Donald Sutherland
Canadian actor
Donald Sutherland
Donald McNichol Sutherland, OC is a Canadian actor whose film career spans nearly 50 years. Some of Sutherland's more notable movie roles included offbeat warriors in popular war movies such as The Dirty Dozen, MASH and Kelly's Heroes, as well as characters in other popular films such as Klute, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, JFK, Ordinary People and, more recently, The Hunger Games as President Snow. He is the father of actor Kiefer Sutherland.
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Jared Leto In 'Suicide Squad' Is The Worst Kind Of Movie Villain
Huffington Post - 7 months
Somewhere along the way, Hollywood decided that villainy is synonymous with camp. Evil, in its most uninspired cinematic forms, is coated in showy extravagance. While a little outsize depravity can be fun, this weekend’s “Suicide Squad” proves we have hit a plateau where bigger is almost certainly not better.  Of course, I am referring primarily to Jared Leto, he of the insufferable rat-gifting, always-in-character method acting that led to an obnoxiously calculated take on the psychopathic Joker. Leto is proud of his performance ― the self-inflation radiates off of him every time he’s onscreen, which is far less frequent than one would assume, given how extensively he has teased this role for the better part of the past year. (Good move, Warner Bros.) Leto said he prepped for the project by watching footage of violent crimes on YouTube, but his works seems more like a the result of a checklist than a study in delinquency. His mantra must have been, “Wide eyes, empty hearts, can’t ...
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Cannes: How George Miller's jury got it wrong - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 9 months
Los Angeles Times Cannes: How George Miller's jury got it wrong Los Angeles Times George Miller, president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, fourth from right, poses with jury members, from left, Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Laszio Nemes, Vanessa Paradis, Donald Sutherland, Katayoon Shahabi, Mads Mikkelsen and Valeria Golino. Oldest And Youngest Directors Take Two Top Prizes, But Only Ken Loach Deserved It: Cannes AnalysisDeadline Cannes Awards Wrap: How George Miller's Jury Picked the Winners — And LosersIndie Wire The Director of 'Toni Erdmann' Savors Her Moment at CannesNew York Times TheWrap -Reuters -USA TODAY -Entertainment Weekly all 189 news articles »
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Donald Sutherland's grumpy old man routine steals show at Cannes
Yahoo News - 10 months
He is not even in a film at Cannes but the veteran actor Donald Sutherland stole the show Wednesday by playing the grumpy old man of the festival's jury. The 80-year-old star of "Klute" and "M*A*S*H" -- who heads an acting dynasty that includes his son Kiefer Sutherland and granddaughter Sarah -- had reporters in stitches as he grouched about the unseasonal wet weather on the French Riviera. "I am freezing," he growled when asked a question about what he thinks of his fellow Canadian Xavier Dolan, whose film "It's Only the End of the World" is in the running for the Palme d'Or -- which Sutherland will help decide.
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Kiefer and Donald Sutherland shine in 'Forsaken,' a remedial western
LATimes - about 1 year
The combined star power of two Sutherlands can't quite energize "Forsaken," a remedial western that plays like a mildly R-rated version of a basic cable movie. Fans of the genre — and the cast — may find it a pleasant enough diversion, but given the recent wave of strong frontier dramas, this film...
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Talking With Tarantino: The Sight and Sound Excerpt
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The new Sight & Sound features my ten-page interview with its February cover star, Quentin Tarantino, and they have graciously allowed me to excerpt a portion of the extensive Q&A here. This is a nice chunk of it, but there's so much more in the magazine, from getting to know his characters, to the Roadshow appeal of The Hateful Eight and themes in the movie, to movie violence, to Leonardo DiCaprio's character in Django, to shooting on Ultra Panavision, to his own theater in Los Angeles, The New Beverly (shout out to Clu Gulager in the issue), to his love of old film prints, to interesting thoughts and facts about his past movies, and much, much more. Dig in and read it all via the magazine. For now, check out these choice moments from the interview. "There was a whole lot of speculation from some people about this whole 70mm thing, as in, that's really great, but it's just this set-bound parlor piece, so isn't it just a big old fucking waste of time and money? And, I thi ...
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Home of the Day: Donald Sutherland's onetime beachfront spot in Santa Monica
LATimes - about 1 year
A theater-style projection system in the master bedroom is among custom touches added by actor Donald Sutherland to this Tudor-inspired residence in Santa Monica. Other features of the two-story home, set on the sands of Palisades Beach, include warming wood floors, casement windows and a living...
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Home of the Day: Donald Sutherland's onetime beachfront spot in Santa Monica
LATimes - about 1 year
A theater-style projection system in the master bedroom is among custom touches added by actor Donald Sutherland to this Tudor-inspired residence in Santa Monica. Other features of the two-story home, set on the sands of Palisades Beach, include warming wood floors, casement windows and a living...
