Pleasence in London, 1973. Portrait by Allan Warren
Donald Henry Pleasence
5 October 1919
|Died||2 February 1995 75) (aged|
Linda J. Kentwood
|Children||5, including Angela Pleasence|
Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE ( // ; 5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995) was an English actor. His best known film roles include psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween (1978) and four of its sequels, the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), RAF Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe in The Great Escape (1963), SEN 5241 in THX 1138 (1971), Clarence "Doc" Tydon in Wake in Fright (1971), and the President of the United States in Escape from New York (1981).
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations, and public service outside the civil service. It was established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order.
Dr. Samuel "Sam" Loomis is a fictional character in the Halloween franchise. One of the two main protagonists of the overall series, he appears in seven of the eleven Halloween films, first appearing in John Carpenter's original 1978 film. Donald Pleasence plays the character in five films and Malcolm McDowell portrays him in the 2007 reimagining, Halloween and its sequel Halloween II. Throughout the Halloween franchise, he is depicted as the archenemy to the series' central character and primary antagonist, Michael Myers.
Halloween is a 1978 American slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut. The film tells the story of serial killer Michael Myers as he stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night, fifteen years after he murdered his teenage sister, Judith Myers. After escaping a sanitarium, he returns home to the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois while being pursued by his psychiatrist Samuel Loomis. Michael stalks high school student Laurie Strode and her friends as they babysit and carries out a horrific massacre. Dr. Loomis desperately seeks to find his patient to stop his rampage, before the carnage intensifies.
Pleasence was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, the son of Alice (née, Armitage) and Thomas Stanley Pleasence, a railway stationmaster.He was brought up as a strict Methodist in the small village of Grimoldby, Lincolnshire. He received his formal education at Crosby Junior School, Scunthorpe and Ecclesfield Grammar School, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. After working as the Clerk-in-Charge at Swinton railway station in South Yorkshire, he decided that he wanted to be a professional actor, taking up a placement with the Jersey Repertory Company in 1939.
Worksop is the largest town in the Bassetlaw district of Nottinghamshire, England. Worksop lies on the River Ryton, and is located at the northern edge of Sherwood Forest. Worksop is located 19 miles (31 km) east-south-east of Sheffield, with a population of 41,820.
Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands region of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west. The traditional county town is Nottingham, though the county council is based in West Bridgford in the borough of Rushcliffe, at a site facing Nottingham over the River Trent.
Grimoldby is a village and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated 4 miles (6 km) east from Louth.
In December 1939, Pleasence initially refused conscription into the British Armed Forces, registering as a conscientious objector, but changed his stance in autumn 1940, after the attacks upon London by the Luftwaffe, and volunteered with the Royal Air Force.He served as aircraft wireless-operator with No. 166 Squadron in Bomber Command, with which he flew almost sixty raids against the Axis over occupied Europe. On 31 August 1944, Lancaster NE112, in which he was a crew member, was shot down during an attack upon Agenville, and he was captured and imprisoned in the German prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft I, where he was treated well reciprocally (like the British treated captured Luftwaffe pilots) in similar prisoner-of-war camps. Here, Pleasence produced and acted in many plays for the entertainment of his fellow captives.
A conscientious objector is an "individual who has claimed the right to refuse to perform military service" on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, or religion.
The Luftwaffe was the aerial warfare branch of the combined German Wehrmacht military forces during World War II. Germany's military air arms during World War I, the Luftstreitkräfte of the Army and the Marine-Fliegerabteilung of the Navy, had been disbanded in May 1920 as a result of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles which stated that Germany was forbidden to have any air force.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force. Formed towards the end of the First World War on 1 April 1918, it is the oldest independent air force in the world. Following victory over the Central Powers in 1918 the RAF emerged as, at the time, the largest air force in the world. Since its formation, the RAF has taken a significant role in British military history. In particular, it played a large part in the Second World War where it fought its most famous campaign, the Battle of Britain.
After the war and his release, he was discharged from the R.A.F. in 1946.
