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Donald Sutherland

Lowest Rated:   0% Assassin's Bullet (2012)
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Birthplace:   Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Certainly one of the most distinctive looking men ever to be granted the title of movie star, Donald Sutherland is an actor defined as much by his almost caricature-like features as his considerable talent. Tall, lanky and bearing perhaps the most enjoyably sinister face this side of Vincent Price, Sutherland made a name for himself in some of the most influential films of the 1970s and early '80s.A native of Canada, Sutherland was born in New Brunswick on July 17, 1935. Raised in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, he took an early interest in the entertainment industry, becoming a radio DJ by the time he was fourteen. While an engineering student at the University of Toronto, he discovered his love for acting and duly decided to pursue theatrical training. An attempt to enroll at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art was thwarted, however, because of his size (6'4") and idiosyncratic looks. Not one to give up, Sutherland began doing British repertory theatre and getting acting stints on television series like The Saint. In 1964 the actor got his first big break, making his screen debut in the Italian horror film Il Castello dei Morti Vivi (The Castle of the Living Dead). His dual role as a young soldier and an old hag was enough to convince various casting directors of a certain kind of versatility, and Sutherland was soon appearing in a number of remarkably schlocky films, including Dr. Terror's House of Horrors and Die! Die! Darling! (both 1965). A move into more respectable fare came in 1967, when Robert Aldrich cast him as a retarded killer in the highly successful The Dirty Dozen. By the early '70s, Sutherland had become something of a bonafide star, thanks to lead roles in films like Start the Revolution without Me and Robert Altman's MASH (both 1970). It was his role as Army surgeon Hawkeye Pierce in the latter film that gave the actor particular respect and credibility, and the following year he enhanced his reputation with a portrayal of the titular private detective in Alan J. Pakula's Klute.It was during this period that Sutherland became something of an idol for a younger, counter culture audience, due to both the kind of roles he took and his own anti-war stance. Offscreen, he spent a great deal of time protesting the Vietnam War, and, with the participation of fellow protestor and Klute co-star Jane Fonda, made the anti-war documentary F.T.A. in 1972. He also continued his mainstream Hollywood work, enjoying success with films like Don't Look Now (1973), The Day of the Locust (1975), and Fellini's Casanova (1976). In 1978, he won a permanent place in the hearts and minds of slackers everywhere with his portrayal of a pot-smoking, metaphysics-spouting college professor in National Lampoon's Animal House.After a starring role in the critically acclaimed Ordinary People (1980), Sutherland entered a relatively unremarkable phase of his career, appearing in one forgettable film after another. This phase continued for much of the decade, and didn't begin to change until 1989, when the actor won raves for his starring role in A Dry White Season and his title role in Bethune: The Making of a Hero. He spent the 1990s doing steady work in films of widely varying quality, appearing as the informant who cried conspiracy in JFK (1991), a Van Helsing-type figure in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992), a wealthy New Yorker who gets taken in by con artist Will Smith in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), and a general in the virus thriller Outbreak (1995). In 1998, the actor did some of his best work in years (in addition to the made-for-TV Citizen X (1995), for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe) when he starred as a track coach in Without Limits, Robert Towne's biopic of runner Steve Prefontaine. In 2000, Sutherland enjoyed further critical and commerical success with Space Cowboys, an adventure drama that teamed the actor alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Clint Eastwood, and James Garner as geriatric astronauts who get another chance

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Leisure Seeker
  • John
2018
27% Milton's Secret
  • Grandpa Howard
2016
42% Forsaken
  • Rev. Clayton
2016
No Score Yet The Hunger Games: Complete 4-Film Collection
  • Actor
2016
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • President Snow
$254.7M 2015
No Score Yet Pirate's Passage
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Capt. Charles Johnson
2015
66% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
  • President Snow
$295.5M 2014
51% The Calling
  • Father Price
2014
56% The Best Offer
  • Billy
$85.9k 2014
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • President Snow
$336.7M 2013
0% Assassin's Bullet
  • Ambassador Ashdown
2012
84% The Hunger Games
  • President Snow
$408M 2012
56% Treasure Island
  • Flint
2012
No Score Yet Dawn Rider
  • Pop Mason
2012
68% Horrible Bosses
  • Jack Pellit
$117M 2011
39% The Eagle
  • Uncle Aquila
$19.5M 2011
52% The Mechanic
  • Harry McKenna
$29.2M 2011
No Score Yet Jock The Hero Dog
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet Man On The Train
  • The Professor
2011
No Score Yet The Con Artist
  • Kranski
2010
No Score Yet Out of the Shadows
  • Narrator
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
  • President Stone
$19.6M 2009
0% Puffball
  • Actor
2008
11% Fool's Gold
  • Nigel Honeycutt
$70.2M 2008
No Score Yet Stonehenge Decoded
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Last Continent
  • Narrator
2007
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
$28.6k 2007
100% Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia
  • Actor
2007
64% Reign Over Me
  • Judge Raines
$19.7M 2007
No Score Yet Behind the Mask
  • Actor
2007
68% Aurora Borealis
  • Ronald Shorter
2006
17% Land of the Blind
  • Thorne
2006
12% An American Haunting
  • John Bell Sr.
