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David Bowman is the main protagonist of the Stanley Kubrick's science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey. He is the mission commander and the survivor of the disaster of the ship.
He was portrayed by Keir Dullea.
2001: A Space Odyssey
In 2001, David Bowman is the mission commander of the Discovery 1, as well as the sole survivor of the disaster that occurred aboard the ship. During the flight, the on board HAL-9000 computer malfunctions, killing all the crew except Bowman (though HAL tries to kill him, too, by refusing him reentry into the pod bay). Bowman eventually gets inside and disconnects HAL, to prevent him from doing further damage.
When Discovery arrives at Jupiter, a second monolith is discovered, identical to the one found on the moon—except this one is nearly 2 kilometers long, at the L1 point between Io and Jupiter. Bowman uses an EVA Pod to get a closer look at the monolith. When he gets there, according to Arthur C. Clarke's dialogue, he observes, "The thing's hollow—it goes on FOREVER—and, oh my God, it's full of stars!" Bowman, pulls into the monolith and transports across vast distances. He transforms into a being whom Clarke called the "Star Child," free from the evil tyranny of matter, free to move about in space and time.