ABOUT KEIR DULLEA

Keir Dullea Basics

  • FULL NAME: Keir Atwood Dullea
  • BIRTHDATE: 30 May 1936
  • BIRTHPLACE: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio; United States of America
  • BIRTH SIGN: Gemini — The Twins
  • CULTURAL BACKGROUND: Scottish-Irish/American
  • HEIGHT: 6'1"
  • HAIR: Sandy Brown, now grey.
  • EYES: Blue
  • FATHER: Robert Dullea, bookstore owner (Deceased) — (b.06/16/1901 - d. 08/22/1996) 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 Ruttan (pronounced 'Rut-tain'), bookstore owner (Deceased) — (b. 09/09/1904 - 08/06/1999) 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.
  • SIBLINGS: Keir is an only child.
  • SPOUSE(S):
    • Mia Dillon (1999 - present)
    • Susie Fuller (1972 - 5 January 1998) (her death)
    • Susan Schloss Lessans (1969 - 1970) (divorced)
    • Margot Bennett (1960 - 1968) (divorced)
  • CHILDREN: Two Step-daughters from his marriage to Susie Fuller; Suki (born: 1984); Sasha (born: 1967).
  • EDUCATION: George School, Pennsylvannia; Rutgers University, New Jersey; San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York
  • FORMER JOBS: Carpenter.

Milestones:

  • 1939: Family moved to New York when Dullea was three
  • Grew up in NYC's Greenwich Village
  • Hitchhiked to San Francisco where he worked as a carpenter before enrolling at San Francisco State College
  • 1956: First appearance on New York stage in the revue "Sticks and Stones"
  • 1956: Acted in stock productions at the John Drew Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Hedgerow Theatre and Berkshire Playhouse
  • 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"
  • 1973: Topped a cast which included Walter Koenig ("Star Trek") in syndicated sci-fi series "The Starlost"
  • 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
  • 1982: Head of The Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, a professional workshop for actors, writers and directors, with director-wife Susan Fuller
  • 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: Starred Off-Broadway in "The Other Side of Paradise", a one-man show about F Scott Fitzgerald
  • 1992: Last film to date, "Oh, What a Night"
  • 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"

Film Roles Keir Didn't Get

  • Dear and Glorious Physician — Dullea was tapped to star as St. Luke in a big Paramount project of the mid-Sixties based on Taylor Caldwell's well-received historical novel. The studio lost faith in the undertaking, fearing that such movies had gone out of style.
  • The Dunwich Horror — Keir was considered for the part of Wilbur Wateley. The part went to Dean Stockwell.
  • The Graduate — Keir was offered the part of Benjamin Braddock. The part went to Dustin Hoffman.