Kiefer Sutherland

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Kiefer Sutherland

Born

12/21/1966, Paddington, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland

Gender

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Kiefer Sutherland was born on December 21, 1966. He grew up in Toronto from the age of 4, till he was 15. He then decided that he wanted to pursue a career in acting.


Kiefer got his first role in The Bay Boy. He recieved a Genie Award…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kiefer has reportedly struck a deal with the prosecuters in his DUI case. He will start an 18 day sentence on 21st December (his 41st Birthday) and complete the other 30 days somtime before 1st July. Although he will now face more prison time, it means that filming and production of 24 will not have to be shut down or interupted. Kiefer has apparantly suggested and agreed to this deal so the employees of Fox who work on 24 will not be affected.

    • In September 2007, Kiefer was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving,
      after a breath test showed him to be over the legal blood-alcohol limit.
      After posting $25,000 bail he was released and will appear in court on
      October 16 2007.

    • Kiefer Sutherland is featured along with his daughters and grandson in the new Joyce Ostin photography book, Hollywood Dads.

    • Kiefer used to be engaged to Julia Roberts. The wedding was called off three days before the decided date when Julia ran off to Europe with Jason Patric, Kiefer's co-star from The Lost Boys

    • When Kiefer Sutherland appeared on Inside the Actors Studio in 2005, he was the first guest to be a child of a former guest. His father, Donald Sutherland, appeared on the show in 1998.

    • In 2006, Michelle, Kiefer's stepdaughter from his marriage to Camilia Kath, gave birth to a son, making Kiefer a grandfather at the age of 40.

    • Kiefer Sutherland has spawned the slang term, Kiefer Test, which refers to camera accessorization. This refers to Sutherland's preference for acting in front of video cameras with a large matte box.

    • During his tour with Rocca Deluca & the Burden, Kiefer got a tattoo on the inside of his right arm. The tattoo is of the words, "I Trust You to Kill Me", in Icelandic rune. This is the title of Rocca Deluca & the Burden's debut album as well as the title of the documentary that follows Kiefer's exploits with the band. Footage of Kiefer getting this tattoo is included in the documentary.

    • In 2006 Kiefer was named the fourth most powerful Canadian living in America by "Canadian Business Magazine".

    • Keifer has done the voice for a character in the upcoming movie "Dragonlance: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight".

    • In 2007 Kiefer was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role in 24.

    • Kiefer was fired as band manager for Rocco Deluca & The Burden. His experience as a band manager was documented in the movie, I Trust You To Kill Me.

    • Kiefer's character on 24, Jack Bauer, received the award as Best TV Jack, beating Jack Shepherd on Lost, and many others on TV Guide's TV Best Awards in 2006.

    • Kiefer has done the voiceover on several Ford advertisements since Ford has sponsored commercial-free runs of 24.

    • Kiefer's Ironworks studio is housed in a historic ironworks foundry in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

    • In 2006 Kiefer was in the movie The Sentinel.

    • Kiefer is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

    • Kiefer normally works 15 hours a day, six days a week when shooting 24.

    • Kiefer recently filmed a Public Service Announcement for Common Sense Media. They are the nation's leading non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families.

      The announcement read:
      On TV Jack Bauer has 24 hours to make the world safe. In real life it only takes a few minutes to do the same for our kids. To protect them you don't need the latest state-of-the-art technology. You just need a few simple tips: Don't let them run into trouble on the Internet - use Common Sense.

    • Kiefer won Best Actor of the Year at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. He, and his fellow producers, also won Best International Producers for 24.

    • Kiefer's been named number 68 on Forbes Magazine's 2006 Celebrity 100 Power List. The list is based on earnings and buzz.

    • Kiefer does the voiceovers for some of the Verizon Business commercials.

    • Kiefer is a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.

    • Artists that have been signed by Kiefer's label, Ironworks include Jason Wade, MoZella, the band Softcore, and Rocco Deluca.

    • Kiefer can play both the violin and the guitar. He began learning to play the violin at age 5 and the guitar at age 12.

    • Kiefer has been collecting 'Gibson' guitars for over 20 years. He currently has 28, which he puts to use at his recording studio, Ironworks.

    • In 2005 Kiefer was in the movie River Queen.

    • Kiefer lent his voice for the movie The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration.

