Donald Sutherland

Donald McNichol Sutherland CC (17 July 193520 June 2024) was a Canadian actor and anti-war activist whose film career spanned over seven decades. He received an Academy Honorary Award at the 90th Academy Awards in 2018. Sutherland's films include M*A*S*H (1970), Klute (1971), and Don't Look Now (1973). Much later, he portrayed President Snow in The Hunger Games franchise. The honours Sutherland received included the Companion of the Order of Canada (CC) in 2019. He was the father of actors Kiefer Sutherland, Rossif Sutherland, and Angus Sutherland.

I love to work. I passionately love to work.


I’m not as crazy as I used to be, but I’m still a little crazy.
  • I love to work. I passionately love to work. I love to feel my hand fit into the glove of some other character. I find a huge freedom — time stops for me. I’m not as crazy as I used to be, but I’m still a little crazy.

Quotes about Sutherland

Donald was a brilliant actor and a complex man who shared quite a few adventures with me, such as the FTA Show, an anti-Vietnam war tour that performed for 60,000 active duty soldiers, sailors, and marines in Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, and Japan in 1971. ~ Jane Fonda
  • I wanted it to be a piece of film rather than a video promotional clip. I wanted it to be a short piece of film that would hopefully do justice to the original book and let people understand the story that couldn’t really be explained in the song. So we wanted a great actor — we thought of Donald Sutherland — and he was so encouraging and made it so easy for me. Whenever we were acting, he was my father. I just had to react to him like a child. He made it very easy.
  • I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film. Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived.
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