Oscar winner Donald Sutherland passed away

Beloved Oscar honoree Donald Sutherland, who starred in dozens of films from The Dirty Dozen to MASH to the Hunger Games saga, passed away in Miami. He was 88 years old. His son Kiefer announced this on social media.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away. I personally consider him one of the most important actors in the history of cinema. I never gave up on a role, good, bad or ugly. He did what he did and what he loved; you can never ask for more than that.”

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Donald McNichol Sutherland was born on July 17, 1934 in Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada). After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in engineering in 1956, he moved to England to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He worked regularly in London theaters until his film debut in 1964, in the Italian horror film “Castle of the Living Dead” starring Herbert Wise (Luciano Ricci) and Warren Kiefer (Lorenzo Sabatini). the dual role – thanks to his exceptional stage awareness, allowed Sutherland to develop his interpretive style.

After working primarily in British productions, Sutherland landed his first prestigious role in Hollywood in Robert Aldrich’s “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), in which he played dashing soldier Vernon Pinkley. He found success in Robert Altman’s “Mash” (1970), co-written with Elliott Gould, with his rendition of Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, an eccentric captain who was a field hospital surgeon during the Korean War and was always up for any joke. He formed an irresistible comedy duo with. Thus, Sutherland had the opportunity to try his hand at different roles, with numerous interpretive offers that would later mark his entire career.

He was a dubious and troubled director in an identity crisis in Paul Mazursky’s “Alex’s World” (1970); He was a meticulous and perfect private detective in Alan J. Pakula’s “Call to Inspector Klute” (1971). From Dalton Trumbo’s “And Johnny Got the Gun” (1971) to the sharp take on a paranoid British restaurateur with supernatural powers in the parapsychological thriller in Nicolas Roeg’s “A shocking red December in Venice” (1973) . After reprising the “Mash” comic duo in Irvin Kershner’s “SPYS” (1974), Sutherland, again with his friend Gould, reached the pinnacle of his career with three roles: one in John Schlesinger’s “The Day of the Locust” (1975). he admirably sketched a murderer who was killed by the mob after killing the child; In Bertolucci’s “Novecento” (1976), he summed up with great mastery the unforgettable role of Attila, a brutal and despicable provincial fascist in Mussolini’s Italy; In “Il Casanova” (1976) Fellini took on the role of the famous Venetian seductress, portrayed with ironic melancholy.

Source: Today IT