Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland

Infobox actor

imagesize = 240px
caption = Kiefer Sutherland signs an autograph at Green Hill conference (2007)
birthname = Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland
birthdate = birth date and age|1966|12|21
birthplace = London, England
yearsactive = 1983-present
spouse = Camelia Kath (1987-1990)
Kelly Winn (1996-2008)
emmyawards = Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama Series
2006 "24"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actor - Drama Series
2001 "24"
sagawards = Outstanding Actor - Drama Series
2003 "24"
2005 "24"

Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe award-winning British-born Canadian actor, well known for his lead role of Jack Bauer on the television series "24".


Early life

Sutherland was born in London, England, the son of Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both of whom are successful Canadian actors.Stated in interview on "Inside the Actors Studio"] He has Scottish ancestry from both parents and is the grandson of Canadian politician Tommy Douglas. Sutherland and his twin sister, Rachel, were born in London (in Saint Mary's Hospital, Paddington) while his parents were working there. As a result, through the "jus soli" and the "jus sanguinis", he holds both a Canadian passport and a British passport with certificate of Right to Abode.

His family moved to Corona, California, shortly afterwards, but his parents eventually divorced in 1972. In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto, Canada, where he attended elementary school at Crescent Town Elementary School in East York, Toronto, and high school at St. Andrew's College, Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Harbord Collegiate Institute and Malvern Collegiate Institute. He also spent a semester at Regina Mundi College in London, Ontario, Canada, and attended Crescent Town Elementary School and St. Clair Junior High School in East York, Ontario.


As of 2008, Sutherland has appeared in over seventy films, most notably "The Lost Boys", "", "A Few Good Men", "Flatliners", "Young Guns", "The Vanishing", "The Three Musketeers", "Stand by Me", "Dark City", "To End All Wars" and "A Time To Kill" as well as "The Sentinel".

In 2005, Sutherland was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, [ [ Canada's Walk of Fame: Kiefer Sutherland, actor] ] where both of his parents have also been inducted. Sutherland was also the first "Inside the Actors Studio" guest to be the child of a former guest; his father, Donald, appeared on the show in 1998. Sutherland was featured on the cover of the April 2006 edition of "Rolling Stone", in an article entitled "Alone in the Dark with Kiefer Sutherland". The article began with Sutherland revealing his interest to be killed off in "24". However, he stated, "Don't get me wrong. I love what I do." It also revealed that he devotes 10 months a year working on "24".Hedegaard, Erik. [ Kiefer Sutherland: Heart of Darkness] , "Rolling Stone", April 7, 2006. Accessed May 26, 2008.]

He has starred in Japanese commercials for Calorie Mate, performing a parody of his Jack Bauer character. Sutherland also provides voiceovers for the current ad campaign for the Ford Motor Company of Canada. These advertisements are thematically of the comedy genre. In mid-2006, he voiced the Apple Computer advertisement announcing the inclusion of Intel chips in their Macintosh computer line. [ [ Apple Computer advertisement] ] He also voices the introduction to NHL games on the Versus network in the U.S. Recently, he has starred in Argentine TV commercials for Citroën C4 sedan. He has recently done voice over for a commercial for Bank of America's "Keep the Change" program. He voiced a major character in Treyarch's .

Sutherland will executive produce the two-hour pilot of "Phenomenon". Maggie Murphy will also be an executive producer for the show. The Sci Fi Channel ordered a script to be written. The show revolves around a mysterious young female prodigy who leads a crack team of experts in investigating odd and supernatural anomalies of nature. [ [;title;3 Sutherland's Sci Fi 'Phenomenon': Actor dons his executive producer hat] March 22, 2007] Sutherland is currently the top celebrity producer of "The 1 Second Film".


Since 2001, Sutherland is most widely associated with the role of Jack Bauer, on the critically acclaimed television series "24". After being nominated four times for the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" Primetime Emmy Award, Sutherland won the award in 2006 for his role in "24"'s fifth season. His father, Donald, was also an Emmy winner; he won an Emmy award for his role in "Citizen X" in 1996. In the opening skit of the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards, Sutherland made an appearance as his "24" character, Jack Bauer. He was also nominated for Best actor in a Drama Television Series in the 2007 Golden Globe Awards for "24". According to his latest contract, his salary of $40 million for three seasons of the show make him the highest-earning actor on television. [ [ Kiefer Sutherland signs on for more 24] , "", April 11, 2006. Accessed July 4, 2008.] Sutherland constantly emphasizes that the show is merely "entertainment." [ [ The Huffington Post] ] Br.Gen. Patrick Finnegan visited the set of "24" in February 2007 to urge the show's makers to reduce the number of torture scenes [Buncombe, Andrew. [ US military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture scenes ... or else!] , "The Independent", February 13, 2007. Accessed May 26, 2008.] and Sutherland accepted an invitation from the U.S. military to tell West Point cadets it is wrong to torture prisoners. [WENN. [ U.S. Army Invites Sutherland to Give Anti-Torture Speech] , "", February 26, 2007. Accessed May 26, 2008.]


