Sad News: Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland, the esteemed actor known for his roles in numerous popular films spanning five decades, passed away at the age of 88.

Career Highlights

Sutherland’s career featured breakout roles in films like The Dirty Dozen and MASH, as well as acclaimed performances in Klute and Ordinary People. He gained further recognition for his role as the antagonist in the Hunger Games series.

Passing and Early Life

He passed away at his home in Miami following a prolonged illness, confirmed by his agency CAA.

Born on July 17, 1935, in New Brunswick, Canada, Sutherland later moved to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Despite childhood illnesses including polio, rheumatic fever, and spinal meningitis, he pursued a career in acting.

Journey to Hollywood

After studying acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Sutherland transitioned to television and low-budget films before making his Hollywood debut in The Dirty Dozen.

In the 1970s, Sutherland starred in the anti-war comedy-drama MASH, earned an Oscar for Klute, and appeared in notable films like Don’t Look Now and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. He also played memorable roles in Animal House and Ordinary People.

Television Success and Recent Work

Sutherland’s television career included an Emmy Award for Citizen X and a Golden Globe for Path to War. He reached a new audience with his role in The Hunger Games series.

Honors and Personal Life

Although he never received an Oscar nomination, Sutherland was honored with an Academy Honorary Award in 2017. He was also recognized with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame.

Personal Life and Legacy

Sutherland, married three times including to actress Francine Racette for 52 years, had five children, including his well-known son Kiefer Sutherland.

Reflections on His Career

Reflecting on his father’s career, Kiefer Sutherland expressed regret for not fully appreciating his father’s talent earlier, citing a wide range of memorable performances.

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