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Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer SutherlandAKA Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Sutherland

Born: 21-Dec-1966
Birthplace: London, England

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: 24

Kiefer Sutherland plays the heroic anti-terror agent Jack Bauer on the non-stop action series 24, where he won an Emmy in 2006. He is the son of noted film actor Donald Sutherland and award-winning Canadian actress Shirley Douglas. His maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a prominent Canadian politician widely credited with developing that country's system of socialized medical care. His parents divorced when Kiefer was five, after his mother was arrested for allegedly trying to supply the Black Panthers with weaponry. She has always maintained that she was set up by the FBI.

Sutherland was raised primarily by his mother in Toronto, with occasional visits to his father's many movie locations. He attended three private high schools but never graduated, and instead earned the nickname "Reefer" Sutherland. He made his first professional appearance on stage at the age of 11. His first film appearance came at the age of 17, in Max Dugan Returns with his father and Jason Robards. His breakthrough roles came as the "cheap dime store hood" in Stand By Me with Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix and the wild teenaged vampire in The Lost Boys with Jason Patric. His best films include A Few Good Men with Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise, the underrated science fiction classic Dark City with Jennifer Connelly, the brutal prisoner-of-war drama To End All Wars with Robert Carlyle, and the wired thriller Phone Booth with Colin Farrell.

With his long-time friend Jude Cole, Sutherland owns Ironworks Music, an alternative label that seeks out and promotes bands that do not fit the 'corporate music' mold. The label's better-known artists include Lifehouse and Rocco Deluca. Sutherland also developed an fondness for horses while making Young Guns and Young Guns II, and wandered away from his Hollywood career for a few years to compete on the rodeo circuit in the late 1990s.

Sutherland was named for Warren Kiefer, who directed his father's first prominent film role, Il Castello dei morti vivi (Castle of the Living Dead) starring Christopher Lee. Actress Blythe Danner and her husband director Bruce Paltrow were family friends, which led to Sutherland's occasional work as babysitter for their pre-teen daughter Gwyneth Paltrow.

He was engaged to Julia Roberts after they fell for each other making Flatliners, but she dumped him just days before their scheduled wedding. His stepbrother Rossif Sutherland is an actor who played Dr. Lester Kertzenstein on the long-running ER. Sutherland's first wife, Camelia Kath, had been married to brilliant Chicago guitarist Terry Kath until his untimely death, and Sutherland's stepdaughter from that marriage, Michelle Kath, is married to rising Scottish actor Adam Sinclair, star of Van Wilder 2 and the British series Mile High.

Sutherland was convicted of drunk driving in 2004 and ordered to perform fifty hours of community service. A few days after Christmas 2005, he was spotted sloshed in a London hotel, where he repeatedly threw himself into a Christmas tree, then ripped its branches off and threw its ornaments onto the floor. Spectators said Sutherland had very politely asked the hotel management's permission and agreed to pay for any damages before destroying the tree.

Father: Donald Sutherland (actor, b. 17-Jul-1935)
Mother: Shirley Douglas (actress, b. 1934, m. Sutherland's father 1966, div. 1970)
Brother: Thomas Douglas (stepbrother, Douglas's son from earlier marriage, b. 1957)
Sister: Rachel Sutherland (TV producer in Canada, b. 21-Dec-1966, Kiefer's twin)
Mother: Francine Racette (stepmother, actress, b. 1947, m. Sutherland's father 1972)
Brother: Roeg Sutherland (half-brother, filmmaker, b. 1974)
Brother: Rossif Sutherland (half-brother, actor, b. 1978)
Brother: Angus Redford Sutherland (half-brother, actor, b. 1979)
Wife: Camelia Kath (widow of Chicago guitarist Terry Kath, b. 1954, m. 1987, separated 1988, div. Feb-1990, one daughter)
Daughter: Michelle Kath Ortiz (stepdaughter, Kath's child from earlier marriage, b. 1976)
Daughter: Sarah Jude (b. 1988 with Kath)
Girlfriend: Julia Roberts (1990-91, broken engagement)
Girlfriend: Amanda Rice (dancer, dated 1991)
Wife: Elizabeth Kelly Winn (model, m. 29-Jun-1996, sep. 2000, div. 2008)
Son: Julian Winn (stepson, Winn's child from earlier marriage, b. 1990)
Son: Timothy Winn (stepson, Winn's child from earlier marriage, b. 1993)
Girlfriend: Catherine Bisson (artist, dated intermittently 2001-05)
Girlfriend: Angelina Jolie (actress, dated 2003)
Girlfriend: Reiko Aylesworth (actress, dated 2003-05)
Girlfriend: Tricia Cardozo (former publicity manager, dated 2006)

