Keir Dullea

D.O.B: May 30, 1936 |  Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Tall, slim, remote and boyishly handsome, one of Keir Dulleas most arresting features is his pale blue eyes, which featured in a number of watershed films of the 1960s. A major, up-and-coming film star from the Camelot years straight through the turbulent era of the U.

Biography

Tall, slim, remote and boyishly handsome, one of Keir Dulleas most arresting features is his pale blue eyes, which featured in a number of watershed films of the 1960s. A major, up-and-coming film star from the Camelot years straight through the turbulent era of the U.S.-Viet Nam War, he never quite reached international fame. His shining star may have suffered a power outage into the next decade, but he persevered quite well on T.V. and (especially) the stage in a career now surpassing five decades. Dullea, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, is the son of two book-store owners, and he was raised in New Yorks Greenwich Village section. He graduated from George School in Pennsylvania and attended both Rutgers and San Francisco State before deciding to pursue summer stock and regional theatre. Attending the Neighborhood Playhouse, he made his New York City acting debut in a production of Sticks and Bones in 1956. His first big break came with the pilot program of the Route 66 (1960) series, and he proceeded to find other TV roles in Naked City (1958), Checkmate (1960) and various dramatic programs. Following stage work in Season of Choice (1959) and A Short Happy Life (1961), Dullea made an auspicious film debut in a leading role with The Hoodlum Priest (1961), playing a troubled street gang member who crosses paths with Don Murrays determined minister.