Dirk Benedict was born in Montana on March 1st, 1945. He was raised in the country, far away from anything connected with movies or acting. He gathered 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 at "Georgia, Georgia" in Sweden, he made the first contact with a macrobiotic diet and changed his eating habits drastically. He was 26 at that 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 his part as "Starbuck" in Battlestar Galactica in 1978, the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk's main successes were "Battlestar Galactica" ("Lt. Starbuck") and the TV-Series "The A-Team" in which he played "Templeton - The Face - Peck". He was married to actress Toni Hudson and has two sons, which he is now raising as a single Dad.
Dirk has published two books called "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy" and "And then we went fishing". The first one deals with his macrobiotic way of living, the second one with the death of his father and the birth of his first son. Both books can be ordered via Dirkīs website
Dirk has starred in many movies over the years and has been guest star to several TV shows including "Murder she wrote", "The Love Boat" and "Charlies Angels". He was also the star of the 70īs series "Chopper One", which didnīt succeed (please see his Filmography for further details. Dirk currently is working on the promotion of his film Cahoots, whose script was written 26 years ago and which he now directed. He is also writing a second part of Kamikaze Cowboy.