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Donald Pleasence (1919–1995)

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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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The Great Escape
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 1996 Fatal Frames - Fotogrammi mortali
Professor Robinson
 1995 Safe Haven
The Sailor
 1993 The Advocate
 1993 The Thief and the Cobbler
Phido the Vulture (original and Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
 1992 Diên Biên Phú
Howard Simpson
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 Millions
 1991 L'avvoltoio può attendere
Aaron Shalik
 1990 American risciò
Reverend Mortom
 1990 Buried Alive
Dr. Schaeffer
 1989 Casablanca Express
Colonel Bats
 1989 Paganini Horror
Mr. Pickett
 1989 River of Death
Heinrich Spaatz
 1989 The House of Usher
Walter Usher
 1988 Vampire in Venice
Don Alvise
 1988 Angel Hill: l'ultima missione
Colonel B. Abrahams
 1988 Der Commander
Henry Carlson
 1988 Phantom of Death
Inspector Datti
 1987 Animali metropolitani
Prof. Livingstone
 1987 Ground Zero
Prosper Gaffney
 1987 Spettri
Professor Lasky
 1987 Warrior Queen
 1986 Operation Nam
Father Lenoir
 1985 Sotto il vestito niente
Commissioner Danesi
 1985 Treasure of the Amazon
Klaus von Blantz
 1984 A Breed Apart
J.P. Whittier
 1984 The Ambassador
Minister Eretz
 1984 Where Is Parsifal?
 1983 The Devonsville Terror
Dr. Warley
 1983 To Kill a Stranger
Col. Kostik
 1981 Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr
Gilbert Carson
 1981 The Monster Club
Pickering - Chief of the B-Squad
 1980 The Pumaman
Kobras (as Donald Pleasance)
 1979 Jaguar Lives!
General Villanova
 1979 Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
Dr. Steiner
 1979 L'homme en colère
Albert Rumpelmayer
 1978 Halloween
 1978 Last In, First Out
 1978 Power Play
 1978 Night Creature
Axel MacGregor
 1978 Tomorrow Never Comes
Dr. Todd
 1978 Les liens de sang
James Doniac
 1977 Telefon
Nicolai Dalchimsky
 1977 Oh, God!
Doctor Harmon
 1977 The Uncanny
Valentine De'ath (segment "Hollywood 1936")
 1976 Goldenrod
John Tyler Jones
 1976 The Devil's Men
Father Roche
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Sir Giles Marley
 1975 Hearts of the West
A.J. Nietz
 1975 Journey Into Fear
 1975 Sharon's Baby
Dr. Finch
 1974 The Mutations
Professor Nolter
 1974 La loba y la Paloma
Martin Zayas
 1974 The Black Windmill
Cedric Harper
 1974 Watch Out, We're Mad
The Doctor
 1974 From Beyond the Grave
Jim Underwood (segment 2 "An Act of Kindness")
 1973 Tales That Witness Madness
Prof. R.C. Tremayne
 1973 Malachi's Cove
 1973 The Rainbow Boys
Ralph Logan
 1972 Wedding in White
Jim Dougall, Sr.
 1972 The Jerusalem File
Major Samuels
 1972 Raw Meat
Inspector Calhoun
 1971 THX 1138
 1970 Soldier Blue
Isaac Q. Cumber
 1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
The Prospector
 1969 Arthur! Arthur!
Arthur Brownjohn / Sir Easonby 'E' Mellon
 1968 Creature of Comfort
James Thorne
 1968 The Other People
Clive - Elsa's father
 1968 Mr. Freedom
Dr. Freedom (as Don Pleasence)
 1967 Matchless
Gregori Andreanu
 1966 Eye of the Devil
Pere Dominic
 1966 Cul-De-Sac
 1962 Lisa
Sgt. Wolters
 1961 No Place Like Homicide!
Everett Sloane
 1961 Spare the Rod
Mr. Jenkins
 1961 The Wind of Change
'Pop' Marley
 1961 No Love for Johnnie
Roger Renfrew
 1960 The Hands of Orlac
Graham Coates
 1960 The Risk
Parsons, alias Bill Brown
 1960 The Big Day
Victor Partridge
 1960 Sons and Lovers
 1960 Hell Is a City
Gus Hawkins
 1960 Circus of Horrors
 1960 The Battle of the Sexes
Irwin Hoffman (as Donald Pleasance)
 1960 The Shakedown
Jessel Brown
 1959 Killers of Kilimanjaro
 1959 Look Back in Anger
 1958 The Two-Headed Spy
General Hardt
 1958 The Man Inside
 1958 The Wind Cannot Read
 1958 Heart of a Child
 1957 All at Sea
 1957 Stowaway Girl
 1957 Decision Against Time
 1956 The Black Tent
 1956 1984
R. Parsons (as Donald Pleasance)
 1955 Orders Are Orders
L / Cpl. Martin (as Donald Plesance)
 1954 The Beachcomber
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Other Works:

He acted in John Peacock's play, "Reflections," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Dorothy Tutin, Gordon Gostelow, Jeffery Kissoon, and Margery Mason in the cast. Keith Hack was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Interviews | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Donald Pleasance | Don Pleasence | Donald Plesance


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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[on THX 1138 (1971)] It was an enjoyable film to make. Even at that point, I had a feeling George Lucas would go on to do some wonderful things. Technically he knew everything about the business at a very young age. See more »


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


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