Donald Sutherland Net Worth

How much is Donald Sutherland Worth?

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Donald Sutherland Net Worth:
$60 Million

Donald Sutherland Net Worth: Donald Sutherland is a Canadian actor who has a net worth of $60 million. Some of Sutherland's more notable movie roles have been soldiers in popular war movies such as The Dirty Dozen, The Eagle Has Landed, M*A*S*H and Kelly's Heroes. He is also known for playing a diverse range of characters in such films as Fellini's Casanova, Don't Look Now, Klute, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, JFK, Ordinary People, and Pride & Prejudice. More recently he is known for his role in The Hunger Games series. Donald is also the father of actor Kiefer Sutherland.

Donald Sutherland was born July 17, 1935 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. His teenage years were spent in Nova Scotia. Donald Sutherland landed his first part-time job at age 14 as a news correspondent for local radio station CKBW in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. He then studied at Victoria College, University of Toronto, where he met his first wife Lois Hardwick, and graduated with a double major in engineering and drama. He was a member of the UC Follies comedy troupe in Toronto. Sutherland left Canada for England in 1957, where he studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In the '80s, always one to reinvent himself, Sutherland also played psychiatrist and visionary Wilhelm Reich in the video for English singer/songwriter Kate Bush's 1985 single Cloudbusting. Sutherland also became a blogger for the American news website The Huffington Post during the 2008 United States presidential election campaign. In his blogs, he openly stated his support for Barack Obama. In more recent years he appeared on the prime time series Dirty Sexy Money, playing Tripp Darling.

Animal House Financial Blunder

Donald was a family friend of Animal House director/producer John Landis. The film's studio Universal insisted that Landis hire a more well-known actor for the movie. The studio authorized Landis to offer Sutherland 2.5% of the movie's profits plus a salary of $35,000. Sutherland, who thought this movie had no chance of ever making a singe dollar, politely declined. Universal then upped the offer to $35,000 plus 15% of the films gross earnings. Gross earnings, not net earnings. In other words, 15% of whatever the movie made at the box office, BEFORE costs were subtracted. Again Sutherland politely declined. Donald insisted that if he was going to do the movie that he get paid in cash only, and up front. When the negotiations were over, Universal and Donald settled on $50,000 cash up front with no gross points at all.

He worked on the movie for two days. Animal House went on to gross $141 million at the box office and on home video. Donald's 15% stake would have been $20 million. Earning $20 million in 1972 is the same as someone earning around $122 million in today's dollars.

Donald Sutherland Net Worth

Donald Sutherland

Net Worth:$60 Million
Date of Birth:Jul 17, 1935 (85 years old)
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.93 m)
Profession:Actor, Voice Actor, Spokesperson, Film Producer
Last Updated:2020

Donald Sutherland Earnings

  • Animal House
  • Steelyard Blues
  • Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
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