Biography

The son of actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, Kiefer became a Hollywood heartthrob in the 1980s with flashy roles in a number of hip flicks such as The Lost Boys, Young Guns and Flatliners, during the latter of which he struck up a very public romance with costar Julia Roberts. After taking a brief hiatus from acting (which he used to compete in a number of rodeo events), Sutherland returned to the biz with a number of strong performances in films such as Dark City and Picking Up the Pieces, but he eventually found his most-successful role as Jack Bauer on 24, a taut action series about a counterterrorism agent who deals with dangerous threats to American security (and, suspiciously, always over the course of a single day). In 2006, he won two Emmys for his work on the show: one for Outstanding Lead Actor and one as producer of the Outstanding Drama Series. Off screen, Sutherland owns a ranch in Montana, and he named his production company Still Water Films after a river on his property.

Fast Facts

  • Named after Warren Kiefer, the screenwriter/director of the film Castle of the Living Dead, which starred Donald Sutherland.
  • Delivered a memorable performance as the gang leader in Stand By Me (1986), Rob Reiner's adaptation of the Stephen King story The Body.
  • Was once engaged to Julia Roberts, whom he met when they co-starred in 1990's Flatliners. Their high-profile wedding was cancelled at the last minute.
  • Formed the production company Still Water Films (named after a river at his Montana ranch) in 1986.
  • Made his directorial debut with the 1993 Showtime production Last Light; his feature-film directorial debut was 1997's Truth or Consequences, N.M..
  • Executive-produced the TV film Dark Reflection (1994).
  • Spent nearly two years competing in rodeo events during a break from acting in the 1990s; won rodeos in Phoenix and Albuquerque.
  • Remained close with his former stepdaughter Michelle Kath (from his marriage to Camelia Kath) and gave her away at her wedding in 2003.

Awards

  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1985, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Angus Sutherland — Half Brother
  • Roeg Sutherland — Half Brother
  • Francine Racette — Stepmother
  • Sarah Sutherland — Daughter
  • Thomas Clement Douglas — Grandfather
  • Rachel Sutherland — Sister
  • Shirley Douglas — Mother
  • Camelia Kath — Ex-wife
  • Kelly Winn — Ex-wife
  • Siobhan Bonnouvrier — Ex-significant Other
  • Rossif Sutherland — Half Brother
  • Donald Sutherland — Father

Details

  • Birth Name: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Birthday: December 21, 1966, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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