Donald Sutherland is a Canadian actor best known in recent years for his roles in the movies Cold Mountain, The Italian Job and Pride And Prejudice; and for his television roles as Nathan Templeton in Commander In Chief (2005-2006) and as Tripp Darling in Dirty Sexy Money, from 2007-2009.
He also has a starring role as Michel Dorn, one of the elite inspectors working for the International Criminal Court, in the international police procedural crime drama television series Crossing Lines.
Sutherland is one of the most prolific and versatile of motion picture actors, with an astonishing resume of well over a hundred films, ranging from the biting political satire of Robert Altman's M*A*S*H to the intimate drama of Robert Redford's Ordinary People, from the subtle intricacy of Alan Pakula's Klute to the eccentric romanticism of Fellini's Casanova.
Sutherland has made films with Bernardo Bertolucci (1900), Nicolas Roeg (Don't Look Now), John Schlesinger (The Day of the Locust), Brian Hutton (Kelly's Heroes), Paul Mazursky (Alex in Wonderland), Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen), John Sturges (The Eagle Has Landed), Herbert Ross (Max Dugan Returns), Louis Malle (Crackers), Philip Borsos (Bethune), Ron Howard (Backdraft), Richard Marquand (Eye of the Needle), Euzhan Palcy (A Dry White Season), Richard Pearce (Threshold, for which he won the 1983 Genie Award as Best Actor), Oliver Stone (JFK), Fred Schepisi (his adaptation of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation), Robert Towne (Without Limits), Clint Eastwood (Space Cowboys) and John Landis (a memorable cameo in National Lampoon's Animal House).
Sutherland appeared as Nicole Kidman's father in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, as Charlize Theron's father in F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job and as Mr. Bennett, Keira Knightley's father, in Pride and Prejudice.
For the latter he received a Chicago Film Critics nomination.
In the past few years he has starred in Griffin Dunne's Fierce People with Diane Lane; in Robert Towne's Ask the Dust with Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell; in American Gun with Forrest Whitaker; An American Haunting with Sissy Spacek; Land of the Blind with Ralph Fiennes, and in Aurora Borealis with Louise Fletcher and Juliette Lewis.
In 2008 he appeared in Fool's Gold with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, for director Andy Tennant. He is part of the ensemble in the documentary Trumbo.
On television Sutherland co-starred with Geena Davis as House Speaker Nathan Templeton in ABC's Commander In Chief, and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor.
He was also nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor for his performance opposite Mira Sorvino in Lifetime Television's much-lauded Human Trafficking.
He won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the HBO film Citizen X, and won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Clark Clifford, advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the HBO historical drama, Path to War, directed by the late John Frankenheimer.
On stage Sutherland starred with Justin Kirk and Julianna Margulies in a critically acclaimed, Lincoln Center engagement of Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Actor.
He also starred in the London, Toronto and Los Angeles productions of Enigmatic Variations, an English language translation (by his son, Roeg Sutherland) of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's French play.
He is the father of actors Kiefer Sutherland and Rossif Sutherland and was born on the same day as actress Diahann Carroll.