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In 1994, he played alongside Woody Harrelson in The Cowboy Way. He starred with Reese Witherspoon in Freeway, which gained a cult following.
His role as vampire David in The Lost Boys is one of his iconic roles in his career reviews by many critics and audiences.
In the Western film Young Guns (1988), he starred alongside Emilio Estevez and Lou Diamond Phillips.
He was considered for the role of Robin in Batman (1989), alongside Michael Keaton, in the early production before the character was deleted from the shooting script.
Sutherland was born in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London, to Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both successful Canadian actors who had been living and working in the United Kingdom for some time. His maternal grandfather was Scottish-born Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, who is widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada. He also spent a semester at Regina Mundi Catholic College in London, Ontario and attended weekend acting lessons at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School. In the film, directed by Rob Reiner, he played a neighborhood bully in a coming-of-age story about a search for a dead body.
Sutherland is named after American-born writer and director Warren Kiefer, who In 1975, Sutherland moved with his mother to Toronto, Ontario. Before that, he played a silent, supporting character, as one of Sean Penn's friends who goes up against Christopher Walken in James Foley's crime-thriller At Close Range.