Donald Sutherland passes away at 88

MIAMI, FL – Donald Sutherland, the acclaimed Canadian actor known for his towering presence and distinctive roles in films like “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Hunger Games,” has died at the age of 88 in Miami after a long illness, his agency CAA confirmed.

Sutherland’s career, which spanned more than 50 years, saw him masterfully embody a variety of characters, ranging from sinister villains to endearing mentors. His portrayal of the malevolent President Snow in “The Hunger Games” series brought him renewed fame in recent years.

In addition to his work in “The Hunger Games,” Sutherland’s recent projects included roles in the series “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” and “Swimming With Sharks,” as well as appearances in “The Undoing” and “Trust.” His film credits during this period included “Ad Astra” and “The Burnt-Orange Heresy.”

Sutherland’s path to stardom began with small roles in horror films before his breakout performance in “The Dirty Dozen.” His role as Capt. “Hawkeye” Pierce in the 1970 film “MASH” established him as a major star, despite initial creative clashes with director Robert Altman.

Throughout the 1970s, Sutherland’s career was marked by diverse and often unconventional choices. He starred in the psychological horror “Don’t Look Now” and the romantic thriller “Klute,” where his on-screen chemistry with Jane Fonda was palpable. His willingness to take risks set him apart from his peers.

Despite never receiving an Oscar nomination, Sutherland’s work in films such as “Ordinary People” and “Without Limits” is widely regarded as some of the best of his era. His roles in “JFK,” “The Italian Job,” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” further demonstrated his range and talent.

Sutherland also made significant contributions to television, earning an Emmy for his role in “Citizen X” and delivering memorable performances in series like “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Commander in Chief.” His ability to seamlessly transition between film and television underscored his versatility as an actor.

Born in Saint John, Canada, Sutherland honed his craft at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before making a name for himself in British television and film. His success in “The Dirty Dozen” paved the way for a prolific career in Hollywood.

Sutherland leaves behind his wife, Francine Racette, and their children Roeg, Rossif, Angus, Kiefer, and Rachel, as well as four grandchildren. The family will hold a private celebration of his life.