Donald Sutherland attends 'The Burnt Orange Heresy (Una Obra Maestra)' photocall during 67th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 26, 2019 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos R. Alvarez/WireImage)

Donald Sutherland, the beloved actor whose career spanned over six decades, died Thursday in Miami after a long illness.

He was 88.

Donald’s passing was confirmed by CAA to Deadline, marking the end of an era for a performer who left an indelible mark on film and television.

A Storied Career

Donald Sutherland’s filmography reads like a history of cinema itself.

He starred in scores of films that became cultural touchstones, from the gripping war epic The Dirty Dozen to the darkly comedic MASH, and the chilling psychological thriller Klute.

His versatility as an actor was unparalleled, effortlessly moving from the chaotic halls of Animal House to the harrowing depths of Ordinary People, and later captivating a new generation in the The Hunger Games franchise.

Donald Sutherland as President Snow in ‘The Hunger Games’

Born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Sutherland’s journey to stardom began with guest appearances on 1960s television series like Suspense, The Avengers, Court Martial, and The Odd Man.

His big break came with the 1967 World War II drama The Dirty Dozen, where he played Vernon Pinkley.

This role, opposite legends like Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, cemented his place in Hollywood.

Iconic Roles

One of Sutherland’s most memorable roles was as Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in Robert Altman’s 1970 film, MASH, a performance that balanced humor with the grim realities of war.

This role laid the foundation for the acclaimed CBS series starring Alan Alda.

Sutherland’s portrayal of New York detective John Klute in the 1971 crime drama Klute showcased his ability to bring depth and complexity to his characters.

Starring opposite Jane Fonda, who won her first Oscar for the role, Sutherland’s performance remains a benchmark in the genre.

In Don’t Look Now (1973), directed by Nicolas Roeg, Sutherland’s role as John Baxter, a grieving father haunted by his daughter’s death, demonstrated his exceptional range. His ability to convey skepticism and vulnerability added layers to the chilling narrative.

Sutherland was not just a film actor; his television work was equally distinguished.

He won a Golden Globe for Path to War and both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Citizen X.

His extensive TV credits include memorable roles in The Undoing, Trust, Dirty Sexy Money, and The Pillars of the Earth.

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Personal Life and Legacy

In 2017, Sutherland received an Honorary Oscar, a testament to his enduring influence and contributions to the art of cinema.

Beyond his professional achievements, he was the proud father of Emmy-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland and veteran CAA Media Finance exec Roeg Sutherland.

He is survived by his wife Francine Racette, sons Roeg, Rossif, Angus, and Kiefer, daughter Rachel, and four grandchildren.

A private celebration of life will be held by his family, allowing them to remember the man behind the legendary roles.

Kiefer Sutherland took to social media to pay tribute to his father writing:

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.

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.

See his original post below.

A Final Curtain Call

Donald Sutherland’s legacy is one of brilliance and dedication.

His ability to inhabit diverse characters, from laconic investigators to haunted fathers, showcased a range that few actors can match.

As fans and colleagues reflect on his storied career, it’s clear that Donald Sutherland was more than just a beloved actor; he was a true master of his craft.

His performances will continue to inspire and entertain, ensuring that while Donald Sutherland may have taken his final bow, his influence on the world of entertainment will endure for generations to come.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to the Sutherland family and all who knew and loved Donald.

Rest in peace.

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