Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence

Highest Rated: 100% All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 5, 1919

Birthplace: Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

Possessed with an unassuming manner that offset his intensity, British actor Donald Pleasence accrued over 200 film and television roles in an impressive career that spanned more than four decades. Getting his start in the theaters of England and Scotland after World War II, he began making a name for himself with small roles in film and TV projects such as "1984" (1956) and "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (ITV, 1955-1960). His first role in a major Hollywood blockbuster came as a part of the ensemble cast of director John Sturges' "The Great Escape" (1963). It was, however, his iconic portrayal of James Bond's evil nemesis, Blofeld, in "You Only Live Twice" (1967) that most affected the trajectory of Pleasence's future output. Considered mostly for the parts of villains or madmen, he frequently played the heavy in films like "Will Penny" (1968) and "The Eagle Has Landed" (1976). Although he did manage to play the hero in his most recognizable role as Dr. Loomis in director John Carpenter's "Halloween" (1978), it would, nonetheless, help solidify his growing reputation as a stock horror movie actor, resulting in appearances in "Dracula" (1979), "Phenomena" (1985) and "Prince of Darkness" (1987). Donald Pleasence would long be remembered for his always reliable performances in many of the most beloved films of the 20th century.

Highest rated movies

All Quiet on the Western Front
Halloween
Wake in Fright
The Great Escape
Look Back in Anger
Death Line
Fantastic Voyage
Hearts of the West

