Donald Sutherland, an actor who had a lengthy career and was most recognized for his appearances in The Hunger Games and other films and television shows, has away. He was 88 years old.

According to Missy Davy of the CAA, who spoke with People, Sutherland passed away on Thursday, June 20, in Miami, after a protracted illness. “A private celebration of life will be held by the family,” Davy said in his statement.

In addition to his five grandkids, the actor is survived by his five children, including his son Kiefer, who is 24 years old and an actor. He shared his son with his ex-wife, the actress Shirley Douglas. In 1972, Sutherland tied the knot with Francine Racette, an actress, and the couple had three children together: Roeg, Rossif, and Angus. Sutherland had previously been married before to Lois Hardwick. In addition, he is the father of Rachel, who went on to die in the year 2020 at the age of 86.

The role of Mr. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, which was released in 2005, was played by Sutherland, who also appeared alongside Keira Knightley and Hawkeye Pierce in the film M*A*S*H, which was released in 1970. Sutherland also had numerous notable film roles in films such as Ordinary People (1980) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Additionally, he played the villainous President Snow in all four Hunger Games movies, which Jennifer Lawrence also starred in.

Recently, he has been in a number of television shows, including The Undoing, Trust, and Swimming with Sharks, among others.

“for a lifetime of indelible characters, rendered with unwavering truthfulness,” Sutherland was presented with an Honorary Academy Award in 2017. This was despite the fact that he was never nominated for a competitive Oscar throughout his lengthy career, which really began to take off after the release of The Dirty Dozen in 1967. Sutherland won an Emmy for the television movie Citizen X in 1995.

During his acceptance speech at the moment, he said that the honor “is very important to me, that it is very important to my family.”

“It’s as if a door has been opened, and a breath of air that is very cool and incredibly fresh has just entered. “I wish I could say thank you to all of the characters that I’ve played, thank them for using their lives to inform my life,” he said. “I wish I could say thank you more than I have.” “I’d love to be able to thank the multitude of people who are responsible for me being here.”

In addition, he said, “And, of course, thank you to Francine Racette, from whom everything has come — that’s my family — from whom everything has come, and to whom everything is owed.” He was referring to his wife. I have been her partner for more than 45 years, and during all of that time, she has been there for me with her brilliance, her intuition, her teaching, her capacity to make me laugh even in the most difficult of circumstances, her great sense of taste, and her unwavering faith in me.

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While Sutherland remarked, “Among all of these, her capacity to absorb and sustain the extraordinary ups and downs of this crazy movie life that we have been through is one of the most impressive things.” She should be awarded a medal for that, if you ask me. To put it another way, Francine, I’m going to get you a medal.

In 2022, Kiefer spoke with The Guardian how his renowned father’s work served as a source of inspiration for him to pursue a career in Hollywood.

“It’s hard to think of another actor who’s been as prolific and made films as diverse as Ordinary People, Don’t Look Now, Fellini’s Casanova, Bertolucci’s 1900 and The Hunger Games,” he said to reporters. “His influence was to make my career as diversified and interesting as possible, which he taught me by doing, not by saying, which was really cool.”

In an interview with Variety in 2014, Sutherland said that he had no idea that his performance in The Hunger Games would become so famous, to the point that young fans would seek him for photographs for years after the film was released. There is a prequel film called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, in which Tom Blyth portrays a younger version of the character Coriolanus Snow, who is played by Sutherland.

“Usually, right before the picture is taken the young woman will say, ‘Why do you look so mean?'” “I was at my dermatologist, and she asked me what I was going to do next,” quipped Sutherland, who also recounted the moment when he realized the franchise was a major thing. I informed her that I was going to be doing a piece under the title The Hunger Games. Suddenly, she let out a gasp and began inviting everyone into the room, and they all came racing through the door. With that, I had my first inkling that it may be something significant.

By Anna

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