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In memoriam: Donald Sutherland, 88, was prolific actor

June 20, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NEW YORK CITY — DONALD SUTHERLAND, THE PROLIFIC FILM AND TELEVISION ACTOR, whose film career spanned six decades, has died at 88 after a long illness, according to the Associated Press and other news agencies. The versatile and lanky (6’4”) star, born July 17, 1935, in New Brunswick, Canada, appeared in about three to five films annually. He played characters as diverse as the spacy Private Vernon Pinkley in The Dirty Dozen (1967) to anti-Establishment Army medic Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in the 1970 M*A*S*H film that eventually led to the eponymous multi-Emmy Award series. Among Sutherland’s other notable roles was hippie tank commander Oddball in Kelly’s Heroes (1970), the grief-stricken father Calvin Jarrett in Redford’s Ordinary People, which won Best Picture in 1980 and Oliver Stone’s 1991 political thriller JFK, which was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two. Later parts included Hunger Games films and the HBO limited series The Undoing. Notwithstanding his health, Donald Sutherland never retired and worked regularly until his death.

Even with his prolific career, Sutherland was never personally nominated for a competitive Oscar. Eventually compensating for the oversight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an honorary statuette in November 2017 at the Governors Awards, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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