May. 30th, 1936
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Keir Dullea (
/ˈkɪər duːˈleɪ/; born May 30, 1936) is an American actor best known for the character of astronaut David Bowman, whom he portrayed in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey and in 1984's 2010: The Year We Make Contact. He has also played roles in films including Bunny Lake is Missing (1965) and Black Christmas (1974).
Life Dullea was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Margaret (née Ruttan) and Robert Dullea. Dullea was raised in the Greenwich Village section of New York City where his parents ran a bookstore. He graduated from George School in Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school he attended both Rutgers University and San Francisco State University before deciding to pursue acting.
Dullea has been married four times. His first marriage was to stage and film actress Margot Bennett in 1960. Their marriage lasted until 1968. He was married the following year to Susan Lessons; however their marriage only lasted a year before they divorced in 1970. In 1972, Dullea married a third time to Susie Fuller, who had two daughters from a previous relationship. The couple had met during the London run of Butterflies Are Free. After their marriage, Dullea, Fuller and her children lived in London for several years. The marriage ended with her death in 1998. Dullea married the actress Mia Dillon in 1999. They split their time between an apartment in Manhattan and a house in Connecticut.
Career Early career Dullea made his film debut in 1961's Hoodlum Priest, in which he played a juvenile delinquent, though he had an earlier role as the German pilot in a 1960 television adaptation of Mrs. Miniver starring Maureen O'Hara. In 1962, he starred with Janet Margolin in David and Lisa, a film based on the book by Theodore Isaac Rubin, M.D.,a psychiatrist who treated the two adolescent schizophrenics portrayed in the film.
- Best known as Dave Bowman in _2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)_ (qv), a role he revisited in _2010 (1984)_ (qv).
- Ex-wife Susan Lessons is married to former pro football great 'Don Meredith (I)' (qv).
- Both his parents have appeared in his movies. Father Robert Dullea appeared as the aged Marquis De Sade in the final scene of De Sade (1969). This was an add-on scene to the film, Keir didn't want to go through the old age makeup, so he suggested they hire his father for the scene. This was done, Robert Dullea went to Germany, did the scene, and according to Keir, enjoyed the whole experience. Mother, Margaret Ruttain Dullea, appeared in a non-speaking role in David and Lisa (1963). She was going up a flight of stairs in the background of a scene between Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin.
- In 1983, Keir Dullea, with then wife Susie Fuller Dullea, founded the Theater Artists Workshop of Westport.
- Rumor had it that Paramount's planned production of "Dear and Glorious Physician" would star Keir Dullea in the lead role of St. Luke, but the cost of such a movie, coupled with fears that the Biblical "epic" had gone out of style, prompted Paramount to abandon the project in the mid-1960s.
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