THE LEISURE SEEKER
DONALD SUTHERLAND is one of the most respected, prolific and
versatile of motion picture actors,
with an astonishing resume of well over one hundred and fifty films, including
such classics as
Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen; Robert Altman's M*A*S*H; John Schlesinger's
The Day of
the Locust; Robert Redford's Ordinary People; Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900; Philip
Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now with Julie
Pakula's Klute with Jane Fonda; Federico Fellini's Fellini's Casanova and in
Kelly's Heroes with Clint Eastwood, who later directed him in Space Cowboys.
Sutherland was producer, screenwriter and star (voicing the lead character,
'Captain Johnson') of
Pirate's Passage, an animated movie based on William Gilkerson's acclaimed
novel, winner of
Canada's Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 2006. The film
the 2016 international Kidscreen Award for "Best Special or TV Movie"
Sutherland was 'President Snow' in all four enormously popular film adaptations
of The Hunger
He has 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
in Pride and Prejudice. For the latter he received a Chicago Film Critics
nomination. He starred
opposite his son Kiefer in Forsaken, a period Canadian Western, which premiered
at the 2015
Toronto Film Festival.
Sutherland's extensive film credits include Paul Mazursky's Alex in
Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun; Bud Yorkin's Start the Revolution Without Me; John
The Eagle Has Landed; Herbert Ross' Max Dugan Returns; Louis Malle's Crackers;
Borsos' Bethune; Oliver Stone's JFK; Ron Howard's Backdraft; Richard Marquand's
Eye of the
Needle; Euzhan Palcy's A Dry White Season with Marlon Brando; Richard Pearce's
for which he won the 1983 Genie Award as Best Actor; Fred Schepisi's film
adaptation of John
Guare's Six Degrees of Separation; Robert Towne's Without Limits; and John
Lampoon's Animal House, in which he made a memorable cameo appearance. He has
the voice of 'General Stone' in the animated feature of the manga classic, Astro
Boy; in Andy
Tennant's Fool's Gold; in Griffin Dunne's Fierce People with Diane Lane; in
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; in
Borealis with Louise Fletcher and Juliette Lewis; in The Eagle, opposite
Channing Tatum and
Jamie Bell for director Kevin Macdonald; in Simon West's The Mechanic with Jason
and Ben Foster; in Seth Gordon's Horrible Bosses as Colin Farrell's father; in
McGuckian's Man on the Train with U2's Larry Mullen, Jr.; Milton's Secret, a
adaptation of Eckhart Tolle's beloved children's book; and Measure of a Man,
based on Robert
Lipsyte's young adult novel, One Fat Summer.
In television, Sutherland won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best
for his performance in the HBO film Citizen X and he won a Golden Globe for his
Clark Clifford, advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the HBO historical
drama Path to
War, directed by the late John Frankenheimer.
Sutherland starred in 2016 in the premiere season of the AT&T Audience crime
Ice; alongside an international cast in Tandem's action crime series, Crossing
Line; and in the
highly-successful long form adaptation of Ken Follett's best-seller, The Pillars
of the Earth.
Sutherland co-starred with Peter Krause in the ABC-TV series Dirty Sexy Money.
performance as the family patriarch, Tripp Darling, he was nominated for a 2007
as Best Supporting Actor. Prior to that, he co-starred with Geena Davis in the
ABC drama series
Commander-in-Chief, and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting
Actor for his
portrayal of House Speaker, Nathan Templeton. At the same time, he was nominated
Golden Globe as Best Actor for his performance opposite Mira Sorvino in Lifetime
much-lauded miniseries, Human Trafficking.
On stage, Sutherland starred with Justin Kirk and Julianna Margulies in a
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.
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
Donald Sutherland was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978 and a
Arts et Lettres in France five years later. In 2012, he was awarded the highest
French honor, the
Officier des Arts et Lettres.
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