When “The A-Team” wrapped, Benedict bounced around the entertainment world. Before he even joined the team, he was Lieutenant Starbuck on the original sci-fi show “Battlestar Galactica.” He wrote and directed a 2001 movie, “Cahoots,” he showed up on the theater stage, wrote books, and has had lots of time in the reality TV world.
He’s even a little bit of a singer – he’s never released an album, but he sang for a few tracks that appeared on the soundtrack for “The A-Team.” Recently he’s rumored to have a part in the TV mini-series “After Hell” as the angel Samael. The project is still in development.
A Last-Minute Swap
The final member of the main cast is Dirk Benedict, who played Templeton “Faceman” Peck, often called just “Face.” Different pieces of media sometimes state that his nickname is actually “The Faceman,” including the pilot episode, but most places, it appears, drop the “the.”
As it turns out, Benedict wasn't the first actor to play this character – in the pilot episode, an actor named Tim Dunigan played the A-Team's charmer. But after the pilot episode was filmed, the producers, and Dunigan himself, agreed that Dunigan was too young to accurately play a Vietnam war veteran. The role went to Benedict instead.
Having a Great Time Every Day
Dirk Benedict loved acting on "The A-Team." During an interview with "Metro" magazine in 2009, he said that the comedy of the show was almost cartoon-like. The combination of just the right amount of reality with his funny co-stars made for an overall fun experience that could be broadcasted to both kids and adults.
While we know it wasn't all smiles and laughs behind the scenes; it seems right that a show based on action and fun was fun for the actors to work on.
Not Here to Make Friends
Dirk Benedict appeared on a number of reality TV shows, including "Celebrity Big Brother." His time on these shows didn't gain him any fans and didn't endear him to his fellow contestants.
He often complained about his housemates waking him up, and at one point, even grouched: “This is such a girlie show, that's why all the guys left. It drives you nuts!” It has the potential to drive the viewers nuts, as well. As much as he complained, Benedict finished third during his time on the show. He was also a common panelist on "The Hollywood Squares."
While Benedict hasn't been making big waves much these days, he did show up in the 2010's "The A-Team" in a cameo as a prisoner. The movie might not be critically lauded, but audiences seemed to like it (isn't that always the way?), and it made plenty of money back.
The original version of "The A-Team" will always be at the forefront of people's minds. Audiences from the eighties and goofy action fans forever will always love watching vehicles explode, guns go off, and the four principal actors have fun together. Not even Bradley Cooper can top all of that.