Dirk Benedict is best known for portraying two notorious ladies’ men on television: the roguish anti-hero “Starbuck” from the original 70s incarnation of Battlestar Galactica and the charismatic “Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck” on the 80s hit The A-Team. The roles, as well as the shows, remained so much a mainstay in pop culture that Battlestar Galactica was re-imagined into an immensely popular and critically acclaimed cable series, while The A-Team was remade in 2010 as a big budget theatrical film with Bradley Cooper playing the role of “Faceman.” Benedict had a cameo in the film.
Other credits include the 1973 cult horror film Sssssss as well as guest spots on such television series as Charle’s Angels, The Love Boat, Baywatch and The Commish. Benedict reprised the role of “Starbuck” for a 2003 Battlestar Galactica video game.
Born in Montana, Benedict continues to live outside of the Hollywood spotlight in “Big Sky Country” where he also has become an accomplished author. His first book, “Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy” details his career in Hollywood as well as his victorious battle over prostate cancer. His second book, “And Then We Went Fishing,” explores the trials of being a father and the importance of forgiveness.
Benedict attended college in Walla Walla, Washington and later performed repertory theatre in Seattle before becoming the pop culture icon that he remains today.