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Keir Dullea

Probably best known for his role as Commander Dave Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Keir Dullea has starred in 24 motion pictures and won a Golden Globe for his role as the emotionally disturbed young protagonist in Frank Perry's David and Lisa.

Dullea's other films include Madame X; The Hoodlum Priest; Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake is Missing, with Laurence Olivier; and The Fox, an adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novella, with Sandy Dennis. Dullea revisited his role as Commander Dave Bowman in 2010, an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's novel, which also starred Roy Scheider, John Lithgow and Helen Mirren.

Among his recent television credits are ABC's The Audrey Hepburn Story, as the father of the title character portrayed by Jennifer Love Hewitt. He also appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Songs in Ordinary Time, with Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges.

Dullea made his Broadway debut in Ira Levin's Dr. Cook's Garden, created the role of the blind man in Butterflies Are Free and played Brick in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Ashley. Also on Broadway, he appeared in P.S., Your Cat is Dead and Doubles. In London's West End he starred opposite Lee Remick in the British premiere of Bus Stop.

Recent theater appearances include the off-Broadway production of The Exonerated and The Other Side of Paradise, The Shakespeare Theatre's production of Little Foxes with Elizabeth Ashley in Washington, D.C., the Berkshire Theatre Festival production of Still Born Lover with Richard Chamberlain, Molly Sweeney, The Seagull at Playmakers Rep in Chapel Hill, NC, and a four-month tour with Death Trap in Ireland.

Dullea attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, where he studied acting with Sanford Meisner and dance with Martha Graham. In 1983, Dullea co-founded the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, a nonprofit organization that has developed plays that have gone on to Broadway, off-Broadway, regional and international productions. Dullea received the Artist of the Year Award from the Fairfield Arts Council in 2001.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Keir Dullea Facts

BirthdayMay 30, 1936 (86)
BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Keir Dullea compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Good Shepherd
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010: The Year We Make Contact
Black Christmas
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Science Fiction
Infinitely Polar Bear
Cost of Capital
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