Kiefer Sutherland Pays Tribute to Late Father Donald: ‘One of the Most Important Actors in the History of Film’

Kiefer Sutherland took to social media to remember his late father, the legendary actor Donald Sutherland, who died on June 20 at 88 years old after a long illness. The “24” and “The Lost Boys” actor remembered his father as a performer who loved his craft and an actor who was one of Hollywood’s most important stars.

“With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away,” Donald wrote in a statement on his social media platforms. “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 than that. A life well lived.”

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Kiefer is one of Donald’s four sons (his brothers are Roeg, Rossif and Angus). The late actor also had a daughter, Rachel. Kiefer followed in his father’s footsteps as an actor, and the father-son duo starred together in projects several times throughout the years, including the movies “Max Dugan Returns” (1983), “Forsaken” (2015) and “A Time to Kill” (1996).

Donald became a countercultural icon as an actor after appearing in movies such as “The Dirty Dozen,” “MASH,” “Klute” and “Don’t Look Now.” He later connected to a younger generation of moviegoers by starring opposite Jennifer Lawrence as President Snow in “The Hunger Games” franchise. Donald also made his mark on television, winning a supporting actor Emmy for HBO’s “Citizen X” in 1995 and earning a nomination 2006 for the Lifetime miniseries “Human Trafficking.”

A private celebration of life in honor of Donald will be held by the family at a later date.

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