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Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland is one of the most prolific and versatile of motion picture actors, with an astonishing resume of well over one hundred films, ranging from the biting political satire of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H to the intimate drama of Robert Redford's Ordinary People to the subtle intricacy of Alan Pakula's Klute to the eccentric romanticism of Fellini's Casanova.

Sutherland has made films with Bernardo Bertolucci (1900), Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now), John Schlesinger (The Day of the Locust), Brian Hutton (Kelly's Heroes), Paul Mazursky (Alex in Wonderland), Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen), John Sturges (The Eagle Has Landed), Herbert Ross (Max Dugan Returns), Louis Malle (Crackers), Philip Borsos (Bethune), Ron Howard (Backdraft), Richard Marquand (Eye of the Needle), Euzhan Palcy (A Dry White Season), Richard Pearce (Threshold, for which he won the 1983 Genie Award as Best Actor), Oliver Stone (JFK), Fred Schepisi (his adaptation of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation), Robert Towne (Without Limits), Clint Eastwood (Space Cowboys), and John Landis (a memorable cameo in National Lampoon's Animal House).

Sutherland has recently appeared as Nicole Kidman's father in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, as Charlize Theron's father in F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job and as Mr. Bennett, Keira Knightley's father, in Pride and Prejudice. For the latter, he received a Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination. In the past two years, he has starred in Griffin Dunne's Fierce People with Diane Lane; in Robert Towne's Ask the Dust with Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell; in American Gun with Forrest Whitaker; in An American Haunting with Sissy Spacek; in Land of the Blind with Ralph Fiennes; and in Aurora Borealis with Louise Fletcher and Juliette Lewis. He is currently on location in Australia, filming Fool's Gold with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey for director Andy Tennant.

On television, Sutherland co-starred with Geena Davis in the ABC drama series Commander-in-Chief, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of House Speaker Nathan Templeton. That same year, he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor for his performance opposite Mira Sorvino in Lifetime Television's much-lauded miniseries, Human Trafficking. He won Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the HBO film Citizen X and he won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Clark Clifford, advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the HBO historical drama, Path to War, directed by the late John Frankenheimer.

On stage, Sutherland starred with Justin Kirk and Julianna Margulies in the sold-out, critically acclaimed, Lincoln Center engagement of Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns. For that performance he received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the London, Toronto and Los Angeles productions of Enigmatic Variations, an English language translation (by his son Roeg Sutherland) of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's French play.

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Donald Sutherland Facts

Birth Name Donald McNichol Sutherland
OccupationActor, TV Host
BirthdayJuly 17, 1934 (89)
BirthplaceSt. John, New Brunswick, Canada
Height6' 4" (1m93)  How tall is Donald Sutherland compared to you?
Awards2003 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for Path to War)
1996 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for Citizen X)

Selected Filmography

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Citizen X
Pride & Prejudice
The Hunger Games
Astro Boy
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The Hunger Games: Complete 4 Film Collection
The Mechanic
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