Actor Donald Sutherland has died aged 88

The Hunger Games actor Donald Sutherland has died aged 88.

"It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away," wrote actor Kiefer Sutherland in X.

Donald Sutherland had a distinctive look - and piercing eyes - that lent depth and mystery to the vast array of roles he played over half a century on the big screen.

He's played dashing protagonists as well as anti-heroes and villains, most recently making a name for himself among a new generation of fans as the evil President Snow in the Hunger Games franchise.

"I personally think that he is one of the most important actors in the history of cinema. He was never afraid of a role - good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one never couldn't ask for more than that. A life well lived," added Kiefer Sutherland.

Donald rose to fame in the Robert Aldrich film The Dirty Dozen, where 12 prisoners are tasked with what appears to be a suicide mission in occupied France.

Starring alongside such celebrities as Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin and Telly Savalas, Sutherland's unapologetic charm caught the attention of "MASH" producers.

The sophisticated Vietnam War satire, in which he starred opposite Elliott Gould, made Sutherland a household name in 1970s America and opened the door to a lasting career in which he worked with some of the biggest names in show business. | BGNES