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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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Halloween Dr. Sam Loomis
The Great Escape
The Great Escape Blythe 'The Forger'
Escape from New York


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 1996 Fatal Frames - Fotogrammi mortali
Professor Robinson
 1995 Safe Haven
The Sailor
 1994 Guinevere (TV Movie)
 1993 The Big Freeze (TV Movie)
Soup slurper
 1993 The Advocate
 1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
Victor Harty
- Femme Fatale (1993) ... Victor Harty
 1993 The Princess and the Cobbler
Phido the Vulture (original and Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
 1992 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Karel Redl
- The Prague Sun (1992) ... Karel Redl
 1992 Diên Biên Phú
Howard Simpson
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 Millions
 1991 L'avvoltoio può attendere
Aaron Shalik
 1990 Women in Arms (TV Movie)
 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 The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (TV Movie)
Dr. Absalon
 1988 Vampire in Venice
Don Alvise
 1988 Last Platoon
Colonel B. Abrahams
 1988 The Commander
Henry Carlson
 1988 The Ray Bradbury Theatre (TV Series)
George Hill
- Punishment Without Crime (1988) ... George Hill
 1988 Phantom of Death
Inspector Datti
 1987 Gila and Rik (TV Movie)
Joe Gardenia
 1987 Urban Animals
Prof. Livingstone
 1987 To Kill a Stranger
Col. Kostik
 1987 Django Strikes Again
Ben Gunn
 1987 Ground Zero
Prosper Gaffney
 1987 Double Target
Senator Blaster
 1987 Basements (TV Movie)
Mr. Kidd (segment "The Room")
 1987 Specters
Professor Lasky
 1987 Scoop (TV Movie)
London - Lord Copper
 1987 Warrior Queen
 1986 Into the Darkness (Video)
David Beckett
 1986 Hit Man (TV Mini-Series)
Olindo Cuomo
 1986 Operation Nam
Father Lenoir
 1986 Honor Thy Father (TV Movie)
Aldo Rossi
 1985 Nothing Underneath
Commissioner Danesi
 1985 Treasure of the Amazon
Klaus von Blantz
 1985 The Corsican Brothers (TV Movie)
The Chancellor
 1985 Black Arrow (TV Movie)
Sir Oliver Oates
 1984 Arch of Triumph (TV Movie)
 1984 A Breed Apart
J.P. Whittier
 1984 The Ambassador
Minister Eretz
 1984 Where Is Parsifal?
 1984 Master of the Game (TV Mini-Series)
Salomon Van der Merwe
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Salomon Van der Merwe
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Salomon Van der Merwe
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Salomon Van der Merwe
 1983 The Devonsville Terror
Dr. Warley
 1971-1983 Play for Today (TV Series)
Samuel Johnson / Gerry Muddiman / Tom
- Skin Deep (1971) ... Gerry Muddiman
- The Fox Trot (1971) ... Tom
 1981 Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr
Gilbert Carson
 1981 Computercide (TV Movie)
George Dettler
 1981 Dick Turpin (TV Series)
Ignatius Slake
- Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure: Part 4 (1981) ... Ignatius Slake
- Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure: Part 1 (1981) ... Ignatius Slake
 1981 The Monster Club
Pickering - Chief of the B-Squad
 1980 Blade on the Feather (TV Movie)
Professor Jason Cavendish
 1980 The Ghost Sonata (TV Movie)
The old man
 1980 The Pumaman
Kobras (as Donald Pleasance)
 1979 All Quiet on the Western Front (TV Movie)
 1979 Better Late Than Never (TV Movie)
Colonel Riddle
 1979 Jaguar Lives!
General Villanova
 1979 Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff
Dr. Steiner
 1979 L'homme en colère
Albert Rumpelmayer
 1979 Gold of the Amazon Women (TV Movie)
Clarence Blasko
 1979 Mrs. Columbo (TV Series)
Ian A. Morly
- Murder Is a Parlor Game (1979) ... Ian A. Morly
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
Max Dechambre
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Max Dechambre
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Max Dechambre
- Episode #1.3 ... Max Dechambre
 1978 Last In, First Out
 1978 Power Play
 1978 Night Creature
Axel MacGregor
 1978 The Bastard (TV Movie)
Solomon Sholto
 1978 Tomorrow Never Comes