    • In 2003 Kiefer was in the movie Paradise Found.

    • In 2001 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      Cowboy Up and To End All Wars.

    • In 1998 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      Dark City, A Soldier's Sweetheart, Break Up, and Ground Control.

    • In 1997 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      The Last Days of Frankie the Fly and Truth or Consequences, N.M.

    • In 1996 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      Freeway, Eye for an Eye, and A Time to Kill.

    • Kiefer is in the movie Hourglass, but was uncredited.

    • In 1994 Kiefer was in the movie The Cowboy Way.

    • Kiefer is in the movie Theresa's Tattoo, but was uncredited.

    • In 1993 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      The Vanishing and The Three Musketeers.

    • Kiefer is in the movie A Few Good Men. This is one of two movies he's filmed with Kevin Bacon; Flatliners is the other.

    • In 1992 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      Article 99, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and A Few Good Men.

    • Kiefer lends his voice to the movie The Nutcracker Prince.

    • Kiefer is in the 1990 movie Flatliners. Julia Roberts is also in the movie. This was how they first got to know each other.

    • In 1990 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      Flashback, Chicago Joe and the Showgirl, Young Guns II, and Flatliners.

    • In 1989 Kiefer was in the movie Renegades.

    • In 1988 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      Bright Lights, Big City, Young Guns, and 1969.

    • In 1987 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      Promised Land, Crazy Moon, The Lost Boys, and The Killing Time.

    • In 1986 Kiefer was in the following movies:
      At Close Range and Stand By Me.

    • In 1984 Kiefer was in the movie The Bay Boy.

    • In 1983 Kiefer was in the movie Max Dugan Returns. This movie was Kiefer's first screen appearance and he acted opposite his father, Donald Sutherland. Kiefer was 17 years old.

    • Kiefer can be heard doing the voiceover in the NHL's new ad campaign "My Stanley Cup".

    • Kiefer is featured on the cover of the April 20th (2006) issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.

    • Kiefer starred alongside Dennis Hopper in the movie Flashback. Hopper later played Victor Drazen in the season one of 24.

    • Kiefer attended the funeral of actor Brandon Lee, who was accidentally shot by Michael Massee while filming The Crow. Coincidentally, Massee later played the villain Ira Gaines in the first season of 24.

    • Kiefer is good friends with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

    • During the fourth season of 24, Kiefer filmed a Public Service Announcement to tell viewers that the show's creators were not trying to exploit 9/11 in their storylines, and that the whole terrorist storyline was fictional.

    • In an episode of 24, Kiefer's character Jack Bauer is brought back to life after a heart failure. The same thing happened in the movie Flatliners, where he played the character, Nelson.

    • Kiefer's daughter Sarah will graduate in the class of 2006 from Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California.

    • Within the same year, Kiefer had played the character of The Caller in the movie Phone Booth and of Jack Bauer in the television series 24. Both projects were created by FOX. The events of both projects took place in 'real time'. Also both projects were delayed by FOX due to national threats: 24 due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Phone Booth due to sniper shootings.

    • Kiefer went to Martingrove Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, Ontario.

    • For his recent role in The Wild, Kiefer had to practice roaring like a lion. Rather than doing it at his home with his daughter and stepdaughter around, he practiced in his car while driving on the freeway. However he was completely unaware of a woman in the next lane watching him.

    • In 2007, when season six of 24 begins Kiefer will become the highest paid actor on a TV Drama.

    • Kiefer is just seven minutes older than his twin sister, Rachel Sutherland.

    • Kiefer has a twin sister, Rachel Sutherland, who is a TV post-production supervisor in Toronto.

    • Kiefer once managed first place in the US Team Roping Championships.

    • Kiefer is currently single.

    • Kiefer is set to play Jack Bauer in a 24 movie inbetween shooting the sixth and seventh season of the show.

    • Kiefer has signed a $40 million contract to do 24 until the show is in its eight year, if it survives that long.
      If during the course of the contract it is decided that his character, Jack Bauer should die, he will continue on as an executive producer for the show.

    • Kiefer is in a documentary named I Trust You To Kill Me, which followed his recent tour with artists on his record label.

    • Kiefer recently went on tour with one of the artists on his record label Ironworks, his name is Rocco DeLuca.

    • Kiefer briefly dated his 24 co-star Reiko Aylesworth.

