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Donald Pleasence

in Eye of the Devil (1967)
Born Donald Henry Pleasence
October 5, 1919(1919-10-05)
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
Died February 2, 1995 (aged 75)
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Spouse(s) Meira Shore (1941-1958)
Josephine Crombie (1959-1970)
Miriam Raymond (1970-1988)
Linda J. Kentwood (1988-1995)

Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE (5 October 19192 February 1995) 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. Although a large number of his characters were villains and psychos, he is perhaps best known for his roles in two enduring film franchises, the James Bond series and the Halloween saga. In the former, he portrayed Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice, thus becoming the first of several actors to give a face to Bond's persistent nemesis. In the latter, he hunted serial killer Michael Myers as Dr. Sam Loomis throughout five Halloween films (I, II, IV, V and VI). Sharon Tate as Odile de Caray in Eye of the Devil Eye of the Devil (1967) is a film with occult and supernatural themes, but which stops short of being a conventional horror film. ... For other uses, see 5th October (Serbia). ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... , Worksop is a town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England on the River Ryton at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Alpes_Maritimes is a département in the extreme southeast corner of France. ... Alpes_Maritimes is a département in the extreme southeast corner of France. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... For other uses, see 5th October (Serbia). ... Year 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar). ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play. ... The official film logo of James Bond (007) The James Bond films are adaptations of most of Ian Flemings novels based on the fictional British Secret Service Agent Commander James Bond. ... The title card seen in the original Halloween film. ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character from the James Bond universe. ... For the Ian Fleming novel, see You Only Live Twice. ... Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. ... Dr. Samuel J. Loomis (1919 - 1995) is a fictional character in the Halloween film series. ... Halloween (film) redirects here. ... For other uses, see Halloween II (disambiguation). ...

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Biography

Early life

Pleasence was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, the son of Alice (née Armitage) and Thomas Stanley Pleasence, a stationmaster.[1] He was brought up in the small village of Grimoldby, Lincolnshire, England, and attended Ecclesfield Grammar School in south west Yorkshire. , Worksop is a town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England on the River Ryton at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. ... Nottinghamshire (abbreviated Notts) is an English county in the East Midlands, which borders South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Née redirects here. ... Grimolby is a village in the county of Lincolnshire, England. ... For other places with the same name, see Lincolnshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


His acting career began in a 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 served with 166 Squadron, Bomber Command. His Avro Lancaster was shot down on 31 August 1944 during a raid on Agenville.[2] He was taken prisoner and tortured by his captors[citation needed] then placed 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. John T. Neufeld was a WWI conscientious objector sentenced to 15 years hard labour in the military prison at Leavenworth. ... Bomber Command is an organizational military unit, generally subordinate to the air force of a country. ... The Avro Lancaster was a British four-engine Second World War bomber aircraft made initially by Avro for the British Royal Air Force (RAF). ... is the 243rd day of the year (244th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Career

Pleasence returned to acting after the war, and critics began to call him the "Man with the Hypnotic Eye". Coupled with his bald head and quiet but intense voice, he specialized 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. This article is about the King of England. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... The Adventures of Robin Hood was a popular, long-running British television series (143 half-hour, black and white episodes, 1955–1960) starring Richard Greene as Robin Hood. ... Himmler redirects here. ... Oberst Radl (Duvall) studying the plan to capture Churchill. ... For the Ian Fleming novel, see You Only Live Twice. ... Halloween (film) redirects here. ... Elocution is proper speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone. ...


In the early 1960's he recorded several children story records on the Atlas Record label under the Talespinners series in the U.K., later released in the U.S. as Tale Spinners For Children on the United Artist label. The stories included were Don Quixote and the Brave Little Tailor. This article is about the fictional character and novel. ... This article is about Walt Disneys adaptation of the fairy tale. ...


Perhaps his most sympathetic role was as the tragic POW Colin Blythe in the 1963 film The Great Escape, who discovers he is slowly going blind, but nonetheless participates in the escape, and is shot down by Nazi officers because he is unable to see them.


