Dirk Benedict is an American movie, television and stage actor who played the characters Lieutenant Templeton “Faceman” Peck in The A-Team television series and Lieutenant Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica film and television series. He is the author of Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy and And Then We Went Fishing.
He was exposed to acting his freshman year at Whitman because of a dare from a friend, but Dirk fell in love with the stage. He first appeared on the stage in the short-lived play Abelard and Heloise before his on screen career launched with his appendence in Georgie, Georgia. Dirk’s career spanned almost 40 years with his most notable successes from Battlestar Galactica, The A-Team, and from playing Hamlet on Broadway.
Dirk is also a prostate cancer survivor and has written a book Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy which chronicles his Hollywood rise to fame and his battle with disease using a Macrobiotic approach. Dirk also wrote And then We Went Fishing, directed his own screenplay Cahoots which appeared at film festivals around the world, and appeared as Lt. Colombo and as King Rat”in a Christmas “panto,” on the London stage.