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Birth information

5 October 1919 Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

Death information

2 February 1995 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Given Name

Donald Henry Pleasence

How tall is Donald Pleasence?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Linda Kentwood
Meira Shore
Josephine Crombie
Miriam Raymond

Life Story of Donald Pleasence

Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed, the paranoid and the purely evil. Even the Van Helsing-like psychiatrist Sam Loomis in the Halloween (1978) franchise seems only marginally more balanced than his prey. An actor of great intensity, Pleasence excelled on stage as Shakespearean villains. He was an unrelenting prosecutor in Jean Anouilh's "Poor Bitos" and made his theatrical reputation in the title role of the seedy, scheming tramp in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" (1960). On screen, he gave a perfectly plausible interpretation of the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, in The Eagle Has Landed (1976). He was a convincingly devious Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), disturbing in his portrayal of the crazed, bloodthirsty preacher Quint in Will Penny (1967); and as sexually depraved, alcohol-sodden 'Doc' Tydon in the brilliant Aussie outback drama Wake in Fright (1971). And, of course, he was Ernst...

Significant features of Donald Pleasence

Bald head and piercing blue eyes
Dr. Sam Loomis from the Halloween films
Intense performances

How much money has Donald Pleasence earned?

Halloween (1978) $20,000

What movies did Donald Pleasence play or participate?

Directors Filmography
Zur Nacht (1970) ,
Actors Filmography
Fatal Frames - Okkulte Morde (1996) Professor Robinson, Safe Haven (1995) The Sailor, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Dr. Loomis, Signs and Wonders (1995) Cornelius Van Damm, Guinevere (1994) Merlin, The Big Freeze (1993) Soup slurper, The Advocate (1993) Pincheon, The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) Phido the Vulture, Screen Two (1993) Victor Harty, Lovejoy (1992) Karel Redl, Diên Biên Phu - Symphonie des Untergangs (1992) Howard Simpson, Shadows and Fog (1991) Doctor, Millions (1991)...

Birth information

5 October 1919 Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, UK

Death information

2 February 1995 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France

Given Name

Donald Henry Pleasence

How tall is Donald Pleasence?

1.68 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Linda Kentwood
Meira Shore
Josephine Crombie
Miriam Raymond

Life Story of Donald Pleasence

Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed, the paranoid and the purely evil. Even the Van Helsing-like psychiatrist Sam Loomis in the Halloween (1978) franchise seems only marginally more balanced than his prey. An actor of great intensity, Pleasence excelled on stage as Shakespearean villains. He was an unrelenting prosecutor in Jean Anouilh's "Poor Bitos" and made his theatrical reputation in the title role of the seedy, scheming tramp in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" (1960). On screen, he gave a perfectly plausible interpretation of the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, in The Eagle Has Landed (1976). He was a convincingly devious Thomas Cromwell in Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972), disturbing in his portrayal of the crazed, bloodthirsty preacher Quint in Will Penny (1967); and as sexually depraved, alcohol-sodden 'Doc' Tydon in the brilliant Aussie outback drama Wake in Fright (1971). And, of course, he was Ernst...

Significant features of Donald Pleasence

Bald head and piercing blue eyes
Dr. Sam Loomis from the Halloween films
Intense performances

How much money has Donald Pleasence earned?

Halloween (1978) $20,000

What movies did Donald Pleasence play or participate?

Directors Filmography
Zur Nacht (1970) ,
Actors Filmography
Fatal Frames - Okkulte Morde (1996) Professor Robinson, Safe Haven (1995) The Sailor, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Dr. Loomis, Signs and Wonders (1995) Cornelius Van Damm, Guinevere (1994) Merlin, The Big Freeze (1993) Soup slurper, The Advocate (1993) Pincheon, The Thief and the Cobbler (1993) Phido the Vulture, Screen Two (1993) Victor Harty, Lovejoy (1992) Karel Redl, Diên Biên Phu - Symphonie des Untergangs (1992) Howard Simpson, Shadows and Fog (1991) Doctor, Millions (1991)...

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Donald Pleasence and Bruno The Bear in Die Flucht zum Hexenberg (1975)

His portrayal of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (1967) will always be an influence of the Dr. Evil character in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). Both Dr. Evil (Mike Myers) and Pleasence's Blofeld have a large facial scar.

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Donald Pleasence and Ray Milland in Die Flucht zum Hexenberg (1975)

Father of Angela Pleasence, Jean Pleasence, Polly Jo Pleasence, Lucy Pleasence (1962) and Miranda Pleasence.

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Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland, Kim Richards, etc.

He had elocution lessons as a child.

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Donald Pleasence and Bruno The Bear in Die Flucht zum Hexenberg (1975)

The only actor to have appeared in both The Great Escape (1963) and its television sequel The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988). Ironically, he played one of the would-be great escapees in the first film and one of the German executioners in the second. Strangely he even played the role of the SS and Gestapo chief, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, in the film The Eagle Has Landed (1976). Heinrich Himmler was the one who ordered the secret murder of "the 50" POWs. Thus, Pleasence is likely to be one of only a few actors to have ever portrayed all three roles of murder conspirator, executioner, and victim (although technically he was not among the 50. His character died earlier.).

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Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland, Kim Richards, etc.

When Moustapha Akkad asked Donald Pleasence how many more Halloween (1978) films he was planning to make, Donald replied "I stop at twenty-two!"

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Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland, Kim Richards, etc.

