What is Kiefer Sutherland's Net Worth and Salary?
Kiefer Sutherland is a London-born Canadian actor, director, and producer who has a net worth of $100 million. Kiefer Sutherland made a solid name for himself as a young movie star in the late 80s and early 90s, with roles in such films as "Stand By Me", "Lost Boys", "Young Guns", "Renegades", "Flatliners", and "A Few Good Men". Then throughout the 90s, his career sort of, well, meandered. Projects like "The Three Musketeers", "Freeway", and "Dark City" were moderately successful, but with the exception of "A Time to Kill", which was a hit, the rest of the 90s were a little lackluster in comparison to the steady success of the previous decade. Then came an offer for a role on television, in a groundbreaking show called, "24". The rest was history. "24" wrapped up its original storyline in 2010, and over the course of this run, Kiefer Sutherland was nominated for six Emmy Awards and six Golden Globes, and won one of each. He also won two SAG Awards, and multiple Satellite Awards.
Between 2016 and 2019 Kiefer starred in "Designated Survivor" which aired 53 episodes over three seasons.
In addition to his acting work, Sutherland directed the films "Last Night" (1993) and "Truth or Consequences, N.M." (1997) as well as a music video for the band Lighthouse, and he has released 2 albums, 2016's "Down in a Hole" and 2019's "Reckless & Me." Sutherland has also performed on Broadway, appearing in 2011's "That Championship Season."
In April 2006 Kiefer signed a new contract with 20th Century Fox Television that made him the highest paid actor in television at the time. The contract paid Kiefer $40 million upfront to appear in the ensuing three seasons of the show. On a per-episode basis (24 episodes per season), Kiefer was essentially earning $9.6 million per season. The deal also made Kiefer an executive producer on the show and gave him a first-look deal for his own production company.
During his time on "Designated Survivor" Kiefer earned $250,000 per episode.
Kiefer Sutherland was born Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland on December 21, 1966, in Paddington, London, England. His parents, Shirley Douglas (who passed away in 2020) and Donald Sutherland, were Canadian, but they had found success as actors in England. Kiefer's twin sister, Rachel, is a post-production film supervisor, and he has 4 half-brothers, Thomas, Rossif, Angus, and Roeg.
The Sutherlands relocated to Corona, California, in 1968, and Donald and Shirley divorced 2 years later. Kiefer and Rachel moved to Toronto, Canada, with Shirley in 1975, and he took acting lessons at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School. While visiting Donald in Los Angeles, Kiefer appeared in an Odyssey Theatre production of "Throne of Strow" at the age of 11, and he dropped out of school at 15 to focus on acting. When Sutherland moved to L.A., Robert Downey, Jr. was his roommate for 3 years.
Kiefer's first screen role was in 1983's "Max Dugan Returns," which also starred his father. He then appeared in 1985's "The Bay Boy," earning critical acclaim and a Genie Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Sutherland's first U.S.-filmed movie was "Stand by Me, " which was based on a novella by Stephen King, and he played a vampire in "The Lost Boys" the following year. In 1988, he starred in "Young Guns," which earned the cast a Western Heritage Award. Kiefer kicked off the 1990s with "Young Guns II," then appeared in "Flatliners" (1990), "A Few Good Men" (1992), and "The Three Musketeers" (1993) before co-starring with his father again in "A Time to Kill."
In 2001, Sutherland landed the biggest role of his career: counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on "24." The series ran until 2010, and Kiefer reprised his iconic role in "24: Redemption" (2008), a TV movie that aired between the show's sixth and seventh season (due to the fact that the Writers Guild of America strike caused the seventh season to air a year later than originally planned). After the show's 8-season run, Jack Bauer returned in 2014 for "24: Live Another Day," a 12-episode limited-run series.
Sutherland starred on the Fox series "Touch" from 2012 to 2013; it ran for 26 episodes before being canceled. Kiefer then moved on to the ABC network in 2016, starring in the political drama "Designated Survivor" which aired 53 episodes during its 3-season run. ABC canceled "Designated Survivor" in 2018, but Netflix picked it up for the third season. In 2016, the show won a "TV Guide" Award for Most Exciting TV Series and a Critics' Choice Award for Most Exciting New Series. Sutherland is set to return to streaming television in 2020 in Quibi's "The Fugitive."
Sutherland married Camelia Kath in 1987, and they welcomed daughter Sarah in February 1988. Kiefer and Camelia divorced in 1990, and Sarah followed in her father's footsteps with a successful acting career, playing Catherine Meyer on 43 episodes of HBO's award-winning comedy series "Veep." Sutherland became engaged to "Flatliners" co-star Julia Roberts in 1991, but she broke it off 3 days before the wedding. Kiefer went on to marry Kelly Winn in 1996, but they separated 3 years later and finalized their divorce in 2008. He began a relationship with actress Cindy Vela in 2014, and they got engaged in 2017.
Sutherland has been charged with DUI four times since 1989 and served 48 days in jail after being charged with drunk driving in L.A. in September 2007. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for a 2004 DUI charge. In May 2009, Kiefer turned himself into the police after he head-butted fashion designer Jack McCollough after a Metropolitan Museum of Art fundraiser. Kiefer publicly apologized a few weeks later, and the charges were dropped in July.
Awards and Honors
Sutherland has won several awards for his work on "24," including an Emmy in 2006, a Golden Globe in 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2004 and 2006, and Gold Derby Awards in 2004 and 2005. Kiefer received a star on the Canada Walk of Fame in 2005 and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008. He was awarded the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award in 2013, and the Zurich Film Festival gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
In 2000 Kiefer sold a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley for $3.6 million.
In 2002, Kiefer bought a converted Silver Lake ironworks foundry for $700,000. The building is 14,400 square feet and Sutherland turned the downstairs area into a recording studio where he established a record label called IronWorks Music. He sold the home for $3 million in 2009.
In 2008 Kiefer paid $8.2 million for a 4,830 square foot New York City townhouse. He sold this home in 2012 for $17.5 million