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Dirk Benedict


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Birth Name: Dirk Benedict
Born: 03/01/1945
Birth Place: Helena, Montana, USA

Born Dirk Niewoehner in Helena, MT on March 1, 1945, he led by all accounts an idyllic childhood in the rural town of White Sulphur Springs, MT. Football appeared to be among his primary interests until he auditioned on a dare for the spring musical at Whitman College and won the lead in a production of "Show Boat." He intensified his acting studies after graduation through a two-year program with acclaimed teacher John Fernald, and began appearing in repertory theater productions across the United States. During this period, he adopted his stage surname, which was reportedly inspired by a breakfast of Eggs Benedict with his agent. He made his Broadway debut opposite Diana Rigg and Keith Mic... Continue Bio >>


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