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David Oyelowo Reflects on ‘Bass Reeves’ Co-Star Donald Sutherland as a Curious and Passionate Artist Pursuing Truth

Renowned Hollywood actor Donald Sutherland, who passed away at the age of 88, made his final major appearance on the Paramount+ limited series “Lawmen: Bass Reeves.” In this highly acclaimed Western series, Sutherland portrayed the imposing character of Judge Isaac Parker, also known as the “Hanging Judge,” alongside David Oyelowo, who played the role of Bass Reeves, the first African American Deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River.

Following Sutherland’s demise, Oyelowo shared his thoughts on working with the legendary actor, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to witness Sutherland’s last on-screen performance. Oyelowo described Sutherland as an iconic figure with a deep passion for acting, noting the artist’s hunger for truth and the glint of curiosity in his eyes, which left a lasting impression on him.

Sutherland’s contribution to “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” has garnered attention, with the actor being submitted for consideration in the Supporting Actor category at the 2024 Primetime Emmys. Both the series and Oyelowo are considered strong contenders for the prestigious award. Sutherland, a two-time Emmy nominee, previously won the award in 1995 for his role in “Citizen X.”

The passing of Donald Sutherland has left a significant impact on the entertainment industry, with tributes pouring in from Hollywood and beyond. Kiefer Sutherland, son of the late actor, paid homage to his father, acknowledging Donald Sutherland as one of the most influential actors in the history of film. The legacy of Donald Sutherland, spanning a career filled with memorable performances in films like “Klute,” “Ordinary People,” “MASH,” and “The Hunger Games,” will continue to be celebrated and remembered by fans and colleagues alike.

As fans mourn the loss of a cinematic icon, the lasting impression of Donald Sutherland’s talent and dedication to his craft will endure through his memorable on-screen portrayals and the impact he has had on the world of entertainment.