(born December 21, 1966) is a Canadian television and film
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Kiefer Sutherland is the son of Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both
successful actors. He is the grandson of Canadian statesman and
inventor of Canadian medicare Tommy Douglas, who was in 2004
voted by CBC viewers as The Greatest Canadian.
He was born in London, England while his parents were working
there. His family then moved to Los Angeles, California shortly
afterwards, but his parents eventually divorced in 1970. In
1975, Kiefer Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, where he attended high school at St. Andrew's
College (Aurora, Ontario) and Martingrove Collegiate Institute.
As a result, he holds both Canadian and British passports.
In 1983, Kiefer Sutherland moved to New York City in the pursuit of
launching his acting career. After being featured in TV
commercials, he drove all the way back to California to further
He has a twin sister named Rachel, who has had a few credits in
film production but does not work as an actress.
Kiefer Sutherland is an accomplished musician, but this is
mainly a hobby as he considers acting his primary career. He
does, however, have connections to a record label named
Originally known for his work in films, and for being a member
of the Brat Pack in the 1980s, now Sutherland is probably best
known for his role as federal agent Jack Bauer on the hit U.S.
television show 24. The fifth season began in January 2006. On
January 28, 2006, Kiefer Sutherland won the "Best Actor in a
Drama Series" award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Kiefer Sutherland also lent his voice and motion design, along
with various other cast members from the series, to 24: The
Game. The game is based on events that occurred between the
second and third seasons of the show and was released in late
February 2006. There was also a graphic novel published by IDW
that was released in the summer of 2004. The graphic novel is
about Sutherland's character Jack Bauer when he first joins CTU;
this takes place before the first season occurs.
After the original broadcast of the November 25, 2003 episode of
24, Sutherland broke character to address the issue of gun
safety, possibly to limit the liability of Fox Network in case
someone attempted to recreate the Russian roulette scenes.
Sutherland gave a promotion for an organization called Americans
for Gun Safety Foundation.
Kiefer Sutherland broke character again on 24 during the
original broadcast of the February 7, 2005 episode for a PSA
addressing Arab Americans portrayed on the show. He said that
Arab-Americans are united with other Americans in their stand
against terrorists. This PSA was in response to a complaint and
possible lawsuit by an Arab-American group.
On April 18, 2000, Kiefer Sutherland was a featured speaker at the
Friends of Medicare rally in Edmonton, Alberta, which sought to
prevent the governing Conservative premier Ralph Klein from
amending Bill 11 in a manner which protesters alleged would
permit "two-tier health care" in Canada.
As of April 2006,
Kiefer Sutherland is the single highest-paid
actor for a drama series after he signed a contract with FOX to
continue to play Jack Bauer in the network's hit 24 for three
more seasons, for an estimated $40 million.
Film List For Kiefer Sutherlan
- 24 (2006) filming fifth season and has been the main
cast member since the first season in 2001, recently signed
on through season 8.
- 24: The Game (2006) performing voice acting and motion
capture design scans.
- The Wild (2006) as the Lion, animated film, only voice
- The Sentinel (2006)
- Taking Lives (2004), as Hart
- Phone Booth (2003), as the caller / sniper.*
- The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration
(2003), supplied his voice as Bron (Littlefoot's Father).*
- Desert Saints (2002), as hitman Arthur Banks
- To End All Wars (2001)
- After Alice (1999), plays Mickey Hayden, private
- Eye of the Killer (1999), plays Detective Michael Hayden
- Woman Wanted (1999), director and playing Wendell
- Dark City (1998), as Dr. Daniel Schreber.
- Truth or Consequences, NM (1997). Director and
supporting actor, playing a double crossing criminal who
ends up on the wrong side of Martin Sheen's crime lord.
- Armitage III: Poly-Matrix (1997), as voice of lead male
character; detective Ross Syllabus.
- A Time to Kill (1996), plays Freddie Lee Cobb a KKK
member. He plays alongside his father Donald Sutherland.
- Freeway (1996) in this film loosely based on the famous
Little Red Riding Hood Kiefer plays a serial killer who
Reese Witherspoon's character a ride.
- An Eye for an Eye (1996) playing the rapist and killer
Sally Field's character's daughter in this tale of
- The Cowboy Way (1994) playing a cowboy named Sonny
- The Vanishing (1993) as Jeff Harriman, a man who is
searching for his kidnapped fiancee.
- The Three Musketeers (1993), a Walt Disney film also
starring Charlie Sheen, Tim Curry and Chris O'Donnell. Based
loosely on the classic novel by Alexander Dumas.
- A Few Good Men (1992). Lieutenant Jonathan Kendrick.
Supporting actor alongside:
Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, and
- Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), the prequel to the
acclaimed Twin Peaks series. Sutherland plays the partner of
Chet (Chris Isaak) in this supporting role.
- Young Guns II (1990)
- Flatliners (1990), along with
Julia Roberts and Kevin
Bacon playing a group of medical students experimenting with
death. Kiefer Sutherland and
Julia Roberts became engaged
during filming, however shortly afterwards
broke off the engagement.
- Renegades (1989)
- Young Guns (1988), with
Emilio Estevez, and Charlie
Sheen. A story about a group of outcast cowboys trying to
defend the land of a man who took them in and helped educate
The Lost Boys (1987) playing the leading vampire in a small
town in the United States in this cult classic.
- Stand By Me (1986). Critically acclaimed film revolving
around a group of young boys search for a dead body. Also
starring: River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman.
- The Bay Boy (1984), his first film role, which earned
him a Genie nomination for best actor.
- During the fall 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 portion of Sutherland's appearance is displayed
after the credits. This anecdote was recounted by Andy
Samberg on an episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.
- Kiefer is named after Warren Kiefer, pseudonym for
Lorenzo Sabatini, who directed the Donald
Sutherland-starring horror movie "Il castello dei morti vivi"
(Castle of the Living Dead').
During high school, Sutherland's nickname was "Reefer".
- Kiefer's 24-based fame extends to Japan where he
reprised his role as Agent Jack Bauer to be the spokesman
for Calorie Mate Japan, a nutritional supplement brand.
- Kiefer Sutherland is the narrator for Verizon, Apple,
and Ford Canada television commercials.
- Wayne Gretzky is one of his closest friends and the two
appeared together in Ultimate Gretzky, a two DVD set
featuring a look at the hockey legend's career. Gretzky is
also prominently featured in Ford commercials in Canada.
- Was originally signed to play his own grandfather Tommy
Douglas in a 2005 Canadian miniseries. However, he had to
pull out due to conflicts with the fourth season of 24.
- Kiefer Sutherland does the voiceover in a new
Apple/Intel Mac ad, as of January 11, 2006: "The Intel chip.
For years it's been trapped inside PCs. Inside dull little
boxes. Dutifully performing dull little tasks when it could
have been doing so much more... Starting today, the Intel
chip will be set free and get to live life inside a Mac.
Imagine the possibilities."
From 1988-1990 Kiefer was married to actress Camelia Ortiz
Kath, widow of original Chicago guitarist, Terry Kath, and
they had a child, Sarah Jude, together, before they ended up
- In an appearance on the TV show Inside the Actor's
Studio Kiefer said that gravitas is his favorite word, and
that n----- was his least favorite.
- On a 2006 episode of The Late Late Show (CBS),
Sutherland said he has never been on the CN Tower because he
has a fear of heights.