1966 was not only the year that Batman and The Green Hornet was fighting evil and corruption on ABC, but it was also the birth of Kiefer Sutherland, who turned 45 on Wednesday.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kiefer was a Hollywood bad boy on the big screen with roles in Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, Young Guns and Young Guns II, and Flatliners.
He then became the action hero for the 9/11 generation as anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer on FOX’s 24 (2001-2010), currently the longest-running espionage-themed show on television; the role earned Sutherland both a Golden Globe and Emmy.
Bauer have traits similar to Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry and Die Hard’s John McClane: the rule-breaking, anti-authority maverick lawman with a sense of vigilante justice; the reluctant, tragic, flawed hero, yet remains the guy who always does the right thing. Bauer also shares characterstics with The Equalizer‘s Robert McCall: seeking redemption for his sins as well as trying to established a relationship with his daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert).
Sutherland returns to FOX as star and executive producer of Touch from Heroes creator Tim Kring. Sutherland plays the widowed father of an autistic, genius son who can predict future events; the show premieres March 19.