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Kiefer William Fredrick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born 21 December 1966) is a British-born Canadianmarker actor, best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox thriller drama series 24. He is an Emmy Award- and Golden Globe award-winner. He is the son of actor Donald Sutherland.

Early life

Sutherland was born in London, England, the son of Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both of whom are successful Canadian actors. He has Scottish ancestry from both parents and is the grandson of Canadian politician Tommy Douglas, the man who brought universal health care to Canada. Sutherland and his twin sister, Rachel, were born in London (in Saint Mary's Hospitalmarker, Paddingtonmarker) while his parents were working there. As a result, he is both a British citizen (by jus soli) and a Canadian citizen (by jus sanguinis).

He has his first given name Kiefer from the director who gave his father Donald the first movie role, Warren Kiefer.

His family moved to Corona, Californiamarker, but his parents eventually divorced in 1972. In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Torontomarker. He attended elementary school at Crescent Town Elementary School in East Yorkmarker, Toronto, and high school at five different schools including St. Andrew's Collegemarker, Martingrove Collegiate Institutemarker, Harbord Collegiate Institutemarker, Silverthorn Collegiate Institutemarker, Malvern Collegiate Institutemarker and Annex Village Campus. He also spent a semester at Regina Mundi Catholic College in London, Ontario, Canada and attended weekend acting lessons at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School.Sutherland reported on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2009) that he and Robert Downey, Jr. were roommates for three years when he first moved to Hollywoodmarker to pursue his career in acting.


Stand By Me was the first film Sutherland made in the United States. As of 2008, Sutherland has appeared in more than 70 films, most notably The Lost Boys, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, A Few Good Men, Flatliners, Young Guns, The Vanishing, The Three Musketeers, Stand by Me, Eye for an Eye, Dark City, To End All Wars and A Time To Kill, The Sentinel and Mirrors.In 2005, Sutherland was inducted into Canada's Walk of Famemarker in Toronto, 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.

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. In mid-2006, he voiced the Apple Computermarker advertisement announcing the inclusion of Intelmarker chips in their Macintosh computer line. He also voices the introduction to NHL games on the Versus network in the U.S. Recently, he has starred in Argentinemarker 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 Sgt. Roebuck in Treyarch's video game Call of Duty: World at War.

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 crackteam of experts in investigating odd and supernatural anomalies of nature. Sutherland is currently the top celebrity producer of The 1 Second Film.

As a big fan, he also narrated "The Feeling On Ice" documentary that was included on UK band The Feeling's DVD "The Feeling: Come Home". Recently he voiced the words of a character in the movie "Monsters vs. Aliens".

In 2009, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Famemarker.


Kiefer Sutherland signs an autograph at Green Hill conference in 2007
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.Sutherland constantly emphasizes that the show is merely "entertainment." Patrick Finnegan visited the set of 24 in February 2007 to urge the show's makers to reduce the number of torture scenes and Sutherland accepted an invitation from the U.S. military to tell West Pointmarker cadets it is wrong to torture prisoners. In an interview with OK! Magazine, Howard Gordon tells that it would be an "unbearable loss" if they killed off Sutherland's character.

On 24 March 2009, Sutherland reported to the Associated Press that he will be back for an 8th season.

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."

During the autumn of 2001, Sutherland unintentionally interrupted the filming of the premiere episode of an online series titled, The Lonely Island. 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. This anecdote was recounted by actor Andy Samberg.


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. He is a fan of the USC Trojans football, and recorded a birthday message for USC head coach Pete Carroll's 56th birthday. When Queen appeared on VH1 in 2006 for the Rock Honors Event, Kiefer gave Queen's introduction and announced that they are his favorite band, and that he has listened to them ever since he was a kid.

Family and relationships

Kiefer has one daughter, Sarah Jude, born 18 February 1988, from his first marriage to Camelia Kath, to whom he was married from 12 September 1987—1990. Through his marriage to Camelia, he became stepfather to Michelle Kath, the daughter of Chicago guitarist/singer Terry Kath.

