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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 December 1966Paddington, London, England, UK
Birth NameKiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK, to Canadian actors Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland, who moved to California shortly after his birth. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish-born Canadian politician who was a Premier of Saskatchewan for over 17 years and led the national NDP party for almost 10.

Kiefer got his first film role in the comedy drama Max Dugan Returns (1983). Sutherland's first major role was in the Canadian drama The Bay Boy (1984), which earned Sutherland and director Daniel Petrie, Genie award nominations for best actor and best director, respectively. Following his success in The Bay Boy, Sutherland eventually moved to Los Angeles and landed television appearances in "The Mission", an episode of Amazing Stories (1985) and in the telefilm Trapped in Silence (1986) with Marsha Mason.

In 1992, Sutherland starred opposite Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker in Article 99 (1992) and in the military drama A Few Good Men (1992) also starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Later, in 1994, he starred with Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis in the American version of The Vanishing (1993) for 20th Century Fox. In 1997, he co-starred with William Hurt and Rufus Sewell in Dark City (1998), directed by Alex Proyas, which was a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. Sutherland also added his second directorial credit and starred in Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997) alongside Kevin Pollak, Mykelti Williamson, Rod Steiger and Martin Sheen. He stars in the Fox drama series 24 (2001) as Jack Bauer for which he has earned a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Most recently, he has been seen in the movie Phone Booth (2002) as a man who calls up someone at a phone booth and threatens to kill them if they hang up.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Kelly Winn (29 June 1996 - 19 May 2004) (divorced)
Camelia Kath (12 September 1987 - 1 February 1990) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Blonde hair and blue eyes
Gravelly smoke burnished voice
His role as Jack Bauer on 24 (2001)

Trivia (78)

