Donald Sutherland, Star Of THE HUNGER GAMES, DON'T LOOK NOW & KELLY'S HEROES, Passes Away Aged 88

Donald Sutherland, Star Of THE HUNGER GAMES, DON'T LOOK NOW & KELLY'S HEROES, Passes Away Aged 88

Reports are coming in that legendary Canadian actor Donald Sutherland (Don't Look Now, M.A.S.H., The Hunter Games) has sadly passed away at the age of 88...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 20, 2024 01:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Sci-Fi

We're very sad to report that Donald Sutherland has passed away at the age of 88 after a long illness.

Sutherland appeared in countless movies and TV shows over the course of his six-decade career, taking on a wide range of roles. Early standouts include Pvt. Vernon Pinkley in The Dirty Dozen (1967), Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in M*A*S*H (1970), hippie tank commander Sgt. Oddball in Kelly’s Heroes (1970), and the titular private eye in Alan J. Pakula’s Klute (1971).

Though he often played heroic characters, Sutherland also brought life to his share of villains, including a ruthless Nazi spy in Eye of the Needle (1981), and President Snow in the Hunger Games movies. He is also known for his devastating turn as a grieving father in Nicholas Roeg's sinister horror/thriller Don't Look Now (1973), which featured an infamously graphic (for its time) sex scene with Julie Christie.

The prolific actor's résumé also includes: The Split (1968); Paul Mazursky‘s Alex in Wonderland (1970); Start the Revolution Without Me (1970); Little Murders (1971); John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust (1975); The Eagle Has Landed (1976); Bernardo Bertolucci‘s 1900 (1976); Max Dugan Returns (1983); Oliver Stone‘s JFK (1991); A Time to Kill (1996); Without Limits (1998); Clint Eastwood‘s Space Cowboys (2000); Pride & Prejudice (2005); American Gun (2005); Ask the Dust (2006); Man on the Train (2011); The Leisure Seeker (2017); and The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020).

Sutherland is survived by his four sons, actors Kiefer Sutherland, Rossif Sutherland and Angus Sutherland and CAA executive Roeg Sutherland; a granddaughter, Sarah Sutherland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus' daughter on Veep; and his partner/wife since 1972, actress Francine Racette.

Kiefer confirmed his father's passing on Twitter, and shared the following tribute.

"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…"

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regularmovieguy - 6/20/2024, 1:58 PM
RIP to a legend 🙏🏻
McMurdo - 6/20/2024, 2:48 PM
@regularmovieguy - yup. This one is rough. RIP
dracula - 6/20/2024, 1:58 PM
Love the MASH show

Havent watched the movie outside of the clip of them singing “suicideispainless”
KaptainKhaos - 6/20/2024, 1:59 PM
R.I.P to a Canadian Legend
kylo0607 - 6/20/2024, 2:00 PM

A legend of an actor.
Nomis929 - 6/20/2024, 2:02 PM
Aw man, One of the all time greats!

The Original "Hawkeye" from MASH movie. The Profesor in 'Animal house". And that ending of 'Body Snatchers" scared me so much as a kid!

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h8red - 6/20/2024, 3:26 PM
@Nomis929 - 3 outstanding movies by Mr Sutherland. I’m on a horror movie journey right now, and just watched Body Snatchers about 2 weeks ago. Haven’t seen it since I was a kid. That ending is classic. Great actor. Great loss. RIP.
MotherGooseUPus - 6/20/2024, 5:10 PM
@Nomis929 - HOLY SHIT. totally forgot he was the professor in Animal House... one of my favorite comedies ever. Good call!!

