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Donald McNichol Sutherland

(1935-07-17) 17 July 1935 (age 86)
Alma mater
  • University of Toronto
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 1963–present
Political party New Democratic Party
  • Lois Hardwick
    (m. 1959; div. 1966)
  • Shirley Douglas
    (m. 1966; div. 1970)
  • Francine Racette (m. 1972)
Children 5, including Kiefer, Rossif, and Angus Sutherland
Relatives Sarah Sutherland (granddaughter)

Donald McNichol Sutherland OC (born July 17, 1935) is a Canadian actor. He has appeared in more than 100 movie and television shows.

Sutherland is known for his roles in Fellini's Casanova, Klute, Don't Look Now, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, JFK, Ordinary People, Pride & Prejudice, and The Hunger Games. He is the father of actor Kiefer Sutherland.

Early life

Sutherland was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. His ancestry includes Scottish, as well as German and English. When Sutherland was a child, he had rheumatic fever, hepatitis and poliomyelitis. He studied at Victoria College and at University of Toronto. He studied acting London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Sutherland started off working as a radio DJ at the age of 14.


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Sutherland in 1991

Sutherland's acting career began in 1962 with a small role in the television series The Avengers. He then starred in some major roles in movies such as Dr. Terror's House of Horrors with Christopher Lee. He had a recurring role in the 1970 television series M*A*S*H.

Sutherland soon gained fame in the Academy Award-winning movie Klute with Jane Fonda. He then starred in the movie Don't Look Now. He then starred in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Recently, Sutherland portrayed President Snow in the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games, released in March 2012. He repeated the role in its sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013).

In 2018, Sutherland played J. Paul Getty in the television series Trust.

Personal life

Sutherland was married to Lois Hardwick from 1959 until they divorced in 1966. Then he was married to Shirley Douglas from 1966 until they divorced in 1970. Since 1972, Sutherland has been married to his current wife Francine Racette. He has five children, three of whom are actors.

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

During the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver he narrated the events. He was also one of the Olympic flag bearers.


  • Castle of the Living Dead (1964)
  • Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
  • The Dirty Dozen (1967)
  • Interlude (1968)
  • Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
  • M*A*S*H (1970)
  • Klute (1971)
  • Lady Ice (1973)
  • S*P*Y*S (1974)
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
  • National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
  • The Great Train Robbery (1979)
  • Bear Island (1979)
  • Scream of Stone (1991)
  • Long Road Home (1991)
  • JFK (1991)
  • Eminent Domain (1991)
  • Backdraft (1991)
  • Quicksand: No Escape (1992)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
  • Benefit of the Doubt (1993)
  • The Puppet Masters (1994)
  • Punch (1994)
  • Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994)
  • The Lifeforce Experiment (1994)
  • Disclosure (1994)
  • Behind the Mask (1999)
  • Virus (1999)
  • Instinct (1999)
  • The Hunley (1999)
  • Toscano (1999)
  • The Setting Sun (1999)
  • Panic (2000)
  • Space Cowboys (2000)
  • The Art of War (2000)
  • Threads of Hope (voice) (2000)
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (voice) (2001)
  • Uprising (TV) (2001)
  • Frankenstein (TV) (2004)
  • Aurora Borealis (2004)
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  • Jappeloup (2013)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)
  • Trust (2018)


Donald Sutherland Star on Canada's Walk of Fame
Sutherland's star on Canada's Walk of Fame
  • 1978: Officer of the Order of Canada (OC)
  • 1983: 4th Genie Awards, winner, Best Actor, Threshold
  • 1995: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Movie, Citizen X
  • 1995: Golden Globe Award, winner, Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Citizen X
  • 1998: Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama, Without Limits
  • 2000: Canada's Walk of Fame
  • 2002: Golden Globe Award, winner, Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Path to War
  • 2005: Honorary Doctor of Arts (Hon DArt) from Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vermont, US)
  • 2011: Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
  • 2012: Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

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