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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 30, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, carpenter

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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. Dullea, who now does theater almost exclusively, has enjoyed success on the stage equal to or greater than that of his film career, although no single project brought him more name...

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.

Dullea, who now does theater almost exclusively, has enjoyed success on the stage equal to or greater than that of his film career, although no single project brought him more name recognition than "2001." He made his Broadway debut opposite Burl Ives in "Dr Cook's Garden" (1967) and garnered critical acclaim as Donny Dark, the blind boy, in The Great White Way's "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). He returned to Broadway as Brick in the revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1974) and also acted in Broadway productions of "P S Your Cat Is Dead" (1975) and "Doubles" (1985). Leaving Hollywood for good in 1982, Dullea and his third wife, the late director Susan Fuller, ran the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport (CT), a non-profit organization modeled along the lines of the Actor's Studio. He starred Off-Broadway in "the Other Side of Paradise" (1992), a one-man show about writer F Scott Fitzgerald, and also appeared in a production of "Molly Sweeney" (1997) at the Playmakers Repertory Company in North Carolina.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Space Station 76 (2014)
3.
 Alien Hunter (2003) Secretary Bayer
4.
 Songs in Ordinary Time (2000) Sam Fermoyle
5.
 Audrey Hepburn Story, The (2000) Joseph--Audrey'S Father
6.
 Oh, What a Night (1992) Thorvald
7.
 Next One, The (1984) Glenn; The Next One
8.
 2010 (1984) Dave Bowman
9.
 Blind Date (1984) Dr Steiger
10.
 BrainWaves (1982) Julian Bedford
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1989:
Acted in "Test of Wills" episode of "Murder She Wrote" (CBS)
1980:
Appeared as a flamboyant master criminal in CBS movie "The Hostage Tower"
1956:
First appearance on New York stage in the revue "Sticks and Stones"
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Hitchhiked to San Francisco where he worked as a carpenter before enrolling at San Francisco State College
1961:
Made impressive film debut as a confused juvenile delinquent in "The Hoodlum Priest"
1963:
Portrayed emotionally disturbed youth in "David and Lisa"
1978:
Portrayed General George Armstrong Custer in NBC movie "The Legend of the Golden Gun"
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Acted in stock productions at the John Drew Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Hedgerow Theatre and Berkshire Playhouse
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Grew up in NYC's Greenwich Village
1963:
Had a regular role as a university student in the ABC series "Channing"
1982:
Left Hollywood for good
1984:
Made cameo appearance in the sequel "2010"
1974:
Played Brick opposite Elizabeth Ashley's Maggie the Cat in Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
1985:
Returned to Broadway in "Doubles"
1960:
TV debut on special, "Mrs. Miniver"
2006:
Acted in Robert De Niro's long-anticipated "The Good Shepherd"
1969:
Created the role of the blind boy in Broadway production of "Butterflies Are Free"
1939:
Family moved to New York when Dullea was three
:
Head of The Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, a professional workshop for actors, writers and directors, with director-wife Susan Fuller
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
:
Topped a cast which included Walter Koenig ("Star Trek") in syndicated sci-fi series "The Starlost"
1968:
Achieved greatest film succes as astronaut Dave Bowman, the lead in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"
2000:
Appeared opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Fox TV-movie "The Audrey Hepburn Story," as Hepburn's father Joseph
1967:
Broadway debut opposite Burl Ives in Ira Levin's "Dr Cook's Garden"
1959:
Off-Broadway debut in "Season of Choice"
1997:
Returned to stage acting, appearing in a production of "Molly Sweeney" at the Playmakers Repertory Company in North Carolina
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Education

Rutgers University: New Brunswick, New Jersey -
San Francisco State College: San Francisco, California -
The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York, New York -

Notes

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.

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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wife:
Margo Bennett. Actor. Divorced.
wife:
Susan Coe. Former fashion director. Married in 1971; divorced.
wife:
Susie Fuller. Stage director. Directed Dullea in off-Broadway production, "The Other Side of Paradise" (1992); deceased.
wife:
Mia Dillon. Actor. Married in June 1999; appeared together in "Deathtrap" on stage in summer 1999.
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father:
Robert Dullea. Bookstore owner. Operated a Greenwich Village bookstore with wife for 25 years; of Scottish-Irish background.
mother:
Margaret Dullea. Bookstore owner. Of Scottish-Irish background.

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