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Celebrities React to Donald Sutherland’s Death: Son Kiefer Sutherland and More

Celebrities React to Donald Sutherland’s Death: Son Kiefer Sutherland and More
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Donald Sutherland died at age 88 on Thursday, June 20, and fellow celebrities are paying their respects to the legendary actor.

CAA confirmed in a statement to Deadline that The Hunger Games star died following a “long illness.” The actor’s son Kiefer Sutherland was quick to confirm the news via social media with a tribute to his dad.

“With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away,” Kiefer wrote, alongside a photo with Donald. “I personally think one of the most important actors in the history of film. 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.”

Celebrities React to Donald Sutherland’s Death: Son Kiefer Sutherland and More
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Stars who knew or have worked with Donald in the past have continued to speak out. Keep scrolling to see which celebrities honored the late actor:

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Kim Cattrall

“Such sad news! Was always a favorite,” the actress commented on Variety’s Instagram post. “Was always wonderful. Broke your heart in ‘Ordinary People’ RIPx.”

Rachel Zegler

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes star shared the news of Donald’s death via Instagram Stories with a series of broken heart emojis.

Cary Elwes

“Devastated. Our hearts are breaking for you,” the Princess Bride star wrote. “So grateful to have known & worked with him. Sending our love.”

Ron Howard

“#RIPDonaldSutherland. I was blessed to direct him in #Backdraft. One of the most intelligent, interesting & engrossing film actors of all time,” the director shared on social media. “Incredible range, creative courage & dedication to serving the story & the audience with supreme excellence.”

Robbie Amell

“I’m so sorry Kiefer,” the actor, whose wife Italia Ricci worked with Kiefer on Designated Survivor wrote.

Michael Rosenbaum

“Love you buddy,” the Smallville actor commented on Kiefer’s tribute post. “So so sorry. here for ya.”

Leven Rambin

The Hunger Games actress commented on Deadline’s post with a broken heart emoji.

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Nancy Sinatra

“This hurts,” the iconic singer posted on social media, along with a broken heart emoji. “Godspeed, Donald Sutherland.”

Dane Cook

“Donald Sutherland had the greatest voice on screen, his eyes could be deliciously sinister or heartbreakingly earnest,” the comedian posted on X. “I felt like whenever he was onscreen he was dancing without movement whatsoever. Condolences to his family. What a rare and exciting life he had all the way to 88.”

Piers Morgan

“RIP Donald Sutherland, 88,” the talk show host shared via X. “One of my all-time favorite actors who played so many great roles. What a sad loss.”

Philippine Leroy Beaulieu

The French actress posted a tribute to Donald via Instagram.

“Goodbye Mr Sutherland,” she captioned a photo of the late star, sharing a series of gold star emojis.

Carol Burnett

“I’m a big fan of his and one of my favorite performances of his was with Mary Tyler Moore in Ordinary People,” Burnett told Extra. “He tore my heart apart. He was so wonderful, and it was a different role for him, a different kind of a role for Donald.”

Tom Blyth

Blyth, who portrayed the younger version of Donald’s character, President Snow, in The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, paid homage to the late actor.

“Donald Sutherland came about as close to mastering the craft of acting as anyone gets. So many genius performances,” Blyth wrote via Instagram. “I never had the honor of knowing him personally, but it was the honor of a lifetime to follow in his footsteps. Thank you sir for birthing one of the great movie characters of all time.”

Jane Fonda

Fonda took to Instagram to say that she was “stunned” by the news of Donald’s death and share a photo of the duo on the set of their 1971 film, Klute, with director Alan Pakula.

“We loved working together,” she wrote in the caption. “Donald was a brilliant actor and a complex man who shared quite a few adventures with me, such as the FTA Show, an anti-Vietnam war tour that performed for 60,000 active duty soldiers, sailors, and marines in Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, and Japan in 1971. I am heartbroken.”

Elliott Gould

Sutherland’s M*A*S*H costar Elliott Gould wrote via Instagram, “Donald was a giant, not only physically but as a talent. He was also enormously kind and generous.”

“Donald and I both had sons that were born just a week apart. We were young fathers at the same time,” he continued. “It’s never easy, losing the caliber of a human being and actor like Donald Sutherland, but this one really profoundly hurts because Donald was like my brother, and a big part of my own career.”

“My heart goes out to Francine, Kiefer, Rachel, Rossif, Angus, Roeg and the entire family at the loss of an original and great man,” Gould concluded. “Rest in peace, you, dear, dear Kind friend. I love you and I will never forget you.”

Jena Malone

Celebrities React to Donald Sutherlands Death Son Kiefer Sutherland and More
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“Rest in peace, you kind-hearted legend,” Malone, who played Lydia Bennet in 2005’s Pride & Prejudice, wrote via Instagram Story on Thursday. Sutherland portrayed her father, Mr. Bennet, in the film alongside Keira Knightley and more.

Nicole Kidman

“Remembering one of the greatest actors of our time, Donald Sutherland. I loved him,” Kidman wrote via her Instagram Story, per Hello!

Alongside the message, Kidman shared several snaps of the duo from their 2020 series The Undoing.

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