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Donald Sutherland
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Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland (born July 17, 1935) is a Canadian actor.

He was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and studied in Toronto at Victoria College where he was expelled from residence for throwing a sink out the window. He then went to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), then he started gaining some popularity as an actor in horror films and thrillers.

Sutherland's great success arrived however with The Dirty Dozen and Robert Altman's M*A*S*H. With Jane Fonda he co-produced F.T.A, a movie containing quite explicit messages against the Vietnam War. Two of his best performances were displayed in Ordinary People and Eye of the Needle. He played Norman Bethune, Canadian physician and humanitarian and a national hero in China, in two separate biographical films more than ten years apart.

He was formerly married to Shirley Douglas, an actress and the daughter of Canadian democratic socialist / social democratic statesman Tommy Douglas. Kiefer Sutherland, his son with Douglas, is a prominent actor himself.

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