Dullea, Keir 1936–

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Dullea, Keir 1936–


Born May 30, 1936, in Cleveland, OH; son of Robert (a bookstore owner) and Margaret (a bookstore owner; maiden name, Ruttan) Dullea; married Margo Bennett (an actress), 1960 (divorced, 1968); married Susan Lessons (a fashion publicist), 1969 (divorced, 1970); married Susie Fuller, 1972 (died January 5, 1998); married Mia Dillon (an actress), 1999; children: two stepdaughters. Education: Attended San Francisco State College; trained for the stage at the Neighborhood Playhouse.


Agent—Bret Adams, Ltd., 448 West 44th St., New York, NY, 10036.


Actor. Made stage debut as resident juvenile at Totem Pole Playhouse, PA; appeared at the Berkshire Playhouse, Stockbridge, MA, the Hedgerow Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, and at the John Drew Theatre, Guild Hall Theatre, East Hampton, NY, in stock productions; Theater Artists Workshop, Westport, CT, founder (with Susie Fuller Dullea), 1983.


Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild.

Awards, Honors:

San Francisco International Film Festival Award, best actor, 1962, Golden Globe Award, most promising newcomer—male, Golden Laurel Award nomination, top new male personality, Producers Guild of America, 1963, Film Award nomination, most promising newcomer to leading film roles, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1964, all for David and Lisa.


Stage Appearances:

(Off–Broadway debut) Timmie Redwine, Season of Choice, Barbizon–Plaza Theatre, 1959.

Nick, A Short Happy Life, Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA, then Huntington Hartford Theatre, Los Angeles, 1961.

Dr. Jim Tennyson, Dr. Cook's Garden, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Don Baker, Butterflies Are Free, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Brick, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, then American National Theatre Academy Theatre, New York City, 1974.

Jimmy, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1975.

Sweet Prince, off–Broadway production, 1982.

Guy, Doubles, Ritz Theatre, New York City, 1985.

The Servant, Toronto, Canada, 1990.

The Other Side of Paradise, Kaufman Theater, New York City, 1992.

Lawyers, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 1998.

Double Act, American Stage Festival, Milford, CT, 1998.

The Cherry Orchard, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Bristol, PA, 1999.

Major Tours:

Deathtrap, U.S. cities, 1999.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Billy Lee Jackson, Hoodlum Priest, United Artists, 1961.

David Clemens, David and Lisa, Continental, 1962.

Private Doll, The Thin Red Line, Allied Artists, 1964.

Lee Carey, Mail Order Bride (also known as West of Montana), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1964.

Aldo, Le Ore nude (also known as The Naked Hours), 1964.

Stephen Lake, Bunny Lake Is Missing, Columbia, 1965.

Clay Anderson, Jr., Madame X, Universal, 1966.

Doctor Cook's Garden, 1967.

David "Dave" Bowman, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1968.

Paul Renfield, The Fox, Claridge, 1968.

Marquis de Sade (title role), De Sade (also known as Das ausschweifende leben des Marquis de Sade and Die liebesabenteuer des Marquis S), American International, 1969.

Dr. Stevens, Pope Joan (also known as The Devil's Imposter), 1972.

Devil in the Brain (also known as Il diavolo nel cervello and Le diable dans la tete), 1972.

Rick, Paperback Hero (also known as Le coq du village), 1973.

Beginning, 1973.

Garry, Paul and Michelle (also known as Paul et Michelle), Paramount, 1974.

Peter, Black Christmas (also known as Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger in the House), Warner Bros., 1975.

Lewis, Welcome to Blood City (also known as Blood City), EMI, 1977.

Magnus Lofting, Full Circle (also known as The Haunting of Julia), 1977.

Dominic Lyall, Leopard in the Snow, Harlequin, 1977.

Mysterious stranger, Mannikin, 1977.

David, Three Dangerous Ladies, 1977.

The Starlost: Deception, 1980.

Julian Bedford, Brainwaves (also known as Mind Games), 1982.

Dr. Steiger, Blind Date (also known as Deadly Seducion), 1983.

David Bowman, 2010 (also known as 2010: The Year We Make Contact), Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1984.

Glenn/The Next One, The Next One (also known as Taxidiotis tou chronou, O and The Time Traveler), 1984.

(Uncredited) Himself, 2010: The Odyssey Continues, 1984.

