Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

[29 February 2000] Radio interview with Michael Enright on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "This Morning".

Achieved cinematic fame in two completely different and contrasting war films. One was the cynical, edgy, sarcastic Korean War comedy MASH (1970), and the other was the gritty, action packed, violent World War II action film The Dirty Dozen (1967).

Although several sources list that he and Francine Racette were married in 1974, Donald stated in a May 2000 London Daily Mail article that they did not marry until August 1990. They met in 1974 and lived together for 16 years.

Appeared in The Day of the Locust (1975) as a character named Homer Simpson, and then later made a guest appearance on "The Simpsons" (1989).

Appears throughout MASH (1970) wearing glasses and a fishing bucket hat. This look was later mirrored by his son, Kiefer Sutherland, in Article 99 (1992).

As with son Kiefer Sutherland, named after director Lorenzo Sabatini, he named his other son, Roeg Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland's half-brother, after Don't Look Now (1973) director Nicolas Roeg.

Being very tall, Sutherland has long since had a habit of slouching over so he could meet other actors eye to eye.

Between 1958 and 1960, he went to England and studied acting at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Both Sutherland and Alan Alda, who took up the role of Hawkeye in the TV version of "M*A*S*H" (1972) suffered from polio as children.

By the time he was 14, he had become a radio DJ.

Dubbed (uncredited) the part taken by English actor William Devlin in The Shuttered Room (1967).

Even though he receives top billing in The Day of the Locust (1975), he doesn't appear in the film for the first 42 minutes.

Father, with Shirley Douglas, of Kiefer Sutherland and Rachel Sutherland.

Former son-in-law of Tommy Douglas.

Graduated from University of Toronto.

Grandfather of Sarah Sutherland, father of Kiefer Sutherland and Camelia Kath.

Grew up in the town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, where he also graduated from high school.

Had a near-death experience in 1979 when he was ill with meningitis. Doctors told him he had died for a time, and he claims to have had an out-of-body experience.

Has three sons with Francine Racette: Roeg Sutherland (b. 1974); Rossif Sutherland (b. 1978) and Angus Sutherland (b. 1979).

Has two roles in common with Alan Alda. Sutherland played Flan in Six Degrees of Separation (1993), the role Alda played in an audio-book publication. Sutherland also played Hawkeye Pierce in MASH (1970), the role Alda played in "M*A*S*H" (1972).