Kiefer Sutherland was born in London, England, UK to parents Donald Sutherland andShirley Douglas. He got his first film role in the comedy drama Max Dugan Returns (1983). Sutherland’s first major role was in the Canadian drama The Bay Boy (1984), which earned Sutherland and director Daniel Petrie, Genie award nominations for best actor and best director, respectively. Following his success in The Bay Boy, Sutherland eventually moved to Los Angeles and landed television appearances in “The Mission”, an episode ofAmazing Stories (1985) and in the telefilm Trapped in Silence (1986) with Marsha Mason.
In 1992, Sutherland starred opposite Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker in Article 99 (1992) and in the military drama A Few Good Men (1992) also starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Later, in 1994, he starred with Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis in the American version of The Vanishing (1993) for 20th Century Fox. In 1997, he co-starred withWilliam Hurt and Rufus Sewell in Dark City (1998), directed by Alex Proyas, which was a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. Sutherland also added his second directorial credit and starred in Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997) alongside Kevin Pollak, Mykelti Williamson, Rod Steiger and Martin Sheen. He stars in the
Fox drama series 24 (2001) as Jack Bauer for which he has earned a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Grandson of former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas
, leader of the first elected socialist government in North America. Douglas was premier from 1944-1961, and was known as the father of Canada’s government-funded medical system.
Owns Ironworks Studio together with his musical partner singer/songwriter/composerJude Cole
. Kiefer also owns a valuable collection of about 50 vintage guitars which he and his partners has been playing in studio sessions and live performances.
Among the many reasons cited for the break-up of his first marriage, one was his friendship with The Lost Boys
(1987) castmate Jason Patric
and other members of the “brat pack” — ironically enough, his friendship with Jason Patric
dissolved after his fiancéJulia Roberts
left with Patric for Europe three days before her scheduled 1991 marriage to Sutherland was to take place. In 2011, Sutherland and Patric costarred in the Broadway revival of Patric’s father’s play “That Championship Season”.
Traveled with the rodeo circuit in the late 1990s and won rodeos in Phoenix and Albuquerque.
Plays ice hockey on a celebrity team.
Earned first place in the US Team Roping Championships.
Was Gary Oldman
‘s passenger when Oldman was arrested for drunk driving in 1991.
Daughter, Sarah Sutherland
, likes to make fun of the fact that he’s computer illiterate.
In an episode of 24
(2001), his character mentions that he and his wife and daughter should take a trip up into Canada. His father, Donald Sutherland
, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Appears in one scene of Article 99
(1992) wearing glasses and a fishing bucket hat, a tip to father Donald Sutherland
, who sported the same look in MASH
For his role in The Wild
(2006), he had to practice roaring like a lion. Rather than doing it at his home with his daughter and stepdaughter around, he practiced in his car while driving on the freeway, completely unaware of a woman in the next lane watching him.
When starting up on the rodeo circuit he decided to buy all the things needed. The horses, the bulls/cows, the tractors, the 900 acre ranch in Montana, then sold it once he was finished.
His role as Jack Bauer in 24
(2001) is his first regular role on a television series.
His vampire likeness from The Lost Boys
(1987) is featured on the cover of J. Gordon Melton’s “The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead.” In a captioned picture inside the book, his name is misspelled as “Keifer.”
In an episode of 24
(2001), he is told a character is being transferred from Los Angeles to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for questioning. In A Few Good Men
(1992), he played a Marine stationed at Guantanamo Bay.
Went to Martingrove Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, Ontario
Within the same year, had played the character of The Caller in the movie Phone Booth
(2002) and of Jack Bauer in the television series 24
(2001). Both projects were created by Fox. The events of both projects take place in “real time”. And both projects were delayed by Fox due to real-life events: 24
(2001) due to the 9/11 al-Qa’ida terrorist attacks, and Phone Booth
(2002) due to the D.C. sniper shootings by John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. “24″‘s 1st season began airing in October 2001, while Phone Booth had its release date moved from November 15, 2002 to April 4, 2003.
Even though he physically appears onscreen for less than three minutes in Phone Booth
(2002), he received second billing behind Colin Farrell
His stepdaughter Michelle Kath was expecting her first child in February 2005.
