Donald was born in Sain John, New Brunswick, Canada to Dorothy McNichol and Frederick Sutherland, with Scottish roots on his mother's side. He grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. His mother was a mathematics teacher, and his father was head of the local bus, gas and electric company.…more
When he won "Best Villain" for his role as in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the The Teen Choice Award, after he delivered his speech and threw berries at the audience saying "I wouldn't eat them if I were you!" He then collected his trophy (a full-body surfboard) and walked off.
Donald Sutherland's first appearance in an American movies was in The Dirty Dozen (1967).
In 1962, Donald Sutherland made his TV debut in an episode of The Saint.
Donald Sutherland has a Jack Russell puppy (2005).
Donald Sutherland made his stage debut in The Male Animal in 1952.
Donald's Broadway Work includes:
Buck White as Black Man, Honey Man and Jive in 1969.
Lolita as Humbert Humbert in 1981.
In the early 70s, Donald was involved in the anti-war movement, protesting against Vietnam, alongside celebrites such as Jane Fonda, Peter Boyle and Howard Hesseman. They staged a show called Free the Army, known by the servicemen as F*ck the Army. Donald co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed a movie version of the show, but it is difficult to come by now.
He had discussed the possibility of playing Jack Bauer's father Phillip Bauer in 24 with his son, Kiefer. But once they both discovered the father would attempt to kill the son (as well as the other son) and the son would then kill the father, they decided it was a bad idea.
Sutherland's distinctive voice has been used in many radio and television commercials, including those for Volvo automobile. In 1994, Donald Sutherland was the narrator for the Great Books series on The Learning Channel. Sutherland provides voice overs in promos for ABC's Nightline.
He played the part of fellow countryman, Canadian Norman Bethune, a physician, humanitarian and hero in China with whom he identified, in two separate biographical films in 1977 and 1990.
Played together with his son Kiefer Sutherland in two movies: Max Dugan Returns (1983) and A Time to Kill (1996) where they play enemies
Between 1958 & 1960 he went to England and studied acting at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA)
Steelyard Blues (1973) - $100,000.
Animal House (1978) - $40,000.
He was featured in the computer game Conspiracy (digitized video and sound).
He was originally cast as Franklyn Madson in Dead Again (1991), but was eventually replaced by Derek Jacobi.
He turned down starring in The Sweet Hereafter (1997) because the salary was too low. His role eventually went to Ian Holm.
His height is 6'4" (1.93 m), and being very tall, he has long since had a habit of slouching over so he could meet other actors eye to eye.
Had a near death experience in 1979 when he was ill with meningitis. Doctors told him he had died for a time and he claims to have had an out of body experience.
By the time he was 14, he had become a radio DJ.
Chicago Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actor for Pride and Prejudice (2005) (Nomination).
National Society of Film Critics
Best Supporting Actor for Without Limits (1998) (Won).
Best Supporting Actor for Aurora Borealis (2006) (Nomination). BAFTAs
Best Actor for Steelyard Blues (1974) (Nomination).
Best Actor for Don't Look Now (1974) (Nomination).
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Citizen X (1995) (Won).
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Human Trafficking (2006) (Nomination).
Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical or Comedy for M*A*S*H (1971) (Nomination).
Best Motion Picture Actor in a Drama for Ordinary People (1981) (Nomination).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, MiniSeries or Motion Picture Made for TV for Citizen X (1996) (Won).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Without Limits (1999) (Nomination).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for Human Trafficking (2006) (Nomination).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for Commander in Chief (2006) (Nomination).
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for Dirty Sexy Money (2008) (Nomination).
He grew up in the town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where he also graduated from high school.
His first part-time job was as a news correspondent for local radio station, CKBW.
He was a member of "UC Follies" comedy troupe in Toronto.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He studied at Victoria College, University of Toronto (where he was expelled from residence for throwing a sink out of a window) eventually graduating in 1956 with a double major in engineering and drama.
Donald Sutherland: Offspring are strange and complicated beings. I've been incredibly fortunate. If there is a wealth that I've had in my life really, truly it's my five children. I had dinner with Kiefer last night. I had an end of the night meeting with my son Roeg. They're just wonderful.
Donald Sutherland: (about the jail time his son Keifer had to endure) His sensibility is so balanced and measured and deliberate and the use that he made of his time – forty-eight days is a long time in solitary confinement, twenty-three hours a day. The only thing that he could do to get out was to do the laundry of the other inmates. He said to me last night, because I was able to put a deposit on the telephone so that he could call me collect kind of like every third day and then we'd have fourteen minutes, no more because they cut you off, to speak. You've never seen fourteen minutes go so quickly in your life, but he was saying that it was so cold in there, just freezing. Then last night he came up, and I had just landed yesterday afternoon, and he was released on Monday, and he said, "You know what, I said that it was so cold in there, but it's freezing outside!"
Donald Sutherland: The only thing I feel passionate about is my wife. But no, I love acting; it's a wonderful job.
Donald Sutherland: (about almost rejecting a role in Pride and Prejudice) I'm too old, too busy and too Canadian. I'm always too tired, but my age was right. Mrs Bennet is forever telling her husband that he is going to die at any moment.
Donald Sutherland: (about the slump in his career) Everything was my fault. I was so dumb. But if I hadn't made the mistakes I made, I wouldn't have met the wonderful woman I've been married to for over 30 years, so I guess that makes the mistakes OK.
Donald Sutherland: (about the 1960s) I had no money at all back then. I was later paid $600 a week for The Dirty Dozen, which was lovely, after having no money for years. But even with no money you could still go to places like the Scotch Club and, you know, John Lennon might be sitting right over there, but I was certainly not a part of any of that circle. I was truly peripheral.
Donald: I know a bunch of people who have a lot of money. They certainly feel their power, but they feel an obligation to participate economically and socially in the community that they live in. Money is a means to survive. But it's also a gift to be able to give back to the less fortunate.
(on what his children mean to him)
Donald: The last three kids I had I delivered them and nothing looks as good or smells as good as your own baby's poop. With every other baby it stinks like what it is. You're just, 'Oh, it's so good!'
Donald: I have never planned anything. I have been doing this job for over 50 years. I have been paid to work with some wonderful people and it has been a huge gift, to me. I love grabbing my wife and going to a distant location to film.
(on his son, Kiefer's, jail time in early 2008)
Donald: When he would call, you weren't prepared and when I got to speak to him I didn't get to say everything I wanted to. I wrote to him every other day though.
Donald: In America, I get mistaken as an Englishman. In England I get mistaken as an American. But I'm a Canadian, in my heart and soul.
(Speaking of his early roles)
Donald Sutherland: Well, I was always cast as an artistic homicidal maniac. But at least I was artistic!
(on why he wanted to get involved with "The Italian Job")
Donald Sutherland: Underlying it was shooting in Venice again after 30 years, because I shot a film there called Don't Look Now with Julie Christie, directed by Nic Roeg.
(on what has been the guiding light in his career)
Donald Sutherland: You have a little bit of talent, a certain amount of good fortune and a lot of hard work in pursuit of whatever truth you can find in it, and if you are really lucky, a terrific partner and I have that and those four things worked out for me.