who has produced and co-directed short films which have appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as commercials and music videos.


Early life and acting career[]

Sharlto Copley was born in Pretoria, South Africa and educated at [[St. Andrew's Preparatory School in Grahamstown and Redhill School i Morningside, Johannesburg.[1] Sharlto resides alternately in Cape Town and Los Angeles.[2]

His father is Dr. Bruce Copley, a former university professor, currently a holistic educator/entertainer and multi-instrumentalist.[3] His mother, Linda Stocks-Copley, is a Christian Science Healer living in Cape Town. His brother, Donovan, is the lead-singer of the successful Cape Town band Hotwater,[4][5] whose music has been featured on BBC World and whose song 'Bushfire' was used in advertisements by the Italian shoe manufacturer Primigi.[6]

He co-founded a media production company, visual effects company and talent agency with partner Simon Hansen. He is perhaps best known for playing the roles of Wikus van de Merwe in the Oscar-nominated science fiction film District 9 and H. M. Murdock in the 2010 remake of The A-Team.


  1. Interview with A-Team star Sharlto Copley, by Lisa Marks for The Scotsman, 26 July 2010, originally accessed 21 February 2011.]
  2. A-Team's Sharlto Copley soars, by Gayle Edmunds for the City Press, 20 August 2010, originally accessed 21 February 2011.
  3. "Bruce Copley – Holistic Learning Adds Value" SKF Sweden Evolution Business and Technology Magazine article, 7 June 2006
  4. Hotwater. (16 October 2008). Retrieved on 22 September 2013.
  5. Hotwater Official Site. Retrieved on 22 September 2013.
  6. Hotwater with Donovan Copley.

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