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 on Georgia, Georgia (1972) 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” (1978), the doctors stated that he was in good health. Dirk’s main successes were “Battlestar Galactica” and “The A-Team” (1983) in which he played “Templeton – The Face – Peck”. He was formerly married to actress Toni Hudson and has two sons (George and Roland).