Grandson of former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas, leader of the first elected socialist government in North America. Douglas was premier from 1944-1961, and was known as the father of Canada's government-funded medical system.
Owns Ironworks Studio together with his musical partner singer/songwriter/composer Jude Cole. Kiefer also owns a valuable collection of about 50 vintage guitars which he and his partners has been playing in studio sessions and live performances.
Son of actor Donald Sutherland and actress Shirley Douglas
Was engaged to Julia Roberts
Among the many reasons cited for the break-up of his first marriage, one was his friendship with The Lost Boys (1987) castmate Jason Patric and other members of the "brat pack" -- ironically enough, his friendship with Jason Patric dissolved after his fiancé Julia Roberts left with Patric for Europe three days before her scheduled 1991 marriage to Sutherland was to take place. In 2011, Sutherland and Patric costarred in the Broadway revival of Patric's father's play "That Championship Season".
Traveled with the rodeo circuit in the late 1990s and won rodeos in Phoenix and Albuquerque.
Plays ice hockey on a celebrity team.
Earned first place in the US Team Roping Championships.
Twin sister Rachel Sutherland is a television post-production supervisor in Toronto.
Named after Warren Kiefer, pen name of Warren Kiefer. Sabatini directed Castle of the Living Dead (1964), in which Donald Sutherland made his theatrical film debut.
Daughter, Sarah Sutherland, with Camelia Kath, was born on February 18, 1988.
Was Gary Oldman's passenger when Oldman was arrested for drunk driving in 1991.
Daughter, Sarah Sutherland, likes to make fun of the fact that he's computer illiterate.
During filming of Stand by Me (1986), stayed in character off-camera by often picking on Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell.
In an episode of 24 (2001), his character mentions that he and his wife and daughter should take a trip up into Canada. His father, Donald Sutherland, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Is on screen for less than three minutes in Taking Lives (2004), even though he shares top billing with Ethan Hawke and Angelina Jolie.
Appears in one scene of Article 99 (1992) wearing glasses and a fishing bucket hat, a tip to father Donald Sutherland, who sported the same look in MASH (1970).
For his role in The Wild (2006), he had to practice roaring like a lion. Rather than doing it at his home with his daughter and stepdaughter around, he practiced in his car while driving on the freeway, completely unaware of a woman in the next lane watching him.
When starting up on the rodeo circuit he decided to buy all the things needed. The horses, the bulls/cows, the tractors, the 900 acre ranch in Montana, then sold it once he was finished.
His role as Jack Bauer in 24 (2001) is his first regular role on a television series.
His vampire likeness from The Lost Boys (1987) is featured on the cover of J. Gordon Melton's "The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead." In a captioned picture inside the book, his name is misspelled as "Keifer."
Had L.A. Confidential (1997) been made into a television series, he would have played the Kevin Spacey character, Jack Vincennes.
In an episode of 24 (2001), he is told a character is being transferred from Los Angeles to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for questioning. In A Few Good Men (1992), he played a Marine stationed at Guantanamo Bay.
Went to Martingrove Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, Ontario
Within the same year, had played the character of The Caller in the movie Phone Booth (2002) and of Jack Bauer in the television series 24 (2001). Both projects were created by Fox. The events of both projects take place in "real time". And both projects were delayed by Fox due to real-life events: 24 (2001) due to the 9/11 al-Qa'ida terrorist attacks, and Phone Booth (2002) due to the D.C. sniper shootings by John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. "24"'s 1st season began airing in October 2001, while Phone Booth had its release date moved from November 15, 2002 to April 4, 2003.
Even though he physically appears onscreen for less than three minutes in Phone Booth (2002), he received second billing behind Colin Farrell.
Wasn't aware of father Donald Sutherland as an actor until he was 18.
His stepdaughter Michelle Kath was expecting her first child in February 2005.
On January 23, 2005, became the first Inside the Actors Studio (1994) guest to be the offspring of a former guest. His father, Donald Sutherland appeared on the show in 1998.
Was originally slated to play grandfather Tommy Douglas in Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (2006), but had to relinquish the role in late 2004 due to scheduling conflicts with the fourth season of 24 (2001).
Is seven minutes older than sister Rachel Sutherland.
When he was eight, he moved to Canada where he spent the next eight years of his life.
He left Canada to do commercials in New York. In 1983, he landed a jeans advertisement and got enough money to buy a car and go to California.
His daughter, Sarah Sutherland, was part of the graduating class of 2006 from Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California (Vanity Fair Magazine, February 2005).
