Donald Pleasence

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Donald Pleasence

Pleasence in London, 1973
Born Donald Henry Pleasence[1]
5 October 1919(1919-10-05)
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England[2]
Died 2 February 1995(1995-02-02) (aged 75)
Saint-Paul-de-Vence,
Alpes-Maritimes, France
Cause of death Heart failure caused by surgical complications
Resting place Cremated
Nationality British
Alma mater Ecclesfield School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1954–1995
Notable works Dr. Samuel Loomis in first six Halloween movies,
Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice
Spouse Miriam Raymond (1941–58)
Josephine Crombie (1959–70)
Meira Shore (1970–88)
Linda J. Kentwood (1988–95)
Children 5 daughters
Awards See Awards

Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE (October 5, 1919 – February 2, 1995) was an English actor.

Early life[change | change source]

Pleasence was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England on October 5, 1919.[3] He was educated at Ecclesfield School. He was married four times. The first time was to Miriam Raymond from 1941 until they divorced in 1958. Secondly he was married to Josephine Crombie from 1959 until they divorced in 1970. Thirdly he was married to Meira Shore from 1970 until they divorced in 1988. Lastly he was married to Linda J. Kentwood from 1988 until his death in 1995. Pleasence had five daughters.

Career[change | change source]

He appeared in 200 movies during his career, which began in 1954. He is known for his blue eyes and bald head. Pleasence is best known for his roles as James Bond's enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice, and as Dr. Samuel Loomis in the first six Halloween movies. He made his London stage debut as Valentine in Twelfth Night in 1942.[4]

Awards[change | change source]

Pleasence was nominated four times for the Tony Award. Each time was for best performance by a leading actor in a Broadway play: in 1962 for Harold Pinter's The Caretaker, in 1965 for Jean Anouilh's Poor Bitos, in 1969 for Robert Shaw's The Man in the Glass Booth, and in 1972 for Simon Gray's Wise Child.

Death[change | change source]

Pleasence died from heart failure after heart surgery in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France on February 2, 1995, aged 75. His remains were later cremated. His last full movie, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was dedicated in his memory.

Selected filmography[change | change source]

Year Movie Role Notes
1952 The Dybbuk Second Batlon TV movie
1952-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre Corporal TV series, episode Arrow to the Heart (I) (1952)
Chamberlain Episode Such Men are Dangerous (1954)
Syme Episode Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)
Foreign Minister Episode The Moment of Truth (1955)
Doctor Episode The Millionairess (1959)
1954 The Beachcomber Tromp
Montserrat Juan Alvarez TV movie
The Face of Love Alex TV movie
Orders Are Orders Corporal Martin credited as Donald Plesance
1955 Value for Money Limpy
1956 1984 R. Parsons
The Black Tent Ali
1956-1958 The Adventures of Robin Hood Prince John (4 episodes) TV series, episodes The Prisoner (1956), Isabella (1956), Ambush (1957), Marian's Prize (1958)
Bailiff Baldwin (1 episode) Episode A Village Wooing (1956)
1956-1959 ITV Television Playhouse William TV series, episode Ever Since Paradise (1956)
Albert Episode Chance Meeting (1956)
Captain Browne Episode Fate and Mister Browne (1958)
Leonard Browne Episode Mr. Browne Comes Home (1959)
Robert Robertson Episode The Silk Purse (1959)
1957 The Man in the Sky Crabtree Titled Decision Against Time in the United States
Assignment Foreign Legion Commandant TV series, episode The Coward
Manuela Evans
Barnacle Bill Cashier Titled All at Sea in the United States
1958 I Spy Mr. Frute TV movie
A Tale of Two Cities John Barsad
Heart of a Child Spiel
The Wind Cannot Read' Doctor
The Man Inside Organ-grinder
The Two-Headed Spy General Hardt
1959 The Scarf Detective Inspector Harry Yates TV series, six episodes
Look Back in Anger Hurst
William Tell The Spider TV series, episode The Spider
The Traitor Grantley Caypor TV movie
Killers of Kilimanjaro Captain
The Battle of the Sexes Irwin Hoffman
1960 The Shakedown Jessel Brown
Hell Is a City Gus Hawkins
The Four Just Men Paul Koster TV series, episode The Survivor
Interpol Calling Karl Haussman TV series, episode The Absent Assassin
1962 The Inspector Sergeant Wolters
1963 The Great Escape Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe RAF, "The Forger"
1965 The Hallelujah Trail Oracle Jones
1966 Fantastic Voyage Dr. Michaels
Cul-de-sac George
1967 You Only Live Twice Ernst Stavro Blofeld
1968 The Other People Clive Film never released
1970 Soldier Blue Isaac Q. Cumber
1971 THX 1138 SEN 5241
Wake in Fright Doc Tydon
1972 Death Line Inspector Calhoun
Henry VIII and His Six Wives Thomas Cromwell
The Jerusalem File Major Samuels
1973 Columbo Adrian Carsini "Any Old Port in a Storm"
1974 Watch Out, We're Mad The Doctor
From Beyond The Grave Jim Underwood (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")-
1976 The Eagle Has Landed Himmler
The Passover Plot Pontius Pilate
1977 Telefon Nikolai Dalchimsky
1978 Halloween Dr. Loomis
1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band B.D. Hoffler/B.D. Brockhurst
1980 The Pumaman Dr. Kobras
1981 Halloween II Dr. Loomis
Race for the Yankee Zephyr Gilbert "Gibbie" Carson
1982 Escape from New York Mr. President
Alone in the Dark Dr. Leo Bain
The Barchester Chronicles Reverend Septimus Harding TV series
1983 Warrior of the Lost World Prossor
1984 A Breed Apart J.P. Whittier
1985 Phenomena John McGregor
1987 Django 2 Gunn
1987 Prince of Darkness Priest
1988 Hanna's War Captain Thomas Rosza
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Dr. Loomis
1989 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Ten Little Indians Judge Lawrence Wargrave
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler Phido the Vulture (voice)
The Hour of the Pig Pincheon
1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Dr. Loomis
1996 Fatal frames: Fotogrammi mortali Professor Robinson

References[change | change source]

  1. "England and Wales Births 1837–1983". Freebmd.org.uk. 2010-09-10. http://www.freebmd.org.uk. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  2. Ross, Helen; Lillian Ross (1962). The Player: A Profile of an Art. Simon and Schuster. p. 256.
  3. "Donald Pleasence's Biography". Pleasence.com. http://www.pleasence.com/BIO-DP.HTML. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  4. "Obituaries: Donald Pleasence". The Independent. 3 February 1995. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituaries--donald-pleasence-1571295.html. Retrieved 14 February 2012.

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