Married four times and had five daughters. Angela Pleasence and Jean Pleasence were born from his marriage to actress Miriam Raymond; Lucy Pleasence and Polly Jo Pleasence were the products of his union with actress/singer Josephine Crombie and Miranda Pleasence was conceived during his marriage to singer Meira Shore.

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Donald Pleasence in Die Flucht zum Hexenberg (1975)

Shortly before his death in 1995, he was scheduled to star in a production of "King Lear" that would have featured daughters Angela Pleasence, Polly Jo Pleasence and Miranda Pleasence.

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Donald Pleasence and Elsa Martinelli in Manuela (1957)

He was initially a conscientous objector during World War II, but later changed his mind and joined the British Royal Air Force. His plane was shot down and was taken prisoner of war by the Nazis until his release in 1945.

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Donald Pleasence in Phenomena (1985)

Was held at Stalag Luft I, near the Baltic Sea. While a POW during World War II, he organized a theatre company in order to pass the time. His productions included "The Petrified Forest", in which he played the Leslie Howard role opposite a 6' 1" Canadian who played the Bette Davis part.

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Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac in Wenn Katelbach kommt... (1966)

Played Loomis in Innocent Bystanders (1972), Dr. Sam Loomis in most of the first six Halloween (1978) movies (Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) was not a "Michael Myers" movie) and Father Loomis in Prince of Darkness (1987).

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Donald Pleasence and Victor Wong in John Carpenter's Die Fürsten der Dunkelheit (1987

One of the stars of The Great Escape (1963) to have actually been a World War II prisoner of war (Hannes Messemer, who played Colonel Lugo the camp commander, was a German soldier in World War II and was captured by American troops and held in a POW camp until the end of the war). He was also a POW in Russia. When he kindly offered advice to director John Sturges, he was politely asked to keep his "opinions" to himself. Later, when another star from the film informed Sturges that Pleasence had actually been an RAF officer in a World War II German POW camp, Sturges requested Pleasance's technical advice and input on historical accuracy from that point forward.

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Donald Pleasence and Dana Andrews in Wer zuletzt lebt, lebt am besten (1972)

Often joked to friends and family that, before Halloween (1978) came out, he was typecast as villains and psychopaths, never having been given the chance to play a good guy or hero. However, after his portrayal of the heroic, Van Helsing-like Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween, he had the exact opposite problem in that no one wanted to see him play bad guys anymore, that the only parts offered to him were avengers and heroes.

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Donald Pleasence and Dana Andrews in Wer zuletzt lebt, lebt am besten (1972)

He was flying in a Lancaster NE112 "AS-M" when it was shot down on September 9, 1944.

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Donald Pleasence in Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979)

He was good in school plays and won prizes.

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Donald Pleasence and Anne Heywood in Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979)

Among the possible actors for the roles of Dr. Hans Fallada and Sir Percy Heseltine in Lifeforce (1985). Frank Finlay and Aubrey Morris won the respective roles.

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Donald Pleasence in Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979)

He was considered for many guest roles in Doctor Who (1963) - General Grugger in "Meglos", Richard Mace in "The Visitation", Griffiths in "Attack of the Cybermen", Shockeye in "The Two Doctors" and De Flores in "Silver Nemesis". He was also considered for Borusa in Doctor Who (1996) before the character was dropped from the script.

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Donald Pleasence, Peter Cushing, John Cairney, etc.

He and his The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) co-stars Telly Savalas and Max von Sydow all later played the Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld: Pleasence in You Only Live Twice (1967), Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and von Sydow in Never Say Never Again (1983).

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Donald Pleasence and Billie Whitelaw in Der Arzt und die Teufel (1960)

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1994 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.

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Donald Pleasence and George Rose in Der Arzt und die Teufel (1960)

Was known for his eye for details and authenticity, including in regards to his costumes. He arrived in Sydney for the filming of Wake in Fright (1971) with a beard suggestive of the kind favored by bushrangers and immediately rejected the costume that was assigned to him, opting to purchase his own clothes from a Vinnies thrift shop.

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Donald Pleasence and Billie Whitelaw in Der Arzt und die Teufel (1960)

He served in WWII as an RAF radio operator before being shot down over Germany and becoming a POW.

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Donald Pleasence in Ein Teufelskerl (1981)

Interview footage of the actor is almost non-existent, except for a brief excerpt of one given whilst filming "Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.".

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Donald Pleasence in Ein Teufelskerl (1981)

One of his closest friends in the acting industry was Peter Vaughan.

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Donald Pleasence and Ken Wahl in Ein Teufelskerl (1981)

Apart from America and Britain, Donald Pleasence made films in various other countries. These included Italy, the Middle East, France, Australia etc.

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Donald Pleasence, Lesley Ann Warren, and Ken Wahl in Ein Teufelskerl (1981)

According to one of his daughters, the actor had a battle with alcohol for many years. Then from the early 1980s on-wards, he gave it up for good.

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Donald Pleasence in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

Felt he was becoming typecast in horror films but preferred to remain a working actor.

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Donald Pleasence in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

Was cast in the lead in the original theatre production of Robert Shaw's play, "The Man in the Glass Booth" in 1967.

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Donald Pleasence and Nancy Stephens in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

He has appeared in one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Halloween (1978).

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Donald Pleasence and Arthur Malet in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

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Donald Pleasence and Arthur Malet in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

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Donald Pleasence and Robert Phalen in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

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Donald Pleasence in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

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Donald Pleasence and Charles Cyphers in Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978)

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Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence in Der Adler ist gelandet (1976)

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Donald Pleasence in Der Adler ist gelandet (1976)

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Donald Pleasence and Yehuda Efroni in Death on Safari (1989)

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