Kiefer Sutherland Biography

(Actor Best Known for His Role in the Fox Drama Series '24;)

Birthday: December 21, 1966 (Sagittarius)

Born In: London, England

Kiefer Sutherland is a versatile actor with a wide range of characters to his repertoire. Born to actor parents, Shirley Douglas and the legendary Donald Sutherland, he too decided to be an actor. He started playing minor roles in coming of age movies such as ‘Max Dugan Returns’, ‘The Bad Boy’, ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘The Lost Boys’. With supporting roles in ‘Young Guns’ and ‘Flatliners’, he started getting noticed. Films such as ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me’, ‘A Few Good Men’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, ‘Eye for an Eye’, ‘ A Time to Kill’ ‘Dark City’, and ‘Phone Booth’ saw him play supporting or minor roles, with varying success. Switching to working in television, he became agent Jack Bauer in the series ‘24’. He earned many accolades for this role over 8 seasons, and was regularly nominated for the Golden Globes and Emmys, year after year. He also became one of executive producers of the serial. He has won a Golden Globe and a couple of Emmys for the series. He has been presented a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame too.

Quick Facts

British Celebrities Born In December, Canadian Celebrities Born In December

Also Known As: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland

Age: 57 Years, 57 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Camelia Kath (m. 1987–1990), Kelly Winn (m. 1996–2008)

father: Donald Sutherland

mother: Shirley Douglas

siblings: Rachel Sutherland

children: Sarah Jude Sutherland

Partner: Cindy Vela

Born Country: England

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Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males

City: London, England

Ancestry: Scottish Canadian

  • 1

    What TV shows has Kiefer Sutherland starred in?

    Kiefer Sutherland is best known for his roles as Jack Bauer in "24" and as Tom Kirkman in "Designated Survivor."
  • 2

    Has Kiefer Sutherland released any music?

    Yes, Kiefer Sutherland is also a musician and has released several country music albums.
  • 3

    Does Kiefer Sutherland have any tattoos?

    Yes, Kiefer Sutherland has a few tattoos, including a Celtic cross on his left arm.
  • 4

    What other talents does Kiefer Sutherland have?

    In addition to acting and music, Kiefer Sutherland is also a skilled rodeo rider and has participated in rodeo events.
  • 5

    Is Kiefer Sutherland involved in any charity work?

    Yes, Kiefer Sutherland is known for his philanthropic efforts and supports various charitable causes, including organizations that focus on children's health and well-being.
Childhood & Early Life

Kiefer Sutherland and his twin sister Rachel were born on December 21, 1966 to actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas. His parents divorced when he was four. In 1975, his mother relocated to Toronto, taking him with her.

He did his schooling at Crescent Town Elementary School and John G. Althouse Middle School in Toronto, and changed high schools five times. He also took weekend acting lessons to hone his acting skills.
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Kiefer Sutherland had a minor role in the 1983 comedy, ‘Max Dugan Returns’. His father acted in the movie too, but Kiefer did not have any scene with him.

His first starring role was in the Canadian film, ‘The Bad Boy’, in 1984. The coming-of-age film saw him play a sensitive teenager who resists his mother’s attempts to make him a priest.

In 1986, he acted in his first American film, ‘Stand by Me’. In this film about four boys’ looking for a dead body, he played "Ace" Merrill, a bully.

He acted for the first time in a Joel Schumacher directed movie, the 1987 horror-comedy, ‘The Lost Boys’. The movie was critically and commercially successful. Sutherland would work with Schumacher in many more films.

In the 1990 sci-fi thriller, ‘Flatliners’, he starred with Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt, as one of the five medical students researching life beyond death.

In 1992, he acted in the psychological thriller, ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me’, and had a more significant role in the Oscar nominated film, ‘A Few Good Men’, as Lieutenant Jonathan James Kendrick.

In 1993, Sutherland starred alongside Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis in ‘The Vanishing’, an unconvincing remake of a Franco-Dutch thriller, and ‘The Three Musketeers’ which received negative reviews, but did well commercially.

