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Hollywood star better than headstone says Sutherland

Versatile actor Donald Sutherland, who has played everything from a Nazi spy to an ageing astronaut, was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His star was unveiled outside the Roosevelt Hotel next to son Kiefer Sutherland's star.

The elder Sutherland joked that getting a star was better than a headstone at a cemetery.

"This marker I can actually come and visit," Sutherland (75) said.

"I could get a chair and sit here, or a bucket and a mop and clean it, and make sure that people don't step on it."

Kiefer was not able to attend the ceremony because of work obligations in New York.

Instead, he wrote a message that was read by Irish star Colin Farrell, his father's co-star in the comedy Horrible Bosses due out later this year.

"I selfishly wanted to be there to simply tell you how proud I am to have you as my father and how even more proud I am to be your son," Kiefer wrote.

The career of Canadian-born Donald Sutherland has spanned nearly five decades and included appearances in the movies The Dirty Dozen, The Day of the Locust, Ordinary People and Space Cowboys.

He said he loves working and has no plans to retire.