Helen Mirren and Jane Fonda lead tributes to actor Donald Sutherland

"I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film."
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: (L-R) Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren attends the 'The Leisure Seeker (Ella & John)' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on September 3, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

The entertainment world is in mourning following the passing of iconic actor Donald Sutherland at the age of 88.

Tributes to the actor have been flooding in from colleagues, fans, and friends, all honouring the legacy of a man whose career spanned more than six decades and left an indelible mark on cinema.

TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 16: Donald Sutherland (L) and Kiefer Sutherland arrive at the “Forsaken” premiere during 2015 Toronto International Film Festival held at Roy Thomson Hall on September 16, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images)

Kiefer Sutherland, Donald’s son and an accomplished actor in his own right, announced the news via X and within his statement he shared a heartfelt tribute.

“I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film,” Kiefer shared.

“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.”

Actor Donald Sutherland and actress Helen Mirren attend the premiere of the movie “The Leisure Seeker” (Ella and John) presented in competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2017 at Venice Lido. / AFP PHOTO / Tiziana FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

Actress Helen Mirren, who starred alongside Sutherland in The Leisure Seeker, also paid tribute sharing, “Donald Sutherland was one of the smartest actors I ever worked with.”

“He had a wonderful enquiring brain, and a great knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. He combined this great intelligence with a deep sensitivity, and with a seriousness about his profession as an actor. This all made him into the legend of film that he became. He was my colleague and became my friend. I will miss his presence in this world.”

American actress, political activist, environmentalist Jane Fonda as ‘Bree Daniels’ and Canadian actor Donald Sutherland as ‘John Klute’ in neo-noir crime thriller film ‘Klute’, 1971. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Sutherland’s Klute co-star Jane Fonda shared her tribute via Instagram.

“I am stunned to hear that Donald Sutherland has died,” she started.

“He was my fascinating co-star in Klute and we loved working together. In this photo we are on the Klute set with director Alan Pakula. Donald was a brilliant actor and a complex man who shared quite a few adventures with me, such as the FTA Show, an anti-Vietnam war tour that performed for 60,000 active duty soldiers, sailors, and marines in Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, and Japan in 1971. I am heartbroken.”

Director Ron Howard, who worked with Sutherland on Backdraft“, expressed his profound sadness, “I was blessed to direct him in #Backdraft. One of the most intelligent, interesting & engrossing film actors of all time. Incredible range, creative courage & dedication to serving the story & the audience with supreme excellence.”

Fans worldwide have taken to social media to share their favourite memories and performances of Sutherland, celebrating his diverse roles in MAS*H, Don’t Look Now, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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