In an episode of 24 (2001), his character Jack Bauer is brought back after a heart failure. The same thing happened in Flatliners (1990), where he played Nelson.
Is close friends with hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.
On the Freeway (1996) DVD cover, he has a five o'clock shadow, but in the film itself, he is clean shaven.
During the fourth season of 24 (2001), he filmed a Public Service Announcement to tell viewers that the show's creators were not trying to exploit 9/11 in their storylines, and that the whole terrorist storyline was fictional.
Attended the funeral of actor Brandon Lee (who was accidentally shot by Michael Massee while filming The Crow (1994)). Coincidentally, Massee later played villain Ira Gaines in the first season of 24 (2001).
Is the spokesperson for Calorie Mate Japan in character from 24 (2001).
Attended St. Andrew's College in Aurora, Ontario.
Owns a recording studio/music label in Los Angeles, called Ironworks, with best friend, musician/producer Jude Cole.
Has three half-brothers: Roeg Sutherland (b. 1974), Rossif Sutherland (b. 1978) and Angus Sutherland (b. 1982).
At about 5' 9", Kiefer is extremely short by the standards of his father's side of the family. For example, his father stands 6' 4" and his half-brothers are all well over 6 feet.
Starred alongside Dennis Hopper in Flashback (1990). Hopper later played Victor Drazen in the final four episodes of Season One of 24 (2001).
He appears with Kim Basinger in The Sentinel (2006). Basinger appeared in L.A. Confidential (1997), and Sutherland was going to play Jack Vincennes in the failed television pilot version, L.A. Confidential (2003).
Has signed a contract to be in 3 more seasons of 24 (2001) after Season 5. The contract says he will be paid $40 million, which makes him the highest paid actor on a television drama.
Is a huge fan of the rock band Queen.
Has a 1967 Chevy Chevelle that he has a "personal attachment to"
Broke three fingers in his first rodeo.
He attended seven different schools in ten years.
Has spent 15 hours a day, six days a week, for the last five years on the set of 24 (2001).
His grandfather (former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas) was voted "The Greatest Canadian".
Upon the conclusion of season 5 of 24 (2001), Kiefer has spent more on-screen time as the character "Jack Bauer" than as all of his previous roles combined. He has also received more nominations for the show than his entire film career.
His ex-wife, Camelia Kath, is the widow of Chicago guitarist Terry Kath.
Ranked #68 on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world's most powerful celebrities. His earnings were a reported $23 million.
His great-great-grandmother through male line was a third cousin of President Rutherford Birchard Hayes. Ironically, on "24"'s 5th season, his character Jack Bauer had to work with a Homeland Security agent named Karen Hayes.
Is distantly related to former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean.
Has a very large collection of vintage guitars (a 1959 Les Paul, a 1967 Telecaster, a 1968 ES335 and about fifty-five more).
He has a border collie named Molly.
Lived in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles from 2002-2009.
His 24 (2001) character Jack Bauer was spoofed by John Culshaw on Dead Ringers (2002).
When his character, Jack Bauer, got a new tattoo (part of the plot line) for Season 3 of 24 (2001) instead of having to go though tedious make up for each scene which the tattoo would show, Kiefer had a real tattoo inked onto his arm.
In 2005, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Arrested on suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles on September 25, 2007.
Sentenced to 48 days in jail for DUI. Started serving his sentence immediately [December 5, 2007].
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7024 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Considers his father, Donald Sutherland, to be one of the greatest actors of all-time.
While visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007, he stayed at the world-famous Copacabana Palace Hotel.
Was roommates with Robert Downey Jr. for three years during their early days in Hollywood in the 1980s.
Sold his 14,400-square-foot loft/recording studio in Los Angeles' Silver Lake area for $3,000,000.
Paid $8.25 million to purchase a five-story town house in Manhattan's West Village.
His first name is the German word for pine and/or jaw.
Sold his 5-story town house at 763 Greenwich St. in NYC's West Village for $17.5 million in Sept. 2012.
He and his father Donald have both played artist Paul Gauguin.
Is related on both sides of his family to health care activists in two different countries. He is a cousin on his father's side of Howard Dean, who vocally advocated the Affordable Health Care Act in the U.S. His maternal grandfather was Canadian Prime Minister Tommy Douglas, who pushed through Parliament a universal health care bill.
He has Scottish, English, German, and Irish ancestry.
Has portrayed two government operatives named "Jack" who are both iconic figures in the entertainment Industry. One being Jack Bauer from the show "24" and the other, voicing the character of "Big Boss" (who's actual first name is Jack) in the Hideo Kojima game, "Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.".

