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Happy Birthday To Fairfield'’s Keir Dullea

Happy birthday to Keir Dullea.
Happy birthday to Keir Dullea. Photo Credit:

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Fairfield’s Keir Dullea!

Keir Dullea, who has owned a home in Fairfield, turns 80 on Monday. The actor was born May 30, 1936, in Cleveland.

Dullea made his film debut in 1961's Hoodlum Priest and in 1962, he starred with Janet Margolin in David and Lisa.

He played a number of emotionally disturbed youths in films such as the first screen adaptation of James Jones' The Thin Red Line (1964), and Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965).

He appeared in the movie De Sade (1969), playing the title role and also appeared in the 1967 film The Fox.

In 1968 he appeared as astronaut David Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which became a box-office success and was eventually recognized by critics, filmmakers, and audiences as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

Dullea's other notable roles include Devon in the short-lived 1973 science fiction series The Starlost, Clayton Anderson Jr. in Madame X, Paul Renfield in The Fox, and Thomas Grambell in Brave New World (1981). He had a major role in the 1974 cult classic Black Christmas.

In 1984, he reprised his role as David Bowman in 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Peter Hyams' sequel to 2001. 2010 was nominated for five Academy Awards.

In 2006, he had a role as a US Senator and a "major influence and mentor" to Matt Damon's character, in Robert De Niro's film The Good Shepherd.

He also appeared on television in shows such as Naked City, The Eleventh Hour, and Channing. In April 2010, he performed the role of Tom Garrison in the off-Broadway production of the Robert Anderson play, I Never Sang For My Father and of Heinrich Mann in the Guthrie Theater production of "Tales from Hollywood" in October, 2012. He won "Best Actor" award in San Francisco International Film Festival in 1962 and also the Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Male Newcomer" in 1964.

He was also nominated for Laurel Award for "Top New Male Personality" in 1963 and BAFTA Awards for "Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles" in 1964.

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