Donald Pleasence

Biography

Date of Birth 5 October 1919, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, UK Date of Death 2 February 1995, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France (complications from heart valve replacement surgery) Height 5' 6" (1.68 m) Donald Pleasence was an English stage and film actor. His high work rate in international cinema earned him the distinction of being the most prolific film actor at the time of his death with over 500 screen credits. The son of a stationmaster, he was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, and was later brought up in the industrial town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England, where he attended Ecclesfield Grammar School. Although a great many of his characters were villains and psychos, he is perhaps best known for portraying the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, from the James Bond series, and Dr. Sam Loomis in the Halloween saga (I, II, IV, V, VI). His acting career began in a 1939 production of Wuthering Heights, but was interrupted by World War II. He was at first a conscientious objector, but later joined the Royal Air Force and was shot down on a bombing raid, taken prisoner and tortured by his captors. He spent two years in a German prisoner-of-war camp, where he produced and acted in plays. He would later play Flight Lt. Colin Blythe in The Great Escape where much of the story takes place inside a POW camp. He returned to acting after the war, and critics began to call him the "Man with the Hypnotic Eye". Perhaps because of this, and his bald head and quiet but intense voice, he specialised in insane and evil characters, including Prince John in the ITV series The Adventures of Robin Hood, Heinrich Himmler in The Eagle Has Landed and the Bond villain Blofeld in You Only Live Twice. In his later years, he became known to a younger generation as Dr. Loomis in Halloween. His trademark voice may be credited to elocution lessons he had as a child. His acting hero was Sir Laurence Olivier whom he worked with many times, including the 1979 version of Dracula. Pleasence was married four times and had five daughters. He was married to Miriam Raymond 1941 - 1958 and had Angela and Jean. His 1959 - 1970 marriage to actress and singer Josephine Martin Crombie produced Lucy and Polly. He was married to Meira Shore 1970 - 1988 and they had a daughter, Miranda. His last marriage to Linda Kentwood lasted until his death in 1995. Pleasence was nominated for the 1972 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Wise Child and was awarded an OBE in 1994. On February 2, 1995 he died in St.-Paul-de-Vence, France from complications from heart valve replacement surgery at the age of 75.

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Birth Name

Donald Henry Pleasence

Birth Place

Worksop, Reino Unido

Birth Date

10/5/1919

Death Date

2/2/1995
Known For
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Halloween (1978)

Loomis

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Halloween II (1981)

Sam Loomis

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Dr. Sam Loomis

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Prince Of Darkness

Priest

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Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

Dr. Loomis

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Cul-de-sac

George

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Escape to Witch Mountain

Lucas Deranian

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Soldier Blue

Cumber

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)

Kantorek

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Wake in Fright

Doc Tydon

Starring In
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Halloween: The Inside Story

Self / Dr. Sam Loomis (archive footage)

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film

Sam Loomis (archive footage)

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Halloween: 25 Years of Terror

Dr. Sam Loomis

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On-Set Halloween 5 Footage

Self

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Halloween: Resurrection

Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Loomis (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Best Ever Bond

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Boogeymen - The Killer Compilation

Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Loomis (Halloween) (archive footage)

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Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

Dr. Loomis

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Fatal Frames

Professor Robinson

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The Advocate

Pincheon

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Guinevere

Merlin

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The Thief and the Cobbler

Phido the Vulture (voice)

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Diên Biên Phú

Howard Simpson

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Shadows and Fog

Doctor

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Millions

Ripa

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River of Death - Fluss des Grauens

Heinrich Spaatz

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Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery

Jason Rafiel

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Dr. Sam Loomis

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Ten Little Indians

Judge Wargrave

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Paganini Horror

Mr. Pickett

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Buried Alive

Dr. Schaeffer

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The House of Usher

Walter Usher

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American Rikscha

Reverend Mortom

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Casablanca Express

Colonel Bats

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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Dr. Sam Loomis

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Nosferatu in Venice

Don Alvise

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The Commander

Henry Carlson

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The Great Escape II: The Untold Story

Dr. Absalon

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Off Balance: Der Tod wartet in Venedig

Inspector Datti

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Prince Of Darkness

Priest

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Warrior Queen

Clodius

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Django Strikes Again

Ben Gunn

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Spettri

Professor Lasky

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Double Target

Senator Blaster

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Operation Nam

Father Lenoir

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Deadheat

Aldo Rossi

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Arch of Triumph

Haake

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Phenomena

Professor John McGregor

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Black Arrow

Sir Oliver Oates

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Reel Horror

Axel MacGregor (archive footage)