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Home of the Day: Donald Sutherland's onetime beachfront spot in Santa Monica
LATimes - about 1 year
A theater-style projection system in the master bedroom is among custom touches added by actor Donald Sutherland to this Tudor-inspired residence in Santa Monica. Other features of the two-story home, set on the sands of Palisades Beach, include warming wood floors, casement windows and a living...
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Home of the Day: Donald Sutherland's onetime beachfront spot in Santa Monica
LATimes - about 1 year
A theater-style projection system in the master bedroom is among custom touches added by actor Donald Sutherland to this Tudor-inspired residence in Santa Monica. Other features of the two-story home, set on the sands of Palisades Beach, include warming wood floors, casement windows and a living...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donald Sutherland
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 80
    In 2016, he was a member of the main competition jury of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
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  • 2012
    Age 76
    On March 26, 2012, he was a guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show.
    More Details Hide Details During his appearance to promote the first Hunger Games film he mentioned that instead of accepting 2% of the gross revenue of Animal House he insisted on being paid a day's salary instead which amounted to $50,000, instead of the $2.8 million he would have earned had he accepted the offer made by Universal Studios. He also mentioned that he had been offered the lead roles in Deliverance and Straw Dogs but turned both offers down because he did not want to appear in violent films at the time. The role in Deliverance went to Jon Voight and the role in Straw Dogs to Dustin Hoffman, and both films enjoyed critical and box office success. After declining these violent roles, he quipped: "and then I played a fascist in 1900 by Bernardo Bertolucci."
    Beginning in 2012, Sutherland portrayed President Snow, the main antagonist of The Hunger Games film franchise, in The Hunger Games (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014), and Part 2 (2015).
    More Details Hide Details His role was well received by fans and critics.
  • 2010
    Age 74
    In 2010, he starred alongside an ensemble cast in a TV adaptation of Ken Follett's novel The Pillars of the Earth.
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  • 2009
    Age 73
    Sutherland provided voice-overs and narration during the intro of the 1st semifinal of Eurovision Song Contest 2009, and the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and was also one of the Olympic flag bearers.
    More Details Hide Details He was also narrator of CTV's "I Believe" television ads in the lead up to the Games. During the games, Sutherland attended some of the events.
  • 2008
    Age 72
    Sutherland became a blogger for the American news website The Huffington Post during the 2008 United States presidential election campaign.
    More Details Hide Details In his blogs, he stated his support for Barack Obama.
    Sutherland starred as Tripp Darling in the prime time drama series Dirty Sexy Money for ABC. He played multi-millionaire Nigel Honeycut in the 2008 film Fool's Gold.
    More Details Hide Details His distinctive voice has also been used in many radio and television commercials, including those for Delta Air Lines, Volvo automobiles, and Simply Orange orange juice.
  • 1999
    Age 63
    Sutherland played famous American Civil War General P.G.T. Beauregard in the 1999 film The Hunley.
    More Details Hide Details He played an astronaut in Space Cowboys (2000), with co-stars Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and James Garner. In more recent years, Sutherland was known for his role as Reverend Monroe in the Civil War drama Cold Mountain (2003), in the remake of The Italian Job (2003), in the TV series Commander in Chief (2005–2006), in the movie Fierce People (2005) with Diane Lane and Anton Yelchin, and as Mr. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005), starring alongside Keira Knightley.
  • 1996
    Age 60
    He was later cast in 1996 (for only the second time) with his son Kiefer in Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1994
    Age 58
    In 1994, Sutherland played a software company's scheming CEO in Barry Levinson's drama Disclosure opposite Michael Douglas and Demi Moore, and in 1995 was cast as Maj. Gen. Donald McClintock in Wolfgang Petersen's Outbreak.
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    In 1994, he played the head of a government agency hunting for aliens that take over people's bodies similar to the premise of Invasion of the Body Snatchers in the movie of Robert A. Heinlein's 1951 book The Puppet Masters.
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  • 1992
    Age 56
    In 1992, he played the role of Merrick in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Kristy Swanson.
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  • 1991
    Age 55
    In the 1991 Oliver Stone film JFK, he played a mysterious Washington intelligence officer, reputed to have been L.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1985
    Age 49
    He played psychiatrist and visionary Wilhelm Reich in the video for Kate Bush's 1985 single, "Cloudbusting".
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  • 1978
    Age 42
    Sutherland was made an Officer of the Order of Canada on 18 December 1978 and was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He maintains a home in Georgeville, Quebec. His son, Kiefer, an actor best known for his role as Jack Bauer on the TV action/thriller series 24, and Kiefer's twin sister, Rachel, were born to Sutherland and his second wife, Shirley Douglas, daughter of well-known Canadian social democratic politician and the "father" of Canada's universal healthcare system, Tommy Douglas. Donald Sutherland met his current wife, French Canadian actress Francine Racette, on the set of the Canadian pioneer drama Alien Thunder. They have three sons: Rossif Sutherland, Angus Redford Sutherland, and Roeg Sutherland. His four sons have all been named after directors whom Sutherland has worked with: Kiefer is named after American-born director and writer Warren Kiefer, who, under the assumed name of Lorenzo Sabatini, directed Sutherland in his very first feature film, the Italian low-budget horror film Il castello dei morti vivi (Castle of the Living Dead); Roeg is named after director Nicolas Roeg; Rossif is named after French director Frédéric Rossif; and Angus Redford has his middle name after Robert Redford.
