Wednesday, July 17, 2024

RIP The Great Donald Sutherland Passes Away at 88, Oscar Recipient, Star of “MASH,” “Ordinary People,” “Klute”


This one hurts.

Donald Sutherland has died. The great — and I mean great — actor was 88. He had an Oscar Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to many nominations and other awards

Sutherland’s most famous movies included “Klute,” “Ordinary People,” and “MASH.” More contemporary audiences knows him from “The Hunger Games.” He was most recently on “Lawmen: Bass Reeves.” His other memorable roles were in “Six Degrees of Separation” (brilliant performance), “Don’t Look Now,” and “A Dry White Season.”

Sutherland was self-effacing. For a movie star he was as low key as possible, staying out of the spotlight when he wasn’t on screen. But when he did appear on screen, audiences would break out in spontaneous applause. He was the real thing and everyone knew it. He was also a vehement anti-war activist during the Vietnam era, appearing in a documentary with his “Klute” star (and lover) Jane Fonda called “FTA.”

His reps say he had a long illness. Donald Sutherland will be sorely missed and never forgotten.

Of course, Sutherland’s son, Kiefer, became a big star as well.

Ron Howard wrote on Twitter: “I was blessed to direct him in #Backdraft. One of the most intelligent, interesting & engrossing film actors of all time. Incredible range, creative courage & dedication to serving the story & the audience with supreme excellence.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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