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'The Hunger Games' Actor Donald Sutherland Passes Away At Age 88

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on June 20, 2024 at 1:23 PM EDT
Updated on June 20, 2024 at 1:36 PM EDT

"The Hunger Games" actor Donald Sutherlandhas passed away at the age of 88.

Sutherland gained significant recognition in the 1960s and 1970s with standout roles in films such as "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), "MAS*H" (1970), and "Kelly's Heroes" (1970).

He also starred in "Don't Look Now" (1973), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978), "Ordinary People" (1980), "JFK" (1991), "A Time to Kill" (1996), and "The Hunger Games" series (2012-2015), where he played the role of President Snow.

A cause of death for Donald Sutherland was not made public.

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Rest In Peace, Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland attended 'The Burnt Orange Heresy' Photocall

Donald Sutherland has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his role in the television film "Citizen X" (1995).

He was also awarded an honorary Oscar in 2017 for his contributions to cinema.

The actor is the father of actors Kiefer Sutherland and Rossif Sutherland. Kiefer is also well-known for his role in the television series "24".

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Kiefer Sutherland Breaks Silence

Donald Sutherland in a white tux

Kiefer released a statement shortly after the news broke.

"With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away," he wrote. "I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film. 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."

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Tributes Pour In

Other tributes poured in from fans after hearing the news. "Rest in peace Donald Sutherland, my favorite role of his was the big hearted girl dad Mr Bennett," one user wrote. "So much grace and tenderness in this performance, this scene makes me emotional every time."

"We've just learned of the sad passing of another acting titan," another wrote. "The incomparable Donald Sutherland has left us at the age of 88 and to call him a legend would be an understatement with the number of timeless roles he has played over the last 60 years. All the best to his family!"

"Rest in peace, Donald Sutherland. Hopefully, your words will ring true for ours and future generations," a third said.

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Social Media Pays Tribute To Donald Sutherland

"Donald Sutherland is genuinely one of the most underrated, under appreciated actors of all time. Not a role he didn’t instantly elevate by his sheer presence alone," one of his fans wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. "Rest in peace to an all time great."

"RIP Donald Sutherland, 88. One of my all-time favorite actors who played so many great roles. What a sad loss," another said after hearing the news.

"Rest in peace to Donald Sutherland, who was famously known for portraying President Snow in 'The Hunger Games,'" another wrote alongside a video of Sutherland talking about the franchise. "Here he spoke about the importance of the series, especially for young people, when it came to its political themes."

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Donald Sutherland Was Always Dressed To The Nines

Donald Sutherland attended 'The Burnt Orange Heresy' Photocall

In a previous interview, the late Donald Sutherland expressed why dressing nice meant so much to him.

"First and foremost the impression of cleanliness," he told Inside Hook. "Beautiful fabric. Jackets that drape perfectly, no ripple on the suit back just below the bottom of the collar at the back of the neck, with the shoulders lying flat on the chest. There should be no separation between the suit collar and the shirt collar at the back of the neck. It should not ride up on one side or the other with movement."

When asking who should be credited for his fashion, Sutherland said it's all thanks to his wife.

"My wife, Francine Racette, has the best taste in the world and instructs and corrects me on every occasion," he told the outlet. "Federico Fellini’s costume designer Danilo Donati. The brilliant designer Milena Canonera. And the wonderful Judianna Makovsky, who created the clothes for Fred Schepisi’s film Six Degree of Separation. I loved being in them, so elegant they were."

Rest in peace.

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