Donald Sutherland, the revered Hollywood actor celebrated for his roles in classics like “M*A*S*H” and “The Hunger Games,” has passed away at the age of 88. His son, Kiefer Sutherland, announced the sad news, revealing that Donald had been battling a long illness. The news was confirmed by his talent agency, CAA.

In a heartfelt tribute on X, Kiefer, known for his role in “24,” hailed his father as one of the most influential actors in film history. “He was never daunted by a role, good, bad, or ugly,” Kiefer wrote, emphasizing Donald’s unwavering passion for his craft. “He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that. A life well lived.”

Accompanying his tribute was a poignant black-and-white photo of himself alongside his late father, capturing a moment of familial bond and shared legacy.

Donald Sutherland, born in New Brunswick, Canada, on July 17, 1935, initially pursued engineering before pursuing his true passion: acting. He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in the UK, marking the beginning of a remarkable career that spanned nearly 200 projects in film and television.

His breakthrough came with the 1967 hit “The Dirty Dozen,” catapulting him to Hollywood stardom. He solidified his place in cinematic history with roles in iconic films such as “M*A*S*H,” “Klute” alongside Jane Fonda, and collaborations with esteemed directors like Federico Fellini and Bernardo Bertolucci during the 1970s.

Donald’s versatility and depth as an actor shone through in diverse roles, from the comedic genius of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” to poignant performances in “Ordinary People,” “Backdraft,” and “Pride & Prejudice.”

Despite his extensive contributions to cinema, Donald never won an Oscar during his illustrious career but received an honorary award in 2017, a moment he humorously shared with his wife, Francine Racette, while enjoying spaghetti in Rome. His acceptance speech reflected his humility and wit, capturing the essence of a man who cherished his craft and the recognition it brought.

Throughout his life, Donald Sutherland remained a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, admired for his talent, dedication, and infectious humor. His passing marks the end of an era in film, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations of actors and movie enthusiasts alike.

As tributes pour in from around the world, the loss of Donald Sutherland is keenly felt by his family, friends, and fans, who mourn not only a brilliant actor but a man whose impact transcended the silver screen.