The Canadian-born actor got his start in the media as a news correspondent for a local radio station when he was only 14. After graduating college with a drama and engineering degree, Sutherland moved to England where he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Sutherland appeared on film and television in England in the 1960s and first got notice on the big screen playing Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce in Robert Altman's 1970 feature film "M*A*S*H." The following year he received critical acclaim for his role as a detective opposite Jane Fonda in "Klute."
Other notable film roles include "Ordinary People," "A Dry White Season," "Six Degrees of Separation" and "JFK." More recently he's appeared in "Cold Mountain" and "Pride and Prejudice."
Sutherland is nominated for outstanding actor in a movie or miniseries for "Human Trafficking."
His voice is heard on numerous television commercials including Volvo, Simply Orange juice and Cigna.
This year's Emmy ceremony will be a family affair for Sutherland whose son, Kiefer, is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in "24."