Donald Sutherland

Father of actor-director Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland began his career as a disc jockey for local Canadian radio stations before pursuing theater at the University of Toronto. Encouraged by a local critic, Herb Whitaker, he later moved to England to study at the London Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Donald Sutherland made his debut on the big screen in 1963 in an Italian TV series called "The Castle of the Living Dead." Following these early roles, he landed a minor part in the war film "In Harm's Way" (1965), but it was in 1967, when Robert Aldrich cast him in "The Dirty Dozen," that he secured his first major role. However, he gained widespread recognition in 1970 with "MASH," where he portrayed an outgoing doctor. His career initially featured eccentric and unconventional performances.
In his role as the inspector in "Klute" (1971) opposite Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland excelled in dramatic roles. A pacifist activist, he collaborated with Jane Fonda on the script and direction of "F.T.A." (1972), which criticized American involvement in Vietnam. Highly prolific, the actor took on a diverse array of characters: an architect in "Don't Look Now" (1973), a pitiful aristocrat in "The Day of the Locust" (1975), a fascist in "1900" (1976), Fellini's Casanova, a spy in "The Eagle Has Landed" (1976), and even a mutant hunter in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978). He also found time to work under Claude Chabrol's direction (Blood Relatives, 1978).
While occasionally portraying quiet male figures, such as a history professor fighting apartheid in "A Dry White Season," it's his roles as despicable and extreme characters that defined much of his career. He played the corrupt and immoral prison director in "Lock Up," the unsettling and conspiratorial military figure in "Disclosure," and the unscrupulous political advisor in "High Crimes."
Donald Sutherland left memorable impressions with brief appearances in certain films. His performances as a deranged arsonist in "Backdraft" and a mysterious, high-ranking witness in "JFK" showcased his versatility and charisma. In 2000, he reunited with Clint Eastwood thirty years after "Kelly's Heroes" in "Space Cowboys." Known for his versatility, he transitioned from action films like "The Italian Job" (2003) to historical dramas like "Cold Mountain" (2003) and period pieces like "Pride and Prejudice" (2005).
Active on television as well, Donald Sutherland portrayed the Speaker of the House in "Commander in Chief," the formidable business patriarch Patrick "Tripp" Darling III in "Dirty Sexy Money," and Michel Dorn, a member of the International Criminal Court, in "Crossing Lines." Concurrently, he continued his cinematic presence with roles in numerous feature films, including the adventure film "Fool's Gold" (2008), action thriller "The Mechanic" (2011), comedy "Horrible Bosses," and the four films in the successful young adult franchise "The Hunger Games," where he portrayed the tyrannical President Snow.
At over 80 years old, Donald Sutherland remains active in front of the camera, evident from his performances in the series "Ice" and films such as "Basmati Blues," "Measure of a Man," and "The Leisure Seeker."



The Hunger Games (2012)

- President Coriolanus Snow

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

- President Coriolanus Snow