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 95% Halloween 35th Anniversary Unknown (Character) - 2013
9% 37% Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Dr. Samuel J. 'Sam' Loomis (Character) $14.7M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Safe Haven Unknown (Character) - 1995
75% 53% The Advocate Pincheon (Character) $231.0K 1993
50% 74% The Thief and the Cobbler Phido the Vulture (Voice) $635.4K 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Freeze Soup Slurper (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Femme Fatale Victor Harty (Character) - 1993
52% 55% Shadows and Fog Doctor (Character) $2.4M 1992
No Score Yet 77% Dien Bien Phu Howard Simpson (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 33% Millions Ripa (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 28% Buried Alive Dr. Schaeffer (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 22% Casablanca Express Col. Bats (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 47% Ten Little Indians Mr. Justice Lawrence Wargrave (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Tiger Reverend Mortom (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 23% River of Death Heinrich Spaatz (Character) $237.5K 1989
12% 37% Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Dr. Sam Loomis (Character) $11.2M 1989
No Score Yet 29% The House of Usher Walter Usher (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 21% Paganini Horror Mr. Pickett (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 24% Vampire in Venice Don Alvise (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Platoon Unknown (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commander Henry Carlson (Character) - 1988
29% 52% Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Dr. Samuel 'Sam' J. Loomis (Character) $17.9M 1988
No Score Yet 50% The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Dr. Absalon (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 62% Hanna's War Captain Thomas Rosza (Character) $86.7K 1988
No Score Yet 19% Phantom of Death Inspector Datti (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 17% Warrior Queen Clodius (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Double Target Senator Blaster (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scoop London - Lord Copper (Character) - 1987
58% 61% Prince of Darkness Priest (Character) $12.9M 1987
No Score Yet 55% Ground Zero Prosper Gaffney (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Kill a Stranger Col. Kostik (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Specters Professor Lasky (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Urban Animals Prof. Livingstone (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 27% Django Strikes Again Ben Gunn (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 21% Arch of Triumph Haake (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 18% Treasure of the Amazon Klaus von Blantz (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reel Horror Axel MacGregor (archive footage) (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cobra Mission Father Lenoir (Character) - 1985
76% 68% Phenomena Professor John McGregor (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Corsican Brothers The Chancellor (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Arrow Sir Oliver Oates (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 63% Dario Argento's World of Horror Unknown (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 42% Nothing Underneath Commissioner Danesi (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie Unknown (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 30% A Breed Apart J.P Whittier (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 43% The Ambassador Minister Eretz (Character) - 1984
57% 53% Terror in the Aisles Host - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deep Cover ProfessorJason Cavendish (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 25% The Devonsville Terror Dr. Warley (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 16% Warrior of the Lost World Prossor (Character) - 1983
69% 41% Alone in the Dark Dr. Leo Bain (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jig Saw Albert Rumpelmayer (Character) - 1981
30% 63% Halloween II Dr. Sam Loomis (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 21% Race to the Yankee Zephyr Gilbert Carson (Character) - 1981
71% 38% The Monster Club Pickering (Character) - 1981
86% 77% Escape From New York President of the United States (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 28% The Puma Man Kobras (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 8% Gold of the Amazon Women Clarence Blasko (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sin Dr. Steiner (Character) - 1979
59% 58% Dracula Dr. Jack Seward (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 13% Jaguar Lives! Gen. Villanova (Character) - 1979
100% 69% All Quiet on the Western Front Kantorek (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Colonel Riddle (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 73% Operation Overthrow Blair (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 0% Night Creature Axel MacGregor (Character) - 1978
11% 44% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band B.D. Hoffler (Character) - 1978
96% 89% Halloween Dr. Sam Loomis (Character) $47.5M 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Secret of Harvest Home Narrator - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Defection of Simas Kudirka Captain Vladimir Popov (Character) - 1978
0% 23% The Uncanny Valentine De'ath (Character) - 1977
47% 48% Telefon Nicolai Dalchimsky (Character) - 1977
74% 60% Oh, God! Doctor Harmon (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Glory Days John Tyler Jones (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Final Eye George Dettler (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 53% Blood Relatives James Doniac (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 3% Land of the Minotaur Father Roche (Character) - 1976
60% 67% The Eagle Has Landed Himmler (Character) - 1976
41% 40% The Last Tycoon Boxley (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Knight's Work Sir Giles Marley (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 77% The Count of Monte Cristo Danglars (Character) - 1975
88% 43% Hearts of the West A.J. Neitz (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 13% Sharon's Baby Dr. Finch (Character) - 1975
74% 59% Escape to Witch Mountain Lucas Deranian (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 14% I Don't Want to Be Born (The Baby)(It Lives Within Her)(Sharon's Baby) Unknown (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Passover Plot Unknown (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 52% Barry McKenzie Holds His Own Erich Count von Plasma (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey Into Fear Kuvetli (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 78% Watch Out, We're Mad The Doctor (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 40% The Mutations Professor Nolter (Character) - 1974
50% 38% The Black Windmill Cedric Harper (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Innocent Bystanders Loomis (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 30% Tales That Witness Madness Professor RC Tremayne (Character) - 1973
60% 62% From Beyond the Grave Jim Underwood (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Malachi's Cove Malachi (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rainbow Boys Ralph Logan (Character) - 1973
44% 25% The Pied Piper The Baron (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 78% Wedding in White Jim Dougall, Sr. (Character) - 1972
91% 44% Death Line Inspector Calhoun (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 75% Henry VIII and His Six Wives Thomas Cromwell (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0: The 90-Second War Hans Vogler (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 34% Kidnapped Ebenezer Balfour (Character) - 1971
86% 74% THX-1138 SEN 5241 (Character) - 1971
96% 83% Wake in Fright Doc Tydon (Character) $15.5K 1971
38% 71% Soldier Blue Isaac Q. Cumber (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 53% Mr. Freedom Dr. Freedom (Character) - 1969
20% 49% The Madwoman of Chaillot The Prospector (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arthur! Arthur? Arthur Brownjohn/Sir Easonby "E" Mellon (Character) - 1969
85% 73% Will Penny Preacher Quint (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 57% Eye of the Devil Pere Dominic (Character) - 1967
50% 70% The Night of the Generals Gen. Kahlenberge (Character) - 1967
73% 68% You Only Live Twice Blofeld (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Diary of Anne Frank Mr Dussel (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matchless Gregori Andreanu (Character) - 1967
91% 68% Fantastic Voyage Dr. Michaels (Character) - 1966
83% 78% Cul-de-Sac George (Character) - 1966
43% 64% The Greatest Story Ever Told The Dark Hermit/Satan (Character) - 1965
40% 65% The Hallelujah Trail ` 'Oracle'` Jones (Character) - 1965
86% 79% The Caretaker Mac Davies/Bernard Jenkins (Character) - 1964
94% 95% The Great Escape Flight Lt. Colin Blythe 'The Forger' (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Crippen Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 65% What a Carve Up! Everett Sloane (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 29% Lisa Sgt. Wolters (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spare the Rod Mr. Jenkins (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wind of Change Pop (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 62% No Love for Johnnie Roger Renfrew (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Horsemasters Captain Pinski (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 42% Circus of Horrors Vanet (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Story of David Nabal (Character) - 1960
67% 51% Sons and Lovers Pappleworth (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Day Victor Partridge (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 79% Hell Is a City Gus Hawkins (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 43% The Hands of Orlac Graham Coates (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Winds of Change Unknown (Character) - 1960
83% 40% The Battle of the Sexes Irwin Hoffman (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 68% The Flesh and the Fiends William Hare (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shakedown Jessel Brown (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 48% A Tale of Two Cities John Barsad (Character) - 1958
92% 76% Look Back in Anger Hurst (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart of a Child Spiel (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robin Hood: Quest for the Crown Prince John (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Robin Hood's Greatest Adventures Unknown (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Tent Ali (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Decision Against Time Crabtree (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manuela Evans (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 71% 1984 R Parsons (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beachcomber Tromp (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 71% 1984 Syme (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lovejoy Unknown (Character) 1992
No Score Yet 66% Miss Marple Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Dr. Absalon (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ray Bradbury Theater George Hill (Character) 1988
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Lucas Deranian (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The French Atlantic Affair Unknown (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Centennial Sam Purchas (Character) 1978-1979
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Adrian Carsini (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Surgeon Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Carnacki (Character) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Show Guest 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Max Pfeiffer (Guest Star) 1966
92% 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1963
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Professor Ellis Fowler (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Interpol Calling Karl Haussman (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Robin Hood Prince John (Character) 1955-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Master of the Game Salomon Van der Merwe (Character)