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 14 June 1991. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding when she discovered Sutherland had been meeting with a stripper named Amanda Rice. In turn, Roberts left for Europe with Sutherland's (former) friend, Jason Patric.

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


In the late 1990s, Sutherland (inspired by his films Young Guns, The Cowboy Way, and Cowboy Up in which he learned how to rope), decided to retire from acting briefly to pursue the rodeo circuit. In consequence, he purchased a 900 acre ranch in Montana, along with horses, bulls/cows and machinery. While traveling on the road with the rodeo, he participated in numerous roping contests, two of which he won in Phoenix and Albuquerque.

DUI arrest

Sutherland was arrested early on 25 September 2007, on misdemeanor drunk drivingcharges, his second time since another incident in 2004, after failing a field sobriety test. His test exceeded the state's legal blood alcohol limit, and he was 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.

2009 New York fight and arrest

Sutherland surrendered to NYCmarker police on 7 May 2009 for head-butting fashion designer Jack McCollough, founder and co-designer of Proenza Schouler, at the Mercer Hotel in SoHomarker following a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Artmarker. Sutherland was chatting with Brooke Shields at the hotel bar when McCollough stepped between them, at which point Sutherland made a comment and responded. Several weeks after the incident Sutherland and McCollough issued a joint statement in which Sutherland apologized. Police later dropped the charges.

Political views

As the grandson of the late Tommy Douglas, Sutherland defended Canada's public single-payer healthcare system at a protest in the province of Alberta in the year 2000 against efforts to roll it back.



Year Film Role Notes
1983 Max Dugan Returns Bill Appeared alongside his father, Donald Sutherland
1984 The Bay Boy Donald Campbell
1985 Amazing Stories Static Series
1986 Brotherhood of Justice Victor
Trapped in Silence Kevin Richter Series
Stand by Me Ace Merrill
At Close Range Tim
1987 Crazy Moon Brooks
Promised Land Danny
The Lost Boys David
The Killing Time The Stranger
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Tad Allagash
Young Guns Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock
1969 Scott Denny
1989 Renegades Buster McHenry
1990 Young Guns II Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock
Flatliners Nelson
Chicago Joe and the Showgirl Karl Hulten
The Nutcracker Prince The Nutcracker Prince Voice
Flashback John Buckner
1992 Article 99 Dr. Peter Morgan
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Sam Stanley
A Few Good Men Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick
1993 Last Light Denver Bayliss
The Three Musketeers Athos
The Vanishing Jeff Harriman
1994 The Cowboy Way Sonny Gilstrap
1996 Eye for an Eye Robert Doob
Freeway Bob Wolverton
A Time to Kill Freddie Lee Cobb Appeared alongside his father, Donald Sutherland
1997 Armitage III: Poly-Matrix Ross Sylibus Voice
Truth or Consequences, N.M. Curtis Freley
1998 Dark City Dr. Daniel Schreber
A Soldier's Sweetheart Rat Kiley
Break Up John Box
Ground Control Jack Harris
1999 Eye of the Killer Detective Michael "Mick" Hayden
Watership Down Hickory Series; voice for three episodes of season 2 only
2000 Beat William S. Burroughs
Woman Wanted Wendell Goddard
Picking Up the Pieces Bobo
The Right Temptation Michael Farrow-Smith
2001 Cowboy Up Hank Braxton
To End All Wars Lt. Jim Reardon
2001–present 24 Jack Bauer Series
2002 Dead Heat Phally
Desert Saints Arthur Banks
Behind the Red Door Roy
2003 Phone Booth The Caller Theatrical release was delayed due to the Beltway sniper attacks in October 2002.
The Land Before Time X Bron Voice
Paradise Found Paul Gauguin
2004 Taking Lives Hart
NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience Narrator
2005 The Flight That Fought Back Narrator TV movie
River Queen Doyle
2006 I Trust You to Kill Me Himself
The Sentinel David Breckinridge
The Wild Samson the Lion Voice
2006–7 The Simpsons The Colonel; Jack Bauer Series; voice in "G.I. " and "24 Minutes"
2007 Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight Raistlin Majere Voice
2008 Mirrors Ben Carson
Call of Duty: World at War Sgt. Roebuck Video game; voice
Corner Gas Himself "Final Countdown"
24: Redemption Jack Bauer TV movie
2009 Monsters vs. Aliens Gen. W.R. Monger Voice
2010 Twelve Lionel Filming


