Who: Donald McNichol Sutherland
Born: July 17, 1935
Where: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Movie History: Donald Sutherland broke into the biz a whopping 49 years ago when he gave up dreams of becoming an engineer and hopped over to England to drink tea and study acting. His first role: playing a switchboard operator for the BBC's 'Studio 4.' Only two years later, he had his first feature film parts -- yes, plural -- playing Sgt. Paul, the Witch and the Old Man in the Christopher Lee–starring horror flick 'Castle of the Living Dead.'

His career set, it wasn't long until Sutherland earned his breakout gig, Vernon Pinkley in 'The Dirty Dozen.' This led him to 'M*A*S*H,' his first Golden Globe–nominated performance, and a long history of film and television work including 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' 'Ordinary People,' 'Backdraft,' 'JFK,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and now, this week's 'The Eagle' ... not to mention the recently released 'The Mechanic.'

He also offered up our favorite '24'-hour crime fighter, Kiefer Sutherland.
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