  • 1977
    Age 41
    He played the role of physician-hero Norman Bethune in two biographical films in 1977 and 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Some of Sutherland's better known roles in the 1980s and 1990s were in the South African apartheid drama A Dry White Season (1989), alongside Marlon Brando and Susan Sarandon; as a sadistic warden in Lock Up (1989) with Sylvester Stallone; as an incarcerated pyromaniac in the firefighter thriller Backdraft (1990) alongside Kurt Russell and Robert De Niro, and as a snobbish New York City art dealer in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), with Stockard Channing and Will Smith.
  • 1976
    Age 40
    He won acclaim for his performance in the Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci's 1976 epic film 1900 and as the conflicted father in the Academy Award-winning family drama Ordinary People (1980), alongside Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton.
    More Details Hide Details In 1981, he narrated A War Story, an Anne Wheeler film.
    His role as Corpse of Lt. Robert Schmied in the Maximilian Schell's 1976 German film-directed End of the Game is listed in crazy credits. and as the ever-optimistic health inspector in the science fiction/horror film Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) alongside Brooke Adams and Jeff Goldblum.
    More Details Hide Details Sutherland stars with Sylvester Stallone in Lock Up (1989) as Warden Drumgoole. He helped launch the internationally popular Canadian television series Witness to Yesterday, with a performance as the Montreal doctor Norman Bethune, a physician and humanitarian, largely talking of Bethune's experiences in revolutionary China. Sutherland also had a role as pot smoking Professor Dave Jennings in National Lampoon's Animal House in 1978, making himself known to younger fans as a result of the movie's popularity. When cast, he was offered either $40,000 up front or a percentage of the movie. Thinking the movie would certainly not be a big success, he chose the 40K upfront payment. The movie eventually grossed $141,600,000.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 34
    He stars with Gene Wilder in the 1970 comedy Start the Revolution Without Me.
    More Details Hide Details During the filming of the Academy Award-winning detective thriller Klute, Sutherland had an intimate relationship with co-star Jane Fonda. Sutherland and Fonda went on to co-produce and star together in the anti-Vietnam War documentary F.T.A. (1972), consisting of a series of sketches performed outside army bases in the Pacific Rim and interviews with American troops who were then on active service. A follow up to their teaming up in Klute, Sutherland and Fonda performed together in Steelyard Blues (1973), a "freewheeling, Age-of-Aquarius, romp-and-roll caper" from the writer David S. Ward. Sutherland found himself as a leading man throughout the 1970s in films such as the Venice-based psychological horror film Don't Look Now (1973), the war film The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Federico Fellini's Casanova (1976) and the thriller Eye of the Needle (which was filmed on location on the Isle of Mull, West Scotland).
    He then appeared in two war films, playing the lead role as "Hawkeye" Pierce in Robert Altman's MASH in 1970; and, again in 1970, as hippie tank commander "Oddball" in Kelly's Heroes.
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  • 1968
    Age 32
    In 1968, after the breakthrough in the UK-filmed The Dirty Dozen, Sutherland left London for Hollywood.
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  • 1967
    Age 31
    In 1967, he appeared in "The Superlative Seven," an episode of The Avengers.
    More Details Hide Details He also made a second, and more substantial appearance in The Saint. The episode, "Escape Route," was directed by the show's star, Roger Moore, who later recalled that Sutherland "asked me if he could show it to some producers as he was up for an important role... they came to view a rough cut and he got The Dirty Dozen." The film, which starred Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, was the 5th highest-grossing film of 1967 and MGM's highest-grossing movie of the year.
  • 1966
    Age 30
    In 1966, Sutherland appeared in the BBC TV play Lee Oswald-Assassin, playing a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald, Charles Givens (even though Givens himself was an African-American).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 29
    In the same year, he appeared in the Cold War classic The Bedford Incident and appeared in the TV series The Saint, in the 1965 episode "The Happy Suicide", and in the TV series Gideon's Way, in the 1966 episode "The Millionaire's Daughter".
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  • 1957
    Age 21
    He changed his mind about becoming an engineer, and left Canada for Britain in 1957, studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
    More Details Hide Details After quitting the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Sutherland spent a year and a half at the Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland. In the early-to-mid-1960s, Sutherland began to gain small roles in British films and TV (such as a hotel receptionist in The Sentimental Agent episode 'A Very Desirable Plot' (1963)). He featured alongside Christopher Lee in horror films such as Castle of the Living Dead (1964) and Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965). He also had a supporting role in the Hammer Films production Die! Die! My Darling! (1965), with Tallulah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on July 17, 1935.
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