Actor Donald Sutherland dies aged 88

Actor Donald Sutherland dies aged 88

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Actor Donald Sutherland, star of films including The Hunger Games and Don’t Look Now, has died at 88 after a long illness.

His son, Kiefer, announced his father’s death in a statement.

“With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away. I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film,” he said. “Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived.”

Sutherland starred in films including The Dirty Dozen, MASH and Klute.

One of the Canadian actor’s breakout roles was as Hawkeye Pierce, a surgeon in the 1970 movie MASH, a comedy about medics in the Korean War.

Sutherland has almost 200 credits to his name.

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Sutherland started as a radio news reporter before leaving Canada to travel to London in 1957. There, he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

He then took on small roles in British film and television.

Sutherland starred in The Dirty Dozen, a World War II action film that premiered in 1967.

His off-kilter presence saw him land another war film role as the appropriately named Sergeant Oddball, in Kelly’s Heroes.

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Yet he was on more restrained form in 1971’s Klute, playing a detective whose hunt for a missing person is assisted by a high-priced call girl.

Jane Fonda was Sutherland’s co-star in Alan J Pakula’s film and won an Oscar for her role.

He dated Fonda for two years before the couple split.

In the 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now, a sex scene of such frankness had viewers believe he and co-star Julie Christie had had sex for real – a rumour Sutherland later discounted.

The 1970s also saw him play an IRA member in The Eagle Has Landed, a pot-smoking college professor in National Lampoon’s Animal House, and the lead in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

In the 1980s, Sutherland played the father of a suicidal teenager in the Oscar-winning Ordinary People.

He turned to television in the 2000s, appearing in such series as Dirty Sexy Money and Commander-in-Chief.

Sutherland has four sons and one daughter.

Despite his roles, the Canadian actor was never nominated for an Oscar but did receive an honorary Academy Award in 2017.

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