Hollywood Legend Donald Sutherland Passes Away at 88

Hollywood Legend Donald Sutherland Passes Away at 88

Hollywood mourns the loss of a true legend, as Donald Sutherland has passed away at the age of 88. The acclaimed actor, known for his roles in iconic films such as “The Dirty Dozen,” “MAS*H,” “Animal House,” and “The Hunger Games,” died on Thursday, June 20, in Miami, Florida, after a long illness. The cause of death has not been disclosed, nor have the exact details of his passing.

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His son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, confirmed the heartbreaking news on Instagram, 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.”

Donald Sutherland was a father to five children, including CAA Media Finance executive Roeg Sutherland. Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Donald initially pursued studies in drama and engineering at Victoria University in Toronto before moving to London to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

In the mid-1960s, Sutherland broke into the British acting scene with appearances in TV series such as “The Saint” and “The Sentimental Agent.” He quickly made a name for himself in war films, gaining widespread recognition for his performances in “The Dirty Dozen,” “MAS*H,” and “Kelly’s Heroes.”

Sutherland’s career spanned over five decades, with notable credits including “Klute,” “Don’t Look Now,” “The Day of the Locust,” “Fellini’s Casanova,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “Ordinary People,” “JFK,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “The Italian Job,” and “Pride & Prejudice.” His role as President Snow in “The Hunger Games” series introduced him to a new generation of fans.

Donald Sutherland was married three times, with his third marriage to actress Francine Racette lasting over five decades. He is survived by his wife, his five children, and four grandchildren.

The legacy of Donald Sutherland is one of remarkable talent and dedication to his craft. He leaves behind an indelible mark on the film industry and the hearts of his fans worldwide. Rest in peace, Donald Sutherland. Your contributions to cinema will never be forgotten.

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