Kiefer Sutherland

LOS ANGELES - FEB 16:  Kiefer Sutherland at the Forsaken Los Ang

Sutherland in 2016, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland

Place of Birth: St. Marylebone, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 21 December, 1966

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, Irish, as well as 1/32 German

Kiefer Sutherland is an English-born Canadian actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He is known for starring in the series 24 and the films The Lost Boys and Phone Booth, among many others.

Kiefer was born in London, England, to Canadian parents, actors Donald Sutherland (Donald McNichol Sutherland) and Shirley Douglas (Shirley Jean Douglas). Kiefer was raised in Canada and in California. He holds both British and Canadian citizenship. He has a daughter, actress Sarah Sutherland, with his former wife, actress Camelia Kath. His half-brother is actor Rossif Sutherland.

Kiefer is of Scottish, English, Irish, as well as 1/32 German, descent. His father has American-born ancestors. Kiefer’s maternal grandfather, Tommy Douglas, was a Scottish immigrant and Presbyterian minister, who was the first Leader of the New Democratic Party in Canada.

Kiefer is named after Warren Kiefer, an American-born writer and director who directed Donald Sutherland in Castle of the Living Dead, one of his first films.

Kiefer’s paternal grandfather was Frederick/Fred McLea Sutherland (the son of Frederick Winslow Sutherland and Louisa/Louise Condon Day). Kiefer’s grandfather Frederick was born in Lockeport, Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Kiefer’s great-grandfather Frederick was the son of John Sutherland, whose parents were Scottish, and of Mary Angeline Pentz, whose father was of German descent. Louisa was the daughter of William Day and Mary Elizabeth Benham, whose father was English.

Kiefer’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Isobel/Isabel McNichol (the daughter of William McNichol and Mary Chalmers Hamilton). Dorothy was born in Hopewell, Pictou, Nova Scotia. William was the son of John McNichol, who was born in Perthshire, Scotland, and of Isabella Hamilton, whose parents were Scottish, her father from Argyll and her mother from Ayrshire. Mary Chalmers was the daughter of Peter Hamilton and Mary Chalmers, who were the children of Scottish parents.

Kiefer’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Clement “Tommy” Douglas (the son of Thomas Douglas and Annie/Ann Clement). Kiefer’s grandfather Tommy Douglas was born in Camelon, Falkirk, Scotland. His family moved to Canada in 1910, settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Kiefer’s grandfather was a Presbyterian minister and politician, who was the 7th Premier of Saskatchewan, from July 10, 1944 to November 7, 1961, the first Leader of the New Democratic Party, from August 3, 1961 to April 24, 1971, and a Member of the House of Commons of Canada, from October 14, 1935 to June 15, 1944, from October 22, 1962 to June 25, 1968, and from February 10, 1969 to May 22, 1979. He introduced North America’s first single-payer, universal health care program, Medicare, in Saskatchewan. Kiefer’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of Thomas Douglas and Isabella Melville. Kiefer’s great-grandmother Annie was the daughter of Andrew Clement and Annie McGregor.

Kiefer’s maternal grandmother was Irma May Dempsey (the daughter of Hull Dempsey and Nellie Andrews Greenwood). Irma was born in Ottawa, Ontario. Hull was the son of Francis Dempsey and S. Margaret Wallace. Nellie was the daughter of Thomas Greenwood, who was born in Sussex, England, and of Nora Cordon.

Sources: Genealogy of Kiefer Sutherland –

Genealogy of Kiefer’s paternal grandfather, Frederick/Fred McLea Sutherland –

Birth record of Kiefer’s paternal grandfather, Frederick/Fred McLea Sutherland –

Birth record of Kiefer’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Isobel/Isabel McNichol –

Genealogy of Kiefer’s mother –


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6 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    Finally someone with a bigger name than mine, i thought no one could beat the portuguese when it comes to big names LOL…

  2. robbduffy says:

    The worldconnect links are broken

  3. andrew says:

    how many names he has? btw Dempsey is Irish

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