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Donald Sutherland looked dapper at 2021 Critics Choice Awards in his final public appearance




Donald Sutherland took a step back from the public eye towards the end of his life, with his last public appearance being three years before his death.

The “Hunger Games” star popped up at the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards in March 2021, where he won the award for best supporting actor in a limited series for his work in “The Undoing.”

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was done remotely and each actor had to tune in from their home.

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Donald Sutherland was last publicly seen at the 2021 Critics Choice Awards. Getty Images for the Critics Choice Association
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He was nominated — and won — for his work in “The Undoing.” Getty Images for the Critics Choice Association
Donald Sutherland at the 2021 Critics choice awards
The legendary actor cleaned up nicely in a black tuxedo. Getty Images for the Critics Choice Association

Despite that, Sutherland dressed up for the virtual event in a full black tuxedo with a bow tie.

His white hair was nearly shoulder-length and he sported a well-manicured mustache for the big night.

Before that, Sutherland hadn’t been photographed since October 2019 when he taught a masterclass at the Festival Lumière in Lyon, France.

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However, the event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AFP via Getty Images
Donald Sutherland
The “Hunger Games” star died at 88 on Thursday. FilmMagic

It was announced on Thursday that the “M*A*S*H” star died at the age of 88 after a long battle with an unknown illness.

“With a heavy heart, I tell you that my father, Donald Sutherland, has passed away,” his son Kiefer Sutherland wrote on X. “I personally think one of the most important actors in the History of film.”

“Never daunted by a role, good, bad or ugly. He loved what he did and did what he loved, and one can never ask for more than that,” the 57-year-old continued. “A life well lived.”

The “Designated Survivor” star also shared a throwback photo of him and his father from when he was a little boy.

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Sutherland was last seen in person in 2019. NurPhoto via Getty Images
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He is survived by his wife, Francine Racette, and his five children. Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

In the black-and-white photo, the father-son duo looked into the camera as Donald rested his chin on the little one’s shoulder.

Along with Kiefer, the Hollywood icon was also dad to 57-year-old daughter Rachel with his ex-wife Shirley Douglas. The exes were married for four years before they split in 1970.

Donald married wife Francine Racette two years after his divorce from Douglas. The couple share sons Roeg, 50, Rossif, 45, and Angus, 41.

Throughout his 60-year career, the “Ordinary People” actor starred in over 140 movies.