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.
Donald Sutherland's personal information overview.
17 July 1935
home town
Saint John
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WATCH: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland talk Oscars honor, #TimesUp movement, Golden Globes and more
ABC News - about 1 month
Sutherland spoke about being honored by Whoopi Goldberg; Mirren spoke about #TimesUp at the Golden Globes.
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'The Leisure Seeker' sticks to the trite and true
LATimes - 2 months
Better screen representation for older actors starts with not making movies like “The Leisure Seeker,” a soggy East Coast road trip saga in which Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland valiantly pretend that rogue treatment of debilitating illnesses has its funny/endearing side. They play the Spencers...
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Governor Brown, The Challenger, Donald Sutherland
CBS News - 2 months
The governor who's castigating the president on climate change; then, the man trying to beat Putin; and, the long, unconventional career of Donald Sutherland
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Part of the symphony, not in front
CBS News - 2 months
James Gray, who directs Donald Sutherland in the upcoming science fiction film Ad Astra, says Sutherland’s un-showy acting style sets him apart from his peers and may also explain why he has never been nominated for an Oscar.
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Academy honors Donald Sutherland
CBS News - 4 months
The actor renowned for such classics as "MASH," "Don't Look Now" and "Ordinary People" is the recipient of a lifetime achievement Oscar
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'Hunger Games' actor Donald Sutherland to get lifetime Oscar - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Donald Sutherland, the star of "MASH," "The Hunger Games" and more than 140 other movies, is to get a lifetime achievement Oscar, along with Belgian director Agnes Varda, Oscar organizers said on Wednesday.
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Charles Burnett and Donald Sutherland Among 4 to Receive Honorary Oscars
NYTimes - 6 months
Four film artists whose work spans from the French New Wave to the African-American experience will be honored by the motion picture academy on Nov. 11.
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Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland premiere "The Leisure Seeker" in Venice - 6 months
Models, actresses and socialites took to the Venice Film Festival red carpet on Sunday ahead of the world premiere of Paolo Virzi's "The Leisure Seeker". Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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Jared Leto In 'Suicide Squad' Is The Worst Kind Of Movie Villain
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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’...
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Cannes: How George Miller's jury got it wrong - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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 th...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donald Sutherland
  • 2016
    Age 80
    In 2016, he was a member of the main competition jury of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
  • 2012
    Age 76
    On March 26, 2012, he was a guest on the Opie and Anthony radio show.
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    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).
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 2008
    Age 72
    Sutherland became a blogger for the American news website The Huffington Post during the 2008 United States presidential election campaign.
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    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.
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  • 1999
    Age 63
    Sutherland played famous American Civil War General P.G.T. Beauregard in the 1999 film The Hunley.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 1992
    Age 56
    In 1992, he played the role of Merrick in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with Kristy Swanson.
  • 1991
    Age 55
    In the 1991 Oliver Stone film JFK, he played a mysterious Washington intelligence officer, reputed to have been L.
  • 1985
    Age 49
    He played psychiatrist and visionary Wilhelm Reich in the video for Kate Bush's 1985 single, "Cloudbusting".
  • 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.
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  • 1977
    Age 41
    He played the role of physician-hero Norman Bethune in two biographical films in 1977 and 1990.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 1970
    Age 34
    He stars with Gene Wilder in the 1970 comedy Start the Revolution Without Me.
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    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.
  • 1968
    Age 32
    In 1968, after the breakthrough in the UK-filmed The Dirty Dozen, Sutherland left London for Hollywood.
  • 1967
    Age 31
    In 1967, he appeared in "The Superlative Seven," an episode of The Avengers.
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  • 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).
  • 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".
  • 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.
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  • 1935
    Born on July 17, 1935.
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