One of his earliest roles on television, as Syme in the BBC's highly-acclaimed 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, also starred Peter Cushing - another actor who would go on to find fame in many horror film roles. He appeared twice with Patrick McGoohan in the British spy series, Danger Man, in episodes "Find and Return" and "Position of Trust". His first appearance in America was in an episode of The Twilight Zone. He played an aging (and suicidal) teacher at a boys' school in the 1962 episode "The Changing of the Guard". He hosted the 1981 Halloween episode of Saturday Night Live with music guest Fear (which, because of Fear's raucous performance and the sick, dark humor of the sketches, hasn't been seen on television since its first airing) For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... George Orwell is the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903[1][2] – 21 January 1950) who was an English writer and journalist well-noted as a novelist, critic, and commentator on politics and culture. ... Peter Cushing played Winston Smith while Donald Pleasence played Syme. ... Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE, (26 May 1913 - 11 August 1994) was an English actor, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played Baron Frankenstein and Dr. Van Helsing, amongst many other roles, often appearing opposite his close friend Christopher Lee. ... The Twilight Zone is a television series created by Rod Serling. ... “The Changing of the Guard” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... SNL redirects here. ... Fear is a punk rock band from Los Angeles, California that formed in 1977 and still performs. ...


Pleasence starred as Rev. Septimus Harding in the BBC's 1982 production of The Barchester Chronicles. He played the murderer in an episode of Columbo entitled "Any Old Port in a Storm" and also had the distinction of having been a culprit captured by Mrs. Columbo in "Murder is a Parlor Game." Pleasence also provided the voiceover for the British Public Information Film, The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water. The film, intended to warn children of the dangers of playing near water, attained notoriety for allegedly giving children nightmares. The Barchester Chronicles on the cover of Radio Times magazine. ... Columbo is an American crime fiction TV series, starring Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. ... Public Information Films (known as PIFs) are a series of government commissioned short films, shown during television advertising breaks in the UK. The US equivalent is the Public Service Announcement (PSAs). ... This page is about a type of dream. ...


His acting hero was Sir Laurence Olivier whom he worked with many times, including the 1979 version of Dracula. Pleasence even does an amusingly broad impersonation of Olivier as horror film actor "Valentine De'ath" in the 1977 film The Uncanny. Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, (IPA: ; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and four-time Emmy winning English actor, director, and producer. ... Dracula is a 1979 horror/romance film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula. ... We dont have an article called The Uncanny Start this article Search for The Uncanny in. ...


Pleasence was nominated twice for the Tony award for best performance by a leading actor in a play: in 1969 for The Man in the Glass Booth, and in 1972 for Wise Child; and he was awarded an OBE in 1994.


Personal life

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. Angela Pleasence is a British actress. ...


On February 2, 1995 he died at the age of 75 in St.-Paul-de-Vence, France from complications from heart valve replacement surgery. is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Alpes_Maritimes is a département in the extreme southeast corner of France. ... Grays Fig. ...


