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Also Known As: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland Died:
Born: December 21, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, director, producer

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The son of a film legend who seemed poised for stardom as a teen heartthrob thanks to breakout roles in "Stand By Me" (1986) and "The Lost Boys" (1987), actor Kiefer Sutherland suffered through a period of stagnation in the 1990s. Prior to his career's hibernation, Sutherland was a leading man and peripheral member of the so-called Brat Pack that included Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald. At his peak, he starred in such high-profile fare as "Young Guns" (1988) and "Flatliners" (1990), but a much-publicized breakup with then-fiancée Julia Roberts mere days before their pending nuptials put a serious dent in his celebrity. After that unfortunate time, Sutherland found himself relegated to barely-seen indie films and bottom shelf studio flicks. But after years off the public radar, an adult Sutherland reemerged in heroic fashion as Jack Bauer, an agent in the U.S. Counter Terrorist Unit who goes through hell to avert all manner of national crises, on the successful TV thriller "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Not only was Sutherland's career resurrected, he vaulted past any heights previously achieved to become a multi-Emmy and Golden Globe winner. With his career back in full...

The son of a film legend who seemed poised for stardom as a teen heartthrob thanks to breakout roles in "Stand By Me" (1986) and "The Lost Boys" (1987), actor Kiefer Sutherland suffered through a period of stagnation in the 1990s. Prior to his career's hibernation, Sutherland was a leading man and peripheral member of the so-called Brat Pack that included Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald. At his peak, he starred in such high-profile fare as "Young Guns" (1988) and "Flatliners" (1990), but a much-publicized breakup with then-fiancée Julia Roberts mere days before their pending nuptials put a serious dent in his celebrity. After that unfortunate time, Sutherland found himself relegated to barely-seen indie films and bottom shelf studio flicks. But after years off the public radar, an adult Sutherland reemerged in heroic fashion as Jack Bauer, an agent in the U.S. Counter Terrorist Unit who goes through hell to avert all manner of national crises, on the successful TV thriller "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Not only was Sutherland's career resurrected, he vaulted past any heights previously achieved to become a multi-Emmy and Golden Globe winner. With his career back in full swing, Sutherland was able to carry other shows like "Touch" (Fox, 2012- ) while solidifying his hard-earned status as television's top star.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Woman Wanted (1999) Director
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  Last Light (1993) Director

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 Pompeii (2014)
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 Sleight of Hand (2012)
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 Melancholia (2011)
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 Marmaduke (2010)
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 Twelve (2010)
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 Mirrors (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1970:
Parents separated when Sutherland was four
1971:
After parents' divorce, lived with mother in Los Angeles
1976:
Made stage debut with the Los Angeles Odyssey Theater in "Throne of Straw" at age nine
1977:
Moved with mother and twin sister to Toronto at age 10
1983:
First film appearance, "Max Dugan Returns"; father, Donald Sutherland co-starred
1984:
Film acting debut, "The Bay Boy"; earned a Genie award nomination
1985:
U.S. TV debut, 'The Mission' episode of NBC's "Amazing Stories"; directed by Steven Spielberg
1986:
TV-movie debut as a mute teenager in the CBS drama "Trapped in Silence"
1986:
Played gang leader Ace Merrill in "Stand By Me"; initial collaboration with director Rob Reiner
1987:
Co-starred as a teenage vampire in "The Lost Boys"
1988:
First of two films with Charlie Sheen as co-star, "Young Guns"
1988:
Teamed with Robert Downey Jr. as draftees in the Vietnam drama "1969"
1990:
Starred opposite Dennis Hopper in the feature "Flashback"
1990:
Cast in the ensemble thriller "Flatliners"; met and fell in love with co-star Julia Roberts
1992:
Re-teamed with director Rob Reiner in "A Few Good Men"
1993:
Second film with Charlie Sheen, "The Three Musketeers"
1993:
Made directorial debut (also starred) with the Showtime prison drama "Last Light"
1994:
Appeared opposite Woody Harrelson in the comedy-drama "The Cowboy Way"
1994:
Executive produced the Fox TV-movie "Dark Reflections"
1995:
Had supporting role in the Oscar-nominated short "The Duke of Groove"
1995:
Helmed the 'Love and Blood' segment of the Showtime series "Fallen Angels"
1996:
Starred opposite Sally Field as a freed rapist-murderer in "Eye for an Eye"
1996:
Appeared as a Ku Klux Klan leader in "A Time to Kill"; also co-starred father Donald as an alcoholic lawyer
1996:
Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the HBO film "Freeway"
1997:
Feature directorial debut, "Truth or Consequences, N.M."; also co-starred as a psychopathic ex-convict
1997:
Co-starred with mother Shirley Douglas in an Ottawa stage production of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie"
1998:
Had featured role in the underrated "Dark City"
1999:
Directed and co-starred with Holly Hunter in "Woman Wanted"
2000:
Portrayed writer William S. Burroughs in the Sundance-screened drama "Beat"
2000:
Portrayed a sheriff in the black comedy "Picking Up the Pieces" (Cinemax)
2001:
Co-starred with Robert Carlyle in the WWII drama "To End All Wars"; screened at Cannes
2001:
Cast as Jack Bauer, a government agent on the Fox drama "24"; received Emmy (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), SAG (2002, 2005, 2007) and Golden Globe (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007) nominations for Best Actor in Drama Series
2002:
Cast in the Joel Schumacher thiller "Phone Booth"
2003:
Cast as artist Paul Gaugin in the biopic "Paradise Found"
2004:
Starred opposite Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke in the thriller "Taking Lives"
2006:
Co-starred with Michael Douglas and Eva Longoria in "The Sentinel"
2008:
Played the lead in "Mirrors," a remake of the 2003 South Korean horror film
2008:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December)
2008:
Reprised role of Jack Bauer for the TV-movie, "24: Redemption" (Fox), a prequel to the 7th season of the series; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy nominations for Best Actor in a Television Movie
2009:
Voiced General W.R. Monger in the computer-animated 3-D feature "Monsters vs. Aliens"
2010:
Voiced the character of Bosco, the main antagonist, in the live-action film based on the comic strip "Marmaduke"
2010:
Narrated the Joel Schumacher-directed drama thriller "Twelve"
2011:
Joined an all star cast for the revival of Broadway's "That Championship Season"
2011:
Cast in a featured role in Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"
2012:
Returned to series television with a starring role as a widower father and airport worker on "Touch" (Fox)
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Notes