When he was eight, he moved to Canada where he spent the next eight years of his life.
He left Canada to do commercials in New York. In 1983, he landed a jeans advertisement and got enough money to buy a car and go to California.
His daughter, Sarah Sutherland
, was part of the graduating class of 2006 from Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California (Vanity Fair Magazine, February 2005).
In an episode of 24
(2001), his character Jack Bauer is brought back after a heart failure. The same thing happened in Flatliners
(1990), where he played Nelson.
On the Freeway
(1996) DVD cover, he has a five o’clock shadow, but in the film itself, he is clean shaven.
During the fourth season of 24
(2001), he filmed a Public Service Announcement to tell viewers that the show’s creators were not trying to exploit 9/11 in their storylines, and that the whole terrorist storyline was fictional.
Attended the funeral of actor Brandon Lee
(who was accidentally shot by Michael Massee
while filming The Crow
(1994)). Coincidentally, Massee later played villain Ira Gaines in the first season of 24
Is the spokesperson for Calorie Mate Japan in character from 24
Attended St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario.
Owns a recording studio/music label in Los Angeles, called Ironworks, with best friend, musician/producer Jude Cole
At about 5′ 9″, Kiefer is extremely short by the standards of his father’s side of the family. For example, his father stands 6′ 4″ and his half-brothers are all well over 6 feet.
Starred alongside Dennis Hopper
(1990). Hopper later played Victor Drazen in the final four episodes of Season One of 24
Has signed a contract to be in 3 more seasons of 24
(2001) after Season 5. The contract says he will be paid $40 million, which makes him the highest paid actor on a television drama.
Is a huge fan of the rock band Queen
Has a 1967 Chevy Chevelle that he has a “personal attachment to”
Broke three fingers in his first rodeo.
He attended seven different schools in ten years.
Has spent 15 hours a day, six days a week, for the last five years on the set of 24
His grandfather (former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas
) was voted “The Greatest Canadian”.
Upon the conclusion of season 5 of 24
(2001), Kiefer has spent more on-screen time as the character “Jack Bauer” than as all of his previous roles combined. He has also received more nominations for the show than his entire film career.
Ranked #68 on the 2006 Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the world’s most powerful celebrities. His earnings were a reported $23 million.
His great-great-grandmother through male line was a third cousin of President Rutherford Birchard Hayes. Ironically, on “24″‘s 5th season, his character Jack Bauer had to work with a Homeland Security agent named Karen Hayes.
Is distantly related to former Governor of Vermont Howard Dean
Has a very large collection of vintage guitars (a 1959 Les Paul
, a 1967 Telecaster, a 1968 ES335 and about fifty-five more).
He has a border collie named Molly.
Lived in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles from 2002-2009.
When his character, Jack Bauer, got a new tattoo (part of the plot line) for Season 3 of24
(2001) instead of having to go though tedious make up for each scene which the tattoo would show, Kiefer had a real tattoo inked onto his arm.
In 2005, he was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
Arrested on suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles on September 25, 2007.
Sentenced to 48 days in jail for DUI. Started serving his sentence immediately [December 5, 2007].
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7024 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Considers his father, Donald Sutherland
, to be one of the greatest actors of all-time.
While visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2007, he stayed at the world-famous Copacabana Palace Hotel.
Was roommates with Robert Downey Jr.
for three years during their early days in Hollywood in the 1980s.
Sold his 14,400-square-foot loft/recording studio in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake area for $3,000,000.
Paid $8.25 million to purchase a five-story town house in Manhattan’s West Village.
His first name is the German word for pine and/or jaw.
Sold his 5-story town house at 763 Greenwich St. in NYC’s West Village for $17.5 million in Sept. 2012.
He and his father Donald have both played artist Paul Gauguin
Is related on both sides of his family to health care activists in two different countries. He is a cousin on his father’s side of Howard Dean
, who vocally advocated the Affordable Health Care Act in the U.S. His maternal grandfather was Canadian Prime Minister Tommy Douglas
, who pushed through Parliament a universal health care bill.
He has Scottish, English, German, and Irish ancestry.