About Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland is a British-Canadian actor, producer, director, and singer-songwriter born 21 December 1966. One of his better-known roles was Jack Bauer on the Fox drama series 24 (2001–2010, 2014), for which he earned an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Satellite Awards. Sutherland was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London, to Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors. He has a twin sister, Rachel. His maternal grandfather was Scottish-born Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, who is widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada.
Sutherland is named after American-born writer and director Warren Kiefer, who directed Donald Sutherland in his first feature film, Castle of the Living Dead. Sutherland’s family moved to Corona, California. His parents divorced in 1970. In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto. He attended elementary school at Crescent Town Elementary School, St. Clair Junior High East York, and John G. Althouse Middle School in Toronto. He attended multiple different high schools, including St. Andrew’s College, Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Harbord Collegiate Institute, Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, Malvern Collegiate Institute, and Annex Village Campus. He also spent a semester at Regina Mundi Catholic College in London, Ontario and attended weekend acting lessons at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School. Sutherland told Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2009) that he and Robert Downey, Jr. were roommates for three years when he first moved to Hollywood to pursue his career in acting. He and Downey, Jr. also starred together in the film 1969.
Kiefer Sutherland Career
Sutherland made his screen debut in Max Dugan Returns , in which his father Donald Sutherland also starred. Sutherland was one of the contenders for the role of Glen Lantz in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), which ultimately became Johnny Depp’s first feature film debut. After receiving critical acclaim for his role as Donald Campbell in The Bay Boy, Sutherland moved to Hollywood. Stand by Me was the first film Sutherland made in the United States. In the film, directed by Rob Reiner, he played a neighborhood bully in a coming-of-age story about a search for a dead body. Before that, he played a silent, supporting character, as one of Sean Penn’s friends who goes up against Christopher Walken in James Foley’s crime-thriller At Close Range.
His film Promised Land, with Meg Ryan, was the first film to be commissioned by the Sundance Film Festival. His role as vampire David in The Lost Boys is one of his iconic roles in his career reviews by many critics and audiences. In the Western film Young Guns (1988), he starred alongside Emilio Estevez and Lou Diamond Phillips. He was considered for the role of Robin in Batman (1989), alongside Michael Keaton, in the early production before the character was deleted from the shooting script. He went on to star again with his close friend Lou Diamond Phillips, in the crime-action film Renegades. That same year, he and his father appeared at the 61st Academy Awards as presenters of the Academy Honorary Award to the National Film Board of Canada.
In the sequel Young Guns II in 1990, Sutherland continued to play ‘Doc’ alongside some of the original cast and with newcomer Christian Slater. As of 2017 it is the only sequel to a feature film he has starred in. Sutherland starred as the lead in Flatliners, a film about a student who wants to “experience” death’s afterlife and record what happens during it, with the help of a group of young students who are “a little” crazy like him; the film received positive reviews from critics.
Sutherland did not make a film in 1991. During an interview in March 2012, he said he had declined director Gus Van Sant’s offer to star in the lead role in the movie My Own Private Idaho, a decision that he regretted. He was quoted as saying “I passed on My Private Idaho because I wanted to go skiing and didn’t even look at it. I told myself that I needed to stick to my plan … and it was a really dumb plan.”
Sutherland played a supporting character in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, the continuation of the short-lived television series of the same name which ran from 1990 to 1991, as agent Sam Stanley; and also in A Few Good Men (1992), where he played a junior officer subordinate to Jack Nicholson’s Col. Nathan P. Jessup. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
In The Vanishing in 1993, he starred alongside Jeff Bridges as a husband seeking his wife three years after she mysteriously vanished. In The Three Musketeers (1993), Sutherland played the central character of Athos. In 1994, he played the elder brother alongside Woody Harrelson in The Cowboy Way. In 1996, Sutherland starred in 3 films. He starred with Reese Witherspoon in Freeway, which gained a cult following. He starred with Sally Field in the thriller Eye for an Eye, and he starred in A Time to Kill alongside his father Donald Sutherland.
In 1998, he starred in Dark City, the science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas in which he portrayed the historical character Daniel P. Schreber. Sutherland’s other notable films in the decade were Flashback (1990) as a young cop alongside Dennis Hopper, and Article 99 (1992) with Ray Liotta.
