Longview, Tx (Longview News-Journal) — When Longview native David Sullivan left East Texas almost eight years ago to pursue a dream, he never imagined his journey would involve landing a role in an Academy Award-nominated film.
Sullivan, a 1996 graduate of Spring Hill High School, has a supporting role in “Argo.” The film, directed by Ben Affleck, is based on a true story of a 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. The film recently won the Golden Globe for Best Picture — Drama and has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
“It is a such a good feeling to be part of something that goes on to amazing things,” Sullivan said. “To see people giving it the credit it deserves is just such a great feeling. It reminds me a little of the first time I stepped on stage. To know that we put together this thing from the beginning, and to know that we put together this special piece of art that has inspired people in such a way, it’s inspiring to me and it helps me know that this is what I should be doing.”
Spring Hill beginnings
The acting bug first bit Sullivan when he was in fourth grade and saw a movie being filmed in San Antonio. A child actor was receiving attention from people, and Sullivan — the youngest of three children — wanted to do something like that.
As he got into high school, he said he was more interested in sports (and girls). His girlfriend at the time suggested he audition for the one-act play, but he told her that since he was a football player he was not going to do it.
But then he found out if he was in the play, he would get out of class for half the day on some Fridays to go to competitions.
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