Donald Sutherland Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Spouse, Children, Net Worth

Canadian-born actor Donald Sutherland can be best described as a Hollywood icon. He made his professional acting debut more than five decades ago and has since accumulated extensive work in film and television. As expected, Sutherland has received multiple accolades throughout his long career, including 2 Golden Globe Awards from 8 nominations, a Primetime Emmy Award from 2 nominations, and 2 BAFTA Award nominations. He has since been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Canadian Walk of Fame and has received the Academy Honorary Award.

Donald Sutherland’s Bio & Age

Donald McNichol Sutherland was born in the coastal city of Saint John in the Canadian province of New Brunswick on July 17, 1935. He is of Scottish, English and German descent. In his youth he lived in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, where he attended Bridgewater High School.

After graduating, he enrolled at Victoria University, where he received a dual major in engineering and acting. Sutherland initially wanted to pursue a career in engineering, but ultimately changed his mind and moved to the UK, where he enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Performing Arts (LAMDA). After a while he left the facility and moved to the Perth Theater in Scotland, where he trained for a year and a half.

Movies and TV Shows

In the early days of his acting career, Donald Sutherland had minor roles in several British films and TV productions. He appeared in the horror films Castle of the Living Dead (1964) and Dr. Terror’s House of Secrets (1965), the thriller film Die! To die! My darling! (1965) and several others. He also starred in the highly successful MGM film The Dirty Dozen (1967), which helped him break into Hollywood.

Donald Sutherland had his first Hollywood leading role as “Hawkeye” Pierce in the war film MASH (1970) and then he starred in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970) opposite Gene Wilder and in Klute (1971) opposite Jane Fonda. He cemented his leading man status with roles in films such as Steelyard Blues (1973), Don’t Look Now (1973), Fellini’s Casanova (1976), Invasion of the Body Snatcher (1978), Ordinary People (1980) and Eye of the Needle (1981 ). His appearance in Don’t Look Nowearned him a BAFTA Awards nomination for Best Actor.

The talented actor also took on other film credits in Lock Up (1989), The Puppet Masters (1994), Disclosure (1994), Escape (1995) and Space Cowboys (2000). Sutherland has consistently had amazing film credits since the turn of the century. His most notable recent film role is as President Coriolanus Snow in the highly successful film series The Hunger Games (2012-15). For his performance on Hunger Games, he received the 2013 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain and an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Villain.

In addition to his extensive films, Donald Sutherland has also recorded some notable 35mm credits throughout his career. The cult actor has had roles in TV movies such as Quicksand: No Escape (1992), The Winter of Our Discontents (1983), Citizen X (1995), The Great Heist (2001) and Road to War (2002). He won a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award for his role in Citizen X and won a Golden Globe Award for his work in Road to War Sutherland also received critical acclaim for his work in the miniseries Human Trafficking (2005) and the TV series Commander in Chief(2005-06) and Dirty Sexy Money (2007-09). The legendary TV star was also in the main cast of Crossing Boundaries (2013-15) and he plays lead character J. Paul Getty in the series Trust (2018).

Wealth (income and earnings)

Donald Sutherland’s net worth is an estimated $60 million. This is certainly a well-earned sum for an actor who has enjoyed over 50 years of brilliant film and television work coupled with numerous endorsement deals and other business ventures. Now in his 80s, the legendary Hollywood star is still very reliable in his job.


Sutherland’s longtime wife, Francine Racette, is a French-Canadian actress. The duo reportedly met on the set of the film Alien Thunder in the early 1970s. After a relatively brief dating, they linked up in 1972 and have remained inseparable ever since. They have 3 children together.

Donald Sutherland had been married twice beforehis current union. The first was a seven-year marriage to former actress Lois Hardwick, lasting from 1959 to 1966. His second marriage was to Canadian-born actress and social activist Shirley Douglas, who lived for five years between 1966 and 1971. They had two children; a twin son and a daughter.


The Hollywood star is the father of 5 adultchildren. While married to Shirley Douglas, he welcomed twins, Kiefer and Rachel, on December 21, 1966. He has three sons, Rossif, Angus and Roeg, with his current wife Francine Racette. Roeg Sutherland was born on February 5, 1974, Rossif Sutherland on September 25, 1978 and Angus Redford Sutherland on September 3, 1982.

Interestingly, Donald Sutherland named all four of his sons after directors he has worked with over the course of his long Hollywood career. Also, almost all of his children have pursued career paths similar to their famous father’s. His first son, Kiefer Sutherland, is an acclaimed actor and filmmaker. His third son Rossif Sutherland is also an actor and you would have guessed his youngest son Angus Sutherland is an actor and filmmaker.


Donald Sutherland stands at a height of 6 feet 3½ inches (192 cm). His gargantuan stature is indeed one of his most distinctive physical traits, and he’s been known to habitually retire to meet his co-stars face-to-face.

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