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Donald Sutherland

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Donald Sutherland

Donald McNichol Sutherland

(1935-07-17)July 17, 1935
DiedJune 20, 2024(2024-06-20) (aged 88)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater
Years active1963–2024
Political partyNew Democratic Party
Children5, including Kiefer, Rossif, and Angus Sutherland
RelativesSarah Sutherland (granddaughter)

Donald McNichol Sutherland OC (July 17, 1935 – June 20, 2024)[1] was a Canadian actor. He had appeared in more than 100 movie and television shows.

Sutherland was known for his roles in Fellini's Casanova, Klute, Don't Look Now, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, JFK, Ordinary People, Pride & Prejudice, and The Hunger Games. He was the father of actor Kiefer Sutherland.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Sutherland was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. His ancestry includes Scottish, as well as German and English.[3][4] When Sutherland was a child, he had rheumatic fever, hepatitis and poliomyelitis.[5] He studied at Victoria College and at University of Toronto. He studied acting London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Sutherland started off working as a radio DJ at the age of 14.[6]

Career[change | change source]

Sutherland in 1991

Sutherland's acting career began in 1962 with a small role in the television series The Avengers. He then starred in some major roles in movies such as Dr. Terror's House of Horrors with Christopher Lee. He played Hawkeye Pierce in the movie M*A*S*H*.

Sutherland soon gained fame in the Academy Award-winning movie Klute with Jane Fonda.[7] He then starred in the movie Don't Look Now. He then starred in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Recently, Sutherland portrayed President Snow in the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, released in March 2012. He repeated the role in its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

In 2018, Sutherland played J. Paul Getty in the television series Trust.

Personal life[change | change source]

Sutherland was married to Lois Hardwick from 1959 until they divorced in 1966. Then he was married to Shirley Douglas from 1966 until they divorced in 1970. Since 1972, Sutherland has been married to his current wife Francine Racette. He has five children, three of whom are actors.

Sutherland became a blogger for the American news website The Huffington Post during the 2008 United States presidential election campaign.[8] In his blogs, he openly stated his support for Barack Obama.[9]

During the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver he narrated the events. He was also one of the Olympic flag bearers.

Sutherland died after a long illness in Miami, Florida on June 20, 2024, aged 88.[10]

Movies[change | change source]

Awards[change | change source]

Sutherland's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

References[change | change source]

  1. "Donald Sutherland Biography". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  2. "celebritywonder.ugo.com". Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  3. Buckley, Tom (17 October 1980). "At the Movies". The New York Times.
  4. Ancestry of Gov. Bill Richardson Retrieved 2012-06-17
  5. NNDB Biog
  6. "Donald Sutherland". Barnes and Nobel.com. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  7. Mark Cousins (19 March 2001). "Donald Sutherland – Jane Fonda, "Klute", and "Don't Look Now". BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  8. huffingtonpost.com, blog entries by Donald Sutherland
  9. "Obama for President". HuffPost. 18 July 2008.
  10. Donald Sutherland Dies: Revered Actor In ‘Klute’, ‘Ordinary People’, ‘Hunger Games’ & Scores Of Others Was 88
  11. "Rudolph Giuliani to deliver Middlebury College commencement address May 22". BBC. 10 March 2005. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  12. "Hollywood Chamber of Commerce". Hollywoodchamber.net. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  13. "Donald Sutherland receives French honour". BBC. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.

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