Canadian Actor Donald Sutherland Passes at 88

The Veteran Actor’s Son Posts the News of The Hunger Games star’s demise on X

Legendary actor, Donald Sutherland, known for M*A*S*H and The Dirty Dozen (1967), passes away at 88. The Canadian actor died on Thursday due to a prolonged illness. His son, the Mirrors (2008) star, Kiefer Sutherland posted the news of the veteran actor’s demise on his X handle.

The Melancholia (2011) actor wrote, “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.”

Canadian prime minister reacted to the news of the Don’t Look Now (1973) star’s demise and wrote on X, “We’ve lost one of the greats. Donald Sutherland brought a level of brilliance to his craft few could match.”

Similarly, Joe Biden, US President, wrote, “Donald Sutherland was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and one-of-a-kind actor who inspired and entertained the world for decades,” on his X page.

Action-thriller, Blackdraft (1991) director, Ron Howards gave his condolences on Sutherland’s demise. The Cocoon (1985) filmmaker, wrote on X, “I was blessed to direct him in #Backdraft. One of the most intelligent, interesting & engrossing film actors of all time.”

Donald Sutherland’s illustrious career in the film industry spans over six decades, marked by his versatility and compelling screen presence. The 1935-born actor began his acting journey in the early 1960s. He gained significant attention with his role in The Dirty Dozen (1967), which set the stage for a series of prominent performances in the 1970s.

Sutherland’s portrayal of the quirky tank commander Oddball in Kelly’s Heroes (1970) and the paranoid protagonist in Klute (1971) showcased his ability to handle diverse characters with ease. Sutherland’s breakthrough came with Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H (1972-1983), where his role as Hawkeye Pierce brought him widespread acclaim. His acting style, characterized by an understated intensity and a distinctive voice, made him a unique figure in Hollywood.

Known for his tall, lanky frame and piercing blue eyes, Sutherland has a commanding presence that can be both comforting and unsettling. He has received numerous awards, including an Honorary Academy Award in 2017 for his contributions to cinema, highlighting his significant impact on the industry.

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