Donald Sutherland, the “Hunger Games” actor, dies at 88

Donald Sutherland, the “Hunger Games” actor, dies at 88
Donald Sutherland, the “Hunger Games” actor, dies at 88

Donald Sutherland the actor who starred in dozens of films from The Dirty Dozen, MASH and Klute to Animal House and Ordinary People, including “Pride and Prejudice” and “The Hunger Games”, He died Thursday in Miami after a long illness. She was 88 years old.

The 2017 Oscar winner is also the father of Emmy 24 and Designated Survivor winner actor Kiefer Sutherland and veteran CAA Media Finance executive Roeg Sutherland.

In some of his best-known roles, he perfected a laconic, ironic and extremely serious interpretation as the cool-headed amateur murder investigator John Klute, opposite the terrified and erratic prostitute Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) in Klute ; as Hawkeye Pierce in the movie MASH , where he starred opposite the trim Trapper John (Elliott Gould); and in Don’t Look Now ) by Nicolas Reog, as the skeptical John Baxter, who doesn’t believe his wife Laura’s (Julie Christie) claims that their recently dead daughter is reaching out to them from the other side.

In one of his first changes of pace in characterizationSutherland played a sadistic fascist in the 1900 epic film by Bernardo Bertolucci from 1976 , in which his character gleefully swings a child by his heels, banging the child’s head against a wall.

Who Donald Sutherland and his most notable films

Born on July 17, 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Donald Sutherland amassed some 200 film and television credits over more than 60 years, from special appearances in series episodes from the 60s like Suspense, The Avengers, Court Martial and The Odd Man. to last year’s Paramount+ drama, Bass Reeves. His big break in film came with Robert Aldrich’s star-studded 1967 World War II drama, The Dirty Dozen playing Vernon Pinkley alongside Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, George Kennedy, Telly Savalas and others. A hit in theaters, it remains a seminal American war film.

His next big role was that of captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in the 1970 Korean War comedy-drama MASH by Robert Altman. The alternately heartbreaking and hilarious film earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, winning for Ring Lardner Jr.’s scathing screenplay, and propelled the 1972-83 CBS series in which Alda Alda played Hawkeye.


Donald Sutherland in the “Hunger Games”

Sutherland followed up with another star-studded war film, Kelly’s Heroes (1970), in which he played Sergeant Oddball alongside Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, Savalas and others. That led to perhaps his most starring role, in Alan J. Pakula’s 1971 crime drama Klute . He starred alongside Fonda as New York detective John Klute, who is hired to find a missing chemical company executive. Fonda won her first Oscar for the role, and Andy Lewis and Dave Lewis were nominated for their original screenplay.

Sutherland’s next major film was psychological thriller Don’t Look Now by Nicolas Roeg, which was followed by the 1974 international spy comedy S*P*Y*S reteaming with Gould, and 1975’s Day of the Locust, set in Hollywood . Starring William Atherton, Karen Black and Burgess Meredith, he played accountant Homer Simpson, who covets Black’s aspiring actress, Faye Greener.

With his film career in full swing, Sutherland starred in another renowned war film in The Eagle Has Landed (1976), with Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, and then had a small role in the 1977 farce directed by John Landis The Kentucky. Fried Movie, written by the future Airplane! filmmakers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker.

Sutherland won a Golden Globe for the television movie Path to War, an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance in the miniseries Citizen His extensive television credits also include The Undoing, Trust, Dirty Sexy Money and The Pillars of the Earth among many others.

Sutherland has a wife named Francine Racette; sons Roeg, Rossif, Angus and Kiefer; daughter Rachel; and four grandchildren. The family will carry out the private wake.

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