Commander In Chief: Donald Sutherland's Hair
Commander In Chief: Donald Sutherland's Hair
Karen Marie Shelton/Dedicated To FFOS
Date: 9/18/2005


Mr. Trump better watch out because there's a new Donald  in town and he's already kicking some serious TV butt in his role as Nathan Templeton on the sizzling new ABC series - Commander In Chief.

(Image of Donald Sutherland - Commander In Chief - Photo: Peter "Hopper" Stone/ABC 2005 ABC)

When Donald makes his first appearance in Commander In Chief after the death of President Teddy Bridges he greets Geena Davis with the words "I was devastated" referring to the shocking loss of his longtime friend.  His simple reference to his devastation was so heartfelt that I instantly emphasized with his character.  Even though I already knew that he was the bad guy waiting to cause all types of problems, I still felt his pain and instantly liked him. 

Yes, its true he is the amazingly talented Donald Sutherland that I fell in love with as John Klute. Whether he is playing a flawed private investigator like he did in Klute or a loving father as Cold Mountain's Reverend Monroe, he brings his character completely to life on the screen.

Could anyone other than the legendary Donald Sutherland play a better political bad guy than  Nathan Templeton?

(Image of Donald Sutherland - Commander In Chief - Photo: Peter "Hopper" Stone/ABC 2005 ABC)

There is no doubt that as the Commander In Chief series unfolds, Donald's character will the guy we all love to hate, but feel compassion for, in the process. I for one am thrilled that he is the big bad nasty.

Even better, Donald has awe inspiring hair.  He has a full head of thick lush hair that is a beautiful shade of white/silver.

Donald's Hair Style

According to past media notes, Donald has been working with the same hairdresser for many years.  Anyone that has commented about Donald has said that he is extremely loyal.  It makes sense to me since he has such awe inspiring hair.  Anyone that has met Donald personally has commented that his hair color is all natural and just really stunning.

For his appearance as Nathan Templeton the actor's hair is perfect the way that it is shaped and styled. It achieves a great balance for his face and his bone structure.

(Image of Donald Sutherland - Commander In Chief - Photo: Peter "Hopper" Stone/ABC 2005 ABC)

The actor has a wonderful sense of what looks best for him and he sticks with that look to great advantage.  His look worked well with his Templeton role which was a strong power style.

Steal His Style

To recreate Donald's look on his mostly straight tresses follow these steps:

1.  Shampoo and condition with products designed for your type, texture, condition and length of hair. 

2. Finish with a cool/cold rinse to crank up shine and close the cuticle. 

Towel blot to remove excess moisture.

(Image of Donald Sutherland, Natasha Henstridge & Michael O'Neill - Commander In Chief - Photo: Kent Eanes/ABC 2005 ABC).

3.  Apply a quarter sized glop of gel, styling cream or similar styling product that are completely distributed through out damp strands. 

4.  Blow dry individual sections straight using a large boar's head bristle paddle brush, to "cover the most possible hair surface area". 

5.  When hair is completely cool, spritz with the hairspray of your choice.

6.  Gently rake the entire style with fingers.  Arrange front and sides.  Use a boar's bristle brush or similar and brush very lightly to even out the style.

7.  Finish with a spritz of shine serum, spray or similar.


Donald Sutherland is larger than life as down and dirty power broker Nathan Templeton.  Don't miss him.  And that other "Donald" better watch out.

Catch Commander In Chief on Tuesdays at 9:00 - 10:00 pm ET on ABC.  If you missed the Premiere Episode, never fear, it will be rebroadcast on Saturday, October 1st from 10:00-11:00 pm ET.  Don't forget to set your Tivos.

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