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Keir Dullea in his 2001 Space Odyssey role.

Keir Dullea, star of the great science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey, will be honoured at Ft. Lauderdale's Cinema Paradiso with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a showing of Stanley Kubrick's classic film. 

A rare Q & A will follow with Mr. Dullea and Foster Hirsch on the 45th anniversary of the release of the film! Saturday, January 18 at 6 pm begins this historic event. 
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 Hoodlum Priest (1961), playing a troubled street gang member who crosses paths with Don Murray's determined minister. The young actor's characters from then on seemed to walk a dangerous tightrope of emotions, and his apparent versatility at such a young age led him to a number of other psychologically scarred portrayals. Tending to play men younger than he really was, none were more disturbed than his haphephobic teenager David (Dullea was 26 at the time) in the deeply-felt love story David and Lisa (1962). Paired beautifully with Janet Margolin's schizophrenic Lisa, Dullea won the Golden Globe award for "Most Promising Male Newcomer."


In the World War II military drama The Thin Red Line (1964)he played an edgy, nervous-eyed private who is pushed to his murderous brink by a brutal sergeant on Guadacanal. In Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) Dullea portrayed the incest-inclined brother of Carol Lynley, who may or may not figure into the disappearance of Lynley's child. Keir also co-starred as the mysterious intruder who inserts an emotional wedge between lesbian lovers Anne Heywood and Sandy Dennis in the groundbreaking film about homosexuals, The Fox (1967).


Topping that off, Dullea played the salacious Marquis De Sade himself in a relatively tame, internationally-flavored production of De Sade (1969). The apex of his film career, however, came with his lead role in Stanley Kubrick's epic science-fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), as the astronaut Dr. David Bowman. Dullea, now 77, will be honoured for his five decades of work in film and the theatre.

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Clifford Cunningham

Clifford Cunningham is a planetary scientist currently affiliated with the National Astronomical Research Institute. He did his PhD work in the history of astronomy at James Cook University, and has undergraduate degrees in science and ancient history from the University of Waterloo. He is the author of 12 books on asteroids and the history of science. In 1999 he appeared on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Asteroid 4276 was named in his honour by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1990.

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