Personal Quotes (26)

"Now I know how Charlie Sheen feels, I've lost all feeling in my lower half" (his reaction to winning the Golden Globe Award!).
When you're a young actor you like to go for characters with a bit of flair, so in many films I ended up playing the weirdos. But I can assure you I'm not a psycho or a criminal or a bully.
There are two kinds of event in rodeo and bull riding's one of the roughstock events. I was into immobilising cows myself.
On his 1990s career: "You could say I was not on everybody's first list to do the bigger films. Luckily other opportunities have come along."
"You can't do all these interviews about how wonderful you both are and then when it falls apart six days before your wedding not expect people to have a shot at you. I know Julia and I unwittingly asked for it." (about the much-hyped broken engagement to Julia Roberts)
Do I think it's important to the show (24 (2001)) that Jack eventually dies and does so when you least expect it? Yeah. It will be very obvious when people start going, 'Oh, please. How many bad days can one guy have?'
If the acting thing hadn't worked out for me, I'd be laying phone cable in northern Ontario.
You can't ask the press to service you with everything that they have and not expect some of the other stuff in return if you're going to live your life like I have,' he says. 'I've done enough stupid things that I might as well walk up to them and say, "Here, if I were you, I'd write it like this ..." In all fairness, the press has been pretty nice to me; even in having a go at me, it's done with a kind of humor. Only once or twice have I seen something that made me think, wow, that person really doesn't like me - where it's been malicious as opposed to "what an idiot".
You know, Gauguin is one of my favorite painters, not because I think he was a great painter but because he was a great artist, his passion and belief in what he was doing; he gave up everything to follow his passion. I have so much respect for that because I don't have that kind of courage.
I got really lucky in that my dad stopped working just as I started. He took a few years off, not on purpose, but he has three sons with his wife of 30 years and he wanted to be involved with them. As much as I missed him being around when I was growing up, I think he missed us too and he wasn't going to let that happen again. So it wasn't until much later that people started making comparisons. When I started, with films like The Bay Boy (1984) and Stand by Me (1986), I look back on those interviews and I'm amazed; there's no mention of my father, it's not even "son of Donald Sutherland". I caught a bit of a break in that it never felt like a weight to me. It's amazing that I was stupid enough to try it - we're talking about one of the most prolific actors in film history - but my parents were very gracious about making me feel like I at least had a shot at making my own path.
I think the most attractive thing (in a woman) is a sense of humor. If someone can make you laugh, you've gotten a lot out of the way.
It's funny because I'm strongly opposed to the death penalty, and I don't believe in 'acceptable losses'. It's complicated for me to play this character, because, unlike a film, I don't know the end but I want a situation to arise within the show where he's actually confronted with a lot of the things he's done" - on Bauer's trigger-happy nature.
I like chatting with people. If people ask me a direct question, I give them a direct answer and I feel I've always done that with the press.
My mind went totally blank and my body went numb. It was a very surreal moment....It was a great night. I admit I felt really cocky for about 24 hours, and then I had to go back to work" - on winning the 2001 Best Actor Golden Globe.
When asked what attracted him to film acting: "I got into it for the girls."
My old man started to watch 24 (2001) in France when he was on location - it didn't have any commercials over there. Then, he came to the States and he hated the commercials. Then, he went back to France and he missed the commercials, because it gave him time to breathe. I always found that funny.
[Talking about his father, actor Donald Sutherland, being a fan of his TV series 24 (2001)]: I remember last year we were having dinner and I made the mistake of saying I had to go home soon because we're shooting x, y and z. And he got cross with me, because I had told him what I was shooting, just not thinking about it, and obviously gave away a piece of the plot.
Twelve years ago, if anyone had suggested I would do TV, I would have laughed at them. Film actors didn't do TV. But when I was finally offered 24 (2001), it came like a saving grace. I owe it a lot.
[2006] I've had one-night stands, but they're just not my nature. I think of myself as much more of a romantic than that. The point of being with someone is out of the hope and desire for connection. Otherwise, you might as well just go home and masturbate...
[2006] I think I'm pretty demanding as a person. I like things to be a certain way, everything from being on time to being tidy. I haven't been flexible with that. I mean, as I've gotten older, I've hopefully become a lot more flexible. But, of course, I am living alone...I had the 24 (2001) cast over for dinner one night and I heard that Reiko Aylesworth, who played "Michelle", said, 'It's so nice that he cleaned up his place'. Someone else said, 'He didn't clean it up for you, honey. It's always this clean'. And her response was, 'Ewwww'. But there's so much disorder in every other aspect of what we do, if you can control your environment at home, you do it.
[2006] I've always thought that I look different in my head than what I see. I had a real big problem with it when I saw Stand by Me (1986). I thought I'd ruined the movie. I so clearly wanted my character to be a mean, angry version of James Dean. And, obviously, I didn't look anything like that. That's always thrown me off. So I tend not to look in mirrors.
I think that the day you've figured out the difference between women and men is the day that you're no longer attracted to women. It's the difference that is so fantastic and frustrating and angering and really sexy.
My mother's five foot two and, I'll be honest with you, she's the only person I'm scared of.
There are two things that Jack Bauer never does. Show mercy and go to the bathroom.
I've had some amazing people in my life. Look at my father. He came from a small fishing village of five hundred people and, at six foot four with giant ears and a kind of very odd expression, thought he could be a movie star. So go figure, you know?
[on the rigors of action roles] It's amazing that I'm still alive.

Salary (5)

A Few Good Men (1992) $250,000
The Three Musketeers (1993) $1,700,000
24 (2001) $40,000,000 (2007-2009)
24 (2001) $550,000 /episode (2009-10)
24 (2001) $550,000 per episode

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