|Real Name: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland|
|Birthday: December 21, 1966|
|Place of Birth: St. Mary's Hospital; Paddington; London, England|
Biography And Filmography:
In a career that spans 20 years, Kiefer Sutherland has covered lots of ground, he has established his skills as an actor, bringing to the screen a personal presence. He's one of those actors audiences feel close to, and good about, because we have watched him grow up in front of our eyes. We've been with him through his early success in films like The "Lost Boys" and "Stand By Me", and through his loves, heartbreaks, hardships and all the rest.
On December 21, 1966, Kiefer and his sister, Rachel, were born in the UK to Canadian acting parents, screen legend Donald and the stage actress, Shirley. He is also the grandson of one of Canada's most well-known and high-ranking politicians, Tommy Douglas - the past Premier of Saskatchewan and the founder of the Canadian system of socialized medicine.
At age five, his parents divorced and
he relocated from
their home in Los Angeles to Toronto with his mother and spent a lot of time in
the theater with his mother, and visited the movie sets where
his father was working and movies. At age fifteen, he caught the
Hollywood fever and began
acting in a range of youth theater groups in Canada. In 1984, Kiefer landed his first
starring role in the 1930s drama, "The Bay Boy" - for which he
won a Genie Award in 1984 (Canada's Academy Award).
After moving back to Los Angeles, he appeared in a succession of hits in the late ’80s. With his bad boy smile and draw, he was a great fit for jagged edged roles like the gang leader in "Stand By Me", about after the death of a friend, how a writer recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing young boy. His next role was that of the lead vampire in "The Lost Boys", and as Doc in "Young Guns". In 1988, he married actress Camelia Kath and the couple had a daughter, Sarah Jude the same year. The marriage ended after only two years.
In 1990, he starred in the smash hit "Flatliners" with Kevin Bacon, where he met Julia Roberts. The two were involved in a high profile romantic relationship and were engaged to be married in the summer of 1991, but the wedding was quickly called off three days before the ceremony. He was slammed by the tabloid media and Hollywood press, and at the same time, was thrown for a loop professionally.
After making the smash hit "A Few Good Men" (1992) working alongside an all-star cast including Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, a story set in the heart of the nation's capital, in a courthouse of the U.S. government, where one man will stop at nothing to keep his honor, and one will stop at nothing to find the truth. Next was the comedy "The Three Musketeers" (1993), about Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - who join a young new quarrelsome Musketeer. The actor left Hollywood after that film and spent the ’90s sharpening his rodeo skills on a 900-acre ranch in Montana. He also purchased the horses he rode in "Young Guns" and "Young Guns II".
In 1993, He made his directors debut with the made for television drama "Last Light", where he also starred as a penitentiary inmate on death row. The film was very well received and earned several Cable Ace nominations. In 1996, he married fellow Canadian Kelly Winn, a former model, then starred and directed in his first major motion picture film, "Truth or Consequences".
That same year, he starred in the critically applauded film "Dark City" with Jennifer Connelly and Rufus Sewell. This was followed by his second self directed endeavor, the television movie, "Woman Wanted", in which he also starred with Michael Moriarty and Holly Hunter.
In 1997, he returned to his roots starring with his mother in a Canadian creation of Tennessee William's play "The Glass Menagerie" at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. He next took on high profile supporting roles in films as loathsome characters - playing a child slayer and rapist in "Eye For An Eye", a Ku Klux Klan thug in "A Time To Kill" working alongside Matthew McConaughey in the film about a young lawyer who defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking a rebirth of the KKK. Finally that year, the actor was cast as a serial assassin in "Freeway" which also starred Reese Witherspoon - a twisted take on "Little Red Riding Hood" with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being harassed by a charming, but vicious, serial killer and pedophile.
Still not happy with his television and film projects, he decided to return to the rodeo circuit in 1998. He wasn't sure how long the break would last, or if he'd go back to performing at all. He found triumph again on the rodeo circuit with colleague John English, and they won quite a few competitions, including first place in the 1998 United states Team Roping Championships.
After two years away from the limelight, Sutherland returned to Hollywood. His friend, British director, Stephen Hopkins was directing a pilot for an pioneering new television series called "24" and encouraged the actor to take the role of Jack Bauer. Kiefer's commanding portrayal of Federal Counter terrorism Agent, Jack Bauer, has gained him recognition as the Best Actor in a Television Drama at the 2001 Golden Globe Awards and the 2004 & 2006 SAG Awards.
Despite his hectic schedule on 24, he still finds time to continue his vocation on the big screen. He was the voice of "The Caller" in the critically celebrated film, "Phone Booth" with Colin Farrell. In 2004, he made an impressive guest appearance in the big screen adventure movie "Taking Lives" which also starred Ethan Hawke, about an FBI profiler who is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer and takes on the identity of each new victim. In 2005, he starred beside Samantha Morton in the production, "River Queen", an intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman and her family find themselves on both sides of the tumultuous wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.
In 2006, he starred in the thriller, "The Sentinel" playing opposite Michael Douglas and Eva Longoria, a film about a secret service agent who is framed as the mole in an assassination attempt on the president of the United States, and must clear his name and stop another assassination attempt while on the run from an FBI agent. He was also featured in the Disney film, "The Wild" as the voice of Samson The Lion.
The now famous celebrity just signed a $40 million deal with 20th Century Fox to appear in three additional seasons of "24", making him the record paid actor in a television drama to date. He was also promoted from Co-Executive Producer to Executive Producer of "24". He will also get a two year production development deal to develop projects for 20th Century Fox Television. "24" has just completed it's fifth and most victorious season, scoring the highest ratings in the show's history to date. Kiefer and "24" returned for a sixth season in January 2007. There are also plans to bring "24: The Movie" to the big screen with a tentative release date set for 2009.
He then starred in the horror film "Mirrors" (2008) about mall security guard who becomes wrapped up in a mystery involving a particular department store's mirrors which seem to bring out the worst in people. Next was the animated adventure comedy "Monsters vs. Aliens" (2009) with Reese Witherspoon, about a meteorite from outer space that hits a young girl and turns her into a giant monster, she is taken to a secret government compound where she meets a ragtag group of monsters also rounded up over the years.
In 2009, he starred in "24 The Movie" (2009) starring with and Mary Lynn Rajskub. The film is based on the real-time television series "24", which chronicles a day in the life of Federal Agent Jack Bauer.
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