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The Underview on 2001: A Space Odyssey

Bullet point KEIR DULLEA Bullet point GARY LOCKWOOD Bullet point WILLIAM SYLVESTER Bullet point DOUGLAS RAIN Bullet point LEONARD ROSSITER
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Since 1968, KEIR DULLEA has remained active, especially as a stage actor. He presented a video in 1970, "A Primer for 2001: A Space Odyssey", which is still available. Among other appearances, Dullea provided a video greeting for the audience at Cyberfest, the University of Illinois' celebration of the "birth" of Hal in March 1997, and in April 1998 took part in an American Film Institute "Webcast" link- up with Arthur C. Clarke.

An additional "sketch" of Dullea was published in the theatre program for 2001, reproduced in the Underview Program page.

Keir DulleaKEIR DULLEA, who plays Mission Commander David Bowman, in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, achieved overnight international stardom for his portrayal of David in "David and Lisa" for which he received the Best Actor Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Dullea was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but regards New York as his home town, having lived there since the age of three. He became interested in the theatre after he had attended San Francisco State College, and received his dramatic training at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse where he studied for two years under Stanford Meisner. To support himself he sold ice- cream from a pushcart and later worked as a carpenter with a construction firm. Dullea began his acting career as a resident juvenile at the Totem Pole Playhouse in Pennsylvania. He made his Broadway debut in 1956 in a revue called "Sticks and Stones" and three years later appeared off- Broadway in "Season of Choice." His training also included stock company productions at the Berkshire Playhouse and Philadelphia's Hedgerow Theatre. In 1961, Dullea made his screen debut in "The Hoodlum Priest." His subsequent screen credits include "The Thin Red Line," "Mail Order Bride," :"The Naked Hours" and "Madame X." His most recent film prior to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY was the highly lauded "The Fox."

Apart from the credits listed below, GARY LOCKWOOD will always be remembered by Star Trek fans for the part he played in the original televised episode of that series. Lockwood made a personal appearance at Cyberfest (having to convince more than one person of his real identity!) and joined Keir Dullea in the AFI Webcast (see above). You might also like to refer to this twice- autographed picture.

Lockwood's career to date was also summarised, like Dullea's, in the 2001 Theatre program.

GARY LOCKWOOD, seen as the astronaut Frank Poole, in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, became a household name to television audiences via his performance in the title role of the long- running MGM-TV series, "The Lieutenant." Lockwood, a six- foot ex- football player, began his movie career as a double for Tony Perkins in basketball sequences of "Tall Story," Josh Logan, who produced and directed the film, took an interest in him and gave him a part in the picture. This led to an important supporting role in "There Was a Little Girl," a Broadway play starring Jane Fonda and directed by Logan. Elia Kazan saw his performance in the play, featured him in "Splendor in the Grass" and put him under contract. He was then lent to producer Jerry Wald and co- starred with Elvis Presley in "Wild in the Country," following this with another Presley film, "It Happened at the World's Fair." His subsequent pictures were "Fire Creek" and "Vegas." On television, in addition to "The Lieutenant," he has been seen in "Bus Stop," "Follow the Sun" and the "Lloyd Bridges Show." A native of Newhall, California, Lockwood graduated from William S. Hart High School there, probably the only high school named after a motion picture star. Gary Lockwood

Below: Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood reunited in 2001 at a little- publicised convention in New York, with fan Clinton Logan (center) who provided the picture. Below: WILLIAM SYLVESTER will always be Dr Heywood Floyd, despite the best efforts of Roy Scheider in "2010". His post- 2001 credits include parts in "The Challengers" (1970), "The Lawyer" (1970), "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" (1973 television movie), "Busting" (1974), "The Hindenburg" (1975), "Gemini Man" (1976 television series), "Sharks" (1978) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1978).
William died just short of his 73rd birthday on January 25, 1995.
Keir Dullea and Gary LockwoodWilliam Sylvester

WILLIAM SYLVESTER, born in Oakland, Calif., studied at the University of California and received his acting training at London's Royal Academy. He first won notice on the London stage in "Dark of the Moon" and, following other stage successes there, appeared on Broadway in "Mister Johnson." He has toured with the Old Vic Company and regularly appears in television roles. Sylvester's most recent screen credits include "Gorgo," "Offbeat" and "Devil Doll."

Below: A contact advised that DOUGLAS RAIN "had a not- too- pleasant association with the film" and was consequently "not keen on pursuing your kind invitation" to break his silence (though he did return as Hal in "2010", so perhaps it's the unpaid invitations he does not pursue).
Having devoted his career to classical stage performances, Mr Rain prefers not to refer to his role as Hal at all.
Below: LEONARD ROSSITER, as "Smyslov" on the orbiting Hilton, tried to prise the secret of Clavius out of a tight- lipped Heywood Floyd. Rossiter had a highly successful career in films and on British television. His memorable comedy roles included such classic parts as Rigsby, the landlord from hell, in "Rising Damp", and the man who made us all question our own sense of meaning in the world of endless triviality portrayed in "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin" (which is long overdue for a resurrection given the state of things nowadays).
Leonard Rossiter died from a heart attack in 1984 at the age of 57.
Douglas Rain

DOUGLAS RAIN studied acting at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada, and at the Old Vic School in England, later appearing with the Old Vic Company. A charter member of the Stratford, Ontario Festival Company, he is particularly remembered for his portrayal of "Henry V" in 1966. He also scored in Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man" in the Shaw Festival at Niagara- on- the- Lake, and last year returned to London for the leading role in "The Hollow Crown."

