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Dirk Benedict

Templeton Peck - Futé in The A-Team, Lt. Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica

Photos Dirk Benedict Birth name: Dirk Niewoehner
Birth date: 1945/03/01 (78 years old)
Birth place : Helena (USA)
Height: 1.80 m

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Biography for Dirk Benedict

Dirk Benedict (born March 1, 1945) is a movie and television actor, perhaps best known for playing the characters "Face" in the The A-Team television series and "Starbuck" in the original Battlestar Galactica television series.

He was born Dirk Niewoehner, in Helena, Montana, USA. At Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Washington, Dirk became interested in acting. During his freshman year, he accepted a dare to audition for the Spring musical and won the lead role of Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat. He also joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity that year, which he credits with supporting his endeavors, and encouraging his development. The next three years were filled with many more musical productions. Upon graduation, Benedict began a two-year training program under John Fernald, who had headed London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London for fifteen years.

At that time he started to use the stage name 'Benedict'; supposedly, whilst searching for a catchier, more American name, he agreed to the suggestion of "Benedict" by his agent, who was inspired by Dirk eating Eggs Benedict for breakfast during their early morning conversation.

Benedict then played repertory theatre in Seattle and in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he played such roles as Edmund in King Lear, Tarleton in Misalliance, Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts, and the lead in Neil Simon's Star-Spangled Girl. An agent sent him to an audition which resulted in a co-starring role with Diana Rigg and Keith Mitchell in Abelard and Heloise, first on Broadway, then in Los Angeles. Two weeks after the show closed on Broadway, he was winging across the Atlantic to Sweden for his first movie, Georgia, Georgia in which he co-starred with Diana Sands. This film about draft resisters, shot entirely in Sweden, was written by Maya Angelou.

On his return to New York, Benedict replaced Keir Dullea in Butterflies Are Free on Broadway where he worked with Gloria Swanson as his mother. When the New York run ended, he received an offer to repeat his performance in Hawaii, opposite Barbara Rush. While there, he appeared as a guest lead on Hawaii Five-O. The producers of a psycho-thriller called Sssssss saw Benedict's performance in Hawaii-Five-O and promptly cast him as the lead in that movie. He next played the psychotic wife-beating husband of Twiggy in her American film debut, W. Benedict starred in the television series, Chopper One, but his career break came when he appeared as Lieutenant Starbuck in the movie and television series Battlestar Galactica.

According to fellow A-Team actor and friend, Dwight Schultz, Benedict claims to have been diagnosed with prostate cancer by a psychic in Italy who discovered the cause of Benedict's ailment by examining a photograph of him.

Dirk Benedict was born in Montana (USA) on March 1, 1945.

He was raised in this state, far from the show business and cinema. He made his first actor steps (following a bet) in a "showboat" university production where he obtained the main role. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18 years old, which was hard to accept for him. While working at "Georgia, Georgia" in Sweden, he discovered a new way of eating, and radically changed his eating habits. He was 26 years old at that time. A few years later, doctors diagnosed him with prostate cancer. He refused the treatment and withdrew into an isolated house. Dirk managed to defeat his cancer by scrupulously following his new eating habits, according to him. When he obtained the role of Starbuck in the TV series "Battlestar Galactica" in 1978, the doctors said that he was in perfect health. Dirk 'main successes were the TV series "Battlestar Galactica" and "Agence all risk", in which he played Templeton Peck, a alias Futé.

Dirk Benedict is an American actor known for having played in several films and television series. He was born on March 1, 1945 in Helena, Montana, in the United States. He studied at Carroll college in Helena before continuing theater studies at the Montana State University.

Benedict began his acting career in the 1970s by playing in local theatrical productions. His film career began in 1975 with a role in the film "Sudden Death". He also played in films such as "The Mechanic" and "The A-Team".

Benedict is best known for having interpreted the character of Starbuck in the television series "Battlestar Galactica" broadcast between 1978 and 1979. He also played the role of Templeton "Faceman" Peck in the series "The a-team" broadcast between 1983 and 1987.

Apart from his acting career, Benedict is also an accomplished writer. He has published several books, including "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy" and "And then we Went Fishing".

Overall, Dirk Benedict is a talented and versatile actor who has played in many films and television series during his career. His performance in "Battlestar Galactica" and "The A-Team" earned him international recognition and he was widely praised for his work.


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Title Role
Waking Up Horton (1998) Tyler
Steel Stomachs (1997) Invité
Zork: Grand Inquisitor (1997) (Jeu Vidéo) Antharia Jack
Abduction of Innocence (1996) (TV) Robert Steves
Alaska (1996) Jake Barnes
Demon Keeper (1994) Alexander Harris
Feminine Touch, The (1994) John Mackie
Official Denial (1994) Lt. Col. Dan Lerner
Shadow Force (1993) Rick Kelly
Blue Tornado (1991) Alex Long
Bejewelled (1991) (TV) Gordon
Trenchcoat in Paradise (1989) (TV) Eddie Mazda
Body Slam (1987) M. Harry Smilac
Mark of the Devil (1984) (TV) Frank Rowlett
"A-Team, The" (1983) Serie TV Lt. Templeton Peck - Futé
Family in Blue (1982) (TV) Matt Malone
Ruckus (1982) Kyle Hanson
Scruples (1981) (TV) Spider Elliott
Underground Aces (1980) Pete Huffman
Georgia Peaches, The (1980) (TV) Dusty Tyree
Scavenger Hunt (1979) Jeff Stevens
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1978) (TV) Lt. Starbuck
"Battlestar Galactica" (1978) Serie TV Lt. Starbuck
Battlestar Galactica (1978) (TV) Lt. Starbuck
Cruise Into Terror (1978) (TV) Simon
Journey from Darkness (1975) (TV) Bill
W (1974) William Caulder
"Chopper One" (1974) Serie TV Officer Gil Foley
SSSSSSS (1973) David Blake
Georgia, Georgia (1972) Michael Winters



In 1986, he married Toni Hudson, an actress, with whom he has two sons, George and Roland. They divorced in 1995. In 1998, Benedict learned that he also has another son, John (born 1968), from a youthful relationship.

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