Donald Pleasence

Highest Rated: 100% Wake in Fright (2012)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Uncanny (1978)
Birthday: Oct 5, 1919
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Halloween 35th Anniversary Actor 2013
100% Wake in Fright Doc $28.1K 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
50% 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
48% Shadows and Fog Doctor 1992
No Score Yet Diên Biên Phu Howard Simpson 1992
No Score Yet Millions Actor 1990
No Score Yet Casablanca Express Actor 1989
No Score Yet Ten Little Indians Mr. Justice Lawrence Wargrave 1989
13% 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
27% Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Loomis 1988
56% 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
78% 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 Sotto il vestito niente (Nothing Underneath) CommissionrDanesi 1985
No Score Yet Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (Dario Argento's World of Horror) Actor 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 Master of the Game Actor 1984
No Score Yet Treasure of the Amazons Actor 1984
No Score Yet The Devonsville Terror Dr. Warley 1983
No Score Yet Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie Victor Frankenstein/Old Baron Frankenstein 1983
No Score Yet To Kill a Stranger Col. Kostik 1983
78% Alone in the Dark Dr. Leo Bain 1982
No Score Yet Barchester Chronicles Septimus Harding 1982
No Score Yet Race for the Yankee Zephyr Gilbert Carson 1981
29% Halloween II Dr. Sam Loomis 1981
87% Escape from New York President of the United States 1981
75% 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
95% 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
12% Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band B.D. Brockhurst 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Samuel Purchase 1978
No Score Yet Concorde Affair Actor 1978
0% The Uncanny Valentine De'ath (segment 3 "Hollywood 1936") 1978
No Score Yet Night Creature Axel MacGregor 1977
72% Oh, God! Dr. Harmon 1977
No Score Yet Goldenrod Actor 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
83% 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 Devil Within Her Dr. Finch 1975
No Score Yet The Passover Plot Pontius Pilate 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 Tales That Witness Madness Dr. Tremayne 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 Innocent Bystanders Loomis 1972
50% The Pied Piper Baron 1972
91% Death Line (Raw Meat) Inspector Calhoun 1972
No Score Yet Henry VIII and His Six Wives Thomas Cromwell 1972
87% 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
85% Will Penny Preacher Quint 1968
72% You Only Live Twice Ernst Stavro Blofeld 1967
40% The Night of the Generals Gen. Kahlenberge 1967
94% Fantastic Voyage Dr. Michaels 1966
No Score Yet Eye of the Devil Pere Dominic 1966
83% 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
94% 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 Circus of Horrors (Phantom of the Circus) Vanet 1960
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 The Winds of Change 'Pop' Marley 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
92% Look Back in Anger Hurst 1958
No Score Yet The Two-Headed Spy Gen. Hardt 1958
No Score Yet Robin Hood: Quest for the Crown Prince John 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1981
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Carsini
  • 1975
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Max
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Prof. Ellis Fowler
  • 1962

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