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Kiefer Sutherland Named Man of the Year

2.5.13

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland

Photograph by Kristin Dos Santos

Joining an A-list cast of Pudding Pot alumni such as Robert De Niro and Stephen Spielberg, actor Kiefer Sutherland has been named the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man of the Year.

Known best for his award-winning role as federal agent Jack Bauer in the Fox hit 24, Sutherland currently stars in a new television drama, Touch, playing Martin Bohm, a New Yorker whose wife died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sutherland’s character soon learns that his emotionally challenged 11-year-old son possesses the ability to perceive the “hidden patterns that connect every life on the planet” and then figures out a way to communicate directly with his son through numbers instead of words.

“Even though this series offers many opportunities to play a different character, the real choice to do this was not because I wanted to get away from 24,” Sutherland said to Collider.com about the new series. “The reason why I could not turn this down was because it spoke to me on a really profound level.”

Born in London, the 46-year-old Sutherland has appeared in more than 70 films, including The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Few Good Men, A Time To Kill, and The Sentinel. He starred most recently on screen in Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier’s drama Melancholia, alongside Kirsten Dunst and Alexander Skarsgard, and on stage in Jason Miller’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, That Championship Season.  

A week after Woman of the Year Marion Cotillard’s appearance in Cambridge, Sutherland will be roasted in Farkas Hall this Friday, February 8, before receiving his Pudding Pot. Hasty Pudding Theatricals will then perform their 165th production, There’s Something About Maui.

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