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Sutherland was born in Saint John, New Brunswick to Dorothy McNichol and Frederick Sutherland, who was in charge of the local bus, gas and electricity company; his maternal grandfather was a Protestant minister. Sutherland, of Scottish descent, grew up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He got his first part time job aged 14 as a news correspondent for local radio station CKBW Radio in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He then studied at Victoria College, University of Toronto eventually graduating with a double major in engineering and drama. He had at one point been a member of "UC Follies" comedy troupe in Toronto. He changed his mind about becoming an engineer and subsequently left Canada for England to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

In the early 1960s he began to get small parts in British film and TV, in the mid 1960s getting notable roles in horror films with Christopher Lee such as Castle of the Living Dead, and Dr. Terror's House of Horrors. His first great successes came with the three war films The Dirty Dozen in 1967 with Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson, in 1970 as the lead Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in Robert Altman's M*A*S*H and as tank commander Sgt. Oddball in Kelly's Heroes with Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas. Sutherland formed an intimate friendship with the actress Jane Fonda during the filming of the Academy award winning detective thriller Klute, Sutherland later remarked that they had had a physical relationship on and off screen.

Sutherland and Fonda went on to co-produce and star together in the anti Vietnam war film F.T.A. consisting of a series of sketches performed outside army bases in the Pacific Rim and interviews with the American troops who were then on active service. Sutherland found himself in demand as a leading man throughout the 1970s in films such as the Venice based psychological horror Don't Look Now, the war film The Eagle Has Landed, and as the ever optimistic health inspector in the sci-fi horror Invasion of the Body Snatchers alongside Brooke Adams and Jeff Goldblum.

He also made acclaimed performances in the 1976 Bernardo Bertolucci Italian fascism epic 1900 and for his role as the torn father in the Academy award winning family drama Ordinary People alongside Mary Tyler Moore and Timothy Hutton.

He played the part of fellow countryman, Canadian Norman Bethune, a physician, humanitarian and hero in China with whom he identified, in two separate biographical films in 1977 and 1990. Through the 1980s and 1990s his films were perhaps less noteworthy than those in the 1970s, exceptions being the South African apartheid drama A Dry White Season  alongside Marlon Brando and Susan Sarandon, the fire fighter thriller Backdraft alongside Kurt Russell and De Niro, and as the snobbish NYC art dealer in Six Degrees of Separation with Stockard Channing and Will Smith.

In the Oliver Stone film, JFK, Sutherland played a mysterious Washington intelligence officer who spoke of links to the military-industrial complex in relation to Kennedy's assassination.

Recently he has been noted for his role as the Reverend Monroe in the civil war drama Cold Mountain, in the re-make of The Italian Job, and in Pride and Prejudice starring alongside Keira Knightley.

Sutherland's distinctive voice has been used in many radio and television commercials, including those for Volvo automobiles.

He was married to the actress Shirley Douglas from 1966 until 1970, daughter of Canadian democratic socialist statesman Tommy Douglas by whom he has a daughter Rachel and a son Kiefer Sutherland. He was previously married to Lois Hardwick, and briefly had a relationship with the actress Jane Fonda during the early 1970s.

He met his current wife, the French-Canadian actress Francine Racette on the set of the Canadian pioneer drama Alien Thunder. Together they have three sons:

    * Roeg Sutherland (b. 1974)
    * Rossif (b. 1978) (appeared in the 2003 film based on the Michael Crichton novel Timeline, and the 2005 film Red Doors)
    * Angus Redford Sutherland (b. 1979)

Donald Sutherland was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978.

    * Sutherland played Kate Bush's father in the video for her song Cloudbusting.

    * Height: 6'4"

    * Either dislikes the smell of cigarette smoke or it may be a medical irritant.  In an article promoting Pride & Prejudice, Rosamund Pike claims she "was privileged to be able to chat to Donald Sutherland on set - because she is not a smoker. She says, 'I don't smoke so I was able to come within a hundred metres of him, which most people on set couldn't because of the smoking ban - no one can smoke within a hundred metres of him'".

    * When offered the choice of a flat $40,000 fee or a percentage of the gross on National Lampoon's Animal House, he chose the former option, which he has conceded cost him millions.

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