'A-Team' Stars Bond Over Love of TV Show

After "The A-Team" went off the air in 1987, Benedict tried his hand at theater, attempting the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet and earning poor reviews.

VIDEO: Trailer for the movie version of The A-Team.
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Then it was on to film. He starred in 1993's "Shadow Force" and in 2000 wrote and directed his first screenplay, "Cahoots."

A foreign film and a TV movie later, Benedict dipped his toe in the waters of reality TV, competing in the U.K. version of "Celebrity Big Brother" in 2007. His "A-Team" fame followed him there: A replica of the "A-Team" van brought Benedict and his character's signature cigar onto the set as the "A-Team" theme tune blasted in the background. He ended up scoring third place in the competition.

Benedict divorced his wife, actress Toni Hudson, in 1995. They had wed in 1986 after she appeared in an episode of "The A-Team." They have two sons together. Benedict has another son from a previous relationship.

'The A-Team': Then and Now

In 1975, Benedict was diagnosed with prostate cancer and adopted a macrobiotic diet to better his health. He wrote a book about advocating a macrobiotic lifestyle in 1991, "Confessions of a Kamikaze Cowboy."

"Hangover" star Bradley Cooper is charged with bringing Benedict's character to the big screen this summer. With a buff body and an enviable head of hair, he's got the handsome part down. Benedict himself makes an appearance in the "A-Team" movie as well.

Dirk Benedict as Face, Benedict now, and Benedict's successor: Bradley Cooper.

Sgt. Bosco Albert B.A. "Bad Attitude" Baracus

Pity the fool who gets in Bad Attitude's way. Mr. T brought Sgt. Bosco Albert Baracus to life and cemented his own place in pop culture history with quippy one-liners and chunky gold bling. B.A. served as the A-Team's muscle. His signature move was grabbing an adversary and hurling him in the air. He also had a knack for mechanics, and could engineer pretty much anything with a pair of pliers and a hunk of metal.

Mr. T parlayed his "A-Team" fame into personal success long before the show ended. In 1983, he lent his voice to a cartoon named after him and appeared on the sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes."

The following year, he released a motivational video, "Be Somebody ... or Be Somebody's Fool!," inspired by his iconic "A-Team" line, "I pity the fool." The video featured Mr. T's priceless advice to kids, like how to make tripping look like breakdancing. He also released a rap album in 1984 and starred in the movie "The Toughest Man in the World."

Perhaps his highest-profile movie role was as boxer Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa's adversary in 1982's "Rocky III."

Mr. T as Bad Attitude, Mr. T now, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, the new B.A.

But acting and rapping weren't Mr. T's only arenas. In 1985, he broke into professional wrestling, and participated in WWF events through 2001.

After "The A-Team," he scaled back his professional projects to commercials (Comcast, Snickers, World of Warcraft, among others) and cameo TV/movie appearances in part because of his health. He was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in 1995.

Bringing Bad Attitude into the 21st century is Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, a mixed martial artist and actor with muscles to make Mr. T proud.

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