Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 30, 1936, actor Keir Dullea, whose parents owned a bookstore, grew up in Greenwich Village. He discovered an interest in acting while in college, and quickly found roles in summer stock. His first film role was in the CBS TV movie Mrs. Miniver (1960; with Maureen O'Hara and Juliet Mills). After a few more television appearances, he was cast in a starring role in the United Artists drama The Hoodlum Priest (1961; with Don Murray). He followed up with another starring role in the romantic drama David and Lisa (1962; with Janet Margolin). Despite its low budget, the film garnered a number of awards and, as a result, Dullea won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer in 1963. Several more films followed, including Mail Order Bride (1964; with Buddy Ebsen), The Thin Red Line (1964; with Jack Warden and Kieron Moore), and Bunny Lake is Missing (1965; with Carol Lynley and Laurence Olivier). In 1965, he was cast in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968; with Gary Lockwood), with a very lengthy shooting schedule that was stretched over 18 months. Despite the popularity of the film, Dullea's film career never significantly advanced. Always preferring the stage to film and television, Dullea moved on to Broadway in the late 1960s with his debut in the short-lived Dr. Cook's Garden opposite Burl Ives and in 1970 in Butterflies Are Free with Blythe Danner.

He went on to make a number of good films in Canada, including The Fox (1967; with Sandy Dennis and Anne Heywood), Paperback Hero (1973; with Elizabeth Ashley and John Beck), Black Christmas (1974; with Olivia Hussey and Andrea Martin), and Welcome to Blood City (1977; with Jack Palance and Samantha Eggar). He also starred in a string of made-for-TV movies, such as Black Water Gold (1970; with Bradford Dillman, Aron Kincaid, and Ricardo Montalban), Law and Order (1976; with Darren McGavin, Robert Reed, and Suzanne Pleshette), and Brave New World (1980; with Bud Cort and Ron O'Neal).

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Naked City (1958-1963 ABC TV Series)

Keir Dullea and Peggy Feury

With Peggy Feury in a January 1961 episode of the ABC TV series Naked City titled Murder Is a Face I Know

The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

Keir Dullea and Don Murray

Dullea's first film role came in the drama The Hoodlum Priest. Also pictured is Don Murray

David and Lisa (1962)

Janet Margolin and Keir Dullea

With Janet Margolin in the low-budget drama David and Lisa

Mail Order Bride (1964)

Buddy Edsen, Lois Nettleton, Keir Dullea, and Jimmy Mathers

Buddy Ebsen plays matchmaker for Keir Dullea and widow Lois Nettleton in the MGM western comedy Mail Order Bride. Also pictured is Jimmy Mathers

The Thin Red Line (1964)

Keir Dullea

Dullea stars as Pvt. Doll in the WW2 drama The Thin Red Line

Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Keir Dullea and Carol Lynley

From the Columbia mystery Bunny Lake Is Missing with Carol Lynley

Madame X (1966)

Keir Dullea and Lana Turner

Lana Turner portrays Keir Dullea's long-lost mother whom he defends in a murder trial in the Universal potboiler Madame X

The Fox (1967)

Keir Dullea, Anne Heywood, and Sandy Dennis

With Anne Heywood and Sandy Dennis in the then-controversial Canadian drama The Fox

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Keir DulleaKeir DulleaGary Lockwood and Keir Dullea

LEFT and CENTER: As Dr. Dave Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's science fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dullea's best-known film. RIGHT: With costar Gary Lockwood

De Sade (1969)

Keir Dullea and Lilli Palmer

From the Euro drama De Sade with Lilli Palmer. This film was released in the U.S. by American International

Black Water Gold (1970)

Keir Dullea, Ricardo Montalban, and Aron KincaidAron Kincaid, Ricardo Montalban, and Keir Dullea

From the ABC made-for-TV adventure Black Water Gold with Ricardo Montalban and Aron Kincaid

Black Christmas (1974)

