Donald McNichol Sutherland is a Hollywood actor who hails from Canada. He is also an Office of the Order of Canada. His film career has lasted over fifty years. In this time, he has played a multitude of characters in many well-received films. Three of his children are also currently pursuing careers as actors. Sutherland initially studied to be an engineer although he soon realized that the profession wasn’t for him.
He began his acting career in the Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland before getting some roles in British TV series and films. He got his big break in British movies with the war film The Dirty Dozen, which was the 5th highest grossing film in the year of 1967. This film prompted him to look for a break into Hollywood. His career was an immediate success as during the 1970’s he was part of many films that were highly successful. His role in the film ‘Klute’, a story based on detectives, was a success and saw the film win an Oscar Award.
He also starred in other films such as Eye Of The Needle, a spy movie that centered on the D-Day invasion and The Eagle Has Landed, a film that added to his already impressive repertoire of war movies. His role in the Canadian TV series Witness To Yesterday as a humanitarian doctor helped it attain international fame. He also gained popularity with younger fans due to his role in National Lampoon Animal’s House as a professor who smoked cannabis.
He gained further critical acclaim for his role in ‘1900’, an epic-based movie and also starred in the Oscar-winning film Ordinary People. Some of his other popular roles during that period came in movies like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Hunley, which was a film based on a famous US Civil War general, a role in Space Cowboys as an astronaut, in a movie directed by and starring
Clint Eastwood. He has even done a lot of work since the dawn of the new millennium. He acted in Cold Mountain, a drama based on the Civil War.
He appeared in the remake of the classic film The Italian Job. He also starred in the 2005 film Pride And Prejudice (based on the Jane Austen novel) as Mr. Bennett, the father of the main female protagonist. His most popular role in recent times is that of President Snow, the chief villain in the popular film franchise
The Hunger Games.