The career-defining role for Kiefer Sutherland was Jack Bauer in the early ’00s series 24, which he reprised for the revival as well. But he was also a very successful child actor, having appeared in a number of films in the ’80s and ’90s like Stand by Me, The Lost Boys, Flatliners, Young Guns, and its sequel.
Kiefer Sutherland isn’t one of those actors who is always in the spotlight, so there’s a lot about his life that has been kept private. What is there to know about the 53-year-old British-Canadian actor? Here are some interesting tidbits.
10 He Provides The Voice & Face For Metal Gear Solid’s Big Boss
For those who have played the video games Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it is Sutherland’s voice and face that star as the Big Boss and Venom Snake.
Sutherland provides not only the English voices for the two characters but also the facial motion capture.
9 He Was Born In London
While it is pretty well known that Sutherland is Canadian, born to his famous actor father Donald Sutherland, he actually wasn’t born in Canada. Technically, he is British, having been born in Paddington, London.
Both his father and mother, Shirley Douglas, also an actor, had successful careers at the time of his birth and they had been living in England for some time.
8 He Has A Twin Sister
Add Sutherland to the list of celebrities you probably didn’t realize had a twin! Sutherland was born alongside his fraternal twin sister Rachel. While she isn’t an actor, she does work in the entertainment business as a post-production film supervisor.
According to her IMDb page, she has been working steadily on a string of series, most notably Rookie Blue, Lost Girl, Saving Hope, and Mary Kills People. She is currently working as a post-production supervisor on the series Nurses.
7 His Grandfather Is Credited With Bringing Universal Health Care To Canada
The one thing most Americans know about Canada is that the country enjoys universal “free” health care. And it’s actually Sutherland’s grandfather who many credit for that. Tommy Douglas was a politician and former premier of the province of Saskatchewan.
The publicly funded single-payer health care system isn’t technically “free” like many believe (citizens pay into it from their paychecks). Nonetheless, it’s a system many countries applaud and it is widely considered to be one of Canada’s strong points as a nation.
6 He Is Named After Someone
Kiefer isn’t a common name so where did his parents get it? Sutherland got his first name from someone: he was named after writer and director Warren Kiefer, who directed Donald Sutherland in 1964’s Castle of the Living Dead, which was the actor’s first-ever feature film.
Warren Kiefer didn’t work on many films after that: the last one to his credit is a screenplay in 1971 called The Last Rebel.
5 He Lived With Robert Downey Jr.
Both about the same age, Sutherland and Robert Downey Jr. were young actors trying to make names for themselves in Hollywood at the same time in the ’80s. And they actually met and decided to become roomies for some time while they figured out their careers.
They were reportedly roommates for three years as they went to auditions and tried to snag roles. They actually appeared in one film together: 1969.
4 He Came Close To Getting Some Big Roles
Sutherland apparently has a ton of missed opportunities in movies and TV series. He reportedly turned down the lead role in My Own Private Idaho, a decision he later regretted, and was a contender for the role in A Nightmare on Elm Street that eventually went to Johnny Depp and marked his big film debut.
Most recently, Sutherland was reportedly offered the lead role of Raymond “Red” Reddington for the NBC drama The Blacklist. That role went to James Spader instead and the series has become a huge success. The show premiered less than a year before 24: Live Another Day, so it might have been scheduling conflicts that caused Sutherland to say no to what could have been his next biggest TV role.
3 He Has His Own Band
Sutherland is not only a talented actor, but he is also a musician. He has his own band, The Kiefer Sutherland Band, that has actually gone on tour. He released his first album called Down in a Hole in 2016, along with a music video for “Not Enough Whiskey,” a country song he co-wrote.
The band most recently performed in both Scotland and Las Vegas in 2019 and released a second album called Reckless and Me that year as well.
2 His Daughter Is In Veep
Sutherland has one biological daughter from his first marriage to Camelia Kath. Sarah Sutherland is her name, and she is actually an actor, best known for her role as Catherine Meyer, the only child of Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on HBO series Veep.
Sutherland also has a stepdaughter from Kath’s previous marriage, Michelle.
1 He Was Once Engaged To Julia Roberts
It’s known that many of the biggest actors from the ’80s and ’90s dated one another, as goes for today. But Sutherland once not only dated, but was engaged to, America’s Sweetheart, Julia Roberts.
The two met on the set of Flatliners and got engaged pretty quickly thereafter. They had a huge wedding planned until Roberts accused him of meeting with another woman and called it off. While Sutherland reportedly denied an affair, the relationship was over.
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