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Dario Argento's World Of Horror

Himself / Prof. John McGregor

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Nothing Underneath

Commissioner Danesi

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El Tesoro de la Selva Perdida

Klaus von Blantz

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Terror in the Aisles

Himself - Host

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A Breed Apart

J.P. Whittier

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The Ambassador

Minister Eretz

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Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie

Victor Frankenstein / Old Baron Frankenstein

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To Kill a Stranger

Col. Kostik

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I Predatori di l'Anno Omega

Prossor

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Totentanz der Hexen

Dr. Warley

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Witness for the Prosecution

Mr. Myers

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Alone in the Dark (1982)

Dr. Leo Bain

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Halloween II (1981)

Sam Loomis

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The Monster Club

Pickering (Segment "Vampire Story")

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Escape from New York

President

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Jig Saw

Albert Rumpelmayer

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Race for the Yankee Zephyr

Gilbert Carson

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The Pumaman

Kobras (as Donald Pleasance)

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)

Kantorek

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Dracula

Dr. Jack Seward

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Jaguar Lives!

General Villanova

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Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff

Dr. Steiner

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Gold of the Amazon Women

Clarence Blasko

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Halloween (1978)

Loomis

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

B.D. Hoffler

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Blodsband

James Doniac

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Power Play

Blair

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Oh, God!

Doctor Harmon

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The Uncanny

Valentine De'ath (segment 3 "Hollywood 1936")

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Telefon

Nicolai Dalchimsky

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The Eagle Has Landed

Heinrich Himmler

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The Last Tycoon

Boxley

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Glory Days

John Tyler Jones

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Land of the Minotaur

Father Roche

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Escape to Witch Mountain

Lucas Deranian

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The Count of Monte Cristo

Danglars

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I Don't Want to Be Born

Dr. Finch

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Journey Into Fear

Kuvetli

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Hearts of the West

A.J. Nietz

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From Beyond the Grave

Jim Underwood (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")

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The Black Windmill

Cedric Harper

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Watch Out, We're Mad

The Doctor

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The Freakmaker

Professor Nolter

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Doctor Jekyll und Mr. Hyde

Fred Smudge

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The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water

The Spirit (voice)

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The Rainbow Boys

Ralph Logan

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Tales that Witness Madness

Prof. R.C. Tremayne

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Raw Meat

Inspector Calhoun

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Henry VIII and His Six Wives

Thomas Cromwell

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The Pied Piper

The Baron

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Innocent Bystanders

Loomis

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Wedding in White

Jim Dougall, Sr.

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Kidnapped

Ebenezer Balfour

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Wake in Fright

Doc Tydon

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THX 1138

SEN

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Soldier Blue

Cumber

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Mr. Freedom

Dr. Freedom (as Don Pleasence)

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Will Penny

Preacher Quint

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You Only Live Twice

Blofeld

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The Night of the Generals

General Kahlenberge

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Matchless

Gregori Andreanu

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Cul-de-sac

George

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Fantastic Voyage

Dr. Michaels

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Eye of the Devil

Pere Dominic

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The Hallelujah Trail

'Oracle' Jones

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Dark Hermit - Satan

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The Great Escape

Blythe 'The Forger'

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The Guest

Mac Davies / Bernard Jenkins

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Dr. Crippen

Dr. Crippen

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What A Carve Up!

Everett Sloane

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Spare the Rod

Mr. Jenkins

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No Love for Johnnie

Roger Renfrew

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Circus of Horrors / Theater of Death

Vanet

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Sons and Lovers

Mr. Puppleworth

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Suspect

Parsons, alias Bill Brown

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The Hands of Orlac

Graham Coates

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Hell Is a City

Gus Hawkins

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The Flesh and The Fiends

William Hare

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The Shakedown

Jessel

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Killers of Kilimanjaro

Captain

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The Battle Of The Sexes

Irwin Hoffman (as Donald Pleasance)

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Look Back in Anger

Hurst

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The Two-Headed Spy

Gen. Hardt (as Donald Pleasance)

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The Wind Cannot Read

The Doctor

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Kapitän Seekrank

Cashier

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The Man Inside

Organ Grinder (as Donald Pleasance)

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A Tale of Two Cities

John Barsad

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Decision Against Time

Crabtree

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1984

R. Parsons

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The Black Tent

Ali

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Value for Money

Limpy

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1984 - BBC Live TV Productions

Syme

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