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Templeton 'Face Man' Peck
Templeton "Face Man" Peck
You want it? Face can get it. From a peashooter to a Pershing II, from a catapult to a cruise missile - the Face Man can provide. Tarred and feathered, this Scholar of the Dollar could sell air-conditioning to eskimos while juggling snow. And that famous visage? Coupled with a tongue so fast and slippery it could wrestle a snake, it has seen the A-Team through enough difficult moments to have turned it into something resembling an extremely sad prune. But, like a toothpaste ad-man on the make, the Face keeps on smiling.
The following was taken from TVLand about the character Face Man:
Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck
Known as Faceman to his team members, Lieutenant Templeton Peck earned his moniker from his penchant for creating disguises and slipping behind enemy lines. Peck is a smooth talker who can wile his way out of just about any jam He's also a ladies' man, and he's especially adept at using his "skills of persuasion" on members of the fairer sex. Faceman is the supply officer to the A-Team, and he ranks second in command to Hannibal.
Dirk Benedict Information:
Born: 1st March 1945 at Helena, Montana, USA as Dirk Niewoehner
Height: 5ft 11inch
Married: Toni Hudson 1986 - 1995 (2 sons)
Contact: Dirk Benedict, P.O. Box 634, Big Fork, MT 59911-0634, United States of America.
Short biography from IMDB:
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" and the TV-Series "The A-Team" in which he played "Templeton - The Face - Peck". He is married to actress Toni Hudson and has two sons (George and Roland).
TV Land Biography:
Born Dirk Niewoehner in 1945, this Helena, Montana native changed his name to Benedict reportedly at the suggestion of his agent (who was inspired by a plate of eggs.) Benedict began his career in the early '70s in films like "Georgia, Georgia" and the unforgettable "Sssss," where he plays a scientist that is transformed into a giant cobra. He had an early appearance on "Hawaii Five-0" as well as appearing in local and regional theater. Benedict's career took an upswing when he landed the part of Officer Gil Foley in "Chopper One," which led to a series of guest spots ("Charlie's Angels," "The Love Boat") and the series that made him a star, "Battlestar Gallactica" in 1978. "The A-Team" was his second major series. Benedict is still acting, and has been seen in several TV movies, "Walker: Texas Ranger" as well as the film "Zork: Grand Inquisitor." A survivor of prostate cancer, Benedict is an advocate of healthy diet, specifically the macrobiotic plan. He has written of his life and philosophy in the books "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy" and "And Then I Went Fishing." He has also written several plays and screenplays, and hopes to produce a feature based on one of his books.
Biography from his book 'Kamikazee Cowboy':
Dirk Benedict, who for five years was known to millions of viewers as 'The Face' on the popular NBC Series THE A-TEAM, is perhaps on of the most refreshing and down-to-earth actors today. A native of Montana, Dirk was raised in White Sulphur Springs, a small town so far removed from Hollywood that there were no movie theatres of television throughout his childhood, 'Entertainment' for him was walking the mountains in the great outdoors of 'Big Sky Country.' And outstanding athlete who lettered in three sports during High School, he was elected to the All-State Football Team in his Senior year. He also had his own Dixieland Dance band in which he played the trombone. At this point in his life, he couldn't decide whether he wanted to become another Paul Hornung or Tommy Dorsey.
He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington on a Football Scholarship. During his freshman year destiny stepped in when his football playing buddies dared him to audition for the Spring Musical "Showboat." It resulted, much to his dismay, in playing the lead, "Gaylord Ravenal." The next three years found him playing countless leading roles in the university's Theatre Department. Upon graduation, with a degree in Music, Dirk decided to pursue acting. He began a two-year training program at Meadowbrook Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, under the tutelage of John Fernald, who had been the Principal of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London for fifteen years. After fulfilling the rigorous demands of Fernald's acting program, Dirk was offered a job in Fernald's Professional Repertory Co. This was followed with a season at Seattle Repertory Theatre in Washington and later he spent a season with the Repertory Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During this period Shaw, Ibsen and Shakespeare were his meal ticket. In between seasons, Dirk did summer stock around the country playing such roles as 'Ensign Pulver' in "Mr. Roberts" and the leads in "Star Spangled Girl," "Barefoot in the Park," and numerous other plays and musicals.
Shortly after moving to New York, Dirk landed a role in " Abelard and Heloise" starring Keith Michel and Diana Rigg, which played both on Broadway and in Los Angeles. Two weeks after the show closed on Broadway, Dirk was on his way to Sweden to star in his first film, "Georgia, Georgia" with the late Diana Sands. Filmed entirely in Sweden, the film was written by best-selling author, Maya Angelou.
Upon his return to America, Dirk was cast in the lead in "Butterflies Are Free" on Broadway. The late Gloria Swanson, whose career spanned the entire history of film, played his mother. Their mother/son relationship transcended the stage and Ms. Swanson shared with Dirk all her well kept dietary secrets for health and longevity.
Are Free" closed on Broadway., Dirk received an offer to do the play in Hawaii with Barbara Rush. While there, he also appeared as a guest lead in an episode of "Hawaii Five-O." This marked his first appearance on television.
Before he had time to return to New York, Hollywood Producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown saw his performance in "Hawaii Five-O" and cast Dirk as the lead in their new psycho-thriller, "SSSSS," in which he was transformed into a King Cobra. This was followed with a starring role opposite Twiggy in her first American film, "W." Shortly thereafter, Dirk was offered the lead in Aaron Spellings television series, "Chopper One" for ABC. following it's cancellation after one season, he left his acting career for nearly three years. During which time he spent many months in the Mountains of Montana and fulfilling another dream, which was to 'see' every state in the United States.
Dirk returned to acting after these years of far-flung gallivanting with a tour of the East Coast in "Li'l Abner" with Lucy Arnaz. In 1978, producer Glen Larsen offered Dirk the starring role of 'Starbuck' in his highly promoted space-adventure television series, "Battlestar Galactica" on ABC. It propelled him into the National spotlight. After "Battlestar Galactica," Dirk returned to his first love, the theater, where he broke box office records playing 'Curley' in "Oklahoma" and 'Starbuck' in "The Rainmaker" on the John Kenley Theater circuit. His latest stage appearance was as "Hamlet," off Broadway, in New York.
Despite his active career in television and on the stage, Dirk has starred in numerous Theatrical Motion Pictures, including Alaska, SSSSS, Ruckus, Under Ground, Aces, Body Slam, Blue Tornadoes, Scavenger Hunt, Feminine Touch.
Dirk is also a professional writer. His autobiography, CONFESSIONS OF A KAMIKAZE COWBOY was published by Avery Publishing Group in 1991. In it, he details his wild, quixotic journey from the hayfields of Montana to the sound stages of Hollywood. It also covers his bout with Cancer of the Prostate, which he had in 1975, and how he conquered it through diet. His latest book, AND THEN WE WENT FISHING (Avery), is the true story of becoming and losing a Father. He is currently at work finishing MONTANA MEMOIRS: Notes from a dangerous wordsmith, a collection of short stories covering his years growing up in Montana.
He has written two original stage plays, PUPPY DOG TALES and ACTING BECOMES HER, and several screenplays. including adaptations of both his books. He will soon make his directorial debut directing his own original screenplay, CAHOOTS.
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