Sutherland owns a recording studio and record lable named "Ironworks." His most noticable work thus far has been working with American mega group "Lifehouse" on their most recent C.D. "who we are" wherein Lifehouse produced the CD in his studio. Also, on August 28th, 2008 Kiefer directed the music video for Lifehouse's newest single "Broken" in Los Angeles. The Video debuted on Thursday, September 11th, 2008. He says he plans to continue working with Lifehouse in the future

Personal life

Several episodes of "24" have allegedly been rewritten to work around minor injuries Sutherland sustained when partying. In an interview with the British "Daily Telegraph", Sutherland said, "I can't deny half the stuff that's been written about me has been true. I've done some stupid things. You have to take responsibility, go, 'That was embarrassing,' and move forward as best you can."Daily Telegraph. [ 24 heaven] Retrieved 19 April 2007. ]

During the autumn of 2001, Sutherland unintentionally interrupted the filming of the premiere episode of an online series titled, "The Lonely Island". [ [ Madness] ] In the episode, "White Power," the main characters develop an addiction to teeth whitener, and eventually mug an old woman to facilitate their addiction. Sutherland, driving by at the time, believed the mugging was real and jumped out of his car to intervene. A small portion of Sutherland's appearance is displayed after the credits, though the portion is only Kiefer stopping his car and looking at them. [ [!/episode/891276/summary.html Lonely sland Guys - White Power!] ] This anecdote was recounted by Andy Samberg.

Sutherland is an active member of the Canadian NDP, and has appeared from time to time in NDP advertisementsFact|date=September 2008.

He has one daughter, Sarah Jude, born February 18, 1988, from his first marriage to Camelia Kath, to whom he was married from September 12, 1987—1990. Through his marriage to Camelia, he became step-father to Michelle Kath, the daughter of Chicago guitarist/singer Terry Kath. In 2006, Sutherland became a step-grandfather when Michelle Kath gave birth to a son, Hamish.

Julia Roberts met Sutherland in 1990, when he was her co-star in "Flatliners". In August 1990, Roberts and Sutherland announced their engagement, with an elaborate studio-planned wedding scheduled for June 14, 1991. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding. His friend Jason Patric ran off with Roberts to Ireland.

On June 29, 1996, he married Kelly Winn. The couple separated in 1999. He filed for divorce in 2004. The divorce was finalized on May 16, 2008. He has two stepsons from this marriage.

Sutherland is a well-known collector of many guitars, a majority of which are Gibson Les Pauls. Recently, the Gibson Custom shop has released a guitar (signed by Sutherland himself), the KS-336, as part of their 'Inspired By' series. [ [ Kiefer Sutherland Custom Series] ] He is a fan of the USC Trojans football, and recorded a birthday message for USC head coach Pete Carroll's 56th birthday.Ben Malcolmson, [ A surprise birthday present] ,, September 15, 2007, Accessed August 18, 2008.]

Sutherland was arrested early September 25, 2007 on misdemeanor drunk driving
charges, his second time since another incident in 2004, after failing a field sobriety test. He tested over the state's legal blood alcohol limit and later released on $25,000 bail. Sutherland pled no contest to the DUI charge and was sentenced to 48 days in jail. [] Initially, he arranged to spend 18 days in jail during "24's" winter break in late December and early January 2008, planning to return to jail after production wrapped up. However, the Hollywood writers' strike interrupted production, allowing him to serve his sentence in 48 consecutive days. He was quoted in "People" magazine that he was incarcerated for New Year's, his birthday and Christmas and only had one visitor.Fact|date=September 2008



1 "The Bay Boy" was Sutherland's first film role, for which he was nominated for the Genie Award for best actor.
² Appeared alongside his father, Donald Sutherland
³ Appeared alongside his mother, Shirley Douglas


* "Last Light" (1993)
* "Truth or Consequences, N.M." (1997)
* "Woman Wanted" (2000)

Awards and nominations

;DVD Exclusive Awards
* 2003: nominated for best actor -- "Dead Heat"Ranked #68 on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world's most powerful celebrities. His earnings were a reported $23 million.;Emmy Awards
* 2007: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2006: won for Outstanding Drama Series -- "24"
* 2006: won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2005: nominated for Outstanding Drama Series -- "24"
* 2005: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2004: nominated for Outstanding Drama Series -- "24"
* 2004: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2003: nominated for Outstanding Drama Series -- "24"
* 2003: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2002: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"

;Genie Awards
* 1985: nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role -- "The Bay Boy"

;Golden Globe Awards
* 2007: nominated for Best Performance by an actor in a drama television series -- "24"
* 2006: nominated for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2004: nominated for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2003: nominated for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2002: won for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"

;Monte-Carlo TV Festival
* 2006: won for Best International Producer -- "24"
* 2006: won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"

;MTV Movie Awards
* 2004: nominated for Best Villain -- "Phone Booth"
* 1997: nominated for Best Villain -- "A Time to Kill"

;People's Choice Awards
*2006: nominated for Favorite Male TV Star -- "24"
*2008: nominated for Favorite Male TV Star

;Satellite Awards
* 2003: won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama -- "24"
* 2002: won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama -- "24"

;Screen Actors Guild Awards
* 2006: won for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2005: nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2005: nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2004: won for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2003: nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series -- "24"
* 2003: nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series -- "24"

;Slamdunk Film Festival
* 2000: won for Best Feature Film -- "Woman Wanted"

;Teen Choice Awards
* 2006: nominated for Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure -- "24"

;Television Critics Association Awards
* 2006: nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama -- "24"
* 2005: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama -- "24"
* 2004: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama -- "24"
* 2003: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama -- "24"
* 2002: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama -- "24"

;Western Heritage Awards
* 1989: won Theatrical Motion Picture -- "Young Guns"


External links

*imdb name|0000662|Kiefer Sutherland
* [ Kiefer Sutherland producer profile on The 1 Second Film]
* [ 'Getting Dirty in Real Time,' 2005 "American Spectator" article]
* [ Kiefer Sutherland Public Service Announcement on Internet Safety]
* [ Kiefer Sutherland in Argentine commercial of Citroën C4]

Interviews and articles

* [ Ask Men article]
* [ "The Age" interview]
* [ Rolling Stone profile]
* [ "Men's Vogue" profile]

NAME = Sutherland, Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Canadian actor
DATE OF BIRTH = December 21, 1966
PLACE OF BIRTH = London, England

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