Veteran actor Donald Sutherland passes away

The Canadian actor, whose lengthy career spanned from the 1960s into the 2020s, died on Thursday, his son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, said
Veteran actor Donald Sutherland passes away

Actor Donald Sutherland, known for his roles in M*A*S*H, Klute, Ordinary People and The Hunger Games passed away at the age of 88.

The Canadian actor, whose lengthy career spanned from the 1960s into the 2020s, died on Thursday, his son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, said on social media.

"With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away,” Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland’s son, wrote in a post on Instagram. “I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film. Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly."

Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Sutherland rose to fame with a diverse array of roles that showcased his versatility and talent. He became a countercultural icon with roles in classic films such as The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Klute, and Don't Look Now, among many others.

In 1980, Sutherland delivered a career-defining performance in Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford, where he portrayed a grieving father navigating family turmoil.

Throughout his career, he portrayed villains, antiheroes, romantic leads, and mentor figures with equal aplomb, winning accolades and adoration from audiences worldwide.

The 2017 Honorary Oscar recipient also is the father of Emmy-winning 24 and Designated Survivor actor Kiefer Sutherland.

Sutherland earned worldwide acclaim as President Snow in The Hunger Games franchise. However, he did not appear in last year’s prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, with the role of younger Snow played by Tom Blyth. He continued to captivate audiences with his performances, appearing as Judge Parker in the series Lawmen: Bass Reeves and in the 2022 series Swimming With Sharks.

Sutherland continued to make films for much of the rest of his life, including Ad Astra (2019) and Moonfall (2022), but also made several appearances on the small screen.

Sutherland won a supporting actor Emmy for his compelling portrayal in HBO's Citizen X in 1995 and received critical acclaim for his role in the Lifetime miniseries Human Trafficking in 2006.

Sutherland received an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board in 2017 and was honored with the Order of Canada.

Donald Sutherland is survived by his family and remembered fondly by colleagues, fans, and admirers around the world for his extraordinary talent and contributions to cinema.

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