Kiefer Sutherland Biography

Name at birth: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland is the star of the TV series 24. The show, with Sutherland as counter-terrorism expert Jack Bauer, broke convention by having each hour-long episode represent an hour in Bauer's day. Sutherland's success on television came after a respectable 15 years in the movies: Sutherland's memorable turn as a bully in Stand By Me (1986, with River Phoenix) led to a string of successful ensemble movies, including The Lost Boys (1987), Young Guns (1988), and Flatliners (1990, co-starring his one-time fianceé Julia Roberts). Although he has carried the lead in several movies and played a variety of roles, he has a reputation for playing creeps and jerks, such as in A Few Good Men (1992, with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson), Freeway (1996, opposite Reese Witherspoon), Dark City (1998) and Phone Booth (2002, starring Colin Farrell). Kiefer is the son of movie star Donald Sutherland.

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Kiefer learned how to rope and ride in the movies and has competed professionally as a calf roper... Sutherland was nominated for the Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series every year from 2002-2006; he won the award in 2006... He has a twin sister, Rachel... In December of 2007 he began serving a 48-day jail sentence for two drunk-driving arrests in three years.

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