Birth Date: July 17, 1935 / Age: 81
Birth Place: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Biography: Donald Sutherland (born July 17, 1935) is a Canadian actor. He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and was raised in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Sutherland got his start at age 14 at CBC Radio in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He studied in University of Toronto at Victoria College where he was expelled from residence for throwing a sink out the window. He then went to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), then he started gaining some popularity as an actor in horror films and thrillers.
Sutherland's great success arrived with The Dirty Dozen and Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. With Jane Fonda, Sutherland co-produced F.T.A., a movie containing quite explicit messages against the Vietnam War. In the 1970s he found himself in demand as a leading man in films like Klute and The Eagle Has Landed, and gained some of the best notices of his career for his role in Ordinary People in 1980. He also played Norman Bethune (Canadian physician and humanitarian and a hero in China) in two separate biographical films more than ten years apart.
He was formerly married to Shirley Douglas, an actress and the daughter of Canadian democratic socialist statesman Tommy Douglas. Kiefer Sutherland, their son, is a director and prominent actor himself.
In 1978, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.