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Donald Sutherland: The Farewell of a Legend

Portrait of Donald Sutherland

The Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, famous for his roles in The Dirty Dozen, M.A.S.H., and The Hunger Games, has died at the age of 88 after a long illness, his family announced on Thursday, June 20.

His son, Kiefer Sutherland, also an actor, shared the sad news on the social network X.

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my father, Donald Sutherland. I personally think he is one of the most important actors in the history of cinema. He was never intimidated by a role, whether it was good, bad, or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and you can never ask for more than that. A life well lived.

Donald Sutherland, whose career spans over 60 years, appeared in around 150 films. In 2016, he was a member of the jury for feature films at the Cannes Film Festival, which described him as a “respected, prolific, and versatile actor.” He also received an honorary Oscar for his entire career in 2017.

His fabulous filmography includes varied roles, ranging from the detached military doctor in M.A.S.H. to the postmodern tyrant Coriolanus Snow in The Hunger Games. Donald Sutherland collaborated with prestigious directors such as Robert Altman, Federico Fellini, and Bernardo Bertolucci.

The actor, with his often ironic air and mischievous nonchalance, left his mark on the world of cinema. His performances in classics like Klute, Fellini’s Casanova, and 1900 will remain etched in memory. Media outlets have paid tribute to his immense talent by presenting a selection of his most iconic roles.

Donald Sutherland leaves behind an impressive career and a memorable influence on world cinema.