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.
A Fandom Bigger Than The A-Team
Schultz might not command the kind of crowds he used to, and he might not be getting big roles in movies; he still has plenty of work. He's been giving his voice to lots of different video games and animated projects and has had several small roles in TV and movies.
Still, he has an even bigger fandom to rely on as he hits the convention circuit – he played Lieutenant Reginald Barclay on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager," as well as a few of the Star Trek movies. Yes, that's right – the meek and neurotic Barclay and the wild, a mentally unstable pilot from "The A-Team," are played by the same person.
Don't I Know That Voice From Somewhere?
If you've picked up a controller or turned on a cartoon in the last twenty years, there's a pretty good chance you've heard Dwight Schultz. Even as late as 2019, he's been lending his voice as Mad Hatter in "Young Justice: Outsiders." He was a big part of "Ben 10" as a trio of characters and voiced Dr. Animo in all the versions of the show.
He's a regular voice in the English translations of "Final Fantasy" games, starting with "Final Fantasy X," and he voices several characters from the "Mass Effect" series. You can even hear him snarl in the orc language in "Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor" and "Middle-earth: Shadow of War."
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.
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.