    • Kiefer stars in Disney's 3D animated movie The Wild, voicing the character of Samson the lion.

    • In November 2005, Kiefer was voted Best TV Actor by Movie Magazine, a promotional magazine issued by Canadian movie theaters.

    • In November 2005, Kiefer made a special video for Bill Gates, who was celebrating his 50th birthday, and is a big fan of 24.

    • In 2005, Kiefer Sutherland was inducted into the Canadian "Walk of Fame", receiving a star on the sidewalk in Toronto's Entertainment district.

    • Kiefer was named after the director of his father's first movie, Warren Kiefer.

    • Kiefer is the only actor to appear in every episode of 24. He has currently featured in 120 episodes, as of the end of Season 5.

    • In 2002, Kiefer co-starred in the movie Picking up the Pieces. The movie debuted on Cinemax rather than having a theatrical release.

    • In 1986, Kiefer made his television movie debut as a mute in Trapped in Silence for CBS.

    • Around 1976, Kiefer made his acting debut in the play Throne of Straw at the Los Angeles Odyssey Theater. He was 9 years old.

    • Kiefer's step mother is Francine Racette.

    • For the third season of 24, Kiefer got a tattoo on the inside of his left arm.

    • Kiefer once owned a 69' Mustang called Lucy.

    • To honor his grandparents Scottish heritage, Kiefer has worn a kilt to one of his own weddings and also to his stepdaughter's wedding.

    • Kiefer's half brother, Rossif Sutherland was on ER for the 2003 season.

    • Kiefer's favorite cigarette brand is Marlboro.

    • In 1993, Kiefer directed an episode of the television series Fallen Angels named Love and Blood.

    • In 1994, Kiefer was the executive producer for the television movie Natural Selection.

    • In 2004, Kiefer recorded the narration for the television documentary Ben Johnson: Drugs and the Quest for Gold.

    • In 2005, Kiefer recorded the narration for the television movie The Flight That Fought Back.

    • In 1993, tabloid magazine News of the World reached an undisclosed cash settlement with Kiefer, also printing an apology after reporting his marriage to Camelia Kath was a publicity stunt.

    • From 2002 to 2005, Kiefer has been nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama by the Television Critics Association.

    • In 2003, Kiefer was nominated for a Teen Choice award for Drama - Action/Adventure.

    • In both 2002 and 2003, Kiefer won the Golden Satelite award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Series.

    • Kiefer has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for four years running (2002-2006). He finally won the award in 2006.

    • In 2003, Kiefer won the Best Foreign TV Male Personality from the Swedish Aftonbladet TV Prize.

    • In 2001, Kiefer accidentally interrupted the making of a student film, "White Power" which was the premiere episode of an online series, The Lonely Island. In the episode, there is a scene where three characters attempt to mug an old lady. Sutherland, who was driving by at the time of filming, though the mugging was real and jumped out of his car to intervene. Part of this (when Sutherland pulls up) is included after the credits of the episode. This tale has been told by Kiefer and by Andy Samberg (from Saturday Night Live) who happened to be one of the students in the film.

    • Kiefer's favorite beverages are Coke and Scotch Whiskey.

    • Kiefer has three half brothers: Roeg, Rossif, and Angus Redford.

    • Kiefer dropped out of an Ottawa Catholic boarding school at aged 15.

    • Kiefer was named the 2002 GQ Man of the Year for a TV Drama.

    • On February 13, 2004, shooting of 24 had to work around Kiefer because his face was bruised from a bar room brawl the night before.

    • In 2004, Kiefer was sentenced to 50 hours community service as a result of a drunk driving arrest. He pleaded no contest.

    • Kiefer won the 2003 Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor in a Drama.

    • Kiefer made his television directorial debut in 1993 in Last Light. The made for television movie was nominated for a Cable Ace award.

    • Kiefer co-owns the music label, Ironworks, with Jude Cole. Jude is a composer/musician and a family friend.

    • Kiefer was set to play Jack Vincennes in a failed pilot based on the movie L.A. Confidential. The role had been originated by Kevin Spacey.

    • Kiefer's daughter, Sarah Jude Sutherland is named after Sarah Jessica Parker and family friend Jude Cole.

    • Kiefer portrays his 24 character, Jack Bauer, in a commercial for a nutritional supplment in Japan. The brand is Calorie Mate.

