DONALD SUTHERLAND Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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DONALD SUTHERLAND is one of the most prolific and versatile of actors, whose offbeat elegance is evident in an astonishing array of more than 100 films.


Born in Canada, Sutherland began his multi-media career as a fledgling disc jockey, at 14, and won local acclaim for his vivid radio portrayal of Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” His first taste of theatre came via a variety of roles in campus productions at the University of Toronto. His performance in “The Tempest” brought the attention of Toronto Globe & Mail critic Herbert Whitaker, who suggested to Sutherland that he consider an acting career, and he took the advice.


Moving to London, Sutherland studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and made the rounds of the British repertory system, making his stage debut in “August for the People,” with Rex Harrison.