Biography

This Canada-born actor has worked consistently since the '60s playing a diverse array of offbeat characters to avoid being typecast. Donald Sutherland became an instant star as the irreverent Hawkeye Pierce in the movie M*A*S*H in 1970. The next year he starred as the title character in Klute opposite then-girlfriend and fellow anti-Vietnam War activist Jane Fonda. Sutherland continued to win leading roles and critical acclaim for films like Ordinary People (1980) and JFK (1991), until his advancing age relegated him to supporting parts in the mid-'80s. He remained a familiar face on the big screen and, at age 70, took a cue from his son, 24 star Kiefer, and signed up for his first TV series: the short-lived Commander in Chief.

Fast Facts

  • Battled polio, rheumatic fever and hepatitis as a child.
  • Was Canada's youngest radio announcer at age 14.
  • Acted in several '60s horror films early in his career.
  • His sons are all named for directors Sutherland has worked with.
  • Honors include Officer, Order of Canada; officier, l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres of France; honorary PhD from St. Mary's University.

Awards

  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1973, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1983, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee

Relationships

  • Francine Racette — Wife
  • Rossif Sutherland — Son
  • Frederick Sutherland — Father
  • Jane Fonda — Ex-significant Other
  • Kiefer Sutherland — Son
  • Dorothy Sutherland — Mother
  • Rachel Sutherland — Daughter
  • Lois Hardwick — Ex-wife
  • Angus Sutherland — Son
  • Shirley Douglas — Ex-wife
  • Roeg Sutherland — Son

College

  • Attended University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England

Details

  • Birth Name: Donald McNichol Sutherland
  • Birth Place: St. John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Birthday: July 17, 1935, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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