Hunger Games’ Actor Donald Sutherland Dies at Age 88

Celebrated actor Donald Sutherland has passed away in his Miami home. Read on to learn about the legacy he left behind.

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Donald Sutherland, often called the most talented actor to never win an Oscar, stunned audiences for decade after decade until his death on June 20th, 2024. The Hunger Games actor, aged 88, passed away in Miami from a long battle with illness.

Donald Sutherland’s Career

Sutherland was one of the most versatile actors to ever grace the silver screen. Most known to younger generations as the psychopathic President Snow in The Hunger Games or the soft and kind Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, his pantheon of roles perfectly expressed the talent Sutherland possessed.

“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.”

Kiefer Sutherland,
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Most notably, Sutherland played a range of characters from empathetic family men (Ordinary People, Threshold), eccentric military rascals (The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Kelly’s Heroes), Jesus Christ (Johnny Got His Gun), homicidal maniacs (Die! Die! My Darling!, The Hunger Games), and, of course, a stoner and an alcoholic (Animal House, A Time to Kill).

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Sutherland’s Legacy

As a younger actor, his later roles were what really stuck with me. I watched him play President Snow with a calm yet intriguingly sinister demeanor, and I saw his gentle, unassuming performance as Lizzy’s father in Pride and Prejudice, and even with just those films, he had cemented himself as iconic in cinematic history.


“I don’t find [inspiration]. It finds me. I mean, I will read it. And suddenly, it starts churning around inside me. And then, it gets violent. And then, it gets loving. And it’s an extraordinary thing. It gets more and more and more exciting. It’s delicious.”

Donald Sutherland, 60 Minutes.

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