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For the in-universe character mentioned in Findings at CTU, see Kiefer Sutherland (character).
"This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible, but when all is said and done, it is the loyal worldwide fan base that made it possible for me to have the experience of playing the role of Jack Bauer, and for that I am eternally grateful."
— Kiefer Sutherland on the end of 24

Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966; age 47) is a British-Canadian actor, producer, and director, best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on 24 from 2001 to 2010. Additionally, Sutherland played the character in the 2008 television movie 24: Redemption, and voiced the character in 24: The Game, 24: Day Zero and 24: DVD Board Game. The only actor to appear in all 192 episodes of the series, Sutherland received critical acclaim and numerous accolades for his portrayal, including a Primetime Emmy Award (2006) and a Golden Globe Award (2001). Beginning in 2002, he assumed the role of producer on the series, rising to executive producer as of the fifth season.

Early life Edit

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Sutherland on set during Season 2

Kiefer, along with his twin sister Rachel, was born in London, England, the son of Canadian actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, on December 21, 1966. He has Scottish ancestry from both parents and is the grandson of Canadian politician Tommy Douglas, widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada. Sutherland is both a British citizen (by jus soli) and a Canadian citizen (by jus sanguinis). Sutherland's given name derives from "Warren Kiefer," the oft-used alias of Italian film director Lorenzo Sabatini, who gave father Donald his first film role in the 1971 Castle of the Living Dead.

The family moved to Corona, California, shortly before Donald and Shirley divorced in 1972. Sutherland moved to Toronto with his mother in 1975, attending Crescent Town Elementary School, St. Clair Junior High East York, and John G. Althouse Middle School. He attended five different high schools including St. Andrew's College, Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Harbord Collegiate Institute, Silverthorn Collegiate Institute, Malvern Collegiate Institute and Annex Village Campus. Sutherland also spent a semester at Regina Mundi Catholic College in London, Ontario and attended weekend acting lessons at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School.

In 2009, Sutherland related on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that he and Robert Downey, Jr. were roommates for three years when he first moved to Hollywood to pursue his career in acting. In the same interview he revealed that his favorite television show of all time is Just the Ten of Us, starring Dennis Haysbert.

CareerEdit

1980s-1990sEdit

Day 3 Kiefer gets into character

Kiefer often expressed the same amount of seriousness as his character while getting into character but would often smirk and guffaw in-between key takes.

Kiefer Sutherland made his film debut alongside his father Donald in Neil Simon's Max Dugan Returns, a 1983 comedy-drama film starring Jason Robards and Matthew Broderick. His first lead role was in the 1984 The Bay Boy, a semi-autobiographical film based on director Daniel Petrie's youth in Glace Bay on Cape Breton Island during the Great Depression. The film was a critical success, earning Genie Awards for both Sutherland and Petrie, and prompting the actor to move to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.

Sutherland's first role in the United States was as town bully Ace Merrill in Rob Reiner's 1986 Stand by Me, a coming-of-age film based on Stephen King's short story "The Body." Following the film's success, Sutherland worked steadily as a leading actor well into the mid-1990s, frequently collaborating with writer and director Joel Schumacher. His film roles include such films as The Lost Boys (1987), The Killing Time (1987, with Michael Madsen), Bright Lights, Big City (1987, with Nicholas Guest), Young Guns (1988, with Lou Diamond Phillips), Flatliners (1990), Flashback (1990, opposite Dennis Hopper), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1990, with James Parks, Jurgen Prochnow, Victor Rivers, and Ray Wise), A Few Good Men (1993), with Xander Berkeley), The Three Musketeers (1993), A Time to Kill (1996, with Doug Hutchison and Kurtwood Smith), and Dark City (1998). Sutherland also made his directorial debut in 1997 with Truth or Consequences, N.M., a neo-noir film written by Brad Mirman and starring Sutherland, Vincent Gallo, and Mykelti Williamson.

