Kiefer Sutherland is a British-Canadian actor and musician who has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Gatekeepers News reports that Sutherland is best known for his starring roles as Jack Bauer in the Fox drama series 24 (2001–2010, 2014) and President Tom Kirkman in the ABC/Netflix political drama series Designated Survivor.
Kiefer William Sutherland was born on 21 December 1966 at St Mary’s Hospital in the Paddington district of London, to Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors who had been living and working in England. He has a twin sister, Rachel Sutherland, who works as a post-production film supervisor. His maternal grandfather was Scottish-born Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, who is widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada.
Sutherland is named after American-born writer and director Warren Kiefer, who directed Donald Sutherland in his first feature film, Castle of the Living Dead. Sutherland’s family moved to Corona, California, in 1968. His parents divorced in 1970. In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto, Ontario.
He attended Crescent Town Elementary School, St. Clair Junior High (now Gordon A. Brown Middle School) East York, and John G. Althouse Middle School in Toronto. He attended several high schools, including St. Andrew’s College, Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Harbord Collegiate Institute, Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, Malvern Collegiate Institute, and Annex Village Campus.
He also spent a semester at Regina Mundi Catholic College in London, Ontario and attended weekend acting lessons at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School. Sutherland told Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2009) that he and Robert Downey Jr. were roommates for three years when he first moved to Hollywood to pursue his career in acting. He and Downey also starred together in the film 1969 (1988).
Kiefer’s first screen role was in 1983’s “Max Dugan Returns,” which also starred his father. He then appeared in 1985’s “The Bay Boy,” earning critical acclaim and a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Sutherland’s first U.S.-filmed movie was “Stand by Me, ” which was based on a novella by Stephen King, and he played a vampire in “The Lost Boys” the following year. In 1988, he starred in “Young Guns,” which earned the cast a Western Heritage Award. Kiefer kicked off the 1990s with “Young Guns II,” then appeared in “Flatliners” (1990), “A Few Good Men” (1992), and “The Three Musketeers” (1993) before co-starring with his father again in “A Time to Kill.”
In 2001, Sutherland landed the biggest role of his career: counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on “24.” The series ran until 2010, and Kiefer reprised his iconic role in “24: Redemption” (2008), a TV movie that aired between the show’s sixth and seventh season (due to the fact that the Writers Guild of America strike caused the seventh season to air a year later than originally planned). After the show’s 8-season run, Jack Bauer returned in 2014 for “24: Live Another Day,” a 12-episode limited-run series.
Sutherland starred on the Fox series “Touch” from 2012 to 2013; it ran for 26 episodes before being canceled. Kiefer then moved on to the ABC network in 2016, starring in the political drama “Designated Survivor” which aired 53 episodes during its 3-season run. ABC canceled “Designated Survivor” in 2018, but Netflix picked it up for the third season. In 2016, the show won a “TV Guide” Award for Most Exciting TV Series and a Critics’ Choice Award for Most Exciting New Series. Sutherland is set to return to streaming television in 2020 in Quibi’s “The Fugitive.”
In addition to his acting work, Sutherland directed the films “Last Night” (1993) and “Truth or Consequences, N.M.” (1997) as well as a music video for the band Lighthouse, and he has released 2 albums, 2016’s “Down in a Hole” and 2019’s “Reckless & Me.” Sutherland has also performed on Broadway, appearing in 2011’s “That Championship Season.”
Sutherland married Camelia Kath in 1987, and they welcomed daughter Sarah in February 1988. Kiefer and Camelia divorced in 1990, and Sarah followed in her father’s footsteps with a successful acting career, playing Catherine Meyer on 43 episodes of HBO’s award-winning comedy series “Veep.” Sutherland became engaged to “Flatliners” co-star Julia Roberts in 1991, but she broke it off 3 days before the wedding. Kiefer went on to marry Kelly Winn in 1996, but they separated 3 years later and finalized their divorce in 2008. He began a relationship with actress Cindy Vela in 2014, and they got engaged in 2017.
Sutherland has been charged with DUI four times since 1989 and served 48 days in jail after being charged with drunk driving in L.A. in September 2007. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for a 2004 DUI charge. In May 2009, Kiefer turned himself into the police after he head-butted fashion designer Jack McCollough after a Metropolitan Museum of Art fundraiser. Kiefer publicly apologized a few weeks later, and the charges were dropped in July.
Awards and Honors
Sutherland has won several awards for his work on “24,” including an Emmy in 2006, a Golden Globe in 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2004 and 2006, and Gold Derby Awards in 2004 and 2005. Kiefer received a star on the Canada Walk of Fame in 2005 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008. He was awarded the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award in 2013, and the Zurich Film Festival gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
Sutherland has a net worth of $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.