Birth Date: July 17, 1935
Birth Place: New Brunswick, Canada
Notable Films: Don’t Look Now, MASH, Ordinary People, The Hunger Games, Klute
Awards: Golden Globe Award (Best Actor | Ordinary People – Nominated)
Donald Sutherland Biography:
Legendary Canadian actor Donald Sutherland almost became an engineer rather than an actor! He graduated Toronto University with an engineering and drama degree and decided to pursue the latter. In 1957 he arrived in the UK and studied at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He then spent some time in Scotland working in theater productions, before gaining roles in television. After appearing in shows like Man of the World and The Sentimental Agent, he snagged his first credited movie role in Castle of the Living Dead (1964), alongside Christopher Lee.
His breakthrough came, oddly, with a bit-part role in the war film The Dirty Dozen (1967). Around this time he also married his second wife Shirley Douglas; their marriage lasted from 1966-1970, and the pair had 2 children, including actor Kiefer Sutherland. In 1970, Sutherland would take a role in another war movie, this time MASH (1970). The film was a huge success and launched Sutherland’s career. He also appeared in Kelly’s Heroes (1970) that same year, and thriller Klute (1971) the following year.
The Venice-based psychological thriller Don’t Look Now (1973) ranks among the best-known work. He had a starring role in Ordinary People (1980) and appeared in A Dry White Season (1989), Backdraft (1990), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). Sutherland has also had a prolific career on the small screen. In recent years he has had starring roles in the shows Dirty Sexy Money and Crossing Lines. He is best known to younger audiences for playing the villainous Coriolanus Snow in The Hunger Games (2012 and its sequels.