Keir Dullea

As Peter in Bob Clark's shot-in-Canada horror flick Black Christmas

Paul and Michelle (1974)

Sean Bury, Anicée Alvina, and Keir Dullea

From the Paramount drama Paul and Michelle with Sean Bury and Anicée Alvina as the title characters. This is a sequel to the 1971 drama Friends

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Despite a lengthy hiatus from film and television work from the mid 1980s until 2000, Dullea is still quite a busy actor and, in addition to his role on the Hulu series The Path, he has two films in post-production and slated for release in the near future. Dullea's third wife, British actress Susan Fuller, left him a widower in 1998. He is now married to actress Mia Dillon.

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Fahrenheit 451 (2018) with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon
Valley of the Gods (2018) with Charlotte Rampling, Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich, and John Rhys-Davies
April Flowers (2017) with Sean Cullen
Space Station 76 (2014) with Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Jerry O'Connell, and Sam Pancake
Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) with Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo
Isn't It Delicious (2013) with Kathleen Chalfant
All Me, All the Time (2009)
Fortune (2009) with Scott Cohen
The Accidental Husband (2008) with Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Sam Shepard, Brooke Adams, and Isabella Rossellini
The Good Shepherd (2006) with Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup, Robert De Niro, William Hurt, Timothy Hutton, and Joe Pesci
Alien Hunter (2003) with James Spader
Songs in Ordinary Time (2000) with Sissy Spacek and Beau Bridges
The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Frances Fisher
Oh, What a Night (1992) with Corey Haim, Geneviève Bujold, Robbie Coltrane, and Denny Doherty
2010 (1984) with Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban, and Dana Elcar
The Next One (1984) with Adrienne Barbeau
Blind Date (1984) with Joseph Bottoms, Kirstie Alley, James Daughton, and Lana Clarkson
BrainWaves (1983) with Tony Curtis, Vera Miles, and Eve Brent
No Place to Hide (1981) with Mariette Hartley and Gary Graham
The Hostage Tower (1980) with Peter Fonda, Maud Adams, Billy Dee Williams, Britt Ekland, Rachel Roberts, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Brave New World (1980) with Julie Cobb, Bud Cort, Ron O'Neal, Marcia Strassman, Reb Brown, and Aron Kincaid
The Legend of the Golden Gun (1979) with Carl Franklin, Robert Davi, R.G. Armstrong, and Hal Holbrook
Because He's My Friend (1979) with Karen Black
Leopard in the Snow (1978) with Kenneth More
Three Dangerous Ladies (1977) with Ronee Blakley, Charles Gray, John Hurt, and Glynis Johns
The Haunting of Julia (1977) with Mia Farrow and Tom Conti
Welcome to Blood City (1977) with Jack Palance, Samantha Eggar, Barry Morse, and Hollis McLaren
Law and Order (1976) with Darren McGavin, Robert Reed, Suzanne Pleshette, Teri Garr, Jeanette Nolan, Scott Brady, Will Geer, Allan Arbus, and Whitney Blake
Black Christmas (1974) with Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Andrea Martin, and Lynne Griffin
Paul and Michelle (1974) with Anicée Alvina and Sean Bury
Paperback Hero (1973) with Elizabeth Ashley and John Beck
Devil in the Brain (1972) with Stefania Sandrelli and Micheline Presle
A Kiss Is Just a Kiss (1971) with David Hedison
Montserrat (1971) with Jack Albertson, Scott Colomby, Earl Holliman, Geraldine Page, Martin Sheen, Paul Stevens, and Rip Torn
Black Water Gold (1970) with Bradford Dillman, France Nuyen, Aron Kincaid, Ricardo Montalban, and Lana Wood
De Sade (1969) with Senta Berger, Lilli Palmer, and Anna Massey
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) with Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, and Margaret Tyzack
The Fox (1967) with Sandy Dennis and Anne Heywood
Madame X (1966) with Lana Turner, John Forsythe, Ricardo Montalban, Burgess Meredith, John Van Dreelen, Virginia Grey, and Warren Stevens
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) with Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley, and Anna Massey
The Thin Red Line (1964) with Jack Warden
Mail Order Bride (1964) with Buddy Ebsen, Lois Nettleton, BarBara Luna, Paul Fix, Marie Windsor, Denver Pyle, and William Smith
The Naked Hours (1964) with Rossana Podestà
David and Lisa (1962) with Janet Margolin, Howard Da Silva, Neva Patterson, Clifton James, and Karen Lynn Gorney
The Hoodlum Priest (1961) with Don Murray
Give Us Barabbas! (1961) with James Daly and Kim Hunter
Mrs. Miniver (1960) with Maureen O'Hara, Leo Genn, and Juliet Mills