Leonard Rossiter

LEONARD ROSSITER, born in Liverpool and educated at Liverpool Collegiate School, is one of England's most prominent stage, screen and television actors. He has appeared with the Bristol Old Vic and in such plays as Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh," Shaw's "Arms and the Man" and "Semi Detached," the latter both in London and New York. "A Kind of Loving" was his first film, followed by "This Sporting Life," "Billy Liar," "King Rat" and "Diamonds for Breakfast," among many others.

Below: If you have difficulty recognising DANIEL RICHTER, that is hardly surprising, as his expertise as a mime artist and his slim build were well disguised under his Moonwatcher costume. See "From the Dawn of Man" for some of Daniel's reminiscences, and of working with him on 2001.
Below: MARGARET TYZACK sat with Leonard Rossiter on the orbiting Hilton, quizzing William Sylvester (as Heywood Floyd) on the situation at Clavius Base on the Moon. It was her husband who was "doing some underwater research in the Baltic".
Margaret has been seen on television in recent years in the series and TV movies based on "Young Indiana Jones". Check here for a picture of Margaret from that series.
Both Margaret Tyzack and Leonard Rossiter (above) appeared in other Kubrick films, including "Barry Lyndon".
Daniel Richter

DANIEL RICHTER, born in Darien, Conn., attended the Kent School there, then studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has taught at the American Mime School, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Gene Frankel Theatre Workshop in New York, and for four years toured the United States, staging mime shows in major cities and at universities. Richter has made his home in England for the past three years. He makes his screen debut in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

Margaret Tyzack

MARGARET TYZACK won the Gilbert Prize while attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Her long list of stage credits include "The Flowering Cherry," "The Silver Box," the Royal Shakespeare Company Production of "The Lower Depths," "Macbeth" and "The Ginger Man," and she has starred in more than 100 television plays. "Ring of Spies" was her only motion picture prior to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

Below: ROBERT BEATTY's role was "Halvorsen" ("that was an excellent speech you gave us, Dr. Floyd"... it certainly "beefed up morale"), and we have to turn to Clarke's book to learn that he was "Administrator" of the area on the Moon where the monolith was uncovered. Robert 's final big- screen appearance was as the U.S. President in 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace", which was also Christopher Reeves' last portrayal of the superhero. Robert died in London in 1992, aged 82.
Below: SEAN SULLIVAN was cast as Michaels (Dr Roy Michaels, described by Clarke as "a grizzled little geophysicist"!), who accompanied Floyd and Halvorsen to the Tycho excavation ("Anybody hungry?" "They're getting better at it") and was present when the monolith emitted its screeching signal. Sean has appeared in movies constantly in the last thirty years, most recently in the 1997 release of "Hostile Intent", a government- conspiracy- type action film.
Robert Beatty

ROBERT BEATTY, Canadian- born, enrolled at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts after receiving a B.A. degree at Toronto University. London stage audiences have applauded him in "The Philadelphia Story," "Born Yesterday," "Two for the Seesaw" and "A Difference of Opinion," and his film credits include "Man on a Tightrope," "Something of Value" and "The Amorous Prawn." Following 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, he joined Richard Burton in MGM's "Where Eagles Dare."

Sean Sullivan

SEAN SULLIVAN, born in Toronto, won two Best Actor awards at the Dominion Drama Festival and has played many leading roles on the Toronto stage. He starred in and also directed "Of Mice and Men," "The Rainmaker" and "Golden Boy" and has appeared on Canadian television in more than 200 plays. He produced the award- winning film, "The Dangerous Age," and on the British screen has starred in "Nobody Waved Goodbye," "The Young Ones" and "During One Night."


It often surprises people to learn how many actors did in fact appear in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Think of them. All the "ape" people. Spacecraft crew. "Passers by" on the space station. Frank's parents. Attendees at the Clavius Base conference, and that photographer (he of the Incredible Suit). Visitors to the Tycho excavation. Mission Controller. Martin Amer and the BBC anchor man. The unfortunate trio of Hunter, Kaminsky and Kimball. Surveyors at Clavius Base. The Voiceprint Identification receptionist. Miller of Station Security. "Squirt" (shown as Heywood Floyd's daughter - in reality Stanley Kubrick's own daughter Vivian, who was not credited with her birthday request for a "telephone" - bright kid, she had no difficulty recognising that a bushbaby was much more to Dad's liking). Vivian was subsequently involved in Stanley's projects by filming a behind- the- scenes video during the making of "The Shining", and scoring "Full Metal Jacket".

