Real name: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
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Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning television and film actor, well known for his role of Jack Bauer on the television series 24. Sutherland also owns a recording studio and record label, called Ironworks.
His family moved to Los Angeles, California, shortly afterwards, but his parents eventually divorced in 1970. In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he attended high school at St. Andrew's College, Martingrove Collegiate Institute, Harbord Collegiate Institute and Malvern Collegiate Institute. He also spent a semester at Regina Mundi College in London, Ontario, Canada and attended St. Clair Junior High School in East York, Ontario. He speaks fluent English and French.
Sutherland was reportedly horrified to learn that the series 24 had influenced some U.S. Army personnel to think that torture is acceptable. Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan visited the set of 24 in February 2007 to urge the show's makers to reduce the number of torture scenes and Sutherland accepted an invitation from the U.S. military to teach West Point cadets it is wrong to torture prisoners.
Sutherland will executive produce the two-hour pilot of Phenomenon. Maggie Murphy will also be an executive producer for the show. The Sci Fi Channel ordered a script to be written. The show revolves around a mysterious young female prodigy who leads a crack team of experts in investigating odd and supernatural anomalies of nature.
Sutherland was engaged to Julia Roberts in 1991, although their relationship ended just five days before their planned marriage when she ran away with his friend Jason Patric.
During the autumn of 2001, Sutherland unintentionally interrupted the filming of the premiere episode of an online series titled The Lonely Island. In the episode "White Power", the main characters develop an addiction to teeth whitener, and eventually mug an old woman to facilitate their addiction. Sutherland, driving by at the time, believed the mugging was real and jumped out of his car to intervene. A small portion of Sutherland's appearance is displayed after the credits, though the portion is only Kiefer stopping his car and looking at them. This anecdote was recounted by Andy Samberg.
True to his grandfather's legacy, Sutherland is an active member of the Canadian New Democratic Party, and has appeared from time to time in NDP advertisements.
He has one daughter, Sarah Jude, born in 1988, along with a stepdaughter, Michelle Kath, from his first marriage to Camelia Kath, widow of Chicago guitarist/singer Terry Kath. Sutherland's marriage to Camelia lasted from September 12, 1987 - 1990. In 2006, Sutherland became a grandfather when Michelle gave birth to a son, Hamish. Michelle, born in 1976, is just ten years younger than Sutherland. On June 29, 1996, he married Kelly Winn. They divorced in 2004. He has two stepsons from this marriage, named Timothy Daily and Julian Daily. Kiefer is currently single and dating (2007).
Sutherland was arrested early September 25, 2007 on misdemeanor drunk driving charges (his second time since another incident in 2004) after failing a field sobriety test. He was pulled over at around 1:10 a.m. in West Los Angeles, where he tested over the state's legal blood alcohol limit and later released on $25,000 bail.