Written By: Ben Cosgrove

Donald Sutherland has been one of Hollywood’s unlikeliest leading men, and one of its most enduring actors. In the seventies he made his name playing Hawkeye Pierce in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H  and the title character in Klute, and he also starred in Nicolas Roeg’s cult favorite, Don’t Look Now and the brilliant remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Since then he has delivered memorable performances in an impressively varied collection of movies, including Ordinary People, Eye of the Needle, Six Degrees of Separation, Pride and Prejudice, and The Hunger Games movies.

Along the way Sutherland also gained a second sort fame as a father, when his son Kiefer built his own notable acting career, starring in films such as Stand by Me and The Lost Boys, and in the hit television series 24

Here, LIFE.com offers a gallery of rare pictures (none of them ran in LIFE magazine) of Sutherland and his family, by photographer Co Rentmeester in 1970. Donald also shows his quirky side in a series of portraits taken in the process of shaving his beard. Sutherland and his wife at the time, the Canadian activist and actress Shirley Douglas, divorced not long after these photos were made. 

Liz Ronk edited this gallery for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

Donald Sutherland and his son, Kiefer, in California, 1970.

Donald Sutherland and his son, Kiefer, in California, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland and his son, Kiefer, in California, 1970.

Donald Sutherland and his son, Kiefer, in California, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland and his children, twins Kiefer and Rachel, in California, 1970.

Donald Sutherland and his children, twins Kiefer and Rachel, in California, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland with his wife, Shirley Douglas, and their children (l-r): Kiefer Sutherland, Tom Douglas (Shirley's son from her first marriage), Rachel Sutherland, in California, 1970.

Donald Sutherland with his wife, Shirley Douglas, and their children (left to right): Kiefer Sutherland, Tom Douglas (Shirley’s son from her first marriage), Rachel Sutherland, in California, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland shaving, 1970.

Donald Sutherland shaving, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland, 1970

Donald Sutherland, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland, 1970.

Donald Sutherland, 1970.

Co Rentmeester The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock

Donald Sutherland, 1970.

Donald Sutherland, 1970.

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Shirley Douglas looks at pictures of her husband, Donald Sutherland, 1970.

Shirley Douglas looked at photos of her husband, Donald Sutherland, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland with his twin daughter and son, Rachel and Kiefer, and his stepson, Tom (left), in California, 1970.

Donald Sutherland with his twin daughter and son, Rachel and Kiefer, and his stepson, Tom (left), in California, 1970.

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Donald Sutherland and his children, 1970

Donald Sutherland and his children, 1970.

Co Rentmeester The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock

Donald Sutherland, 1970.

Donald Sutherland and his children, 1970

Co Rentmeester The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock

Donald Sutherland, 1970.

Donald Sutherland, 1970.

Co Rentmeester The LIFE Picture Collection/Shutterstock

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