Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland was born in London, England on December 21st, 1966, to parents Donald Sutherland and Shirely Douglas. Both of Kiefer's parents are also actors and he eventually followed in their footsteps.
Kiefer has been making film and television appearances since the early 1980's and has been seen in films like Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, Young Guns and Young Guns 2, A Few Good Men, The Three Musketeers, and Dark City. He was most recently in the movie Melancholia with Kirsten Dunst, and can currently be seen playing single father Martin Bohm on the new drama series Touch. Sutherland's most recognizable role, though, is that of counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer in the FOX television series 24. Sutherland plays the hard as stone Bauer, who always gets his man no matter the cost. The show's premise revolves around one 24-hour day per season, with each episode representing one "real time" hour of that day. The day usually centers around a national crisis, with Jack and his various friends and allies trying to avert that crisis. It is a role that has garnered him his most critical fame too, as Kiefer has won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award for his portrayal of Jack Bauer, and 24 has received several Emmies and Golden Globes for outstanding drama and directing.
Sutherland has also dabbled in the producer/director roles. He has directed two films, Truth or Consequences, N.M. and Woman Wanted. He is also a producer for the already mentioned '24'. He has only dabbled in videogame voice work twice, however; once, reprising the role of Jack Bauer for 2006's 24: The Game, and once playing the player's commanding officer Reed Roebuck, in Call of Duty: World at War.
Kiefer has been married twice (divorced from both). First to Camelia Kath and second to Kelly Winn, with whom he had a daughter, Sarah. Kiefer is said to be a huge hockey fan. It was revealed on June 6th 2013 that Kiefer would take the mantle of being the English voice actor for Big Boss (a.k.a Naked Snake) in Konami's long running Metal Gear Solid franchise.