Kiefer Sutherland (born 21 December 1966) is a Canadian actor, producer and director, best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox thriller drama series 24 for which he has won an Emmy Award (receiving 5 other nominations), a Golden Globe award (receiving 4 other nominations), two Screen Actors Guild Awards (receiving 3 other nominations) and two Satellite Awards. He is the son of Canadian actors Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas.
Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland was born in London, England, the son of Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both of whom are successful Canadian actors. He has Scottish ancestry from both parents, and is the grandson of Canadian politician Tommy Douglas, widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada. Sutherland and his twin sister, Rachel, were born in London (in Saint Mary's Hospital) while his parents were working there.
He received his first given name from Warren Kiefer, the Italian director who gave his father his first movie role.