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Donald Pleasence

Highest Rated:   100% Wake in Fright (2012)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Uncanny (1978)
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Birthplace:   Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Balding, deceptively bland-looking British actor Donald Pleasence was first seen on the London stage in a 1939 production of Wuthering Heights. He then served in the RAF, spending the last years of World War II in a German POW camp. Resuming his career after the war, Pleasence eventually came to New York in the company of Laurence Olivier in 1950, appearing in Caesar and Cleopatra. And although he began appearing in films in 1954, Pleasence's British fame during the '50s was the result of his television work, notably a recurring role as Prince John in The Adventures of Robin Hood from 1955-1958. He also co-starred in TV productions of The Millionairess, Man in a Moon, and Call Me Daddy. Voted British television actor of the year in 1958, Pleasence produced and hosted the 1960 series Armchair Mystery Theatre, before creating the stage role for which he was best remembered: Davies, the menacing tramp in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. The actor revived the character throughout his career, appearing as Davies for the last time in 1991. Pleasence was fortunate enough to be associated with the success of The Great Escape in 1963, which led to a wealth of American film offers. Four years later, the actor portrayed arch criminal Ernst Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice -- the first time that the scarred face of the secretive character was seen onscreen in the Bond series. Firmly established as a villain, Pleasence gradually eased into horror films such as Halloween (1978), The Devonsville Terror (1979), and Buried Alive (1990); commenting on this phase of his career, Pleasence once mused "I only appear in odd films." One of his few "mainstream" appearances during this period was virtually invisible. Pleasence is seen and prominently billed as a rabbi in Carl Reiner's Oh, God! (1977), but the role was deemed dispensable and all the actor's lines were cut. Pleasence continued to work steadily in the 1980s and early '90s -- making 17 pictures alone in 1987-1989 -- before undergoing heart surgery in 1994; he died from complications two months later. Married four times, the actor was the father of six daughters, among them actress Angela Pleasence.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Halloween 35th Anniversary
  • Actor
2013
100% Wake in Fright
  • Doc
$0.1M 2012
No Score Yet Lest We Forget
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet In and Out of Fashion
  • Actor
1998
6% Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers (Halloween 6)
  • Dr. Sam Loomis
1995
75% The Advocate (The Hour of the Pig)
  • Pincheon
1994
No Score Yet Guinevere
  • Merlin
1994
43% The Princess and the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler)
  • Phido the Vulture
1993
No Score Yet The Big Freeze
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Return to 'The Great Escape'
  • Actor
1993
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Doctor
1992
No Score Yet Diên Biên Phu
  • Howard Simpson
1992
No Score Yet Breed Apart
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Millions
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Casablanca Express
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Ten Little Indians
  • Mr. Justice Lawrence Wargrave
1989
14% Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • Dr. Loomis
1989
No Score Yet River of Death
  • Heinrich Spaatz
1989
No Score Yet Buried Alive
  • Dr. Schaeffer
1989
No Score Yet Un Delitto poco comune (Off Balance) (Phantom of Death)
  • Inspector Downey
1988
No Score Yet Nosferatu a Venezia (Nosferatu in Venice) (Vampire in Venice)
  • Don Alvise
1988
No Score Yet The House of Usher
  • Walter
1988
No Score Yet Hanna's War
  • Rosza Gabor
1988
No Score Yet The Great Escape II: The Untold Story
  • Dr. Absalon
1988
No Score Yet Der Commander
  • Henry Carlson
1988
29% Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • Loomis
1988
58% Prince of Darkness
  • Priest
1987
No Score Yet Ground Zero
  • Prosper Gaffney
1987
No Score Yet Warrior Queen
  • Clodius
1987
No Score Yet Scoop
  • Lord Copper
1987
No Score Yet Django 2: Il Grande Ritorno (Django Strikes Again)
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Cobra Mission
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Into the Darkness
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Kommando Leopard (Commando Leopard)
  • Actor
1985
75% Phenomena (Creepers)
  • John McGregor
1985
No Score Yet Treasure of the Amazon
  • Klaus von Blantz
1985
No Score Yet Arch of Triumph
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Black Arrow
  • Oates
1985
No Score Yet Warrior of the Lost World
  • Prossor
1985
No Score Yet Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (Dario Argento's World of Horror)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Sotto il vestito niente (Nothing Underneath)
  • CommissionrDanesi
1985
No Score Yet Cheech and Chong's The Corsican Brothers
  • Actor
1984
57% Terror in the Aisles
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Ambassador
  • Minister Eretz
1984
No Score Yet A Breed Apart
  • J.P. Whittier
1984
No Score Yet Treasure of the Amazons
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Master of the Game