Returning to acting after the war, Pleasence resumed working in repertory theatre companies in Birmingham and Bristol.In the 1950s, Pleasence's stage work included performing as Willie Mossop in a 1952 production of Hobson's Choice at the Arts Theatre, London and as Dauphin in Jean Anouilh's The Lark (1956). In 1960, Pleasence gained excellent notices as the tramp in Harold Pinter's The Caretaker at the Arts Theatre, a role he would again play in a 1990 revival. Other stage work in the 1960s included Anouilh's Poor Bitos (1967) and Robert Shaw's The Man in the Glass Booth (1967), for which he won the London Variety Award for Stage Actor of the Year in 1968. Pleasence's later stage work included performing in a double bill of Pinter plays, The Basement and Tea Party , at the Duchess Theatre in 1970.
Birmingham is the second-most populous city in the United Kingdom, after London, and the most populous city in the English Midlands. With an estimated population of 1,137,100 as of 2017, Birmingham is the cultural, social, financial and commercial centre of the Midlands. It is the main centre of the West Midlands conurbation, which is the third most populated urban area in the United Kingdom, with a population in 2011 of 2,440,986. The wider Birmingham metropolitan area is the second largest in the United Kingdom with a population of over 3.7 million. Birmingham is frequently referred to as the United Kingdom's "second city".
Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 459,300. The wider district has the 10th-largest population in England. The urban area population of 724,000 is the 8th-largest in the UK. The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary.
Hobson's Choice is a play by Harold Brighouse, the title taken from the popular expression, Hobson's choice—meaning no choice at all.
Pleasence made his television debut in I Want to Be a Doctor (1946).He received positive critical attention for his role as Syme in the BBC version of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) from the novel by George Orwell. The adaptation was by Nigel Kneale and featured Peter Cushing in the lead role of Winston Smith.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London, and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees. It employs over 20,950 staff in total, 16,672 of whom are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a British television adaptation of the novel of the same name by George Orwell, originally broadcast on BBC Television in December 1954. The production proved to be hugely controversial, with questions asked in Parliament and many viewer complaints over its supposed subversive nature and horrific content. In a 2000 poll of industry experts conducted by the British Film Institute to determine the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four was ranked in seventy-third position.
Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic, whose work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.
Pleasence played Prince John in several episodes of the ITV series The Adventures of Robin Hood (1956–1958). He appeared twice with Patrick McGoohan in the British spy series, Danger Man , in episodes "Position of Trust" (1960) and "Find and Return" (1961). Pleasence's first appearance in America was in an episode of The Twilight Zone , playing an ageing teacher at a boys' school in the episode "The Changing of the Guard" (1962). In 1963, he appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits entitled "The Man With the Power". In 1966, he also guest starred in an episode of The Fugitive entitled "With Strings Attached"
John, also known as John Lackland, was King of England from 1199 until his death in 1216. John lost the Duchy of Normandy and most of his other French lands to King Philip II of France, resulting in the collapse of the Angevin Empire and contributing to the subsequent growth in power of the French Capetian dynasty during the 13th century. The baronial revolt at the end of John's reign led to the sealing of Magna Carta, a document sometimes considered an early step in the evolution of the constitution of the United Kingdom.
ITV is a British free-to-air Television network. Headquartered in London, it was launched in 1955 as Independent Television under the auspices of the Independent Television Authority to provide competition to BBC Television, that was established in 1932. ITV is also the oldest commercial network in the UK. Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4. In part, the number 3 was assigned because television sets would usually be tuned so that the regional ITV station would be on the third button, with the other stations being allocated to the number within their name.
The Adventures of Robin Hood is a British television series comprising 143 half-hour, black and white episodes broadcast weekly between 1955 and 1959 on ITV. It starred Richard Greene as the outlaw Robin Hood, and Alan Wheatley as his nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham. The show followed the legendary character Robin Hood and his band of merry men in Sherwood Forest and the surrounding vicinity. While some episodes dramatised the traditional Robin Hood tales, most were original dramas created by the show's writers and producers.
In 1973, Pleasence played a sympathetic murderer in an episode of Columbo entitled "Any Old Port in a Storm". He also portrayed a murderer captured by Mrs. Columbo in "Murder Is a Parlor Game" (1979). In 1978, he played a scout, Sam Purchas in an adaptation of James A. Michener's Centennial . Pleasence starred as the Reverend Septimus Harding in the BBC's TV series The Barchester Chronicles (1982). In this series, his daughter Angela Pleasence played his onscreen daughter Susan.
He hosted the 1981 Halloween episode of Saturday Night Live with music guest Fear.
In 1986, Pleasence joined Ronald Lacey and Polly Jo Pleasence for the television thriller Into the Darkness.
