Thomas Emil Sicks is known around the world as the son of the veteran actress Shirley Douglas. He is the half-brother of Kiefer Sutherland and Rachel Sutherland.
Thomas Emil Sicks’s Family
Thomas Emil Sicks is the oldest child of Shirley Douglas. Shirley Jean Douglas OC was born on April 2, 1934, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and was the daughter of Irma May (née Dempsey) and Tommy Douglas, the late Scottish-born Canadian statesman, Premier of Saskatchewan, and the first leader of the federal New Democratic Party.
Shirley was the mother of three children: Thomas Emil Sicks from her marriage to Canadian prairie brewery heir Timothy Emil Sicks in 1957, and twins Rachel Sutherland, and Kiefer Sutherland, born on December 21, 1966, from her second marriage to Canadian actor Donald Sutherland.
After a long struggle with cancer, Timothy died on May 5, 1994, at King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, England, where he was a consulting psychiatrist for ten years. By 2009, Shirley was in a wheelchair due to a degenerative spine condition that caused her severe pain. She died on April 5, 2020, due to complications from pneumonia, three days after her 86th birthday.
Thomas Emil Sicks’s Net Worth
Thomas Emil Sicks is well-known around the world because of his connections with a family that has one on one legends. His mother was a renowned actress and activist. Her acting career and family name made her recognizable in Canadian film, television, and national politics. Shirley’s acting career began in 1950 with a role in the Regina Little Theatre entry at the Dominion Drama Festival, where she won the best actress award. She portrayed prominent feminist Nellie McClung, family matriarch, and businesswoman May Bailey in the television series Wind at My Back, Hagar Shipley in Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel, and even characters in popular science fiction series like The Silver Surfer and Flash Gordon.
In 1997, Shirley appeared on stage with her son Kiefer Sutherland at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. In 2000, she performed on stage in The Vagina Monologues. In 2006, she portrayed former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in the ABC mini-series The Path to 9/11. In 2003, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the performing arts. She became involved in the American Civil Rights Movement, the campaign against the Vietnam War, and later on behalf of immigrants and women. She helped establish the fundraising group “Friends of the Black Panthers”.
As the daughter of Tommy Douglas, promoter of Medicare, she was one of Canada’s activists in favor of taxpayer-funded health care instead of privatized care. In the 2006 Canadian federal election, Douglas campaigned on behalf of the federal New Democratic Party, and in 2012 she supported Brian Topp for that party’s leadership. She had a net worth of $7 million at the time of her death.