Actor Kiefer Sutherland went through his coming-of-age phase with a number of coming-of-age flicks in the ’80s. Born in London, Sutherland’s parents, Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, were actors. Sutherland borrowed his name from the American writer and filmmaker Warren Kiefer, who was the director of Donald Sutherland’s debut movie. The Sutherland family moved to the U.S. in 1968. Kiefer made his acting debut with the film ‘Max Dugan Returns,’ in which he played the character of Matthew Broderick alongside his father Donald Sutherland. After the divorce of his parents in 1971, Kiefer moved to Toronto with his mother. The young Sutherland lost to another passionate and aspiring actor Johnny Depp in the audition for the role of Glen Lantz in the movie ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ in 1984.
Kiefer got his first breakthrough with the 1984 Canadian movie ‘The Bay Boy.’ The movie went on to become a critical and commercial success and earned Sutherland and director Daniel Petrie, two Genie award nominations for best actor and best director, respectively. After the success of ‘The Bad Boy,’ Kiefer decided to move to Hollywood for better exposure and offers. His debut movie in Hollywood was the coming-of-age movie ‘Stand by Me.’ The actor played the character of a bully in the neighborhood.
Kiefer also played a minor role as one of the friends of Sean Penn’s character in the action thriller ‘At Close Range’ directed by James Foley. The vampire thriller ‘The Lost Boys’ also earned him popularity. Sutherland launched his home banner Still Water Productions in 1986. The actor got his second breakthrough with the 1990 movie ‘Flatliners.’ He played one of the lead characters in the psychodrama alongside Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Julia Roberts in the movie. In 1992, Sutherland tasted the success at the box office with the blockbuster, ‘A Few Good Men.’ He made his directorial debut in the next year with the television movie ‘Last Light,’ in which he also played the lead role of a prisoner.
Keifer rose to fame in the ’90s with back-to-back hits like ‘Article 99,’ ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,’ ‘The Vanishing,’ and ‘The Three Musketeers.’ He handpicked dark and complex characters and scripts with psychological themes during the early ’90s. In 1996, Sutherland emerged as a rising star with three high-profile movies, ‘Freeway,’ in which he played the lead role alongside Reese Witherspoon, ‘Eye for an Eye’ with Sally Field and ‘A Time to Kill’ alongside his father Donald Sutherland. ‘Freeway’ gained a cult status in the following years. The 1997 flicks ‘The Last Days of Frankie the Fly’ and ‘Dark City’ earned him widespread acclaim and popularity. Two years later, Sutherland released his second directorial venture ‘Woman Wanted’, a TV movie.
Sutherland joined hands with Woody Allen in 2000 for the movie ‘Picking Up the Pieces.’ But the black comedy was panned by critics and bombed at the box office. The setback prompted Sutherland to go back to his roots. For the next couple of years, the actor focused on low-budget projects and indie movies aimed at film festivals. His 2000 film ‘Beat,’ which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and the 2001 movie ‘Cowboy Up,’ which received the Crystal Heart Award at the 2001 Heartland Film Festival, garnered critical acclaim. He emerged as an art-house favorite with the movie ‘To End All Wars,’ which bagged two top prizes at the Heartland Film Festival and one top prize at the Hawaii International Film Festival.
Sutherland once again changed his course in the early 2000s by picking up satires and comedies. He joined the hit television series ’24’ on Fox in 2001. The action drama series stars Kiefer as a counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Each episode of the series depicts 24 hours of Bauer’s life in real-time. The show went on to become one the greatest hits for Fox and ran for 192 episodes over eight seasons. Sutherland got four Emmy nominations for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and won the award in 2006. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe award in 2007 for his portrayal of Jack Bauer. During the long schedule of ’24,’ Sutherland starred in ‘Taking Lives’ opposite Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke, and ‘The Sentinel.’