Thorvald, Oh, What a Night, 1992.

The Divine Inspiration, 2000.

3 Days of Rain, Cassian Elwes, 2000.

Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures, 2001.

Sladke sanje, 2001.

Secretary Bayer, Alien Hunter, Columbia, 2003.

The Good Shepherd, Universal, 2006.

Jonah Pryce, Fortune, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Larry Franklin, Channing, ABC, 1963.

Devon, The Starlost, 1973.

Loving Friends and Perfect Couples, 1983.

Dr. Mark Jarrett, The Guiding Light (also known as Guiding Light), CBS, 1986.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Mrs. Miniver, 1960.

Elisha, Give Us Barabbas!, 1961.

Dr. Chris Perdeger, Black Water Gold, 1970.

Montserrat, Montserrat, 1971.

Johnny Morrison, Law and Order, 1976.

General George Custer, The Legend of the Golden Gun, 1978.

Eric, Because He's My Friend (also known as Love Under Pressure), 1978.

Thomas Grambell, Brave New World, 1979.

Mr. Smith, The Hostage Tower, 1980.

Devon, The Starlost: The Beginning, 1980.

Devon, The Starlost: Deception, 1980.

Devon, The Starlost: The Alien Oro, 1980.

Cliff Letterman, No Place to Hide, 1981.

Saturn Awards, 1981.

Glenn, The Next One, Showtime, 1985.

Joseph Hepburn, The Audrey Hepburn Story, ABC, 2000.

Songs in Ordinary Time, 2000.

Also appeared in All Summer Long.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990.

Narrator, The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, AMC, 1998.

Voice of Walker Evans, Walker Evans/America, PBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Cry Ruin," Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (also known as Desilu Playhouse), 1960.

Paul, "Black November," Route 66, 1960.

"Murder Is a Face I Know," Naked City, 1961.

"The Big Splash," The United States Steel Hour, 1961.

"The Golden Thirty," The United States Steel Hour, 1961.

Jerry Bullock, "Cry a Little for Mary Too," The Eleventh Hour, 1961.

Maples, "People Need People," Alcoa Premiere, 1961.

Linc Ketterman, "One Tiger," Alcoa Premiere, 1962.

Tommy Miller, "Ordeal in Darkness," Alcoa Premiere, 1962.

Eddie Phillips, "A Very Rough Sketch," Checkmate, 1962.

Alec Benden, "A Creature Lurks in Ambush," Cain's Hundred, 1962.

"Cry Ruin," Kraft Mystery Theater, 1962.

Lieutenant, "The Outpost," The DuPont Show of the Week, 1962.

"Far from the Shade Tree," The United States Steel Hour, 1962.

"Stopover on the Way to the Moon," Empire, 1963.

"The Young Avengers," The United States Steel Hour, 1963.

Eric Green, "The Broken Year," Alcoa Premiere, 1963.

"Apple Falls Not For from the Tree," Naked City, 1963.

Bob Jolley, "Elegy for a Hangman," Bonanza (also known as Ponderosa), 1963.

Dennis Brady, "One Small Unhappy Family," Going My Way, 1963.

"Pale Horse, Pale Rider," The Wednesday Play, 1964.

Lieutenant Muller, "To Heinie–With Love," Twelve O'Clock High, 1965.

The Match Game, NBC, 1969.

Buzz Simms, "Blues for Sally M," McMillan & Wife (also known as McMillan), 1972.

Jason Reynard, "Test of Wills," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

"Sal Mineo: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Dr. Immo, "Convergence," Witchblade, TNT, 2001.

Robert Stanley, "Nice Guys Finish Last," Ed, NBC, 2002.

Paul Lyman, "Hubris," Law & Order, NBC, 2001.

Judge Walt Thornburg, "Justice," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2002.

Andrew Keener, "Cost of Capital," Law & Order, NBC, 2006.


Taped Readings:

If You Could See Me Now, DH, 1986.

Rear Window and Three O'Clock, DH, 1987.

Miss Lonelyhearts, Audio Partners, 1990.

(With Charlton Heston and George Ross) Herman Melville's Moby Dick, 1992.

Rear Window, DH, 1993.

Treasure Island, 1995.



People Weekly, January 28, 1985, pp. 41.

Salon Magazine, May 29, 1999, pp. 2.