Dr. Todd
 1978 Blood Relatives
James Doniac
 1978 The Defection of Simas Kudirka (TV Movie)
Captain Vladimir Popov
 1977 Telefon
Nicolai Dalchimsky
 1977 Oh, God!
Doctor Harmon
 1977 The Uncanny
Valentine De'ath (segment "Hollywood 1936")
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 1 (1977) ... Melchior
 1976 Hindle Wakes (TV Movie)
Nat Jeffcote
 1974-1976 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
George Livingston / Aaron
- The Mind Beyond: Meriel, the Ghost Girl (1976) ... George Livingston
- The Cafeteria (1974) ... Aaron
 1976 Glory Days
John Tyler Jones
 1976 Land of the Minotaur
Father Roche
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Sir Giles Marley
 1976 Death of an Informer (TV Movie)
The man in the office
 1976 Peep Show (TV Series)
- Death (1976) ... Max
 1976 Ubu roi (TV Movie)
Pa Ubu
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- The Root of All Evil (1975) ... Puckler
 1975 Hearts of the West
A.J. Nietz
 1975 Journey Into Fear
 1975 Sharon's Baby
Dr. Finch
 1975 Performance (TV Series)
 1974 The Mutations
Professor Nolter
 1974 House of the Damned
Martin Zayas
 1974 Occupations (TV Movie)
Christo Kabak
 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 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
- Captain Rogers (1973) ... Cawser
 1973 The Rainbow Boys
Ralph Logan
 1973 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie)
Fred Smudge
 1973 The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water (TV Short)
The Spirit (voice)
 1972 Wedding in White
Jim Dougall, Sr.
 1972 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
Jerry Hahn
- Lady X (1972) ... Jerry Hahn
 1972 The Man Outside (TV Series)
Victor Cobb
- A Glass of Snake Wine (1972) ... Victor Cobb
 1972 The Jerusalem File
Major Samuels
 1972 Raw Meat
Inspector Calhoun
 1971 Wake in Fright
Doc Tydon
 1971 THX 1138
 1970 Confession (TV Series)
Sergeant Hurby
- The Fell Sergeant (1970) ... Sergeant Hurby
 1970 Soldier Blue
Isaac Q. Cumber
 1969 Mr. Freedom
Dr. Freedom (as Don Pleasence)
 1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
The Prospector
 1969 Arthur! Arthur!
Arthur Brownjohn / Sir Easonby 'E' Mellon
 1969 NBC Experiment in Television (TV Series)
- Pinter People (1969) ... (voice)
 1968 Creature of Comfort
James Thorne
 1968 The Other People
Clive - Elsa's father
 1967-1968 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
J.G. / Richard Pratt
- The News-Benders (1968) ... J.G.
- Taste (1967) ... Richard Pratt
 1967 Matchless
Gregori Andreanu
 1957-1967 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ben Hoffman / Fred Watson / Arthur Gladwell / ...
- Call Me Daddy (1967) ... Ben Hoffman
- The Bandstand (1964)
- The Cupboard (1960) ... Fred Watson
- Small Fish Are Sweet (1959) ... Arthur Gladwell
 1967 Seven Deadly Virtues (TV Series)
- The Good & Faithful Servant (1967) ... Buchanan
 1967 Call Me Daddy (TV Movie)
Mr. Hoffman
 1966 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
The Head Waiter
- The Head Waiter (1966) ... The Head Waiter
 1966 Eye of the Devil
Pere Dominic
 1966 Cul-De-Sac
 1956-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Supt. Smith / Barton Keyes / Henri Pincoff / ...
- The Move After Checkmate (1966) ... Supt. Smith
- ... And Humanity (1958) ... Henri Pincoff
- One (1956) ... Burden
 1966 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Max Pfeiffer
- With Strings Attached (1966) ... Max Pfeiffer
 1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
- Ambrose (1965) ... Ambrose
 1965 The Defenders (TV Series)
Dr. Byron Saul
- Fires of the Mind (1965) ... Dr. Byron Saul
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
- The Liberators (1964) ... Escalon
 1963 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Harold J. Finley
- The Man with the Power (1963) ... Harold J. Finley
 1962 The Hatchet Man (TV Movie)
Harry Laws
 1962 Lisa
Sgt. Wolters
 1961 No Place Like Homicide!
Everett Sloane
 1961 Spare the Rod
Mr. Jenkins
 1961 One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Harvey Laurence
