Donald Sutherland

Biography

Date of Birth 17 July 1935, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada Birth Name Donald McNichol Sutherland Height 6' 4" (1.93 m) Mini Biography The towering presence of this Canadian character actor is not often noticed, but his contributions are legendary. He has been in almost a hundred and fifty different show and films. He is also the father of renowned actor Kiefer Sutherland. Born in New Brunswick, Sutherland worked several different jobs - he was a radio DJ in his youth - and was almost set on becoming an engineer after graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in engineering. However, he also graduated with a degree in drama, and he chose to abandon becoming an engineer in favour of an actor. Sutherland's first roles were bit parts and consisted of such films as the horror film Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) which starred Christopher Lee. He was also appearing in episodes of TV shows such as "The Saint" and "Court Martial". Sutherland's break would come soon, though, and it would come in the form of a war film in which he was barely cast. The reason he was barely cast was because he had been a last-minute replacement for an actor that had dropped out of the film. The role he played was that of the dopey but loyal Vernon Pinkley in the war film Doce del patíbulo (1967). The film also starred Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, and Telly Savalas. The picture was an instant success as an action/war film, and Sutherland played upon this success by taking another role in a war film: this was, however, a comedy called M.A.S.H. (1970) which landed Sutherland the starring role alongside Elliott Gould and Tom Skerritt. This is now considered a classic among film goers, and the 35-year old actor was only getting warmed up. Sutherland took a number of other roles in between these two films, such as the theatrical adaptation Oedipus the King (1968), the musical Joanna (1968) and the Clint Eastwood-helmed war comedy Los violentos de Kelly (1970). It was Los violentos de Kelly (1970) that became more well-known, and it reunited Sutherland with Telly Savalas. 1970 and 1971 offered Sutherland a number of other films, the best of them would have to be Klute (1971). The film, which made Jane Fonda a star, is about a prostitute whose friend is mysteriously murdered. Sutherland received no critical acclaim like his co-star Fonda (she won an Oscar) but his career did not fade. Moving on from Klute (1971), Sutherland landed roles such as the lead in the thriller Fría como un diamante (1973), and another lead in the western Alien Thunder (1974). These films did not match up to "Klute"'s success, though Sutherland took a supporting role that would become one of his most infamous and most critically acclaimed. He played the role of the murderous fascist leader in the Bernardo Bertolucci Italian epic Novecento (1976). Sutherland also gained another memorable role as a marijuana-smoking university professor in Desmadre a la americana (1978) among other work that he did in this time. Another classic role came in the form of the Robert Redford film, Gente corriente (1980). Sutherland portrays an older father figure who must deal with his children in an emotional drama of a film. It won Best Picture, and while both the supporting stars were nominated for Oscars, Sutherland once again did not receive any Academy Award nomination. He moved on to play a Nazi spy in a film based on Ken Follett's book "Eye of the Needle" and he would star alongside Al Pacino in the commercial and critical disaster that was Revolución (1985). While it drove Al Pacino out of films for four years, Sutherland continued to find work. This work led to the dramatic, well-told story of apartheid Una árida estación blanca (1989) alongside the legendary actor Marlon Brando. Sutherland's next big success came in the Oliver Stone film JFK (Caso abierto) (1991) where Sutherland plays the chilling role of Mister X, an anonymous source who gives crucial information about the politics surrounding President Kennedy. Once again, he was passed over at the Oscars, though Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for his performance as Clay Shaw. Sutherland went on to appear in Buffy, la cazavampiros (1992), La sombra del lobo (1992), and Acoso (1994). The new millennium provided an interesting turn in Sutherland's career: reuniting with such former collaborators as Clint Eastwood and Tommy Lee Jones, Sutherland starred in Space Cowboys (2000). He also appeared as the father figure to Nicole Kidman's character in Cold Mountain (2003) and Charlize Theron's character in The Italian Job (2003). He has also made a fascinating, Oscar-worthy performance as the revolutionist Mr. Thorne in Tierra de sangre (2006) and also as a judge in En algún lugar de la memoria (2007). Recently, he has joined forces with his son Rossif Sutherland and Canadian comic [error] with the new comedy The Con Artist (2010), as well as acting alongside Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum in the sword-and-sandal film La legión del águila (2011). Sutherland has also taken a role in the remake of Charles Bronson's film Fríamente... sin motivos personales (1972). Donald Sutherland has made a lasting legacy on Hollywood, whether portraying a chilling and horrifying villain, or playing the older respectable character in his films. A true character actor, Sutherland is one of Canada's most well-known names and will hopefully continue on being so long after his time.