    • Kiefer's high school nickname was Reefer.

    • On February 7, 2005, Kiefer gave a public service annoucement promoting Arab Americans. This was a possible response to the perception of many that Arab Americans were protrayed negatively on 24.

    • On November 25, 2003, Kiefer offered a warning message for gun control during an episode of 24.

    • Kiefer is a talented artist. He created a mural on an old warehouse in downtown Los Angeles to brighten up the area.

    • Kiefer stars in 24:The Game, lending his voice and likeness to complete the whole 24 experience for players.

    • Kiefer is the grandson of former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas, leader of the first elected socialist government in North America, who was in 2004 voted by CBC viewers as The Greatest Canadian, who is also the inventor of Canadian medicare.

  • Quotes

    • Kiefer Sutherland: (admitting he ruined the release of his own action figure) ... They sent it to me for my approval. We took the doll out for a night ... We started torturing him around 11pm and by 2am we set him on fire in the parking lot. We got up the next day and there was just this puddle of wax. His clothes didn't burn, which I thought was pretty cool. Then I got a call the next day saying, 'Did you like the doll?' I said, 'Yeah, it was great.' And they said, 'Well OK, good, you've got to send it back to us because that was a prototype. It took the guy a year to make it.' I said, 'Well, let me look for it, I think I left it in the trailer.' This went on for about a week and then I had to just come clean.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his father, Donald Sutherland): There are a lot of mannerisms that we share. It's an aspect of DNA that I find really spooky.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his movies): There are a lot of movies I'd like to throw away. That's not to say that I went in with that attitude. Any film I ever started, I went in with all the hope and best intentions in the world, but some films just don't work.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on winning the 2001 Best Actor Golden Globe): My mind went totally blank and my body went numb. It was a very surreal moment....It was a great night. I admit I felt really cocky for about 24 hours, and then I had to go back to work.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I've made films that I've given all I had to, that no one has seen. The bottom line is I want to work and I want someone to enjoy it.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his break up with Julia Roberts): When Julia and I broke up and I was really scared to go into a market or anywhere because I thought, 'Oh God, everyone must hate me. And that wasn't the case. People said, 'I'm sorry this happened, man. Are you alright?'

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his career in the 1990s): You could say I was not on everybody's first list to do the bigger films. Luckily other opportunities have come along.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his reaction to winning a Golden Globe Award): Now I know how Charlie Sheen feels, I've lost all feeling in my lower half.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (at the 2006 Emmy awards): It's surprisingly humbling, especially when you look at all the other actors in my category.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on the demanding work hours for 24): Yeah. I ran into Matthew Perry recently and he was teasing me - we used to play hockey together, so we're old pals. On Friends, they work like four days a week - half days at that. He was joking about my schedule, which is 10 months a year opposed to the standard 8, and we shoot for 12 to 14 hours a day, 5 days a week, plus prep work on the weekends. Towards the end of last year, we were into hard nights: 5 P.M. until 5 A.M.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I've always traveled with a picture of my daughter from 1989, her kindergarten school picture, that has 'I love you, Daddy' written on it. She's always made fun of me because I never changed that picture out. It's like my resistance to her getting older. It was the first thing she'd ever written to me and it means the world to me.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I'm a huge fan of Canadian rock-and-roll. When I was growing up, Rush came out with a record called Hemispheres, and I must have listened to that record for two years straight. Even when I was asleep I had it on. So, yeah, whenever I hear a Rush tune, the first thing I think of is Toronto.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his best celebrity Hockey game): I got two assists for Phil Esposito in a game a couple of years ago. He hadn't put on skates in like 10 years and scored three goals in the first 10 mintues. Wayne Gretzky was coaching us, and when I came off the ice after a goal he was looking at me with his mouth wide open.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his efforts to keep improving as a musician): I try to take as many lessons as possible, because I think it helps me move forward as a player, instead of picking the same terrible thing over and over.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on music): It really dictates a lot about my life, how I view things and feel things. My whole mood or sense can change by virtue of the music that I'm listening to. It really does affect me on a visceral and emotional level.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on Ironworks and its location): Even as people have found success in what they're doing, they've ended up staying because there's such a fantastic community here, and it's lent a great kind of vibe to the studio.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his record studio, Ironworks): Jude and I built it together, and it was really to start a label that was going to help young artists that might not be able to find their way in what is becoming a very shrinking corporate music industry and try and make records for them, and either get them out independently or actually use the distribution apparatus of a major.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I'm not that complicated as an actor. I have a formula in which I work, yeah. But not like Sean Penn does. Sean is one of the few actors I know who can work like that, actually becoming the character he is playing, and get consistent results. I don't believe you can ever be someone else. You manifest different levels of your own personality to come up with a character.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I did drugs when I was 18, before Sarah was born. I liked the ceremony, the ritual of preparing cocaine as much as doing it. I did it for a year, loved it and then stopped. Now I feel the same way about cooking.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: It's funny--after working with the kind of urgency that we did on the movie Phone Booth and that we do on 24, it was a huge gear shift for me to do Taking Lives, which was a big production with Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke. I remember standing around going, 'God, these people move slow!'