The Path, 2016-present Hulu TV series. Dullea portrays Dr. Steven Meyer
Guiding Light, 1952-2009 CBS daytime drama. Dullea portrayed Dr. Mark Jarrett during the 1986 season
The Starlost, 1973-1974 CTV/syndicated TV series. Dullea portrayed Devon

Damages, episode I'm Worried About My Dog, originally aired August 24, 2011
Castle, episode Flowers for Your Grave, originally aired March 9, 2009
Law & Order, episode Cost of Capital, originally aired March 8, 2006
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, episode Justice, originally aired April 5, 2002
Ed, episode Nice Guys Finish Last, originally aired March 6, 2002
Witchblade, episode Transcendence, originally aired August 21, 2001
Witchblade, episode Convergence, originally aired August 14, 2001
Law & Order, episode Hubris, originally aired January 10, 2001
Murder, She Wrote, episode Test of Wills, originally aired November 26, 1989
Switch, episode The James Caan Con, originally aired September 9, 1975
McMillan & Wife, episode Blues for Sally M., originally aired October 22, 1972
12 O'Clock High, episode To Heinie, with Love, originally aired February 5, 1965
The Wednesday Play, episode Pale Horse, Pale Rider, originally aired November 11, 1964
Channing, episode The Trouble with Girls, originally aired March 11, 1964
Kraft Mystery Theater, episode Ordeal in Darkness, originally aired September 4, 1963
Alcoa Premiere, episode The Broken Year, originally aired April 4, 1963
Going My Way, episode One Small Unhappy Family, originally aired February 13, 1963
Naked City, episode The Apple Falls Not Far from the Tree, originally aired January 23, 1963
Bonanza, episode Elegy for a Hangman, originally aired January 20, 1963
The United States Steel Hour, episode The Young Avengers, originally aired January 9, 1963
Empire, episode Stopover on the Way to the Moon, originally aired January 1, 1963
The Eleventh Hour, episode Cry a Little for Mary Too, originally aired November 28, 1962
Alcoa Premiere, episode Ordeal in Darkness, originally aired November 15, 1962
The DuPont Show of the Week, episode The Outpost, originally aired September 16, 1962
Kraft Mystery Theater, episode Cry Ruin, originally aired August 15, 1962
Cain's Hundred, episode A Creature Lurks in Ambush, originally aired April 17, 1962
Alcoa Premiere, episode The Tiger, originally aired March 20, 1962
Checkmate, episode A Very Rough Sketch, originally aired January 24, 1962
The United States Steel Hour, episode Far from the Shade Tree, originally aired January 10, 1962
The New Breed, episode Prime Target, originally aired October 10, 1961
Alcoa Premiere, episode People Need People, originally aired October 10, 1961
The United States Steel Hour, episode The Golden Thirty, originally aired August 9, 1961
Play of the Week, episode All Summer Long, originally aired May 1, 1961
The United States Steel Hour, episode The Big Splash, originally aired February 8, 1961
Naked City, episode Murder Is a Face I Know, originally aired January 4, 1961
Route 66, episode Black November, originally aired October 7, 1960

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