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Veteran Actor Donald Sutherland Passes Away at 88

by | Jun 20, 2024

Donald Sutherland, the beloved Canadian actor whose career spanned more than six decades and included iconic roles in films such as “MAS*H,” “Klute,” and “The Hunger Games,” has died at the age of 88. His publicist confirmed that Sutherland passed away peacefully at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family.

Born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Sutherland’s journey to stardom was as unique as his captivating screen presence. He initially pursued a career in engineering before switching to drama, attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His early career included roles in British theater and television, but it was his portrayal of the sardonic Hawkeye Pierce in Robert Altman’s 1970 film “MAS*H” that catapulted him to international fame.

Sutherland’s career flourished throughout the 1970s with critically acclaimed performances in films such as “Klute” (1971), where he starred alongside Jane Fonda, and “Don’t Look Now” (1973). His versatility as an actor was evident as he seamlessly transitioned from horror in “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1978) to historical drama in “1900” (1976).

In the 1980s and 1990s, Sutherland continued to deliver memorable performances in films like “Ordinary People” (1980) and “JFK” (1991). His portrayal of authoritarian President Snow in “The Hunger Games” series (2012-2015) introduced him to a new generation of fans and reaffirmed his status as one of the most versatile and enduring actors of his time.

Sutherland’s contributions to the arts were recognized with numerous awards and honors, including a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. In 2017, he received an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his extraordinary contributions to film.

Beyond his professional achievements, Sutherland was known for his deep, resonant voice and his towering presence, both of which became his trademarks. He leaves behind a legacy not only through his extensive filmography but also through his family, including his sons, actors Kiefer and Rossif Sutherland.

Tributes have poured in from across the entertainment industry. Jane Fonda, his co-star in “Klute,” called him “an actor’s actor and a gentleman to his core.” Jennifer Lawrence, who starred alongside him in “The Hunger Games,” described him as “a master of his craft and a kind, generous soul.”

Sutherland is survived by his wife of 50 years, Francine Racette, and their three children. His passing marks the end of an era for Hollywood, but his indelible impact on film and the countless characters he brought to life will ensure his legacy endures for generations to come.




















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