Dirk Benedict

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Dirk Benedict

Born

3/1/1945, Helena,Montana,USA

Birth Name

Dirk Niewoehner

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Dirk Niewoehner
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Dirk Benedict Was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country. He garnered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of Showboat, where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18, which…more

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  • Trivia

    • When Dirk was 18 years old, his father was shot and killed by his brother Roy when he found their father brutally beating their mother. Neither of them will discuss the incident when asked.

    • Dirk states his trademark portrayal of Starbuck as a cigar smoking pilot almost got him fired. Studio executives felt that smoking cigars would put people off. It was not until girls all across America began sending him cigars that the stuido embraced the idea.

    • Dirk Benedict states that he played the role of Starbuck similar to the way James Garner was playing Jim Rockford, of the Rockford Files, a reluctant hero.

    • Dirk is a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

    • At the height of his Battlestar Galactica fame, Dirk received a number of death threats and had his car and home vandalised. This forced him to have two burly minders protect him. They would accompany him everywhere, even on a date.

    • Dirk grew up in White Sulphur Springs, a small town in Montana where he learned fishing, hunting and other sports.

    • Mr. Benedict co-starred in the television movie, Earthstorm, with Stephen Baldwin (2006).

    • In 1998, Benedict learned that he also has another son, John (born 1968), from a youthful relationship.

    • Dirk and Toni Hudson divorced in 1995 and currently lives in Montana with his two sons.

    • After finishing Georgia, Georgia in Sweden, Benedict replaced Keir Dullea in Butterflies Are Free on Broadway, where he worked with Gloria Swanson as his mother.

    • His stage name 'Benedict' was suggested to him by his agent, who was inspired by Dirk eating Eggs Benedict for breakfast during their early morning conversation.

    • Dirk became a vegetarian in 1971 due to health problems.

    • Dirk is a licensed pilot and has his own plane.

    • He graduated from Whitman College in Washington with a Music major turned to drama: B.A. Degree.

    • Dirk spent 2 years after college attending a professional acting school at Meadowbrook Theater, north of Detroit.

    • While in White Sulphur Springs High School he was a good athlete and a straight A student.

    • Dirk is a published author. He's written the books, And then We Went Fishing and Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy. Confessions went on to be a best seller.

    • Dirk played Hamlet on Broadway in 1987.

    • His first TV series was Chopper One (1974).

  • Quotes

    • Benedict: (On how quickly things changed after Battlestar Galactica was cancelled) The funny thing was, I went from being a big TV star on the lot, with my own parking space, my own table in the commissary, to a complete nobody! When I went to get my stuff, they wouldn't let me on the lot. I said to the gate guy, 'Hey, Scotty! it's me! I just want to get my things.' He said, 'You don't have a pass!' So, I had to make all these calls just to get my toothbrush! That's Hollywood. Boom! From star to forgotten actor.

    • Dirk Benedict: (on the A-Team) I enjoyed it immensely. By nature I'm terribly serious, so as an actor I tend to want to be silly. It was a comedic show, almost like a cartoon. We just had to hang on to enough reality to make it possible for adults to watch it. The actors I worked with, especially Mr. T and Dwight Schultz were very funny people. It was pretty much four years of laughter.

    • Dirk Benedict: I am funny by my own rights, I don't need jokes.

    • Dirk Benedict: I usually have to go out with two or three girls because they wear out.

    • Dirk Benedict: When the ship is sinking and someones having great time and happy about it, you throw them overboard.

    • Dirk Benedict: (On the new Battlestar Galactica's Starbuck) People kept asking me about Starbuck being a girl and I finally wrote what I thought for a British magazine called Dreamwatch. It was called Starbuck: Lost In Castration, and a lot of people got really angry -- 'this chauvinist pig, this angry bitter old actor, how dare he?' It was about why you can't have a character like Starbuck in a show today -- a cigar-smoking, drinking, womanizing lovable scoundrel. The feminist movement got rid of those guys. In the war against masculinity, the only way that character could work was to make him a woman.

    • Dirk Benedict: Generally speaking, actors are allowed NO input. Actors are dumb.

    • Dirk Benedict: Dialogue is my forte. Whether that is because I am an actor or merely talented in that regard I have no idea. Nor do I care. When I write, I always feel like I am just taking dictation-following the characters around and writing down what they say.

    • Dirk Benedict: Change is good. And in fact unavoidable.

    • Dirk Benedict: Be very clear as to what your dream is. Nowadays it is fairly certain that 90 percent of all actors really just want to be rich and famous as the solution to all that ails.

    • Dirk Benedict: America is terrified of the passage of time. Prozac Nation. Land of Face Lifts.

    • Dirk Benedict: Life without kids is like a camera without film.

    • Dirk Benedict: There is a divine moment in our lives when we all become one. It's called procreation and it is reborn, continually and forever, in the future we call children. They are our legacy. Our responsibility. They are our destiny and we are theirs. The extent to which we fail as parents, we fail as God's children.

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    Was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country. He garnered his first experiences in acting (on a dare) in a college production of Showboat, where he got the main part. His father, a lawyer, died when Dirk was 18, which was hard for him to take. While working on Georgia, Georgia in Sweden, he first learned about macrobiotic diets and changed his eating habits, drastically. He was 26 at the time. A few years later, doctors found that he had cancer of the prostate. He refused to accept the usual treatment and moved away to a secluded cottage. Dirk managed to cure himself from cancer by following the rules of his macrobiotic diet. When he got a part as Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica in 1978, the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk's main successes were Battlestar Galactica, as Starbuck, and the TV series, The A-Team, in which he played Templeton(The Face) Peck. He was formerly married to actress Toni Hudson and is now divorced. He has two sons (George and Roland).moreless
  • he is such a hancom actor. I love him as both Face and as Starbouk. I realy thogut it was funny seeing Him pointing to the cylon in the oaning credits of the A-Team it was halaris.moreless

    10
    I rember the first time I saw him he was on Battalstar Glactca as Starbouk. I realy like his work. he is wanderful. It was great to see him as Lt. Templton ask Face Peck. I have read his book. he is a good actor and a good athoughter. It is great to have Dirk Benedick all the shows he has done if it wasn't just as a good guy he also plays a good bad guy as well. I hope to see him do more things in the futcher. wold love to read more books if he wrights them.moreless
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