    • Kiefer Sutherland: When we shoot 24, there are so many things I have to worry about, from the script to technical things to my performance, that I don't have a second to be bored or take anything for granted. We produce 24 hours of film a season, which is like making 12 movies, so there are going to be mistakes along the way, but I am incredibly surprised by how many things work well as a result of working at that pace.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: When I was younger, my whole sense of self-worth was based on whether or not I was working, which was awful. And I had a baby at 20 years old, so it wasn't just about me. At around the age of 30 there was a stretch where I wasn't working--certainly not on anything I liked, anyway--and I started to do other things.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his first film Bay Boy): Yes. We shot the film in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and I will never forget checking into the Holiday Inn. I was 16 years old, unpacking my stuff, and I caught myself walking by the mirror, and I went, 'We've done it!' And then everyone in the cast went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. When we got the fortune cookies, I opened mine and it said 'Go home!' It was like some message from God that I was supposed to go back home and do something else with my life.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his daughter, Sarah Sutherland): She is actually a very talented young actor. Though it took me a while to deal with that fact. I can't figure out whether it's my own ego that's saying, 'This is what I do' or if it's a parental fear of 'Please, baby, you don't want to do this; there's nothing but heartbreak'. At a point, you become much better off supporting someone in their desire, whether you think it's right or wrong. She's good at it, and she enjoys it. If she chooses to become serious about it, I think I would be supportive. I hope I would.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: It took me a very long time to realize I needed to be a responsible father and make her a major part of my life. I learn new, amazing things about her every day. Once, she made a ceramic cup for me, and I realized she had a grasp of sarcasm when she wrote, 'My daddy is a saint.' Obviously she was joking!

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I once picked Sarah up from school and swore to myself in the car saying 'Oh my God, I'm such an a**hole.' I looked back and she was in shock. I said 'Oh honey, I'm so sorry, Daddy sometimes swears' And she said, 'You could never be that.' She killed me right there, and she's always been like that. In a weird way we raised each other. But I missed a lot and it takes you a while to realize that you're never gonna make that up.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on being a father): I could talk about that forever. From the fear of it, to the joy of it, to the fear of it, to how much it made me laugh, to the fear of it. I was 20 years old when I had a child and I was too young. I remember apologizing to my daughter when she was about 14 and saying, I'm sorry we had to raise each other. She said, 'Dad, it's all right. I wouldn't want it any other way,' and I just lost it outside of Hamburger Hamlet. I was just really lucky. We have always been really close.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on marriage): I don't rule it out. And who knows, the third time just might be the charm. I'm really a hopeless romantic at heart - or maybe I'm just hopeless.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I think the most attractive thing (in a woman) is a sense of humour. If someone can make you laugh, you've gotten a lot out of the way.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I think that the day you've figured out the differences between women and men is the day that you're no longer attracted to women. It's the difference that is so fantastic and frustrating and angering, and really sexy.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: After ten years, I began not to wear LA so well, I was tired and unhappy with my work. I made films back to back for two years, 14 hours a day, one day off a week, because of this pervasive fear you don't know how long work will last. Whenever you're fortunate it spawns insecurities that it might all end tomorrow. I was also tired of my behaviour. I don't regret any of it except I should I have spent more time with Sarah, my daughter. There are still moments, after a good night out with the fellas, when I think, 'Stop it. You're too old for this.'

