"Dirk Benedict" is an American film/movie, television and Theatre/stage actor who played the characters Templeton Peck/Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck in The A-Team television series and Lieutenant Starbuck in the original Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV series)/Battlestar Galactica film and television series. He is the author of Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy.

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I consider my life one long string of failures, but all of the failure has made me more grateful to be alive, more joyous in the moment and more appreciative for every day I have.

If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point.

I personally don't think anybody should be allowed to write a screenplay UNTIL they are over 40. It used to be don't trust anyone over 30; now it is don't hire anyone over 30. I wish I were joking.

It takes great technique, tremendous discipline and energy and practice, and damn few are capable. Art is confidence. Technique makes it possible to achieve artistic greatness, but doesn't guarantee it. The great piano artists are not the ones who are best playing Clementi exercises.

Life has never been easy. Nor is it meant to be. It is a matter of being joyous in the face of sorrow.

It is marketing that makes films popular. Cross-marketing. Selling movies with hamburgers and Coke.

I live very much, try to, in the moment, and find whichever moment I'm in to be the best.

Hollywood... damn well won't hire a writer over 40 unless he made his mark when he was under 30. America worships youth. It is reflected everywhere. And because wisdom can ONLY come with age, America is a very immature, unwise country. As reflected in its films.

LIFE: My favorite occupation.