Year Film Notes
1993 Last Light TV movie
1995 Fallen Angels Series; 1 episode
1997 Truth or Consequences, N.M.
2000 Woman Wanted
2008 Broken Music video
Little Toy Gun Music video

Awards and nominations

Ranked #68 on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world's most powerful celebrities. His earnings were a reported $23 million.

DVD Exclusive Awards
  • 2003: nominated for best actor — Dead Heat

Emmy Awards
  • 2002: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2003: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2003: nominated for Outstanding Drama Series — 24
  • 2004: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2004: nominated for Outstanding Drama Series — 24
  • 2005: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2005: nominated for Outstanding Drama Series — 24
  • 2006: won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series24
  • 2006: won for Outstanding Drama Series24
  • 2007: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2009: nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie — 24: Redemption

Genie Awards
  • 1985: nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role — The Bay Boy

Golden Globe Awards
  • 2002: won for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series24
  • 2003: 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
  • 2006: nominated for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2007: nominated for Best Performance by an actor in a drama television series — 24
  • 2009: nominated for Best Performance by an actor in a television movie — 24: Redemption

Monte-Carlo TV Festival
  • 2006: won for Best International Producer24
  • 2006: won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series24

MTV Movie Awards

People's Choice Awards
  • 2006: nominated for Favorite Male TV Star — 24
  • 2008: nominated for Favorite Male TV Star

Satellite Awards
  • 2002: won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama — 24
  • 2003: won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama — 24

Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • 2003: nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2003: nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2004: won for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series24
  • 2005: nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2005: nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series — 24
  • 2006: won for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series24

Slamdunk Film Festival

Teen Choice Awards
  • 2006: nominated for Choice TV Actor - Drama/Action Adventure — 24

Television Critics Association Awards
  • 2002: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama — 24
  • 2003: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama — 24
  • 2004: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama — 24
  • 2005: nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama — 24
  • 2006: nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama — 24

Western Heritage Awards
  • 1989: won Theatrical Motion PictureYoung Guns


  1. Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio
  2. IMDb bio: Kiefer Sutherland
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  4. Hedegaard, Erik. Kiefer Sutherland: Heart of Darkness, Rolling Stone, 7 April 2006. Accessed 26 May 2008.
  5. Apple Computer advertisement
  6. Sutherland's Sci Fi 'Phenomenon': Actor dons his executive producer hat 22 March 2007
  7. Kiefer Sutherland signs on for more 24,, 11 April 2006. Accessed 4 July 2008.
  8. The Huffington Post
  9. Buncombe, Andrew. US military tells Jack Bauer: Cut out the torture scenes ... or else!, The Independent, 13 February 2007. Accessed 26 May 2008.
  10. WENN. U.S. Army Invites Sutherland to Give Anti-Torture Speech,, 26 February 2007. Accessed 26 May 2008.
  11. OK! Magazine, issue #49 (December 8 2008), p.8
  12. Sutherland says he's on for 8th '24' season, By MIN LEE, AP Entertainment Writer.
  13. Daily Telegraph. 24 heaven Retrieved 19 April 2007.
  14. Kiefer Madness
  15. Lonely sland Guys - White Power!
  16. Kiefer Sutherland Custom Series
  17. Ben Malcolmson, A surprise birthday present,, September 15, 2007, Accessed August 18, 2008.
  19. Amy Goodman, Healthcare reform needs Canadian Action hero,, August 12 2009
  20. The Associated Press

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