$16.3M 2006
39% American Gun
  • Carl Wilk
2006
35% Ask the Dust
  • Hellfrick
$0.7M 2006
No Score Yet Baltic Storm
  • Actor
2005
85% Pride and Prejudice
  • Mr. Bennet
$38.3M 2005
61% Lord of War
  • Col. Oliver Southern
$24.1M 2005
No Score Yet Interlude
  • Actor
2005
24% Fierce People
  • Ogden C. Osborne
2005
No Score Yet Human Trafficking
  • Bill Meehan
2005
No Score Yet Salem's Lot
  • Richard Straker
2004
No Score Yet Frankenstein
  • Capt. Walton
2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Reverend Monroe
2003
73% The Italian Job
  • John Bridger
$106M 2003
73% Fellini: I'm a Born Liar
  • Himself
2003
20% Big Shot's Funeral
  • Tyler
2003
No Score Yet Five Moons Plaza (Piazza delle Cinque Lunes)
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Path to War
  • Clark Clifford
2002
100% Uprising
  • Adam Czerniakow
2001
44% Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • Dr. Sid
2001
91% Panic
  • Michael
2000
16% The Art of War
  • Douglas Thomas
$29.5M 2000
78% Space Cowboys
  • Jerry O'Neill
2000
No Score Yet Bear Island
  • Frank Lansing
2000
No Score Yet Spiral, The (La spirale)
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet The Hunley
  • Gen. Beauregard
1999
17% Free Money
  • Judge Rowsenberger
1999
27% Instinct
  • Dr. Ben Hillard
1999
No Score Yet Behind the Mask
  • Dr. Bob Shushan
1999
9% Virus
  • Captain Robert Everton
1999
79% Without Limits
  • Bill Bowerman
1998
60% The Assignment
  • Jack Shaw/Henry Fields
1997
40% Fallen
  • Lt. Stanton
1997
0% Shadow Conspiracy
  • Jake Conrad
1997
No Score Yet Natural Enemy
  • Actor
1997
67% A Time to Kill
  • Lucien Wilbanks
1996
No Score Yet Hollow Point
  • Lawton
1995
No Score Yet Younger & Younger
  • Jonathan Younger
1995
59% Outbreak
  • General Donald McClintock
1995
86% Citizen X
  • Col. Mikhail Fetisov
1995
No Score Yet Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
  • Capt. William Marsden
1994
59% Disclosure
  • Bob Garvin
1994
26% The Puppet Masters
  • Andrew Nivens
1994
88% Six Degrees of Separation
  • Flan Kittredge
1993
No Score Yet Bethune: The Making of a Hero
  • Dr. Norman Bethune
1993
No Score Yet Red Hot
  • Kirov
1993
0% Benefit of the Doubt
  • Frank
1993
No Score Yet Shadow of the Wolf
  • Henderson
1993
No Score Yet Dr. Bethune
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet The Setting Sun
  • Bureaucrat
1992
35% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Merrick
1992
No Score Yet The Railway Station Man
  • Roger Hawthorne
1992
No Score Yet Quicksand: No Escape
  • Murdoch
1992
84% JFK
  • X
1991
No Score Yet Scream of Stone
  • Ivan
1991
74% Backdraft
  • Ronald Bartel
1991
No Score Yet Buster's Bedroom
  • O'Connor
1991
No Score Yet Long Road Home
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Eminent Domain
  • Josef Borski
1991
81% A Dry White Season
  • Ben du Toit
1989
17% Lock Up
  • Warden Drumgoole
1989
No Score Yet Lost Angels
  • Dr. Charles Loftis
1989
No Score Yet National Gallery of Art
  • Paul Gauguin
1988
No Score Yet The Rosary Murders
  • Father Bob Koesler
1987
No Score Yet Apprentice to Murder
  • John Reese
1987
No Score Yet Oviri (The Wolf at the Door)
  • Paul Gauguin
1986
10% Revolution
  • Sgt. Maj. Peasy
