KEIR DULLEA: Stars as Devon

Keir Dullea, who stars as Devon in 20th Century-Fox Television's new science fiction series, THE STARLOST, is a native New Yorker.

He was raised in the colorful environs of Greenwich Village, where his parents operated a bookstore. In the late 50's, he studied acting at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, and worked in a number of summer stock productions. Before long, his studies paid off with appearances on several live television shows, including the United States Steel Hour and Armstrong Circle Theatre.

"My first big break was a good small part on the pilot film for Route 66," recalls Dullea. That performance quickly led to guest-starring role on the "Naked City" series.

Soon the motion picture industry took notice, and he was cast in his first film, "The Hoodlum priest," for which he won much critical acclaim.

From 1961 to 1965, he spent most of his time in Los Angeles, where he appeared as guest-star on just about every major dramatic series on television, including "Checkmate" and "Alcoa Premiere."

In 1962, his celebrated performance in the film, "David and Lisa" earned thunderous accolades and numerous awards, including "Best Actor" at the San Francisco Film Festival, a Golden Globe award as "The Most Promising Newcomer in Films" and a nomination as "Best Actor" for Britain's equivalent of the Academy Awards.

In 1969, Dullea captivated Broadway audiences with his sensitive portrayal of the blind boy in "Butterflies Are Free." Following a long and successful New York run, the show was brought to London. Though the move proved disasterous for the play, it turned out to be a personal blessing; for five months after the show closed, Dullea met the girl he was to marry. Today, he and Susy live with his stepdaughters, Subi and Sasha, in Hempstead Heath, a suburb of London. He and Susie have been married for two and a half years.

He has appeared in numerous dramatic productions for the British Broadcasting Corporation, and has completed work on "Paperback Hero," which he deems his "best film since 'David and Lisa'." The motion picture, which also stars Elizabeth Ashley and John Beck, has been honored with entry in the Cannes Film Festival.

His other film credits include one of the top-grossing films of all time, Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey." He has also appeared in, "Mail Order Bride," "The Thin Red Line," adapted from the James Joyce novel; "Madame X," in which he starred with Lana Turner; "Bunny Lake is Missing," with Carol Lynley and Noel Coward, and "The Fox," with Sandy Dennis. A recent guest-starring role on Rock Hudson's "MacMillan and Wife" marked Dullea's first such appearance on an American television series in four years.

He has lived in London for a long time but has rented a spacious home in Toronto for the duration of "The Starlost" series. Keir considers Toronto as the "only palatable alternative to London as a place to live."

"Ever since 'David and Lisa', television people have been after me to do a series. But it would have meant being away from my family too long at any one time. I always said no until this series came along. Working in Toronto means my family will be here for a comparatively normal home life and the enthusiasm about the show is very high."

 

 

VITAL STATISTICS

Birthplace

Ohio

Birthdate

May 30

Height

6'0"

Hair

Blond

Weight

147 lbs.

Eyes

Blue

 

Devon: is Keir Dullea

Tall, quick, intelligent and -- this is the keynote word -- resourceful. He is not cut from the impossible and unbelievable mold of mightily-thewed warriors, but speaks by his entire nature to the hero in each of us, average and ordinary humans thrown into the burning center of events that demand heroism and ingenuity.

He can be surprised and awed, but he will not consider supernatural that which he doesn't at first understand. He is a pragmatist, but a dreamer.

He learns quickly, remembers lessons learned, and only resorts to violence when all other, more intelligent avenues are closed to him. He feels deeply, he can be hurt, he can cry, he can laugh. He is simply putŠa man like all men. He has no superhuman powers, and he will not be required to act in a manner that has come to be known in television as "the protagonist ever-triumphant." He can fail, he can be saved, he can err, and lose no points for it. He can even look the fool occasionally. Don't we all. Occasionally?

He is a product of an agarian society, remember, and he is frequently innocent, even naive. But he learns fast.