Sutherland co-starred with Woody Allen in the black comedy Picking Up the Pieces in 2000 he co-starred with Woody Allen in the black comedy Picking Up the Pieces, but the film was received poorly by both commercial audiences and by critics. Since then, Sutherland has starred in small projects and festival-released films. He starred in the film Beat, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. He also appeared in 2001 film Cowboy Up, which won the Crystal Heart Award at the 2001 Heartland Film Festival. He also starred in the film To End All Wars, which won two awards at the Heartland Film Festival and one award at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
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Since 2001, Sutherland has been associated most widely with the role of Jack Bauer on the critically acclaimed television series “24”. After being nominated four times for the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” Primetime Emmy Award, Sutherland won the award in 2006 for his role in 24’s fifth season. In the opening skit of the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards, Sutherland made an appearance as his 24 character, Jack Bauer. He was also nominated for Best actor in a Drama Television Series at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards for 24. According to his 2006 contract, his salary of $40 million for three seasons of the show made him the highest-earning actor on television., but the film was received poorly by both commercial audiences and by critics. Since then, Sutherland has starred in small projects and festival-released films. He starred in the film Beat, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. He also appeared in 2001 film Cowboy Up, which won the Crystal Heart Award at the 2001 Heartland Film Festival. He also starred in the film To End All Wars, which won two awards at the Heartland Film Festival and one award at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Sutherland has been associated most widely with the role of Jack Bauer on the critically acclaimed television series 24 since 2001. After being nominated four times for the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” Primetime Emmy Award, Sutherland won the award in 2006 for his role in 24’s fifth season. In the opening skit of the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards, Sutherland made an appearance as his 24 character, Jack Bauer. He was also nominated for Best actor in a Drama Television Series at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards for 24. According to his 2006 contract, his salary of $40 million for three seasons of the show made him the highest-earning actor on television.
Sutherland was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto in 2005, where both of his parents have also been inducted. He ranked No. 68 on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world’s most powerful celebrities, his earnings were a reported $23 million. In 2009, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sutherland was the first Inside the Actors Studio guest to be the child of a former guest; his father, Donald, appeared on the show in 1998. Sutherland was featured on the cover of the April 2006 edition of Rolling Stone, in an article entitled “Alone in the Dark with Kiefer Sutherland.” The article began with Sutherland revealing his interest to be killed off in 24. However, he stated, “Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do.” It also revealed that he devoted 10 months a year working on 24.
Sutherland starred in Japanese commercials for CalorieMate, performing a parody of his Jack Bauer character. Sutherland also provides voice-overs for the current ad campaign for the Ford Motor Company of Canada. In mid-2006, he voiced the Apple, Inc. advertisement announcing the inclusion of Intel chips in their Macintosh computer line. He also voices the introduction to NHL games on the Versus network in the U.S.
Kiefer Sutherland Personal life
Sutherland has one daughter by the name Sarah from his first marriage to Camelia Kath, the widow of Chicago guitarist/singer Terry Kath, to whom he was married from 1987 to 1990, and through his marriage to Camelia, he became stepfather to Michelle Kath, who has two sons. Sarah Sutherland is an actress and appears on the TV series, Veep.
Julia Roberts met Sutherland in 1990, when they co-starred in Flatliners. In August 1990, Roberts and Sutherland announced their engagement, with an elaborate studio-planned wedding scheduled for 14 June 1991. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding allegedly because Sutherland had been meeting with a go-go dancer named Amanda Rice. Sutherland denied having an affair with Rice and said that they only met because he liked to play pool. On the day of what was supposed to be their wedding, Roberts went to Ireland with Sutherland’s friend Jason Patric.
In the late 1990s, Sutherland purchased a 900-acre (3.6 km2) ranch in Montana and traveled on the rodeo circuit. On 29 June 1996, Sutherland married Kelly Winn. The couple separated in 1999, and he filed for divorce in 2004. The divorce was finalized on 16 May 2008. He dated Bo Derek in 2000.
Kiefer Sutherland Business ventures
Sutherland is the co-owner along with Jude Cole of the independent record label Ironworks. Sutherland reportedly fell victim to a financial scam involving cattle in 2010. According to the Associated Press, the perpetrator, Michael Wayne Carr, allegedly took US$869,000 from Sutherland, ostensibly on the account of steers to be purchased. Prosecutors alleged that Carr never purchased the steers. Carr pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay US$956,000 in restitution to Sutherland and his investment partner.
Kiefer Sutherland Awards and Recognition
- 2003: Sweden TNT award for Best Foreign TV Personality – Male
- 2005: Canada’s Walk of Fame
- 2008: Hollywood Walk of Fame
- 2013: Hasty Pudding Theatricals for Man of the Year
- 2015: Zurich Film Festival for Lifetime Achievement Award