Blofeld Actors

by adamoconnell | created - 31 Dec 2012 | updated - 31 Dec 2012 | Public

1. Anthony Dawson

Actor | Dial M for Murder

Long-faced, emaciated-looking character actor with a thin mustache and an impeccable English accent, Anthony Dawson was typecast in a variety of villainous roles in the 1950s and 1960s.

He was born Anthony Douglas Gillon Dawson in Edinburgh, Scotland, to Ida Violet (Kittel) and Eric Francis Dawson. ...

Body in From Russia, with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965)

His face always remains hidden and is well known for introducing the hidden, faceless, cat stroking villain.

2. Eric Pohlmann

Actor | Theatergarderobe

Born in Vienna. Studied at Max Reinhardt School. Early years as entertainer at Reiss Bar in Vienna. Often appeared at still-existing Raimund-Theater. Met wife, Liselotte, on stage in Brno (now Czech Republic). She escaped to London in 1938, he in 1939, where they married that year. Frequent ...

Voice in From Russia, with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965) Sometimes mistaken for Joseph Wiseman, who played Dr. No.

His voice is deep and commanding and sinister, plays terrificly well beside Dawson's body.

3. Donald Pleasence

Actor | Halloween II

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 ...

You Only Live Twice (1967)

The first face of Blofeld and easily the craziest. He set up many supervillain archetypes, notably parodied by Dr. Evil in Austin Powers, and had a scar over his eye. He sometimes goes bit too over the top though, and admitted that he did it for nothing more than the paycheck.

4. Telly Savalas

Actor | Kojak

Son of Greek immigrants. Soldier during World War II. Studied psychology. Worked as journalist for ABC News. The bald-headed actor played character roles, often as sadistic or psychotic types. He became a TV favorite in the 1970s when his role as Det. Theo Kojak in the TV movie The Marcus-Nelson ...

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

His voice matches up with what Pohlmann set up and is also a good actor. Was able to get more involved than Pleasance could. The best Blofeld incarnation in my opinion.

5. Charles Gray

Actor | The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The son of a surveyor, Charles Gray grew up in Queens Park, London, and went to school in his home town of Bournemouth. As a young actor, he received his vocal training from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Old Vic, having long abandoned his first job as clerk for a ...

Diamonds are Forever (1971)

The most camp and silly Blofeld. He isn't very scary but is fun to watch. Destroys the character of Blofeld but is absurdly entertaining.

6. John Hollis

Actor | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

John Hollis was born on November 12, 1927 in Fulham, London, England as Bertie Wyn Hollis. He was an actor, known for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Flash Gordon (1980) and Superman (1978). He was married to Sheila Forrester and Gabrielle Hamilton. He died on October 18, ...

Body in For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Doesn't have much to do because he is confined to a wheelchair. Brings back the faceless aspect but not much else to say.

7. Robert Rietty

Actor | The Omen

Born of Italian heritage Lucio Rietti was "discovered" at the tender age of 8 by his father Vittorio (Victor Rietti veteran actor of the stage and screen) who had noticed the boy had completely memorized a copy of a script he had given Lucio having wanted help from his son while rehearsing his ...

Voice in For Your Eyes Only (1981)

His voice is still deep but not as cool as Savalas or Pohlmann. Also gets horrible lines, promising to buy Bond a delicatessen. In stainless steel!

8. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

Never Say Never Again (1983)

Sadly underused in the most recent unofficial Bond film. Only really has one scene but does well in it.

9. Gideon Emery

Actor | Takers

An award-winning actor best known for his role as the eloquent Deucalion on 3 seasons of cult hit Teen Wolf (2011) and his namesake Gideon in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014), Emery was raised in both England and South Africa. While a student, he was discovered by lauded stage actor Bill Flynn...

Voice in Goldeneye: Rogue Agent (2004)

Attempts to emulate Pleasance's voice and is OK in doing so. Thankfully it's only at the end of the game.

10. Glenn Wrage

Sound_department | Big Game

Glenn Wrage was born in Queens, he was the youngest of three. He trained at the famed William Esper studios in Manhattan, New York. In addition to his acting, and modeling, Glenn is also a well-established voice-over artist, and lives in London. Notable projects include; Haidi Hajaig's ...

Voice in 007: Legends (2012)

Better than Emery but not perfect. His death scream is horrifically girly.

11. Jan Werich

Actor | Císaruv pekar - Pekaruv císar

Jan Werich was born on February 26, 1905 in Prague, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor and writer, known for The Emperor and the Golem (1952), Az prijde kocour (1963) and Král a zena (1967). He died on October 31, 1980 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Was going to play Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (1967), but the director felt he was not menacing enough and he was fired.

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