Keir Dullea

Actor, Carpenter
Raised in NYC's Greenwich Village where his parents ran a bookstore, clean-cut, sensitive-looking leading man Keir Dullea acted in stock and with various repertory companies before finally appearing Off-Broadway in ... Read more »
Born: 05/29/1936 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Infinitely Polar Bear 2015 (Movie)

Murray Stuart (Actor)

Leopard in the Snow 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Space Station 76 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Marlowe (Actor)

The Real History of Science Fiction 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Damages 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Accidental Husband 2008 (Movie)

Mr Bollenbecker (Actor)

Law & Order 2001, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Senator John Russell Sr (Actor)

Three Days of Rain 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ed 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker Evans/America 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Oh, What a Night 1991 (Movie)

Thorvald (Actor)

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

2010 1984 (Movie)

Dave Bowman (Actor)

Blind Date 1983 (Movie)

Dr Steiger (Actor)

The Next One 1983 (Movie)

Glenn (Actor)

BrainWaves 1981 (Movie)

Julian Bedford (Actor)

No Place to Hide 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Brave New World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Circle 1976 (Movie)

Magnus Lofting (Actor)

Law and Order 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Blood City 1976 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Black Christmas 1975 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Starlost 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Paul et Michelle 1973 (Movie)

Garry (Actor)

Paperback Hero 1972 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Pope Joan 1972 (Movie)

Dr Stevens (Actor)

2001: A Space Odyssey 1968 (Movie)

David Bowman (Actor)

The Fox 1967 (Movie)

Paul Grenfel (Actor)

Madame X 1965 (Movie)

Clay Anderson Jr (Actor)

Bunny Lake Is Missing 1964 (Movie)

Steven (Actor)

Mail Order Bride 1963 (Movie)

Lee Carey (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1963 (Movie)

Pvt Doll (Actor)

David and Lisa 1962 (Movie)

David (Actor)

The Hoodlum Priest 1961 (Movie)

Billy Lee Jackson (Actor)

Alien Hunter (TV Show)

Actor

Black Water Gold (TV Show)

Actor

Brave New World (Movie)

Thomas Grambell (Actor)

Give Us Barabbas! (TV Show)

Actor

Songs in Ordinary Time (TV Show)

Actor

The Audrey Hepburn Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Hostage Tower (TV Show)

Actor

Witchblade (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Raised in NYC's Greenwich Village where his parents ran a bookstore, clean-cut, sensitive-looking leading man Keir Dullea acted in stock and with various repertory companies before finally appearing Off-Broadway in "Season of Choice" (1959). He gained immediate attention for his first two film roles, as the doomed juvenile delinquent in "The Hoodlum Priest" (1961) and as the young emotionally disturbed protagonist of Frank Perry's "David and Lisa" (1962). Looking younger than his years, he continued to play intense, neurotic youths in movies like "The Thin Red Line" (1964), "Bunny Lake Is Missing" (1965) and "Madame X" (1966), finally breaking the typecasting as the man who intrudes upon a lesbian relationship in the film of D H Lawrence's novella, "The Fox" (1967). After his memorable turn as astronaut David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968), his career seemed ready to blast into a new dimension, but his misses outnumbered his hits in the 1970s and 80s, due as much to his apathy as anything.

Relationships

Margo Bennett

Wife

Mia Dillon Actor

Wife
Appeared together in "Deathtrap" on stage in summer 1999

Robert Dullea

Father
operated a Greenwich Village bookstore with wife for 25 years of Scottish-Irish background

Margaret Dullea

Mother
of Scottish-Irish background

Susie Fuller

Wife
Married 1972 until her death 1998 Directed Dullea in off-Broadway production "The Other Side of Paradise" (1992)

Susan Schloss Lessans

Wife

EDUCATION

San Francisco State College

San Francisco , California
entered 1955

attended private schools in New York

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied with Sanford Meisner

Rutgers University

New Brunswick , New Jersey
studied briefly there

Milestones

2006

Acted in Robert De Niro's long-anticipated "The Good Shepherd"

2000

Appeared opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Fox TV-movie "The Audrey Hepburn Story," as Hepburn's father Joseph

1997

Returned to stage acting, appearing in a production of "Molly Sweeney" at the Playmakers Repertory Company in North Carolina

1992

Last film to date, "Oh, What a Night"

1992

Starred Off-Broadway in "The Other Side of Paradise", a one-man show about F Scott Fitzgerald

1989

Acted in "Test of Wills" episode of "Murder She Wrote" (CBS)

1985

Returned to Broadway in "Doubles"

1984

Made cameo appearance in the sequel "2010"

1982

Left Hollywood for good

1980

Appeared as a flamboyant master criminal in CBS movie "The Hostage Tower"

1978

Portrayed General George Armstrong Custer in NBC movie "The Legend of the Golden Gun"

1974

Played Brick opposite Elizabeth Ashley's Maggie the Cat in Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1968

Created the role of the blind boy in Broadway production of "Butterflies Are Free"

1968

Achieved greatest film succes as astronaut Dave Bowman, the lead in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"

1967

Broadway debut opposite Burl Ives in Ira Levin's "Dr Cook's Garden"

1963

Portrayed emotionally disturbed youth in "David and Lisa"

1963

Had a regular role as a university student in the ABC series "Channing"

1961

Made impressive film debut as a confused juvenile delinquent in "The Hoodlum Priest"

1960

TV debut on special, "Mrs. Miniver"

1959

Off-Broadway debut in "Season of Choice"

1956

First appearance on New York stage in the revue "Sticks and Stones"

1939

Family moved to New York when Dullea was three

Hitchhiked to San Francisco where he worked as a carpenter before enrolling at San Francisco State College

Topped a cast which included Walter Koenig ("Star Trek") in syndicated sci-fi series "The Starlost"

Acted in stock productions at the John Drew Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Hedgerow Theatre and Berkshire Playhouse

Grew up in NYC's Greenwich Village

Head of The Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, a professional workshop for actors, writers and directors, with director-wife Susan Fuller

Bonus Trivia

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About working with Kubrick: "Remember that at the time most sci-fi films were really grade B movies. They were low-budget affairs with poor special effects. Stanley Kubrick was about to change all that ..."I had never seen sets of that scale indoors. There was so much detail. It was really mindboggling ..."Kubrick was extremely supportive. He had a real respect for the actors. You felt that. He also had a quiet sense of himself that ultimately spoke of great power ..."I remember one day when we were ready to shoot and Stanley said he didn't like our boots. For some reason, they weren't quite right. I recall we didn't shoot that day. We simply shot the next day ..."Kubrick knew every bit as much as the director of photography, Geoffrey Unsworth. The sequence when they followed me walking down the corridor on the way to disconnect HAL was all hand-held. Believe it or not, Kubrick did all the hand-held work himself." --Dullea to Cinefantastique, Spring 1994.

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Of his love for the theater: "It is a greater challenge for the actor in me. The magical interaction between actor and audience is something you can't get with film. I always jokily say that films pay the pocket book and theatre pays the soul ... " --Keir Dullea in Empire, April 1998.

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