24Edit

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Kiefer Sutherland filming Day 7

Since 2001, Sutherland is best recognized for his work on 24 as Jack Bauer, a part he won after consideration of several other actors, including Richard Burgi. He received numerous accolades for the role throughout the series' run, including five consecutive nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (winning one for Season 5 in 2006), five consecutive Golden Globe nominationsm (winning in 2001), and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. At one point, Sutherland became the highest-paid actor on television, with a salary of $40 million for a three-season contract.

Outside the series, Sutherland also voiced Bauer in the 399th episode of The Simpsons, "24 Minutes," which itself was a stylistic parody of 24. He also appeared in a farcical series of advertisements in Japan for the popular energy supplement Calorie Mate. Most of these ads feature Sutherland as Bauer, racing to avert an imminent terrorist attack while snacking on one of Calorie Mate's products.

Due to the series' often controversial subject matter, Sutherland has occasionally broken character to deliver public service announcements during the airing of certain episodes. This occurred on November 25, 2003 following the broadcast of "Day 3: 5:00pm-6:00pm", an episode featuring a game of Russian roulette, when Sutherland promoted an organization called Americans for Gun Safety Foundation. Two years later, Sutherland delivered a second PSA during the airing of "Day 4: 2:00pm-3:00pm" regarding the portrayal of Arab-Americans in Season 4, in response to a potential lawsuit by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The Dean of the United States Military Academy, Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan, visited the set of 24 in February 2007 to urge the show's makers to reduce the number of torture scenes,[12] and Sutherland accepted an invitation from the U.S. military to tell West Point cadets that it is wrong to torture prisoners.[13] In interviews, Sutherland repeatedly downplays the significance of 24 to world affairs, insisting that the series is merely "entertainment."

In May 2013, it was announced that Sutherland will return to the role of Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day, a twelve-episode miniseries set to air on Fox in 2014.

2000s-2010sEdit

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Kiefer during Day 1 filming; quite the comeback for him at the time

Sutherland's recent film projects, concurrent with 24, include To End All Wars (2001), with Robert Carlyle and Greg Ellis), Phone Booth (2002), with Yorgo Constantine and James MacDonald), Taking Lives (2004), The Sentinel (2006, with Eva Longoria), Mirrors (2008, also executive producer), and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009). In addition, Sutherland lent his voice to episodes of The Simpsons and Family Guy (2006), as well as the video game Call of Duty: World at War (2008, with Nicholas Guest). Sutherland provides the voice and motion capture for the character of Naked Snake in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and its prologue, Ground Zeroes, taking over the role from previous voice actor David Hayter.

Since the series' end, Sutherland filmed Melancholia, a disaster drama film directed by Lars von Trier and co-starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg. In March 2011, Sutherland made his Broadway debut in a revival of That Championship Season opposite Brian Cox, Chris Noth, and Jason Patric. Additionally, he appeared with John Hurt and Greg Ellis in an Internet series called The Confession, portraying a hitman making his final confession to a shady priest. The webisode series, which reunited Sutherland with writer/director Brad Mirman, premiered in March 2011 on Hulu. Sutherland is signed to appear as the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson's historical epic Pompeii, opposite Kit Harington, Emily Browning, and fellow 24 guest star Currie Graham. He will also star opposite his father Donald Sutherland in the upcoming Western Forsaken, directed by Jon Cassar and also featuring Michael Wincott and Greg Ellis.

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Taking a break from filming while visiting his daughter.

From 2012 to 2013, Sutherland starred in a new Fox television series called Touch. He played the father of an autistic boy who communicated with him through numbers and mathematics, in an effort to help people in the world through intricately related events. The show has also featured appearances by Jude Ciccolella, Mark Ivanir, Greg Ellis, Annie Wersching and Mykelti Williamson as well as directorial efforts from Jon Cassar, Milan Cheylov, Adam Kane, and Ian Toynton. Sutherland also served as executive producer. Touch was canceled in May 2013, following the end of its second season.

Kiefer has spoofed his 24 character on 2007 and 2010 episodes of The Simpsons, in a 2012 Acer cupcake maker commercial and appeared in-character along with Mary Lynn Rajskub in a 2014 episode of Saturday Night Live.