1985
No Score Yet Ordeal by Innocence
  • Dr. Arthur Calgary
1985
40% Heaven Help Us
  • Brother Thadeus
1985
No Score Yet Revolution Revisited
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Le Fleuve Aux Grandes Eaux
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Trouble with Spies
  • Appleton Porter
1984
0% Crackers
  • Weslake
1984
No Score Yet Savage and Beautiful
  • Actor
1984
75% Max Dugan Returns
  • Brian Costello
1983
No Score Yet Threshold
  • Dr. Thomas Vrain
1983
85% Eye of the Needle
  • Faber
1981
No Score Yet Gas
  • Nick the Noz
1981
90% Ordinary People
  • Calvin
1980
No Score Yet Nothing Personal
  • Roger Keller
1980
No Score Yet A Man, a Woman and a Bank
  • Reese
1979
88% Murder by Decree
  • Robert Lees
1979
78% The Great Train Robbery
  • Agar
1979
94% Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Matthew Bennell
1978
No Score Yet Les Liens de sang (Blood Relatives)
  • Carella
1978
91% National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Prof. Dave Jennings
1978
47% 1900 (Novecento)
  • Attila
1977
80% The Kentucky Fried Movie
  • Clumsy
1977
No Score Yet Le Casanova de Fellini
  • Giacomo Casanova
1976
86% The Eagle Has Landed
  • Liam Devlin
1976
60% End of the Game (Der Richter und sein Henker) (The Judge and His Hangman)
  • Corpse of Lt. Robert Schmied
1975
64% The Day of the Locust
  • Homer
1975
No Score Yet Shadow Catcher
  • Narrator
1975
No Score Yet S*P*Y*S
  • Bruland
1974
No Score Yet Dan Candy's Law
  • Dan Candy
1974
96% Don't Look Now
  • John Baxter
1973
No Score Yet Lady Ice
  • Andy Hammon
1973
No Score Yet Steelyard Blues
  • Executive Producer
  • VeldiniJesse Veldini
  • Producer
1973
No Score Yet F.T.A.
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1972
70% Johnny Got His Gun
  • `Christ'
1971
97% Klute
  • Klute
1971
63% Little Murders
  • Minister
1971
87% M*A*S*H
  • Hawkeye Pierce
1970
No Score Yet Alex in Wonderland
  • Alex Morrison
1970
No Score Yet The Act of the Heart
  • Father Michael Ferrier
1970
80% Kelly's Heroes
  • Sgt. Oddball (tank commander)
1970
83% Start The Revolution Without Me
  • Charles, Pierre
1970
No Score Yet Sebastian
  • American
1969
No Score Yet Joanna
  • Lord Peter Sanderson
1968
No Score Yet The Split
  • Dave Negli
1968
91% The Dirty Dozen
  • Vernon Pinkley
1967
60% Billion Dollar Brain
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
  • Dr. Bob Carroll
1965
86% The Bedford Incident
  • Pharmacist's Mate Nerny
1965
44% Die! Die! My Darling!
  • Joseph
1965
No Score Yet Promise Her Anything
  • Baby's Father
1964
No Score Yet Castle of the Living Dead
  • Sergent Paul/Witch/Old Man
1964
No Score Yet La cripta e l'incubo (Crypt of the Vampire)(Terror in the Crypt)
  • Sergent Paul/Witch/Old Man
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet ICE
2016
  • Pieter Van De Bruin
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Crossing Lines
2013
  • Michel Dorn
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Treasure Island
2012
  • Flint
  • 2012
86% Pillars of the Earth
2010
  • Bartholomew
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1996
No Score Yet Crossing Lines
  • Michel Dorn

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