In the 1996 crime thriller, ‘Eye for an Eye’, he played Robert Doob, a serial killer. The film also starred Sally Field and Ed Harris, and was criticized for its promotion of vigilantism.

Now considered a cult classic, ‘Dark City’, the sci-fi film of 1998, starred the actor with Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. The film received many awards in film festivals around the world.

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He had a supporting role in the Joel Schumacher directed 1996 box-office hit, ‘ A Time to Kill’. The movie starred Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kevin Spacey.

The TV series, ‘24’, starring Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer, premiered in 2001, and completed 192 episodes over 8 seasons. 

In the Joel Schumacher nail-biter, ‘Phone Booth’ (2003), the actor was given second billing behind Colin Farrell, despite appearing physically onscreen only for three minutes. He is the mysterious caller in the movie.

In the 2006 thriller, ‘The Sentinel’ he starred with Michael Douglas. Both don the roles of secret service agents. Directed by Clark Johnson, the movie was poorly received by critics.

In the 2012 supernatural drama series, ‘Touch’, he starred as a former reporter who discovers that his sensitive special-needs son has a gift for foretelling future events.

In 2014, he was seen in the TV series, ‘24: Live Another Day’. It was aired by Fox.

From 2016 to 2019, he was seen in the TV series, ‘Designated Survivor’. The series ran for three seasons and Kiefer Sutherland portrayed the character of Thomas Kirkman, who suddenly ascends from the position of U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to President of the United States after an explosion kills everyone ahead of him in the presidential line of succession.

In 2020, he was seen in the role of detective Clay Bryce in the television series ‘The Fugitive’.

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Major Works

The Christopher Cain directed western action film, ‘Young Guns’, in 1988, saw him share screen space with Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko. It was a box office hit.

The television series ‘24’ completed 8 seasons between 2001 and 2008. His performance as Jack Bauer won him critical acclaim and accolades .The serial was watched by an estimated 11 million people every season.


Despite being nominated many times for his role in ‘24’, Kiefer Sutherland’s only Golden Globe Award came in 2002, in the category Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

For the innovative serial,‘24’, he won two Emmy Awards in 2006– the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; the Outstanding Drama Series that he shared with 12 other executive producers.

Kiefer Sutherland won the coveted Screen Actors Guild Awards twice between 2004 and 2006 for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for the television serial, ‘24’.

He was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto and in 2009, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7024 Hollywood Boulevard.

Family & Personal Life

Kiefer Sutherland was married to Camelia Kath from 1987 to 1990 and had daughter with her. Camelia was the widow of Chicago band member Terry Kath. He became the stepfather to Camelia’s two sons.

He was engaged to actress Julia Roberts, but the actress broke the engagement over Sutherland’s alleged affair with a stripper.

In 1996, he married Kelly Winn. The couple separated in 1999, and filed for divorce in 2004, which was finalised in 2008.

In 2014, Kiefer Sutherland began dating actress and model, Cindy Vela. They got engaged in 2017, and presently reside in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.

Facts About Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland is a talented musician and has released several country music albums.
He is an avid rodeo fan and has participated in various rodeo events.
Kiefer Sutherland is a licensed cattle rancher and owns a ranch in Montana.
He is a skilled glassblower and enjoys creating artistic glass pieces in his spare time.
Kiefer Sutherland is a passionate motorcycle enthusiast and has participated in charity motorcycle rides.

Kiefer Sutherland Movies

1. Stand by Me (1986)

  (Drama, Adventure)

2. A Few Good Men (1992)

  (Drama, Thriller)

3. Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)

  (Mystery, Drama, Romance, Horror, Thriller)

4. The Lost Boys (1987)

  (Comedy, Horror)

5. A Time to Kill (1996)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller)

6. Dark City (1998)

  (Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller)

7. Young Guns (1988)

  (Thriller, Western, Drama, Crime, Action)

8. Phone Booth (2002)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action, Mystery)

9. Flatliners (1990)

  (Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller)

10. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

  (Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
2002 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama 24 (2001)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2006 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 24 (2001)
2006 Outstanding Drama Series 24 (2001)

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