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Bullet pointDavid CharkhamBullet pointSimon DavisBullet pointJonathan DawBullet pointPeter DelmarBullet pointHeather DownhamBullet pointTerry Duggan
Bullet pointDavid FleetwoodBullet pointAlan GiffordBullet pointAnn GillisBullet pointDanny GroverBullet pointSean HawleyBullet pointDavid Hines
Bullet pointTony JacksonBullet pointJohn JordanBullet pointMike LovellBullet pointScott MackieBullet pointLaurence MarchantBullet pointFrank Miller
Bullet pointDarryl PaesBullet pointJoe RefaloBullet pointAndy WallaceBullet pointBill WestonBullet pointBob WilymanBullet pointRichard Woods



Bullet point Stanley Kubrick designed and directed the Special Photographic Effects
Bullet pointWally Veevers
Douglas Trumbull
Con Pederson
Tom Howard
supervised the Special Photographic Effects
Bullet pointTony Masters
Harry Lange
Ernest Archer
were the Production Designers
Bullet pointRay Lovejoywas Film Editor
Bullet pointHardy Amiescreated the Wardrobe
Bullet pointGeoffrey Unsworthwas Director of Photography
Bullet pointJohn Alcott (see below)was responsible for Additional Photography
Bullet pointDerek Cracknellwas First Assistant Director
Bullet pointColin J. Cantwell
Bruce Logan
Bryan Loftus
David Osborne
Frederick Martin
John Jack Malick
comprised the Special Photographic Effects Unit
Bullet pointKelvin Pikewas Camera Operator
Bullet pointJohn Hoesliwas Art Director
Bullet pointWinston Ryderwas Sound Editor
Bullet pointStuart Freeborn (see below)was responsible for Make-Up
Bullet pointDavid de Wildewas Editorial Assistant
Bullet pointA. W. Watkinswas Sound Supervisor
Bullet pointH. L. Birdwas Sound Mixer
Bullet pointJ. B. Smithwas Chief Dubbing Mixer
Bullet pointFrederick I. Ordway III (see below)was Scientific Consultant

John Alcott

John's role initially was focus puller, working with Geoffrey Unsworth, the movie's Director of Photography, but when Geoffrey left to work on director Guy Hamilton's World War II blockbuster, "Battle of Britain" (released in 1969), Stanley wanted John to take over. This helped Stanley maintain continuity, and the results of John's work as the man responsible for Additional Photography make it clear that Stanley's faith in him was well placed. The two men were to collaborate again on "Barry Lyndon", "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining".

John suffered a fatal heart attack in 1986, aged 55. His son Gavin came across a fisheye lens (for the technically inclined, a Kenko 0.16x No48221) among his father's possessions, which was used for some of the Hal shots, and was kind enough to send the Underview a composite photograph of it along with the information above. You can find this picture tucked away in the How Was It Done? page, along with an in-studio shot of John in consultation with Stanley.

Stuart Freeborn

Robert Mavor has advised via a January 1999 entry in the Guestbook that in 1976 he appeared in a movie titled "Ragtime Summer", also known as "Age of Innocence". The make-up artist was Stuart Freeborn's son Graham, now sadly deceased, but who enjoyed a distinguished career including George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy. Graham's mother was also a well- regarded make-up artist, so Stuart and his family made great contributions in their chosen field.

Stuart and his work for "2001: A Space Odyssey" can be seen in the Dawn of Man pages.

Frederick I. Ordway III

Stanley's Scientific Consultant on 2001 boasts a long career in the science of space flight and has written and edited extensively on related subjects. A note from Fred:
  "Regretfully, I could not participate in the Cyberfest '97 as I had a long- standing commitment in South America at the same time. But I did present my recollections about 2001 at the 49th International Astronautical Congress in Melbourne last October (1998). My paper, "2001: A Space Odyssey - Vision Versus Reality at Thirty Years," will be published in due course by Univelt under the editorship of Kerrie Dougherty of the PowerHouse Museum in Sydney.

"Years ago, I wrote a nearly 50- page chapter on my experiences in the making of "2001", published as part of a longer article and entitled "Space Fiction in Film, Part B, 2001: A Space Odyssey in Retrospect," in Eugene Emme's edited "Science Fiction and Space Futures: Past and Present." San Diego, California, 1982: Univelt. The address: P.O. Box 28130, San Diego, CA 92198, USA."


Thanks to everyone involved in making "2001: A Space Odyssey", and to those people who have contributed their memories and knowledge. Information is always warmly received, especially about people whose part in the film has gone unacknowledged.

Penny Ling writes:
"My grandfather worked at Elstree Studios and participated in the building of of the space craft - he was a carpenter... 2001 was the last film he made before he retired."

Al Mitchell writes:
"My father, Ormond G. Mitchell, was a technical advisor for 2001. He was a zoologist at the time, studying the feasibility of human hibernation in space flight. I remember him showing me his drawings of the "hibernaculum," which were similar to those in the film. Recently, a revised set of credits were compiled, and his name appears in them, which is pretty neat.
Unfortunately, he passed away last year, and I do not think that he ever knew about this revision."


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Many thanks to all the people who have contributed to this page, including "Harry", Brad Taylor, Simon Davis, Gavin Alcott, Robert Mavor, Fred Ordway, Penny Ling and Al Mitchell.

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