Donald McNichol Sutherland

Jul 17, 1935

88 years

Jun 20, 2024



A Master of His Craft, His Legacy Lives On


Donald McNichol Sutherland, a Canadian actor of remarkable talent and versatility, was born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick. He passed away on June 20, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that spans over six decades in film and television.

Sutherland's career began in the early 1960s, and he quickly became known for his distinctive voice and commanding presence. His breakthrough role came in 1970 with the film "MASH," where he portrayed the irreverent surgeon Hawkeye Pierce. This performance catapulted him to international fame and opened doors to a plethora of diverse roles.

Throughout his career, Sutherland demonstrated an extraordinary range, appearing in classics such as "Klute" (1971), "Don't Look Now" (1973), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978), and "Ordinary People" (1980). He seamlessly transitioned between genres, delivering compelling performances in dramas, thrillers, and comedies alike.

In the latter part of his career, Sutherland continued to captivate audiences with roles in "The Hunger Games" series as President Snow and in television with "Trust" (2018) and "The Undoing" (2020). His ability to bring depth and nuance to every character he portrayed made him a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Beyond his professional achievements, Sutherland was known for his dedication to his craft, his humility, and his profound impact on the film community. He received numerous awards and accolades, including an honorary Academy Award in 2017, celebrating his contribution to cinema.

Donald Sutherland's legacy is one of enduring artistry and excellence. He leaves behind five children, including actors Kiefer and Rossif Sutherland, who continue to carry forward the family's acting tradition. His memory will live on through the unforgettable performances he gave and the indelible mark he left on the world of film.

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