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Benedict, Dirk 1945–

BENEDICT, Dirk 1945


Original name, Dirk Niewoehner; born March 1, 1945, in Helena, MT; son of George Edward (a lawyer) and Pricilla Mella (an accountant; maiden name, Metzger) Niewoehner; married Toni Hudson (an actress), 1986 (divorced, 1995); children: George, Roland; (from previous relationship) John. Education: Whitman College, B.F.A., music, 1967; trained for the stage at John Fernald Academy of Dramatic Art, Oakland University, 1969.

Addresses: Agent Twentieth Century Artists, 15760 Ventura Blvd., Suite 700, Encino, CA 91436; Acme Talent and Literary Agency, 4727 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 333, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Career: Actor, director, and writer. Meadowbrook Theatre, Rochester, MI, member of company, 196869; also performer with Ann Arbor Repertory Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI.

Member: Phi Delta Theta.


Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Michael Winters, Georgia, Georgia, Cinerama, 1971.

David Blake, SSSSSSS (also known as SSSSnake ), Universal, 1973.

William Caulder, W (also known as I Want Her Dead and W Is the Mark of Death ), Cinerama, 1974.

Jeff Stevens, Scavenger Hunt, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1979.

Pete Huffman, Underground Aces, 1979.

Kyle Hanson, Ruckus (also known as Big Ruckus in a Small Town, The Loner, and Ruckus in Madoc County ), New World, 1982.

M. Harry Smilac, Body Slam, Worldvision Enterprises, 1987.

Alex Long, Blue Tornado, Vidmark Entertainment, 1991.

Detective Rick Kelly, Shadow Force, Imperial Entertainment, 1993.

John Mackie, The Feminine Touch (also known as November Conspiracy ), Miracon Pictures, 1994.

Alexander Harris, Demon Keeper, New Horizons Home Video, 1994.

Jake Barnes, Alaska, Columbia, 1996.

Host, Steel Stomachs, 1997.

Film Director:

Christina's Dream (short film), 1994.

Cahoots, Chewing School, 2000.

Television Appearances; Series:

Officer Gil Foley, Chopper One, ABC, 1974.

Lieutenant Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica, ABC, 19781979.

Lieutenant Templeton "Face" Peck, The ATeam, NBC, 19831987.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Bill, Journey from Darkness, 1975.

Lieutenant Starbuck, Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, 1978.

Simon, Cruise into Terror (also known as Voyage into Evil ), 1978.

Dusty Tyree, The Georgia Peaches (also known as Follow That Car ), 1980.

Spyder Elliott, Scruples, 1981.

Eddie Mazda, Trenchcoat in Paradise, CBS, 1989.

Gordon, "Bejewelled," The Magical World of Disney, The Disney Channel, 1991.

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Lerner, Official Denial, SciFi Channel, 1994.

Robert Steves, Abduction of Innocence: A Moment of Truth Movie (also known as Abduction of Innocence ), NBC, 1996.

Tyler, Waking Up Horton (also known as The Adventures of Young Brave ), Showtime, 1998.

Television Appearances: Specials:

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1979.

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985.

The Wildest West Show of the Stars, CBS, 1986.

Himself, Mr. T: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999.

Battletstar Galactica: The Lowdown, SciFi Channel, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Brom Loomis, The Cabot Connection, CBS, 1977.

Lieutenant Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica (also known as Curse of Cylons ), 1978.

Matt Malone, Family in Blue, CBS, 1982.

Frank Rowlett, Mark of the Devil (also known as Hammer House of Mystery and Suspense: Mark of the Devil ), 1984.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Walter Clyman, "Chain of Events," Hawaii Five0, CBS, 1972.

"Angels on Wheels," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1976.

(Uncredited) Wheel of Fortune operator, "Escape Hatch," Gemini Man, NBC, 1976.

Barton, "The Blue Angels," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1977.

Denny Railsback, "The Jade Trap," Charlie's Angels, ABC, 1977.

Lieutenant Starbuck, "The Return of Starbuck," Galactica 1980, ABC, 1980.

Jeff Dalton, "That's My Dad," The Love Boat, ABC, 1980.

"Whose Dog Is That Anyway?," The Love Boat, ABC, 1983.

Just Men!, 1983.

Face, "Remote Control Man," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1985.

Trevor Harris, "Prized Possessions," Hotel, ABC, 1987.

Dr. David Latimer, "Smooth Operators," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Dr. Rush, "In the Name of Science," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, USA Network, 1989.

Aaron Brody, "Rookie of the Year," Baywatch, NBC, 1989.

Gil Higgins, "All That Glitters," The Commish, ABC, 1993.

Blair, "Case Closed," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1995.

Gary Harling, "Frozen Stiff," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

Guest, V Graham Norton, Channel 4 (England), 2002.

Guest, RI:SE, Channel 4, 2003.

Guest, The Terry and Gaby Show, Channel 5 (England), 2004.

Also appeared in episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, USA Network; and Donny and Marie, ABC.

Stage Appearances:

Young man, Summertree, Seattle Repertory, Seattle, WA, 1970.

(New York debut) Alain and understudy for Robert de Montboissier, Abelard and Heloise, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1971.

Don Baker, Butterflies Are Free, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1972.

Title role, Hamlet, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Also appeared in Barefoot in the Park; as Edmund, King Lear; as Tarleton, Misalliance; as Ensign Pulver, Mister Roberts; in The Rainmaker; and in StarSpangled Girl.

Major Tours:

Title role, Li'l Abner, Ohio and Michigan cities, 1977.

Curly, Oklahoma, Ohio and Michigan cities, 1979.


Video Games:

Voice of Antharia Jack, Zork: Grand Inquisitor, 1997.

Voice of Lieutenant Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica, Universal Entertainment, 2003.



Cahoots, Chewing School, 2000.


Author of the stage plays Acting Becomes Her and Puppy Dog Tales.


Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy (autobiography), Avery Publishing, 1991.

Also author of And Then We Went Fishing (autobiography), Avery Publishing. Author of foreword to Ayurveda Secrets of Healing: The Complete Ayurvedic Guide to Healing through Pancha Karma Seasonal Therapies, Diet, Herbal Remedies, and Memory.



Benedict, Dirk, Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy, Avery Publishing, 1991.


Entertainment Weekly, January 24, 1997, p. 64; April 18, 1997, p. 85.

Starlog, February, 1998.


Dirk Benedict Official Site,, February 11, 2004.

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