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Devonsville Terror
  • Dr. Warley
1983
No Score Yet To Kill a Stranger
  • Col. Kostik
1983
No Score Yet Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie
  • Victor Frankenstein/Old Baron Frankenstein
1983
No Score Yet Barchester Chronicles
  • Septimus Harding
1982
78% Alone in the Dark
  • Dr. Leo Bain
1982
No Score Yet Race for the Yankee Zephyr
  • Gilbert Carson
1981
31% Halloween II
  • Dr. Sam Loomis
1981
85% Escape from New York
  • President of the United States
1981
71% The Monster Club
  • Pickering
1980
No Score Yet Blade on the Feather
  • Professor Jason Cavendish
1980
No Score Yet L' Uomo puma (The Puma Man)
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never
  • Col. Riddle
1979
No Score Yet Jaguar Lives!
  • General Villanova
1979
64% Dracula
  • Dr. Jack Seward
1979
No Score Yet Jig Saw
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Gold of the Amazon Women
  • Blasko
1979
No Score Yet All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Kantorek
1979
No Score Yet Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
  • Dr. Stein
1979
93% Halloween
  • Dr. Loomis
1978
No Score Yet Les Liens de sang (Blood Relatives)
  • Doniac
1978
No Score Yet The Bastard
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Tomorrow Never Comes
  • Dr. Todd
1978
No Score Yet Power Play
  • Blair
1978
15% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • B.D. Brockhurst
1978
0% The Uncanny
  • Valentine De'ath (segment 3 "Hollywood 1936")
1978
No Score Yet Concorde Affair
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Centennial
  • Samuel Purchase
1978
No Score Yet Night Creature
  • Axel MacGregor
1977
72% Oh, God!
  • Dr. Harmon
1977
No Score Yet Goldenrod
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
  • Melchior
1977
33% Telefon
  • Nikolai Dalchimsky
1977
44% The Last Tycoon
  • Boxley
1976
No Score Yet Land of the Minotaur
  • Father Roche
1976
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons
  • Sir Giles
1976
86% The Eagle Has Landed
  • Himmler
1976
80% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy)
  • A.J. Nietz
1975
No Score Yet I Don't Want to Be Born (The Baby)(It Lives Within Her)(Sharon's Baby)
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Journey Into Fear (Burn Out)
  • Kuvetli
1975
76% Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Deranian
1975
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Danglars
1975
No Score Yet The Passover Plot
  • Pontius Pilate
1975
No Score Yet Devil Within Her
  • Dr. Finch
1975
No Score Yet The Mutations
  • Dr. Nolter
1974
No Score Yet The Black Windmill
  • Cedric Harper
1974
No Score Yet Barry McKenzie Holds His Own
  • Eric Count Plasma
1974
No Score Yet Wedding in White
  • Jim
1973
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Ebenezer Balfour
1973
No Score Yet From Beyond the Grave
  • Underwood
1973
No Score Yet Watch Out, We're Mad
  • The Doctor
1973
No Score Yet House of the Damned
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Rainbow Gang
  • Logan
1973
No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Fred Smudge
1973
No Score Yet Tales That Witness Madness
  • Dr. Tremayne
1973
No Score Yet Innocent Bystanders
  • Loomis
1972
50% The Pied Piper
  • Baron
1972
86% Death Line (Raw Meat)
  • Inspector Calhoun
1972
No Score Yet Henry VIII and His Six Wives
  • Thomas Cromwell
1972
88% THX 1138
  • SEN 5241
1971
No Score Yet Mr. Freedom
  • Dr. Freedom
1970
43% Soldier Blue
  • Isaac Q. Cumber
1970
20% The Madwoman of Chaillot
  • Prospector
1969
83% Will Penny
  • Preacher Quint
1968
72% You Only Live Twice
  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld
1967
No Score Yet The Night of the Generals
  • Gen. Kahlenberge
1967
93% Fantastic Voyage
  • Dr. Michaels
1966
No Score Yet Eye of the Devil
  • Pere Dominic
1966
86% Cul-de-Sac
  • George
1966
No Score Yet The Hallelujah Trail
  • Oracle
1965
37% The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • The Dark Hermit
1965
No Score Yet Maniac
  • Actor
1963
93% The Great Escape
  • Blythe
1963
No Score Yet The Caretaker (The Guest)
  • Davis
1963
No Score Yet What a Carve Up! (No Place Like Homicide!)
  • Everette Sloane
1962
No Score Yet Lisa
  • Sgt. Wolters
1962
No Score Yet No Love for Johnnie
  • Roger Renfrew
1961
No Score Yet The Flesh and The Fiends
  • William Hare
1961
No Score Yet The Horsemasters
  • Captain Pinski
1961
No Score Yet The Hands of Orlac (Hands of a Strangler)
  • Coates
1960
No Score Yet Hell Is a City
  • Gus Hawkins
1960
75% Sons and Lovers
  • Pappleworth
1960
No Score Yet Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus)
  • Vanet
1960
No Score Yet lili
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes
  • Irwin Hoffman
1959
No Score Yet The Man Inside
  • Organ Grinder
1958
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities
  • Barsad
1958
No Score Yet The Wind Cannot Read
  • Doctor
1958
89% Look Back in Anger
  • Hurst
1958
No Score Yet Robin Hood: Quest for the Crown
  • Prince John
1958
No Score Yet The Two-Headed Spy
  • Gen. Hardt
1958
No Score Yet Barnacle Bill
  • Teller
1957
No Score Yet The Man in the Sky (Decision Against Time) (Test Pilot)
  • Crabtree
1957
No Score Yet 1984
  • Parsons
1956
No Score Yet The Beachcomber
  • Tromp
1955
No Score Yet 1984
  • Actor
1954

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Prof. Ellis Fowler
  • 1962

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