- The Confession (1961) ... Harvey Laurence
 1961 The Wind of Change
'Pop' Marley
 1961 No Love for Johnnie
Roger Renfrew
 1960-1961 Danger Man (TV Series)
Nikolides / Captain Aldrich
- Find and Return (1961) ... Nikolides
- Position of Trust (1960) ... Captain Aldrich
 1960 The Hands of Orlac
Graham Coates
 1960 The Risk
Parsons, alias Bill Brown
 1960 The Big Day
Victor Partridge
 1960 Interpol Calling (TV Series)
Karl Haussman
- The Absent Assassin (1960) ... Karl Haussman
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Admiral Vespery
- Twentieth Century Theatre: The Assassin (1960) ... Admiral Vespery
 1960 Rendezvous (TV Series)
- The Dodo (1960) ... Potter
 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 Four Just Men (TV Series)
Paul Koster
- The Survivor (1960) ... Paul Koster
 1960 The Shakedown
Jessel Brown
 1959 Killers of Kilimanjaro
 1956-1959 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Robert Robertson / Leonard Browne / Lenin / ...
- The Silk Purse (1959) ... Robert Robertson
- Mr. Browne Comes Home (1959) ... Leonard Browne
- Blood on the Snow (1958) ... Lenin
- Fate and Mister Browne (1958) ... Captain Browne
- Chance Meeting (1956) ... Albert
 1952-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Doctor / The Foreign Minister / Syme / ...
- The Millionairess (1959) ... Doctor
- Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) ... Syme
- Caesar's Friend (1954) ... Gamaliel
- Such Men Are Dangerous (1954) ... Chamberlain
 1959 The Traitor (TV Movie)
Grantley Caypor
 1959 William Tell (TV Series)
The Spider
- The Spider (1959) ... The Spider
 1959 Look Back in Anger
 1958 Granite (TV Movie)
A nameless man
 1958 The Two-Headed Spy
General Hardt
 1958 The Man Inside
 -1958 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Prince John / Bailiff Baldwin
- Ambush (1957) ... Prince John
- Isabella (1956) ... Prince John
- A Village Wooing (1956) ... Bailiff Baldwin (as Donald Pleasance)
- The Prisoner (1956) ... Prince John
 1958 The Wind Cannot Read
 1958 The Desk Set (TV Movie)
 1958 Heart of a Child
 1958 The Killing Stones (TV Series)
Jakob Kleiber
- The Carefulness of Kleiber (1958) ... Jakob Kleiber
 1958 I Spy (TV Movie)
Mr. Frute
 1957 All at Sea
 1957 Stowaway Girl
 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
- The Coward (1957) ... Commandant
 1957 Decision Against Time
 1956 The Black Tent
 1956 1984
R. Parsons (as Donald Pleasance)
 1956 Encounter (TV Series)
 1955 On Camera (TV Series)
 1955 Orders Are Orders
L / Cpl. Martin (as Donald Plesance)
 1955 The Grove Family (TV Series)
Monsieur Paul
- Parlez-Vous Français? (1955) ... Monsieur Paul
 1954 The Face of Love (TV Movie)
 1954 The Runaway Slave (TV Movie)
 1954 Montserrat (TV Movie)
Juan Alvarez
 1954 The Beachcomber
 1954 The Coiners (TV Movie)
Mr. Chamberlayn
 1952 The Dybbuk (TV Movie)
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He acted in Jean Anouilh's play, "The Lark," at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, London, England with Dorothy Tutin, Richard Johnson, Laurence Naismith, Leo McKern, Peter Cellier, and George Murcell in the cast. Peter Book was director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Donald Pleasance | Don Pleasence | Donald Plesance


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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There was a sort of horror picture that I did called The Mutations (1974). I think I did that solely for the money. I have six daughters, and they can be quite expensive, so one has to keep working and be able to pay the bills. I did get to work with Tom Baker. He's a very charming, bright man and I liked him very much. I remember that movie as a very happy time; the whole gang of us were very ... See more »


He was the first actor to play Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond films. However, he was a last-minute replacement for a Czech actor, Jan Werich. See more »


Dr. Sam Loomis from the Halloween films See more »

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