Donald Sutherland: 'Retirement for an Actor Is Death'

Donald Sutherland Walk of Fame Star
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 26:  Actor Donald  Sutherland attends the ceremony honoring him with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 26, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

The actor tells THR he's going to continue acting before receiving a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

Donald Sutherland has no intention of slowing down his prolific acting career even as the career accolades continue to mount.

The veteran Hollywood actor, 72, unveiled his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Wednesday, right next to his actor son Kiefer Sutherland.

Sutherland tells The Hollywood Reporter he will not rest on his laurels.

"Retirement for an actor is death," he says. "My work will continue until I die."

Sutherland, perhaps most famous for classic roles in Ordinary People and MASH, will star in movie The Mechanic. He attended Thursday's ceremony sporting a beard for his upcoming role in Treasure Island.

The actor says he is "thrilled" to be at a spot next to his son on the sidewalk, and is not daunted by the concept of people walking on his star for the rest of eternity. "It'll last until the next earthquake," he laughs.

When asked what people's reaction to his star will be, Sutherland responds, "I hope people stop and look and smile."

"It's just grand, to be truthful," he says. "Just grand."