Edgar Wright, Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, and More Pay Tribute to Donald Sutherland: His ‘Creative Courage’ Is Remembered

Late star Donald Sutherland is being remembered by his peers.

The iconic actor died at age 88, as announced on June 20. Sutherland starred in films such as “Ordinary People,” “The Dirty Dozen,” “MASH,” “JFK,” and “Klute,” as well as “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Hunger Games.” Among his extensive filmography was also TV series “Citizen X,” “The Undoing,” and “Trust.”

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Sutherland won an honorary Oscar in 2017 and was an Emmy winner for “Citizen X.”

Sutherland’s son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, tweeted to confirm his passing.

“With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away,” Kiefer Sutherland wrote. “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.”

Helen Mirren issued a statement to IndieWire honoring Sutherland.

“Donald Sutherland was one of the smartest actors I ever worked with. He had a wonderful enquiring brain, and a great knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. He combined this great intelligence with a deep sensitivity, and with a seriousness about his profession as an actor,” Mirren said. “This all made him into the legend of film that he became. He was my colleague and became my friend. I will miss his presence in this world.”

Edgar Wright wrote on Twitter that Sutherland was an “always fascinating” actor, and cited “Don’t Look Now” and 1978’s “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” as two of his “favorite and most influential films” ever, both starring Sutherland.

“So sorry to see you go Donald, but what a legacy you leave behind,” Wright tweeted.

Sutherland’s former collaborator, director Ron Howard, also took to social media to honor the late actor.

“I was blessed to direct him in ‘Backdraft,'” Howard penned. “One of the most intelligent, interesting, & engrossing film actors of all time. Incredible range, creative courage, & dedication to serving the story & the audience with supreme excellence.”

Read more tributes below.

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