Keir Dullea


Actor
Keir Dullea

About

Birth Place
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Born
May 30, 1936

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 emotio...

Family & Companions

Margo Bennett
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Susan Coe
Wife
Former fashion director. Married in 1971; divorced.
Susie Fuller
Wife
Stage director. Directed Dullea in off-Broadway production, "The Other Side of Paradise" (1992); deceased.
Mia Dillon
Wife
Actor. Married in June 1999; appeared together in "Deathtrap" on stage in summer 1999.

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.

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.

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.

Life Events

1939

Family moved to New York when Dullea was three

1956

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

1959

Off-Broadway debut in "Season of Choice"

1960

TV debut on special, "Mrs. Miniver"

1961

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

1963

Portrayed emotionally disturbed youth in "David and Lisa"

1963

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

1967

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

1968

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

1969

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

1974

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

1978

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

1980

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

1982

Left Hollywood for good

1984

Made cameo appearance in the sequel "2010"

1985

Returned to Broadway in "Doubles"

1989

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

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

1997

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

2000

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

2006

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

Photo Collections

2010 - Color Scene Stills
Here are several color scene stills from 2010 (1984), the ambitious sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Videos

Movie Clip

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Jupiter And Beyond Just a portion of the trippy part, Dave (Keir Dullea) has left the mother-ship in an "EVA" pod, after hearing secret instructions, and sees weird stuff as he approaches Jupiter, late in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - HAL 9000 Introduction of the HAL 9000 computer (voice by Douglas Rain) and the two not-hibernating members of the Jupiter mission on the spaceship Discovery One, Dave (Keir Dullea) and Frank (Gary Lockwood), in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Famous Last Words Dave (Keir Dullea) and Frank (Gary Lockwood) instruct their mission-control computer "Hal" to leave them where the computer cannot listen-in, as they discuss a disturbing system-error, in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
2010 (1984) - My God, It's Full Of Stars This is how they did it, the transition in which the tangible plot elements of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey are consolidated, with images from that film and with Kubrick’s approval, director Peter Hyams and original author Arthur C. Clarke frame the sequel 2010, 1984.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) - Have You Got A Snap? London Inspector Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) in his first scene, debriefing distraught American mom Ann (Carol Lynley) whose daughter has gone missing in her first day at school, husband Keir Dullea joining, in Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing, 1965.
Hoodlum Priest, The - Father Goodthief In roles based on the founders of "Dismas House" in St. Louis, Father Clark (Producer and star Don Murray) challenges lawyer Rosen (Larry Gates) to defend accused Billy (Keir Dullea), in The Hoodlum Priest, 1961.

Trailer

Family

Robert Dullea
Father
Bookstore owner. Operated a Greenwich Village bookstore with wife for 25 years; of Scottish-Irish background.
Margaret Dullea
Mother
Bookstore owner. Of Scottish-Irish background.

Companions

Margo Bennett
Wife
Actor. Divorced.
Susan Coe
Wife
Former fashion director. Married in 1971; divorced.
Susie Fuller
Wife
Stage director. Directed Dullea in off-Broadway production, "The Other Side of Paradise" (1992); deceased.
Mia Dillon
Wife
Actor. Married in June 1999; appeared together in "Deathtrap" on stage in summer 1999.

Bibliography

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.