Since 2013, he has appeared in ads for the tequila brand Jose Cuervo.

Personal life Edit

Sutherland has one daughter, actress Sarah Jude Sutherland (born 1988), from his marriage to Camelia Kath between 1987 and 1990. He was also stepfather to Kath's daughter Michelle Kath; Michelle is married to Adam Sinclair, who played Gavin Leonard in Live Another Day. From his father's subsequent marriage to Francine Racette, he has two half-brothers, Rossif (born 1978) and Angus Sutherland (born 1982).

After they starred together in Flatliners, Sutherland began dating Julia Roberts, and announced their engagement in August 1990. However, Roberts called off the wedding three days before it was scheduled, after discovering Sutherland had been meeting with a stripper named Amanda Rice. On June 29, 1996, Sutherland married Kelly Winn. The couple separated in 1999 and filed for divorce in 2004.

In the late 1990s, Sutherland briefly retired from acting and spent a few years on the rodeo circuit, inspired by his experiences filming Young Guns and The Cowboy Way. He purchased a 900-acre ranch in Montana and competed in numerous roping contests, winning two in Phoenix and Albuquerque.

Known in Hollywood circles for his partying lifestyle, Sutherland was arrested in Los Angeles on September 25, 2007, on drunk driving charges after failing a field sobriety test. He pleaded no contest to the DUI charge and was sentenced to 48 days in jail. Initially, the sentence was to be non-consecutive so as not to interfere with the filming of 24's seventh season; however, after the WGA strike halted production, Sutherland was able to serve out the full sentence, beginning on December 6, 2007. In 2009, Sutherland surrendered to NYPD after head-butting fashion designer Jack McCollough at a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Several weeks later, he and McCollough issued a joint statement in which Sutherland apologized for the incident, and the charges were dropped.

Sutherland is an avid music lover and a guitar collector. He is the co-owner of the independent record label Ironworks, and "inspired" a limited-run Gibson Custom guitar, the KS-336, each of which bore the actor's signature.

24 credits Edit

Actor Edit

Producer Edit

24-related appearances Edit

Kiefer Sutherland Mary Lynn Rajskub TCA party

With Mary Lynn Rajskub at 2014 FOX Winter TCA Press Tour party.

Awards won Edit

See also: 24's awards and honors
2002
Golden Globe Award – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Satellite Award – Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama
2003
Golden Globe Award – Best Series, Drama
Satellite Award – Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
2004
Gold Derby TV Award – Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2005
Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Gold Derby TV Award – Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2006
Primetime Emmy Award – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Primetime Emmy Award – Outstanding Drama Series
Gold Derby TV Award – Best Drama Series
Golden Nymph Award – Best International Producer
Golden Nymph Award – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2010
Spike Guys' Choice Award – Biggest Ass Kicker (for Jack Bauer)

Selected filmography Edit

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Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in Season 4 of 24.

  • Forsaken (2014)
  • Pompeii (2014)
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
  • Melancholia (2011)
  • Marmaduke (2010)
  • Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
  • Mirrors (2008)
  • I Trust You to Kill Me (2006)
  • The Sentinel (2006)
  • The Wild (2006)
  • The River Queen (2005)
  • Taking Lives (2004)
  • Phone Booth (2003)
  • The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration (2003)
  • Desert Saints (2002)
  • To End All Wars (2001)
  • Eye of the Killer (1999; A.K.A. After Alice)
  • Woman Wanted (1999)
  • A Soldier's Sweetheart (1998)
  • Dark City (1998)
  • Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997)
  • A Time to Kill (1996)
  • Freeway (1996)
  • An Eye for an Eye (1996)
  • The Cowboy Way (1994)
  • The Three Musketeers (1993)
  • The Vanishing (1993)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
  • A Few Good Men (1992)
  • Young Guns II (1990)
  • Flatliners (1990)
  • Renegades (1989)
  • Young Guns (1988)
  • The Lost Boys (1987)
  • Stand By Me (1986)
  • The Bay Boy (1984)
  • Max Dugan Returns (1983)

Television appearances

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Chilling on-set with dialogue coach Marci Michelle.

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