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Happy birthday, Donald Sutherland! The 'Hunger Games' baddie turns 80

He's talented, revered and downright scary (in "The Hunger Games" films), and on Friday, Donald Sutherland is also 80 years old.
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He's talented, revered and downright scary (when he's menacing the districts in "The Hunger Games" films), and on Friday, Donald Sutherland is also 80 years old.

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Donald Sutherland attends the UK Premiere of \"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire\" at Odeon Leicester Square on November 11, 2013 in London, England.John Phillips / Getty Images Contributor

But don't get the wrong idea! While the venerable star is now an octogenarian, he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Busy on the big screen

In the last three years alone, Sutherland has starred in three "Hunger Games" installments, five other feature films, two television movies and the ongoing TV drama "Crossing Lines."

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Donald Sutherland as President Snow in "The Hunger Games."Lionsgate Films

And he already has big plans for 2015, with a rom-com, a drama and the final "Hunger Games" flick ("Mockingjay Part 2") all set to hit theaters before the year is out.

But that's nothing new

Sutherland, who's been in the entertainment industry for over 50 years, has long maintained that kind of pace. Of course, it's not just the amount of work that he's done that's remarkable — it's the quality.

The Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner has an impressive resume, including "The Dirty Dozen" (1967), "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978), "Ordinary People" (1980), "JFK" (1991), and "Pride and Prejudice" (2005).

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Donald Sutherland in "Pride and Prejudice."Universal Pictures

The role he was best known for — at least before he became President Snow to a younger generation — was that of the irreverent Hawkeye Pierce in 1970's big-screen version of "M*A*S*H."

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Donald Sutherland as Captain 'Hawkeye' Pierce in" M*A*S*H."20th Century Fox

Somehow, in between all of that, he found time for all manner of pop culture projects, including Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting" video in 1984.

And he's produced more than that ...

Sutherland's successes go way beyond films, television shows and music videos. He's also ushered in some second — and even third! — generation talent.

Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 27: at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.Getty Images

The Canadian-born star is father of "24" leading man, Kiefer, as well as two other actor-sons, Rossif and Angus. And granddaughter Sarah is a star in her own right with her role on "Veep."

So join us in wishing Sutherland a happy 80th birthday — and many more to come!

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