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Actor Donald Sutherland face of new Canada Post stamp

Canada Post has issued a new stamp commemorating the career of celebrated Canadian actor Donald Sutherland.

Born in Saint John, NB, Sutherland studied engineering and drama at the University of Toronto before pursuing acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Following his breakout role in 1967 WWII film The Dirty Dozen, Sutherland landed the lead in 1970 feature film M*A*S*H as Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, earning him the first of nine Golden Globe nominations. An eclectic range of roles in nearly 200 film and television productions has followed from 1971’s Klute (1971) to Ordinary People (1980), Backdraft (1991), Disclosure (1994), A Time to Kill (1996), Fallen (1998), Pride & Prejudice (2005), and The Hunger Games franchise (2012-15).

Donald Sutherland and Canada Post President and CEO Doug Ettinger pose with a framed stamp enlargement. (Photo credit: Rossif Sutherland)

His numerous accolades include a Genie (1983), an Emmy (1995), two Golden Globes (1995, 2002), the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (2000), and an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (2017), in addition to stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame (2000) and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2011). He was named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2019, and a Commandeur of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2012.

The Canada Post stamp takes its inspiration from movie posters, featuring an image of the actor’s profile, with several of his movie titles in English and French. Cancelled in Sutherland’s birthplace of Saint John, the issue includes a booklet of 10 Permanent domestic rate stamps and an Official First Day Cover with an image of Sutherland as the character Sgt. Oddball in Kelly’s Heroes (1970). The stamp is available via and post offices across Canada.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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