Donald Sutherland Biography,Career,Awards and Personal Life

About Donald Sutherland

Donald McNichol Sutherland, OC is a Canadian actor whose film career spans more than five decades,born 17 July 1935.Sutherland was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of Dorothy Isobel in the years between 1892 and 1956 and Frederick McLea Sutherland in the years 1894–1983, who worked in sales and ran the local gas, electricity and bus company. He is of Scottish, German and English ancestry. As a child, he battled rheumatic fever, hepatitis, and poliomyelitis. His teenage years were spent in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He obtained his first part-time job, at the age of 14, as a news correspondent for local radio station CKBW.

Sutherland graduated from Bridgewater High School. He then studied at Victoria College, University of Toronto, where he met his first wife Lois Hardwick (not to be confused with the child star of the same name), and graduated with a double major in engineering and drama. He had at one point been a member of the “UC Follies” comedy troupe in Toronto. 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.

Donald Sutherland Career

Sutherland rose to fame after starring in series of successful films including The Dirty Dozen in 1967, M*A*S*H of 1970, Kelly’s Heroes of 1970, Klute in 1971, Don’t Look Now in 1973, Fellini’s Casanova in 1976, 1900 in 1976, Animal House in 1978, Invasion of the Body Snatchers in 1978, Ordinary People in 1980 and Eye of the Needle in 1981. Since then, he established himself as one of the most respected, prolific and versatile character actors of Canada.

He later went on to star in many other successful films where he appeared either in leading or supporting roles such as A Dry White Season in the year 1989, JFK in 1991, A Time to Kill in 1996, Without Limits in 1998, The Italian Job in 2003, Cold Mountain in 2003 , Pride & Prejudice in 2005, Aurora Borealis in 2006 and The Hunger Games franchise of the years 2012–2015.

Donald Sutherland Personal life

Sutherland has been married three times. He was first maried to Lois Hardwick,with whom he lasted from 1959 to 1966. His second marriage, which was to Shirley Douglas, daughter of well-known Canadian social democratic politician and the “father” of Canada’s universal healthcare system, Tommy Douglas lasted from 1966 to 1970. Sutherland and Douglas have two children, twins Kiefer, an actor known for his role as Jack Bauer on the TV action/thriller series 24 and currently starring in the ABC political drama Designated Suvivor, and Rachel.

Donald Sutherland met his current wife, French Canadian actress Francine Racette, on the set of the Canadian pioneer drama Alien Thunder. They married in 1972 and have three sons: Rossif Sutherland, Angus Redford Sutherland, and Roeg Sutherland.

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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. During the 2008 Sutherland became a blogger for the American news website The Huffington Post United States presidential election campaign. In his blogs, he stated his support for Barack Obama.

Donald Sutherland Awards

Sutherland has had the luck of being nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards, winning two for his performances in the television films Citizen X (1995) and Path to War (2002); the former also brought him a Primetime Emmy Award. Inductee of Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canadian Walk of Fame, Sutherland has also received a Canadian Academy Award for the drama film Threshold (1981). Several media outlets and movie critics describe him as one of the best actors who has never been nominated for an Oscar.


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