Donald Sutherland | Actor

Grew up Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Donald McNichol Sutherland is one of the most respected, prolific and versatile character actors of Canada.

  • Born in 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick

  • Teenage years spent in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

  • Residence – Georgeville, Quebec.

Sutherland grew up in the town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, where he also graduated from high school. As a teenage, at age 14 Sutherland started in CKBW radio station in Bridgewateras as a news correspondent and disc jockey.


CBC Archive, 1970: Donald Sutherland reflects on his Canadian roots

Sutherland’s film career spans six decades. He has appeared in almost 200 different shows and films.

  • A Dry White Season (1989),
  • JFK (1991),
  • A Time to Kill (1996),
  • Without Limits (1998),
  • The Italian Job (2003),
  • Cold Mountain (2003),
  • Pride & Prejudice (2005),
  • Aurora Borealis (2006).


Donald Sutherland with his son Kiefer Sutherland at the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Reuters

Donald Sutherland talks Fellini and ‘Casanova’ in this rare 1976 interview


 Sutherland has been nominated for eight Golden Globe Awards, winning two for his performances in the television films Citizen X (1995) and Path to War (2002).

Donald SUTHERLAND: I’m Canadian – and I should have a right to vote

The Globe and Mail, July 28, 2015


Bridgewater is a town in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Prides itself as “The Main Street of the South Shore.”

Bridgewater has long been established as the primary commercial and professional service centre in the southern half of the province.



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