    High School: St. Andrew's College, Aurora, Ontario (dropped out)
    High School: Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario (dropped out)
    High School: Malvern Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Ontario (dropped out)

    Golden Globe Best Actor in a TV Drama, 24 (2001)
    Canada's Walk of Fame 2005
    Endorsement of Gap 2002
    Driving While Intoxicated Arrested (29-Oct-2004), no contest plea, community service
    Driving While Intoxicated Arrested in West Los Angeles (25-Sep-2007)
    Inmate: Los Angeles County Jail Dec-2007
    Surgery for ruptured cyst near his kidney (Feb-2010)
    Scottish Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Smoking, Marijuana, Cocaine

    TELEVISION
    24 Jack Bauer (2001-10)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Women Wanted (2000)
    Truth or Consequences, N.M. (2-May-1997)
    Last Light (22-Aug-1993)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Pompeii (19-Feb-2014)
    The Reluctant Fundamentalist (29-Aug-2012)
    Melancholia (18-May-2011) · John
    Marmaduke (28-May-2010) · Bosco [VOICE]
    Twelve (29-Jan-2010) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Monsters vs Aliens (19-Mar-2009) [VOICE]
    24: Redemption (23-Nov-2008)
    An Unlikely Weapon (18-Feb-2008) · Narrator
    Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (15-Jan-2008) [VOICE]
    Mirrors (18-Dec-2007)
    I Trust You to Kill Me (22-Apr-2006) · Himself
    The Sentinel (19-Apr-2006)
    The Wild (6-Apr-2006) [VOICE]
    River Queen (12-Sep-2005)
    The Flight That Fought Back (8-Sep-2005) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Jiminy Glick in La La Wood (18-Sep-2004) · Himself
    Taking Lives (16-Mar-2004) · Hart
    The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2-Dec-2003) [VOICE]
    Paradise Found (3-Mar-2003)
    Phone Booth (10-Sep-2002) · The Caller
    Behind the Red Door (8-Aug-2002)
    Dead Heat (23-Jul-2002) · Pally
    Desert Saints (10-Mar-2002) · Banks
    To End All Wars (2-Sep-2001)
    Cowboy Up (11-Jul-2001) · Hank Braxton
    The Right Temptation (Sep-2000)
    Picking Up the Pieces (26-May-2000)
    Beat (29-Jan-2000) · William S. Burroughs
    Women Wanted (2000)
    After Alice (1999) · Mickey Hayden
    Ground Control (26-Aug-1998)
    Break Up (21-Aug-1998) · John Box
    A Soldier's Sweetheart (9-Jun-1998)
    Dark City (27-Feb-1998) · Dr. Daniel Schreber
    Armitage III: Poly Matrix (4-Aug-1997) [VOICE]
    Truth or Consequences, N.M. (2-May-1997)
    The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (15-Jan-1997) · Joey
    A Time To Kill (24-Jul-1996)
    Eye for an Eye (12-Jan-1996) · Robert Doob
    Freeway (Jan-1996)
    The Cowboy Way (3-Jun-1994) · Sonny
    The Three Musketeers (12-Nov-1993) · Athos
    Last Light (22-Aug-1993)
    The Vanishing (5-Feb-1993) · Jeff
    A Few Good Men (11-Dec-1992)
    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (28-Aug-1992)
    Article 99 (13-Mar-1992) · Dr. Peter Morgan
    The Nutcracker Prince (21-Nov-1990) [VOICE]
    Flatliners (10-Aug-1990) · Nelson
    Young Guns II (1-Aug-1990) · Doc Scurlock
    Chicago Joe and the Showgirl (27-Jul-1990)
    Flashback (2-Feb-1990)
    Renegades (2-Jun-1989) · Buster
    1969 (18-Nov-1988) · Scott
    Young Guns (12-Aug-1988) · Doc Scurlock
    Bright Lights, Big City (1-Apr-1988) · Tad
    The Killing Time (23-Oct-1987)
    The Lost Boys (31-Jul-1987) · David
    Promised Land (1987) · Danny
    Crazy Moon (1987)
    Stand By Me (8-Aug-1986) · Ace Merrill
    At Close Range (18-Apr-1986) · Tim
    Brotherhood of Justice (1986)
    The Bay Boy (6-Sep-1984)
    Max Dugan Returns (25-Mar-1983) · Bill

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