Sutherland was named after screenwriter Warren Kiefer, who wrote the film "Castle of the Living Dead" in which Donald Sutherland was featured.

He formed the production company Stillwater Films which is named for a river that ran on the Montana ranch he once owned.

Sutherland has competed in rodeos since co-starring in the 1984 film "The Cowboy Way", twice winning the United States Team Roping Championship and placing near the top in other competitions.

"Having a famous dad has been a struggle. My presence has been like a thorn in his sense of originality. He even looks like me--just shorter." --Donald Sutherland on his son Kiefer to London's The Daily Mail, May 2000

"There's an energy in some television that I thought was more exciting than a lot of films I was watching."

He accepted the role in Fox's "24" in part because he could play a character "with a clear sense of right and wrong and an incredible dedication to fulfilling his destiny. Real human beings given incredible circumstances do some heroic things. It's wonderful to watch, and it's wonderful to play someone like that, too."---Kiefer Sutherland describing his search for a small screen project TV Guide November 3-9, 2001

"Ten years ago, I wouldn't even have considered doing a television series, but television has changed dramatically during the past three, four years. I really enjoy (cable) TV shows like 'The Sopranos,' 'Sex In The City' and '100 Centre Street.' I also feel that some network shows are really well done, including 'West Wing,' 'NYPD Blue' and 'ER.' A lot of it is on par with good feature films; it also can attack certain issues that movies can't." --Sutherland to Steppin' Out Magazine, December 19, 2001.

"Five years ago, if you would have said I wouod be winning awards and starring in a hit show, I would have said you were dreaming. I guess this is my second chance. This time around, I'm not going to take any moment of it for granted, because I know what it feels like to almost lose it all."---Sutherland to InTouch March 22, 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Camelia Kath. Actor. Born c. 1954, married in 1988; filed for divorce February 1990; co-starred in "Then Killing Time" (1987); has daughter Camilla from previous marriage.
companion:
Julia Roberts. Actor. Met while filming "Flatliners" (1990); became engaged; marriage was scheduled for June 14, 1991 did not take place.
companion:
Amanda Rice. Dancer. Dated briefly in 1991.
wife:
Kelly Winn. Canadian; born c. 1963; married on June 29, 1996; has two sons from previous relationship; separated in August 1999; Sutherland filed for divorce in May 10, 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Thomas Clement Douglas. Politician, minister. Born in Scotland in 1904; raised in Canada Socialist; was premier of Saskatchewan from 1944-61; died on February 24, 1986.
father:
Donald Sutherland. Actor. Married to Shirley Douglas from 1966 to 1971; reportedly estranged from son.
mother:
Shirley Douglas. Actor. Daughter of former Canadian NDP leader, Tommy Douglas; was involved with the Black Panthers during her marriage to Donald Sutherland; eventually arrested for trying to buy hand grenades from the CIA with a personal check but case eventually thrown out of court.
step-mother:
Francine Racette. Actor.
sister:
Rachel Sutherland. Twin sister.
half-brother:
Roeg Sutherland. Born in 1974.
half-brother:
Rousif Sutherland. Born in 1978.
half-brother:
Angus Redford Sutherland. Born c. 1980.
step-daughter:
Camilla Kath.
daughter:
Sarah Jude Sutherland. Born c. 1988; named after Sarah Jessica Parker and Jude Cole.
step-son:
Julian. Born c. 1990; mother Kelly Winn.
step-son:
Timothy. Born c. 1993; mother Kelly Winn.
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