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Birth Name

Donald McNichol Sutherland

Birth Place

Saint John, Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada

Birth Date

7/17/1935
Known For
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The Italian Job

John Bridger

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Space Cowboys

Jerry O'Neill

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M*A*S*H

Hawkeye Pierce

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Matthew Bennell

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Fallen

Lt. Stanton

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Don't Look Now

John Baxter

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Merrick

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Virus

Captain Robert Everton

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Ordinary People

Calvin Jarrett

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The Eagle Has Landed

Liam Devlin

Starring In
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Ozi - Voice of the Forest

Albino Crocodile (voice)

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Miranda's Victim

Judge Wren

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Mr. Harrigan's Phone

Mr. Harrigan

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Moonfall

Holdenfield

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JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass

Narrator (voice)

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Alone

Edward

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Jane Fonda - Eine Rebellin in Hollywood

Self (archive footage)

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The Burnt Orange Heresy

Jerome Debney

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Ad Astra

Thomas Pruitt

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Backdraft 2

Ronald Bartel

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American Hangman

Judge Straight

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Measure of a Man

Dr. Kahn

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The Leisure Seeker

John Spencer

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Basmati Blues

Gurgon

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Forsaken

Rev. Clayton

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

President Snow

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

President Snow

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The Calling

Father Price

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Altman

Self (archive footage)

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

President Snow

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The Best Offer

Billy Whistler

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Jappeloup

John Lester

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Assassin's Bullet

Ambassador Ashdown

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Dawn Rider

Pop

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The Hunger Games

President Snow

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Treasure Island

Flint

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Horrible Bosses

Jack Pellit

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The Eagle

Uncle Aquila

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The Mechanic

Harry McKenna

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IMAX Dinosaurs - Giants of Patagonia 3D

Narrator (voice)

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Jock the Hero Dog

Narrator / Sir Percy Fitzpatrick (voice)

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The Man on the Train

The Professor

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The Con Artist

Kranski

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Moby Dick

Father Mapple (2 episodes, 2011)

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Astro Boy

President Stone (voice)

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Fool's Gold

Nigel Honeycutt

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National Geographic: Stonehenge Decoded

Narrator

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Reign over me

Judge Raines

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Puffball

Lars

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Ask the Dust

Hellfrick

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Beerfest

Johann von Wolfhaus (uncredited)

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Land of the Blind

Thorne

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Fierce People

Ogden C. Osborne

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An American Haunting

John Bell

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Pride & Prejudice

Mr. Bennet

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Aurora Borealis

Ronald Shorter

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Lord of War

Colonel Oliver Southern (voice)

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Sir! No Sir! - The Suppressed Story of the GI Movement to End the War in Vietnam

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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American Gun

Carl Wilk

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Frankenstein

Captain Walton

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Salem's Lot

Richard Straker

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Baltic Storm

Lou Aldryn

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Five Moons Square

Rosario Sarracino

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A Journey to 'Cold Mountain'

Reverend Monroe

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Cold Mountain

Reverend Monroe

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Sex at 24 Frames Per Second

Self (archive footage)

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The Italian Job

John Bridger

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Fellini: I'm a Born Liar

Himself / Casanova

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Path to War

Clark Clifford

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Uprising

Adam Czerniakow

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Big Shot΄s Funeral

Tyler

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The Big Heist

Jimmy Burke

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Dr. Sid (voice)