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I've had some amazing people in my life. Look at my father - he came from a small fishing village of five hundred people and at six foot four with giant ears and a kind of very odd expression, thought he could be a movie star. So go figure, you know? There are pictures of him when he was eighteen or nineteen years old. He didn't look like Robert Redford or Paul Newman, the ideal. The idea that he had the effrontery to go to England and pursue that dream, that's an amazing thing.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: The most significant piece of advice my father gave me early on about acting was, don't get caught acting. Really believe in what you're doing and then commit to it. Even if it feels uncomfortable, even if you feel that you're gonna look like an ass. It's all acting, but find the truth in a moment as opposed to just pretending you have and rather than trying to act your way out of it.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: She's very smart, very committed and a very tough lady. She was recently awarded the Order of Canada, the highest honor you can receive. My mother's five-foot-two, and I'll be honest with you - she's the only person I'm scared of.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I like chatting with people. If people ask me a direct question, I give them a direct answer and I feel I've always done that with the press.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on directing): Directing is an extension of my thoughts of an actor. I couldn't direct a film like Dark City. I don't have the kind of vision that Alex Proyas, or a guy like Steven Spielberg, has. That imaginative, visual scope. They get on a computer and do weirdish sh*t, and I can't even turn a computer on. The things I like to make are very focused, character driven pieces. Ordinary People, that's a film I would like to make.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his work in 2000): I got beaten up badly on Woman Wanted with Holly Hunter. I was re-cut without my permission, distrubutors didn't do what they promised. The result was a mess after a solid year of my life. It's a nasty world out there. The top end of any industry is cutthroat, without honour. People lie straight to your face, with a smile. Los Angeles is like an adult Vegas to me - eventually you lose. You have to know when to walk from the table, and two years ago I did.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on playing the role of Jack Bauer in 24): It's funny because I'm strongly opposed to the death penalty, and I don't believe in 'acceptable losses'. It's complicated for me to play this character, because, unlike a film, I don't know the end but I want a situation to arise within the show where he's actually confronted with a lot of the things he's done.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his 24 character, Jack Bauer): One thing that moved me to tears was a news clip of three firemen carrying equipment up the stairs of the World Trade Center. They had a look of determination on their faces that was one of the most honorable things I'd ever seen. That unquestioning dedication to duty is something I would love to instill in this character.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his 24 character, Jack Bauer): One of the big draws of the show is here's a guy who is ordinary in a lot of ways but, due to his profession, he's placed in extraordinary situations that he has to make right with action and with thought. That's what is appealing about Jack — he takes charge.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I have watched over the last five years a huge transition - shows like The West Wing, ER and The Sopranos - a lot of programming on television which was better than a lot of the movies I was seeing. It was certainly better than a lot of the movies I was, in fact, making. From that perspective, if you're trying something you think is interesting, new and fresh, the stigma of swapping medium is not nearly what it used to be, certainly when I started. I was very, very lucky.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on doing rodeo): I was as shocked as anyone when we won our first rodeo, but I'm a competitive person. I wanted that buckle. But that wasn't the driving force of why I did it. I just really enjoyed the whole process, the discipline and the whole experience. I remembered the great times I had making films. And how lucky I was to have been in that position in the first place.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on his early career): My love for horses began with those movies, but during The Three Musketeers I really learned to ride. I needed to take time off, I was doing awful films and I just needed to stop. It's a terrible thing to get into: 'Well, you need the money, your kids have to go to school' - you start justifying it. I was doing really shi**y work, which I only blame myself for, and I needed to stop and figure out what I was doing with my life.

    • Kiefer Sutherland: I had an incredible desire at a very young age to want to be older than I was. And one of the ways you can accomplish that is to say, 'I'm married, I have kids, I've arrived' But those aren't the right reasons to do that, as we found out. Our marriage didn't last long, but we have a beautiful daughter Sarah, and I'm very fortunate that Camelia and I have ended up remaining friends.

    • Kiefer Sutherland (on 24): Do I think it's important to the show that Jack eventually dies and does so when you least expect it? Yeah. It will be very obvious when people start going, 'Oh, please. How many bad days can one guy have?'

    • Kiefer Sutherland: When you're a young actor you like to go for characters with a bit of flair, so in many films I ended up playing the weirdos. I can assure you I'm not a psycho or a criminal or a bully.

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