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Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland

(1966-12-21) 21 December 1966 (age 55)
Paddington, London, England
  • British
  • Canadian
  • Actor
  • film director
  • film producer
  • singer-songwriter
Years active 1983–present
  • Camelia Kath (m. 1987–1990)
  • Elizabeth Kelly Winn (m. 1996–2004)
Partner(s) Cindy Vela (engaged)
Children Sarah Sutherland
  • Angus Sutherland (paternal half-brother)
  • Rossif Sutherland (paternal half-brother)
  • Francine Racette (stepmother)
  • Tommy Douglas (maternal grandfather)
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Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born 21 December 1966) is a Canadian actor, producer, director, and singer-songwriter. He is known for his role as Jack Bauer in the Fox drama series 24, for which he won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards.

He is the son of Canadian actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas and the father of actress Sarah Sutherland.

He provided the facial motion capture and English voices for Big Boss and Venom Snake in the video games Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Sutherland has been inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and to Canada's Walk of Fame, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zurich Film Festival.

Early life

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Kiefers father Donald Sutherland

Sutherland was born in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, to Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors who had been living and working in the United Kingdom for some time.

Sutherland is named after American-born writer and director Warren Kiefer, who directed Donald Sutherland in his first feature film. 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's family moved to Corona, California in 1968. His parents divorced in 1970. In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto, Ontario. He attended elementary school at Crescent Town Elementary School, St. Clair Junior High East York, and John G. Althouse Middle School in Toronto, he went to several high schools. He also attended weekend acting lessons at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School.

Early career

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Kiefer Sutherland's star on Canada's Walk of Fame

Sutherland made his screen debut in Max Dugan Returns, in which his father Donald Sutherland also starred. 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. 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 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.

Personal life

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Kiefer Sutherland speaking at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California

Sutherland has one daughter (Sarah) from his first marriage to Camelia Kath. 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.

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.

Sutherland began dating model/actress Cindy Vela of Olmito, Texas sometime in 2014, keeping their relationship private up until 2017 when they began to be seen together in public. Vela and Sutherland became engaged in 2017.

In the late 1990s, Sutherland purchased a 900-acre (3.6 km2) ranch in Montana and toured on the rodeo circuit.


Sutherland has featured in many movies and television during his long career, below is a list of the films he has been in:

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Max Dugan Returns Bill Costello
1985 Bay Boy, TheThe Bay Boy Donald Campbell Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
1986 At Close Range Tim
1986 Stand by Me John "Ace" Merrill
1987 Crazy Moon Brooks
1987 Promised Land Danny "Senator" Rivers
1987 Lost Boys, TheThe Lost Boys David Powers
1987 Killing Time, TheThe Killing Time The Stranger
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Tad Allagash
1988 Young Guns Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock Western Heritage Award for Theatrical Motion Picture (shared with the cast)
1988 1969 Scott Denny
1989 Renegades Buster McHenry
1990 Young Guns II Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock
1990 Flatliners Nelson Wright
1990 Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Karl Hulten
1990 Nutcracker Prince, TheThe Nutcracker Prince Hans / The Nutcracker Prince (voice)
1990 Flashback Free 'John' Buckner
1992 Article 99 Dr. Peter Morgan
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Agent Sam Stanley
1992 Few Good Men, AA Few Good Men Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick
1993 Vanishing, TheThe Vanishing Jeff Harriman
1993 Three Musketeers, TheThe Three Musketeers Athos
1994 Teresa's Tattoo Roadblock Officer Uncredited cameo
1994 Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy Way Sonny Gilstrap
1996 Eye for an Eye Robert Doob
1996 Time to Kill, AA Time to Kill Freddie Lee Cobb Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
1996 Armitage III: Poly-Matrix Ross Sylibus (voice) English dub
1996 Freeway Bob Wolverton
1996 The Last Days of Frankie the Fly Joey
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M. Curtis Freley Also director
1998 Dark City Dr. Daniel P. Schreber
1998 A Soldier's Sweetheart Rat Kiley
1998 Break Up John Box
1998 Ground Control Jack Harris
1999 After Alice Detective Michael 'Mick' Hayden
2000 Beat William S. Burroughs
2000 Woman Wanted Wendell Goddard Also director
Slamdunk Film Festival Award for Best Feature Film
2000 Picking Up the Pieces Officer Bobo
2000 The Right Temptation Michael Farrow-Smith
2001 Cowboy Up Hank Braxton
2001 To End All Wars Lt. Jim Reardon
2002 Dead Heat Pally LaMarr Nominated – DVD Exclusive Awards for Best Actor
2002 Desert Saints Arthur Banks
2002 Behind the Red Door Roy Haddad
2002 Phone Booth The Caller Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2003 Land Before Time X, TheThe Land Before Time X Bron (voice) Direct-to-DVD
2003 Paradise Found Paul Gauguin
2004 Taking Lives Christopher Hart
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Himself Cameo
2005 River Queen Doyle
2006 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel David Breckinridge
2006 Wild, TheThe Wild Samson the Lion (voice)
2008 Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Raistlin Majere (voice)
2008 Mirrors Ben Carson Nominated – Fright Meter Award for Best Actor
2009 Monsters Vs. Aliens Gen. Warren R. Monger (voice)
2009 B.O.B's Big Break Gen. Warren R. Monger (voice) Short film
2010 Twelve Narrator
2010 Marmaduke Bosco (voice)
2011 Melancholia John Nominated – Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Village Voice Film Poll for Best Supporting Actor
2013 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Jim Cross
2014 Pompeii Senator Corvus
2016 Forsaken John Henry Clayton
2016 Zoolander 2 Himself Cameo
2017 Where Is Kyra? Doug
2017 Flatliners Dr. Barry Wolfson

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