The Pantheon

Hall of Fame: Donald Sutherland

Welcome to the second installment in an ongoing series celebrating the fearless individuals, the trailblazers, the icons of modern men’s style. Or, to put it another way: Guys with really, really great taste in clothes.

Sutherland in 'Little Murders,' 1971.

Donald Sutherland: Like our inaugural Hall of Fame inductee, Ringo Starr, not necessarily a guy whose name you immediately equate with timeless style. That’s partly a credit to the man’s serious acting chops, on ample display in movies like Klute, Ordinary People, M*A*S*H, and Don’t Look Now. (Haven’t seen those? Move ‘em to the top of your Netflix queue. Now.) You remember the velvety baritone, the unwaveringly intense glare, and the menacing eyebrows—not what he was wearing. And yet, over the course of Sutherland’s decorated, five-decade-long acting career, he has consistently displayed a deft, knowing, sharply tailored sartorial bent, more often than not infused with a cheeky waggishness. Like many of his late-’60s colleagues he dipped his toes into the rugged, anti-authoritarian cowboy/Indian aesthetic that defined the Easy Rider style ethos; but, unwilling to be put in that box, he countered it by channeling the contrasting influences of haute-nautical southern France and tweedy Irish countryside. It all adds up to a half-century of style that’s flown discreetly under the radar. Here, a look at some of its most sublime moments.

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