Donald Sutherland, known for The Hunger Games, dies at 88

Donald Sutherland, one of Canada’s most versatile and gifted actors, who charmed and enthralled audiences in movies such as M.A.S.H, Klute, Ordinary People and The Hunger Games, has died at the age of 88. The actor, whose lengthy career spanned from the 1960s into the 2020s, died last week, his son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, said on social media.

A tall man with a deep voice, piercing blue eyes and a mischievous smile, and one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the 1970s, Donald remained in demand for film and TV projects into his 80s. He won a new generation of fans with his glorious portrayal of a despotic president in The Hunger Games (2012) and its sequels. “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,” Donald said in his speech accepting an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement in 2017.

Donald Sutherland was born on July 17, 1935, in Canada’s New Brunswick province, and was raised in Nova Scotia. He performed in school productions in college, moved to Britain to hone his craft, then moved to the United States, where his first big break came as a member of a top-notch ensemble cast in the war film The Dirty Dozen (1967). Tributes to Sutherland, including from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, came in across Hollywood and Canada.