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The Art of War

Douglas Thomas

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Space Cowboys

Jerry O'Neill

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Panic

Michael

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Instinct

Ben Hillard

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Virus

Captain Robert Everton

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Hunley - Tauchfahrt in den Tod

Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard

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Behind the Mask

Dr. Bob Shushan

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Without Limits

Bill Bowerman

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Fallen

Lt. Stanton

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Free Money

Judge Rolf Rausenberger

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The Assignment

Jack Shaw / Henry Fields

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Shadow Conspiracy

Jacob Conrad

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Natural Enemy

Ted Robards

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A Time to Kill

Lucien Wilbanks

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Hollow Point

Garrett Lawton

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Outbreak

General Donald McClintock

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Citizen X

Col. Mikhail Fetisov

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Disclosure

Bob Garvin

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Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All

Capt. William Marsden

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The Puppet Masters

Andrew Nivens

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Six Degrees of Separation

John Flanders ('Flan') Kittredge

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Benefit of the Doubt

Frank

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Younger and Younger

Jonathan Younger

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Merrick

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Quicksand: No Escape

Murdoch

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Shadow of the Wolf

Henderson

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JFK

X

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Backdraft

Ronald Bartel

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scream of stone

Ivan

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A Dry White Season

Ben du Toit

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Lock Up

Warden Drumgoole

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Apprentice to Murder

John Reese

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The Trouble with Spies

Appleton Porter

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The Rosary Murders

Father Robert Koesler

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Kate Bush: The Whole Story

Papa (clip: Cloudbusting) (archive footage)

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Oviri

Paul Gauguin

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Revolution

Sgt. Maj. Peasy

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Heaven Help Us

Brother Thadeus

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Ordeal by innocence

Dr. Arthur Calgary

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Terror in the Aisles

Matthew Bennell (in 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers') (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Pechvögel

Weslake

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The Winter of Our Discontent

Ethan Hawley

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Max Dugan Returns

Brian Costello

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Eye of the Needle

Faber

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Gas

Nick the Noz

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Threshold

Dr. Thomas Vrain

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Ordinary People

Calvin Jarrett

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Bear Island

Frank Lansing

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The Great Train Robbery

Agar

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A Man, a Woman and a Bank

Reese Halperin

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Murder By Decree

Robert Lees

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Matthew Bennell

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Animal House

Dave Jennings

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Blodsband

Steve Carella

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The Kentucky Fried Movie

The Clumsy Waiter (segment "That's Armageddon")

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The Disappearance

Jay Mallory

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The Eagle Has Landed

Liam Devlin

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Fellini's Casanova

Giacomo Casanova

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1900

Attila Mellanchini

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La Spirale

Narrator (voice)

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Der Richter und sein Henker

Corpse of Lt. Robert Schmied

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The Day of the Locust

Homer Simpson

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S*P*Y*S

Bruland

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Dan Candy's Law

Sgt. Dan Candy

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Don't Look Now

John Baxter

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Lady Ice

Andy Hammon

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Steelyard Blues

Jesse Veldini

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FTA

Self

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Klute

John Klute

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Johnny Got His Gun

Christ

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Little Murders

Rev. Dupas

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Kelly's Heroes

Sgt. Oddball (tank commander)

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M*A*S*H

Hawkeye Pierce

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Start the Revolution Without Me

Charles / Pierre

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Joanna

Lord Peter Sanderson

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The Split

Dave Negli

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Interlude

Lawrence

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Mr. Sebastian

Ackerman

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The Shuttered Room

Zebulon (voice)

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Billion Dollar Brain

Scientist at Computer

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The Dirty Dozen

Vernon L. Pinkley

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Promise Her Anything

Autograph Seeking Father (uncredited)

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The Bedford Incident

Hospitalman Nerney - Sick Bay

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Dr. Terror's House of Horrors

Dr. Bob Carroll (segment 5 "Vampire")

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Die! Die! My Darling!

Joseph

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Hamlet at Elsinore

Fortinbras, Prince of Norway

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Castle of the Living Dead

Sgt. Paul / The Witch / The Old Man

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Grandpa Howard

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