Kiefer Sutherland

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Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born  December 21, 1966 in London , England ) is a Canadian actor and musician .


Kiefer Sutherland is the son of actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas and the maternal grandson of Tommy Douglas , a former Prime Minister of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan . He has a twin sister named Rachel and four half siblings.

Sutherland got his unusual first name from Warren Kiefer , the director who gave his father Donald his first film role in 1964. The large number of middle names were also chosen by Sutherland's father out of gratitude to the namesake. According to Kiefer Sutherland's own information, all first names except for “Rufus” can be assigned to the people who are dedicated in this way. Kiefer graduated from the Silverthorn Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke , Toronto .

Kiefer Sutherland began his film career in 1983 with the film Max Dugan's Moneten , in which he played Donald Sutherland with his father . He achieved his breakthrough a year later with the film The Bay Boy , for which he was honored with the nomination for the Genie Award , the Canadian equivalent of the Oscar .

Two years later he directed the drama Stand By Me and appeared in the 1987 vampire thriller The Lost Boys . The psychological thriller Flatliners helped him achieve his final breakthrough in Hollywood in 1990 . During this time a relationship with Julia Roberts began , which broke up shortly before the planned wedding in the summer of 1991.

In the mid-1990s, Sutherland fell into a career slump. Good role offers did not materialize because he was only committed to the role of the villain. After less successful films such as Frankie the Fly , Dark City , Break Up - Nackte Angst , Visions of Death and I just got my wife apart , Sutherland made his comeback in the Fox real-time series 24 with the role of Federal Agent Jack Bauer. In 2002 he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy Award in 2006 . Sutherland received a total of around $ 40 million in gage for the lead role in seasons 6 to 8, which makes him the highest-paid TV actor in the world. In December 2008, Sutherland was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame .

Kiefer Sutherland (2017)

In September 2011, Fox ordered a mystery series with Touch with Sutherland in the lead role. The broadcast of the series began in January 2012 and ended in May 2013. Furthermore, Sutherland was in the political thriller Designated Survivor in the lead role from 2016 to 2019 . There he played the newly appointed President of the United States after a terrorist attack .

In 1997, Sutherland made his screen director debut with the cinema production Place of Truth . Since 1994 he has also been working as a television producer . Among other things, he was active as a producer and executive producer for the successful series 24 .

For the German-speaking area, Sutherland is mostly dubbed by Tobias Meister .

In addition to his acting career, he works as a music producer and singer and runs the independent label Ironworks together with Jude Cole . Sutherland released the album Down in a Hole in 2016 , he wrote and composed the lyrics with Cole.

Private life

Sutherland married Camelia Kath in 1987 and divorced in 1990. In 1996 he married for the second time, the second marriage was divorced in 2004. He has a biological daughter from his marriage to Camelia Kath, Sarah Sutherland , who also works as an actress, as well as a step-daughter and two step-sons. He has been in a relationship with Cindy Vela since 2014.

Filmography (selection)

Music videos

  • 2008: Lifehouse - Broken (Director, cameo )
  • 2008: HoneyHoney - Little Toy Gun (Director, cameo)
  • 2009: Billy Boy on Poison - On my Way (Director)
  • 2013: Max Gomez - Run from you (director)
  • 2016: Kiefer Sutherland - Not Enough Whiskey
  • 2016: Kiefer Sutherland - Can't Stay Away
  • 2017: Kiefer Sutherland - Shirley Jean


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Reckless & Me
  DE 28 05/03/2019 (2 weeks)
  AT 75 05/10/2019 (1 week)
  CH 62 05/05/2019 (1 week)
  UK 9 05/09/2019 (2 weeks)
  • 2016: Down in a Hole (Ironworks Music) LP, CD, Download
  • 2019: Reckless & Me (BMG) LP, CD, Download


Golden Globe Award Awards

  • 2002: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"


  • 2003-2007: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"
  • 2009: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Movie for "24 - Redemption"

Emmy Awards

  • 2006: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"


  • 2002–2005: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"
  • 2009: Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Feature Film for "24: Redemption"

MTV Movie Awards

  • 1997: Nomination as best film villain for "The Jury"
  • 2004: Nomination as best film villain for "Don't hang up!"

Satellite Award

  • 2002, 2003: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"

Screen Actors Guild Award

  • 2004, 2006: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"
  • 2003, 2005: Nomination for Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"

Television Critics Association Award

  • 2002–2006: Nomination for Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"

Further awards

  • 1985: Genie Award : Nomination for Best Actor for "The Bay Boy"
  • 2002: GQ - Gentlemen's Quarterly : Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"
  • 2003: Teen Choice Award : Nomination for Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"
  • 2003: Aftonbladet TV Prize: Best Foreign Personality on TV
  • 2003: DVD Premiere Award: Best Actor for "Dead Heat"
  • 2006: Gold Nymph Award: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"
  • 2006: People's Choice Award : Nomination for Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama for "24"
  • 2007: ACTRA Award
  • 2015: Golden Raspberry : Nomination as worst supporting actor for "Pompeii"

Web links

Commons : Kiefer Sutherland  - Collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. Rolling Stone Magazine: "Kiefer Sutherland: Heart of Darkness" (accessed on October 9, 2008)
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  3. Kiefer Sutherland bio
  4. Kiefer Sutherland fan page
  5. ^ Kiefer Sutherland on Sat.1 breakfast television on March 26, 2012
  6. Bernd Michael Krannich: Touch: FOX orders a new series from Tim Kring with Kiefer Sutherland. , September 22, 2011, accessed September 25, 2011 .
  7. Kiefer Sutherland. German synchronous index, accessed on October 24, 2008 .
  8. Kiefer Sutherland. Ironworks, accessed August 4, 2011 .
  9. Kiefer Sutherland debut countrydown in a hole. Billboard, accessed February 9, 2017 .
  11. Kiefer Sutherland: Kiefer Sutherland - Not Enough Whiskey (Official Music Video). March 28, 2016. Retrieved February 9, 2017 .
  12. Kiefer Sutherland: Kiefer Sutherland - Can't Stay Away (Official Music Video). July 27, 2016, accessed February 9, 2017 .
  13. Chart tracking: DE AT CH UK . Retrieved May 4, 2019