Virtual Conversation: Keir Dullea and Mia Dillon

By Lambs Club 7/14/21

NY: July 13, 2021
The upcoming Lambs’ virtual conversation is with an actor who starred in one of the most iconic films in cinema: Keir Dullea, who portrayed astronaut David Bowman in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey directed by Stanley Kubrick, and his actress-wife, Mia Dillon. Dullea, born in Cleveland, is the son of two book-store owners, and grew up in Greenwich Village. 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. Dullea has also had a long and successful career on stage in New York City and in regional theaters; he has said that, despite being more recognized for his film work, he prefers the stage.
He has had a long-time relationship with the Westport Country Playhouse where in 1969 “Butterflies Are Free” with Blythe Danner transferred to Broadway. Dullea has resided in Westport since 1981. In the years since then, Dullea has acted steadily on the stage in New York City, and regional theaters, in productions of “Sweet Prince,” “The Seagull” and “The Little Foxes,” among others. His other film roles include David and Lisa (1962), Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) and Black Christmas (1974). His cinematic roles since 1970 have included another “mysterious stranger” in The Next One (1984), and he also reprised his “David Bowman” role in 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984), the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dullea played the senator in The Good Shepherd (2006), along with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie; the romantic comedy The Accidental Husband (2008) starring Uma Thurman; and the touching Mark Ruffalo social drama Infinitely Polar Bear (2014). On TV he was seen in such popular programs as “Law & Order,” “Castle” and “Damages.”
In 1999, Dullea married actress Mia Dillon,  a Tony nominated stage actress whose Broadway credits include Our Town (with Paul Newman), The Miser, The Corn is Green, Hay Fever, Agnes of God, Once a Catholic, Crimes of the Heart, and Da. She has worked extensively off-Broadway and regionally, including her most recent appearance at The Hartford Stage in The Engagement Party. Previously at Hartford Stage she appeared in the world premiere of Seder (CT Critics Circle Nomination for best Actress), as well as Cloud Nine (Ct Critics Circle Award featured Actress) and A Song at Twilight (CT Critics Circle Nom featured Actress). She reprised A Song at Twilight at Westport Country Playhouse, where she most recently was seen in Lettice and Lovage, as well as Our Town, Angel Street, Return Engagements, Speed the Plow, and Once a Catholic. She has appeared in regional theaters around the country, from The Old Globe in San Diego to Center Stage in Baltimore. Seven summers have been spent at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge and six at the O’neill Playwrights Conference. Other awards include a Drama Desk Nomination, the Clarence Derwent Award, Barrymore Award nomination, and a Dramalogue Award. Film and TV appearances include all 3 Law & Orders, Brain Dead, The Jury, Mary and Rhoda, Gods and Generals, The Money Pit, Isn’t It Delicious, Ordinary World, All Good Things, and Never Rarely Sometimes Always.