Nomis929 - 6/20/2024, 6:29 PM
@MotherGooseUPus -

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ModHaterSLADE - 6/20/2024, 2:03 PM
The man was one hell of a talent, especially when it came to playing convincing villains.
DrReedRichards - 6/20/2024, 2:03 PM
Rest in peace, kind Sir. Thank you for bringing both charm and gravitas to your every role.
UniqNo - 6/20/2024, 2:15 PM
@DrReedRichards - Agreed, both were always on great display when in fron thr camera.
S8R8M - 6/20/2024, 2:03 PM
A phenomenal career.
Rest well, sir!
Itwasme - 6/20/2024, 2:05 PM
HenchmanSpeedy - 6/20/2024, 2:05 PM
That sucks.
Slotherin - 6/20/2024, 2:05 PM
I thought he already died tbh
DarthOmega - 6/20/2024, 2:07 PM
Damnit. One of those times I was hoping I read the headline wrong. R.I.P
Iports - 6/20/2024, 2:07 PM
Top actor rip
Izaizaiza - 6/20/2024, 2:10 PM
Damn. Great actor. RIP
Colton - 6/20/2024, 2:10 PM
Class actor. Especially loved his performance in MASH. Rip
Origame - 6/20/2024, 2:13 PM
Total f@#$ing legend. We'll miss you. RIP
HermanM - 6/20/2024, 2:13 PM
FlixMentallo21 - 6/20/2024, 2:13 PM
RIP. He voiced one of my favorite one-shot characters on “The Simpsons”: Hollis Hurlbut, curator of the Springfield Historical Society in the episode ‘Lisa the Iconoclast’.
LukeCage2155 - 6/20/2024, 2:13 PM
RIP Donald Sutherland.
MarvelousMarty - 6/20/2024, 2:16 PM
Very sad. Absolute legend.
MrDandy - 6/20/2024, 2:16 PM
Noooo! RIP to a legend
Spoken - 6/20/2024, 2:17 PM
RIP! Great actor
HistoryofMatt - 6/20/2024, 2:19 PM
One of my favorite actors ever for my entire life. So much of my childhood and growing up included watching his most seminal films. I think the first horror film I ever saw was Invasion of the Body Snatchers when I was 7 or 8, and to this day I am terrified of pod people. Probably why I have such a visceral reaction to certain kinds of zealous, cultish people and the push to censor and "cancel" people who speak against the prevailing thing of the day.

Animal House was one of those movies I finally saw completely uncensored when I was around 11, and it made me want to go to college in the worst way. Even though I graduated from one of the best party schools in THE BEST college town in America, unfortunately my experiences, though fun, could never measure-up. No professor ever got drunk with us or offered other activities.

I know most Millennials and Gen-Z will know him best for The Hunger Games, and I'm here to say, without Donald Sutherland providing that entire series with his gravitas, it's not half as good. His quiet, menacing evil as the face of an uncaring and gluttonous, immoral bureaucracy made the franchise what it was.

I will miss Donald Sutherland.
EZBeast - 6/20/2024, 2:24 PM
An absolute legend! Thanks for all the movie memories.
mountainman - 6/20/2024, 2:27 PM
Sutherland was already a legend when I was a young child. He was one of the most iconic actors of the last 50 years. RIP sir.
Apophis71 - 6/20/2024, 2:34 PM
Malatrova15 - 6/20/2024, 2:35 PM
Rest easy you absolute legend.
smgmayhem - 6/20/2024, 2:47 PM
He was one of those actors that had a distinctive voice you could always recognize, even if you could not see him.
IAmAHoot - 6/20/2024, 2:50 PM
How is Invasion Of The Body Snatchers not mentioned above?!
Always loved him in Space Cowboys too!
May he have the most peaceful of rests.
ObserverIO - 6/20/2024, 3:47 PM
@IAmAHoot - There's so many classic s missing, he did so many. Animal House. [frick] it, Buffy even!

Matchesz - 6/20/2024, 2:50 PM
RIP legend

Michael Caine is 91 btw 😪
ObserverIO - 6/20/2024, 3:49 PM
@Matchesz - Oh man, we'll probably see a similar article for him at some point in the next 3 decades then.
RolandD - 6/20/2024, 4:03 PM
RIP to a great actor. He also had a cameo in Murder By Decree- Holmes and Watson investigating the Jack the Ripper killings. Sutherland played a psychic that Holmes and Watson. I always liked that movie because I thought Christopher Plummer and James Mason had great chemistry together as Holmes and Watson.
grif - 6/20/2024, 4:09 PM

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