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DONALD SUTHERLAND: 1935-2024...

Donald Sutherland, renowned Canadian actor, has passed away at the age of 88. Born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Sutherland established himself as one of Hollywood's most versatile and prolific actors.


Early Life and Education

Donald McNichol Sutherland was raised in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He attended the University of Toronto, where he initially studied engineering but later switched to drama and graduated with a double major in engineering and drama. He further honed his acting skills at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


Career Highlights

Sutherland's film career took off in the 1960s with notable roles in films such as:

  • "The Dirty Dozen" (1967): This war film was one of Sutherland's first major hits, where he played Vernon Pinkley.

  • "M*A*S*H*" (1970): He played Hawkeye Pierce in this iconic anti-war comedy, which earned him significant recognition.

  • "Klute" (1971): Starring alongside Jane Fonda, Sutherland played a detective in this critically acclaimed thriller.

  • "Don't Look Now" (1973): A psychological horror film that has gained a cult following over the years.

  • "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978): A remake of the classic science fiction horror film.


In the 1980s and 1990s, Sutherland continued to demonstrate his versatility with roles in:

  • "Ordinary People" (1980): Directed by Robert Redford, this drama earned several Academy Awards, although Sutherland himself was not nominated.

  • "A Dry White Season" (1989): A film about apartheid in South Africa.

  • "JFK" (1991): Directed by Oliver Stone, Sutherland played a key supporting role.


Recent Work

In the 2000s and 2010s, Sutherland maintained a strong screen presence with roles in:

  • "The Italian Job" (2003): A remake of the 1969 heist film.

  • "Cold Mountain" (2003): A historical drama where he played Reverend Monroe.

  • "The Hunger Games" series (2012-2015): Sutherland's role as President Snow in this popular dystopian series reached a new generation of fans.


Television

Sutherland has also appeared in numerous television projects. His role in the TV movie "Citizen X" (1995) earned him a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe. He also starred in the TV series "Commander in Chief" (2005-2006), for which he won a Golden Globe.


Personal Life

Donald Sutherland was the father of actor Kiefer Sutherland, known for his role in the TV series 24. He had been married three times, most recently to Francine Racette in 1972. The couple had three sons.


Awards and Honors

Throughout his career, Sutherland had received numerous awards and nominations, including an Honorary Oscar in 2017 for his contributions to cinema.


Legacy

Donald Sutherland's contributions to film and television made him a respected and enduring figure in the entertainment industry. His ability to take on a wide range of characters and genres solidified his reputation as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

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