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Legendary actor Donald Sutherland passes away, aged 88

"He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that."
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Donald Sutherland arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

In a heartfelt loss for the entertainment industry, veteran actor Donald Sutherland has passed away, aged 88.

The acclaimed actor, known for his remarkable versatility and powerful performances, left an indelible mark on cinema over a career spanning more than six decades.

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Sutherland’s son Kiefer Sutherland confirmed his death in a statement via X.

“With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away,” the statement started.

“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.”

He died in Miami after a long term illness, confirmed by his agency.

Portrait of actor Donald Sutherland, 1970s. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Donald McNichol Sutherland’s journey to stardom was marked by a unique blend of talent, dedication, and an unwavering passion for acting. He initially studied engineering and drama at the University of Toronto before moving to England to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Sutherland’s breakthrough role came in 1970 with Robert Altman’s anti-war satire MAS*H, where he played the character Hawkeye Pierce. This role catapulted him to fame and led to a string of memorable performances in films like Klute (1971), Don’t Look Now (1973), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), and Ordinary People (1980), for which he received widespread acclaim.

Throughout his career, Sutherland showcased an extraordinary ability to embody a wide array of characters, from charming anti-heroes to chilling villains. His distinctive voice, towering presence, and nuanced acting style made him a favorite among directors and audiences alike.

In later years, Sutherland’s roles in The Hunger Games series as President Snow and in TV series like Trust and The Undoing introduced him to a new generation of fans. His portrayal of complex characters continued to captivate audiences, proving his timeless appeal and enduring talent.

Donald Sutherland and wife Francine Racette circa 1981 in New York City. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Sutherland’s contributions to cinema were recognised with numerous awards and honours, including a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, and an Honorary Oscar in 2017 for his contributions to film.

His legacy extends beyond his impressive body of work. Sutherland was also a devoted family man, survived by his wife, actress Francine Racette, and his five children, including actors Kiefer Sutherland and Rossif Sutherland.

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