Donald Sutherland honored with Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
Emcee: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO Leron Gubler
Guest speaker: Ron Meyer, President and COO, Universal Studios
2,430th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures
7024 Hollywood Boulevard adjacent to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and next to his son Kiefer Sutherland’s star
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Donald Sutherland is one of the most prolific and versatile of motion picture actors, with an astonishing resume of well over one hundred and thirty films, including such classics as The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, The Day of the Locust, Ordinary People, 1900, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don’t Look Now, Klute, Fellini’s Casanova and in Kelly’s Heroes with Clint Eastwood, who later directed him in Space Cowboys.
Sutherland’s many other films include Paul Mazursky’s Alex in Wonderland; Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun; Bud Yorkin’s Start the Revolution Without Me; John Sturges’ The Eagle Has Landed; Herbert Ross’ Max Dugan Returns; Louis Malle’s Crackers; Phillip Borsos’ Bethune; Oliver Stone’s JFK; Ron Howard’s Backdraft; Richard Marquand’s Eye of the Needle; Euzhan Palcy’s A Dry White Season with Marlon Brando; Richard Pearce’s Threshold, for which he won the 1983 Genie Award as Best Actor; Fred Schepisi’s film adaptation of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation; Robert Towne’s Without Limits; and John Landis’ National Lampoon’s Animal House, in which he made a memorable cameo appearance.
Sutherland has appeared as Nicole Kidman’s father in Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain; as Charlize Theron’s father in F. Gary Gray’s The Italian Job and as Mr. Bennett, Keira Knightley’s father, in Pride and Prejudice. For the latter he received a Chicago Film Critics nomination.
He will soon be seen starring in the Roman epic adventure, The Eagle, opposite Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell for director Kevin Macdonald. Focus Features will release the film nationwide on Friday, February 11, 2011. In 2011, he will also be seen starring in Mary McGuckian’s Man on the Train with U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr.; in Simon West’s The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Ben Foster; in Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses as Colin Farrell’s father; and in a new film adaptation of Moby Dick, with William Hurt, Ethan Hawke and Gillian Anderson.
Recently he starred in the highly-successful long-form adaptation of Ken Follett’s best-seller, The Pillars of the Earth. He has also starred as the voice of ‘General Stone’ in the animated feature of the manga classic, Astro Boy; in Andy Tennant’s Fool’s Gold; in Griffin Dunne’s Fierce People with Diane Lane; in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust with Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell; in American Gun with Forrest Whitaker; in An American Haunting with Sissy Spacek; in Land of the Blind with Ralph Fiennes and in Aurora Borealis with Louise Fletcher and Juliette Lewis. He is part of a sterling ensemble of on-camera readers in the biographical feature on the life of Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo.
In television, Sutherland won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the HBO film Citizen X and he won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Clark Clifford, advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the HBO historical drama Path to War, directed by the late John Frankenheimer
Sutherland co-starred with Peter Krause in the ABC-TV series Dirty Sexy Money. For his performance as the family patriarch, Tripp Darling, he was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor. Prior to that, he co-starred with Geena Davis in the ABC drama series Commander-in-Chief, and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of House Speaker, Nathan Templeton. At the same time, he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor for his performance opposite Mira Sorvino in Lifetime Television’s much-lauded miniseries, Human Trafficking.
Donald Sutherland was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978 and an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France five years later.
Sutherland supports an actor’s fund at the National Theatre School in Montreal and is a long-time supporter of the Hart House Theatre at the University of Toronto. He has also worked with program at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles.
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