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'The Hunger Games' star Donald Sutherland dead at 88

Paul Squire   

'The Hunger Games' star Donald Sutherland dead at 88
  • Donald Sutherland died in Miami at 88.
  • He was known for roles in films such as "Animal House," "Klute," and the "Hunger Games" franchise.

The veteran award-winning actor Donald Sutherland, who played the villainous President Snow in the "Hunger Games" franchise, died at 88.

Deadline reported on Thursday that the actor died in Miami after a "long illness."

The actor Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland's son, confirmed his father's death in a statement on X.

"I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film," he wrote. "Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived."

Donald Sutherland was born on July 17, 1935, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The actor, known for his decadeslong career in Hollywood, landed his earliest roles in the '60s. He rose to prominence playing Vernon Pinkley in the 1967 film "The Dirty Dozen" and Hawkeye Pierce in the 1970 movie "MASH."

Sutherland starred in dozens of other notable films, including "Animal House," "Klute," "Pride & Prejudice," "Don't Look Now," and the "Hunger Games" franchise. Despite various standout performances, Sutherland was never nominated for an Academy Award. However, he received an honorary Oscar in 2017.

The actor was also recognized for his TV roles, earning an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance as Mikhail Fetisov in the 1995 TV movie "Citizen X." Most recently, Sutherland played Judge Parker in the 2023 Paramount+ miniseries "Lawmen: Bass Reeves."

In March, it was announced that Sutherland would on November 12 release his debut memoir, "Made Up, But Still True," chronicling his impressive and lengthy career.

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