Filmography

Arrow to the Heart was a British television drama, originally broadcast by BBC Television in 1952 and remade in 1956. ... The Adventures of Robin Hood was a popular, long-running British television series (143 half-hour, black and white episodes, 1955 - 1960) starring Richard Greene as Robin Hood. ... 1984 is a 1956 movie based on the novel by George Orwell. ... A Tale of Two Cities is a 1958 film of the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities. ... Look Back in Anger is a 1958 British film starred by Richard Burton,Claire Bloom and Mary Ure and directed by Tony Richardson. ... Hell Is a City is a 1960 British film set in Manchester, United Kingdom. ... Sons and Lovers is a 1960 film adaptation of the D. H. Lawrence novel Sons and Lovers. ... “The Changing of the Guard” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... The Caretaker is a play by the Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, first published in 1959. ... This article is about the film. ... The Hallelujah Trail is a 1965 Western spoof directed by John Sturges and starring Burt Lancaster and Lee Remick. ... For a dead end street, see cul-de-sac. ... For other uses, see Fantastic Voyage (disambiguation). ... The Night of the Generals The Night of the Generals is a 1967 World War II film adapted from the novel of the same name by Hans Helmut Kirst. ... Sharon Tate as Odile de Caray in Eye of the Devil Eye of the Devil (1967) is a film with occult and supernatural themes, but which stops short of being a conventional horror film. ... For the Ian Fleming novel, see You Only Live Twice. ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character from the James Bond universe. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character from the James Bond universe. ... This article is about the spy series. ... Will Penny is a 1968 western film starring Charlton Heston as an aging cow hand who at the end of a long trail hires on to ride the boundary of a ranch over the winter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Cucumber Castle (1970) is an album by the Bee Gees, produced by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robert Stigwood. ... Soldier Blue is an American western movie made in 1970 and directed by Ralph Nelson. ... THX 1138 was George Lucas first full length movie. ... Wake in Fright (also known as Outback) is a 1971 Australian film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty. ... Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) is the only feature-length film to deal with all six of King Henry VIIIs wives (other television movies have divided the story up into two or six parts. ... It has been suggested that Raw Meat be merged into this article or section. ... 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Oh God! is a 1977 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner based on a novel by Avery Corman. ... Telefon is a 1975 novel by Walter Wager with a mind control theme. ... Power Play is a 1978 thriller film, based on the non-fiction strategy book Coup dÉtat by Edward N. Luttwak. ... Sgt. ... Halloween (film) redirects here. ... Dracula is a 1979 horror/romance film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula. ... All Quiet on the Western Front is a 150 minute television movie in full color that was released on November 14, 1979, starring actors Richard Thomas from The Waltons fame, and Ernest Borgnine. ... Title screen for The Pumaman (1980) The Pumaman (L Uomo puma, in Italian) was an Italian-produced English-language movie about a superhero of the same name, released in 1980. ... Escape from New York is a 1981 science fiction/action film directed and scored by John Carpenter. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Halloween II (disambiguation). ... Alone in the Dark is a 1982 horror film directed by Jack Sholder. ... Witness for the Prosecution is a 1957 crime film based on a short story (and later play) by Agatha Christie. ... The Barchester Chronicles on the cover of Radio Times magazine. ... Warrior of the Lost World, also known as Mad Rider, is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film written and directed by David Worth starring Robert Ginty, Persis Khambatta, and Donald Pleasence. ... Terror in the Aisles is a 1984 horror film documentary featuring clips from Friday the 13th, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Halloween, Halloween II, Alien, John Carpenters The Thing, The Shining, etc. ... The Ambassador is a 1984 American thriller film directed by J. Lee Thompson and stars Ellen Burstyn and Rock Hudson. ... Jennifer Connelly stars in horror stylist Dario Argentos spine tingling tale of a young girl who arrives at an eerie Swiss boarding school where the students are being butchered by a vicious serial killer. ... Prince of Darkness (also known as John Carpenters Prince of Darkness) is a 1987 American horror film directed, written and scored by John Carpenter. ... Django is a 1966 Italian film directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero in the title role. ... Nosferatu a Venezia, also known as Vampires in Venice, is an italian horror film released in 1988 and directed by Augusto Caminito, starring Klaus Kinski, Christopher Plummer and Donald Pleasence. ... The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988) was a highly-fictionalized, made-for-TV sequel to the 1963 movie The Great Escape. ... Ten Little Indians is a 1989 mystery film, and the fifth screen adaptation (including the 1987 Russian version Desyat Negrityat) of Agatha Christies famous novel. ... Shadows and Fog (1992) is a black and white film directed by Woody Allen and based on his one-act play Death. ... For the town in Vietnam, see Dien Bien Phu. ... The Advocate is a 1993 film by writer/director Leslie Megahey. ... The official logo that was used on posters of the film until Richard Williams departure Arabian Knight redirects here. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Miramax Films. ...

Legacy

  • Dr. Evil, the character played by Mike Myers in the Austin Powers comedy films (1997-2002), is a parody of Pleasence's performance as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice.

Dr. Evil is a fictional supervillain played by Mike Myers in the Austin Powers film series. ... Michael Myers can refer to: The Rt Hon Sir Michael Myers was the sixth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...

References

  1. ^ Ross, Helen; Lillian Ross (1962). The Player: A Profile of an Art. Simon and Schuster, 256. ISBN. 
  2. ^ Chorley, W.R. (1997), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 5: 1944; p 407. Midland Counties Publications, UK. ISBN 0 904597 91 1.
  3. ^ www.imdb.com Power Play

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profiles-DonaldPleasence (1532 words)
Donald Pleasence was born to Thomas Stanley and Alice (Armitage) Pleasence on October 5, 1919 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England.
Pleasence received enormous praise from critics in both England and the United States; he was given the British Critics Award for the "Best Performance of the Year" (1960) and was nominated for a Tony Award (the first of four Tony nominations--he never won).
Pleasence, who was delighted with the original Daniel Farrands script, hailed it as the best written script of the sequels, but he did not live to see the shlocky end result.
Donald Pleasence - definition of Donald Pleasence in Encyclopedia (311 words)
Donald Pleasence (October 5, 1919 - February 2, 1995) was a British actor.
Pleasence's acting career began in a 1939 production of Wuthering Heights, but was soon interrupted by his service in the Royal Air Force and a year in a German prisoner-of-war camp.
Pleasence was married four times and is father to five daughters.
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