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Jane Fonda said she was heartbroken by the sad news

Jane Fonda speaks on stage during Era Coalition Forward Women's Equality Trailblazer Awards and premiere of "Still Working 9 to 5"© Amy Sussman
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
June 21, 2024
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Jane Fonda has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her Klute co-star Donald Sutherland, who has passed away at the age of 88 after a long illness.  

Sharing a throwback of Donald from 1971, Jane wrote that she was “heartbroken” by the sad loss, writing: “I am stunned to hear that Donald Sutherland has died. He was my fascinating co-star in Klute and we loved working together. 

“In this photo we are on the Klute set with director Alan Pakula. Donald was a brilliant actor and a complex man who shared quite a few adventures with me, such as the FTA Show, an anti-Vietnam war tour that performed for 60,000 active duty soldiers, sailors, and marines in Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines, and Japan in 1971. I am heartbroken.” 

Jane shared a throwback photo of Donald© Instagram/Jane Fonda
Jane shared a throwback photo of Donald

Her fans were quick to reply, with one writing: “He’s an immense and irreplaceable loss to the acting world. Absolute class act.” Another person added: “This movie is wonderful, your chemistry together was electric.” A third fan posted: “I am so sorry that your friend Donald Sutherland has passed. He was one of the greats & the pairing of the two of you in Klute was pure magic. May he rest in peace.” 

Donald’s son, fellow actor Kiefer Sutherland, confirmed the sad news in a statement, which read: “With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away. 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.” 

Kiefer Sutherland shares a tribute to late father Donald Sutherland© Instagram
Kiefer Sutherland shares a tribute to late father Donald Sutherland

Several stars also shared a tribute, including Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood, who wrote: “Aww man. Farewell, Donald Sutherland.” Director Edgar Wright added: “RIP the great Donald Sutherland, a favourite actor and always fascinating screen presence… I know many of you following me will feel the same way about this great screen legend’s passing, so please list your favourite Donald Sutherland films. So sorry to see you go Donald, but what a legacy you leave behind.” 

Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore are shown in a scene from their movie, Ordinary People directed by Robert Redford and released by Paramount Pictures. They are shown conversing closely to each other. Sutherland and Moore attempt to pick up the pieces of their shattered life after a major tragedy by planning a holiday trip to London in this Paramount Picture's release, a Wildwood Enterprises Production.© Getty Images
Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore

The prolific Canadian star won two Golden Globes, an Emmy Award as well as an Academy Honorary Award. He starred in movies including M*A*S*H and Klute, and more recently starred in 2005’s Pride and Prejudice and as President Snow in The Hunger Games franchise. 

The movie’s official Twitter/X account shared a tribute toh Im which read: “We asked the kindest man in the world to portray the most corrupt, ruthless dictator we’ve ever seen. 

Actor Donald  Sutherland and family members attend the ceremony honoring Donald Sutherland with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California© Getty Images
Actor Donald Sutherland and family members attend the ceremony honoring Donald Sutherland with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California

“Such was the power and skill of Donald Sutherland’s acting that he created one more indelible character among many others that defined his legendary career. We are privileged to have known and worked with him, and our thoughts are with his family.” 

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