Pleasence made his big-screen debut with The Beachcomber (1954). Some notable early roles include Parsons in 1984 (1956), and minor roles opposite Alec Guinness in Barnacle Bill (1957) and Dirk Bogarde in The Wind Cannot Read (1958). In Tony Richardson's film of Look Back in Anger (1959), he plays a vindictive market inspector opposite Richard Burton. In the same year, Pleasence starred in the horror films Circus of Horrors directed by Sidney Hayers, playing the role of Vanet, the owner of a circus, and The Flesh and the Fiends as the real-life murderer William Hare, alongside Peter Cushing, George Rose and Billie Whitelaw.
Endowed with a bald head, a penetrating stare, and an intense voice, usually quiet but capable of a piercing scream, he specialised in portraying insane, fanatical, or evil characters, including the title role in Dr Crippen (1962), the double agent Dr Michaels in the science-fiction film Fantastic Voyage (1966), the white trader who sells guns to the Cheyenne Indians in the revisionist western Soldier Blue (1970), the mad Doctor in the Bud Spencer–Terence Hill film Watch Out, We're Mad! (1974), Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler in The Eagle Has Landed (1976), and the Bond arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (1967), the first film in which Blofeld's face is clearly seen. His interpretation of the character has become predominant in popular culture considering the popularity of the comic villain, Dr. Evil in the successful Austin Powers film series, which primarily parodies it. In the crime drama Hell is a City (1960), shot in Manchester, he starred opposite Stanley Baker, whilst he was memorably cast in the horror comedy What a Carve Up! (1961) as the “horrible-looking zombie” solicitor opposite Shirley Eaton, Sid James, Kenneth Connor and Dennis Price.
He appeared as the mild-mannered and good-natured POW forger Colin Blythe in the film The Great Escape (1963), who discovers that he is slowly going blind, but nonetheless participates in the mass break-out, only to be shot down by German soldiers because he is unable to see them. In The Night of the Generals (1967), he played another uncharacteristically sympathetic role, this time as an old-school German general involved in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler. In 1971, he returned to the realm of the deranged, delivering a tour de force performance in the role of an alcoholic Australian doctor in Ted Kotcheff's nightmarish outback drama Wake in Fright .
Pleasence played Lucifer in the religious epic The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). His character taking on many dark, shadowy human disguises throughout the film was unprecedented in breathing life into the Luke 4:13 phrase "... he left Him until an opportune time ..." He was one of many stars who were given cameos throughout the film.
He also acted in Roman Polanski's Cul-de-sac (1966), in which he portrayed the love-sodden husband of a much younger French wife (Françoise Dorléac). He ventured successfully into American cowboy territory, playing a sadistic self-styled preacher who goes after stoic Charlton Heston in the Western Will Penny (1968).
He portrayed SEN 5241 in THX 1138 (1971), oppisite Robert Duvall which was the directorial debut of George Lucas. Few heads later years, he portrayed Lucas Deranian in Walt Disney's Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), the Russian seeking to start a war between the United States and the Soviet Union in Telefon (1977), Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween (1978), The teacher, Kantorek in All Quiet on the Western Front (1979), Dr. Kobras in The Pumaman (1980) and the held-hostage President of the United States in Escape from New York (1981). The rather sinister accent which Pleasence employed in this and other films may be credited to the elocution lessons he had as a child. He reprised his Dr. Sam Loomis role in Halloween II (1981), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).
Pleasence admired Sir Laurence Olivier,with whom he worked on-stage in the 1950s, and later on the film version of Dracula (1979). Two years earlier, Pleasence did an amusingly broad impersonation of Olivier in the guise of a horror-film actor called "Valentine De'ath" in the film The Uncanny (1977). According to the film critic Kim Newman on a DVD commentary for Halloween II, the reason for Pleasence’s lengthy filmography was that he never turned down any role that was offered.
During the early 1960s, Pleasence recorded several children's-story records on the Atlas Record label. These were marketed as the Talespinners series in the United Kingdom. They were also released in the United States as Tale Spinners for Children by United Artists. The stories included Don Quixote and the Brave Little Tailor .
Pleasence provided the voice-over for the British public information film, The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water (1973). The film, intended to warn children of the dangers of playing near water, attained notoriety for allegedly giving children nightmares.
Pleasence was the author of the children's book Scouse the Mouse (1977) (London: New English Library), which was animated by Canadian animator/film director Gerald Potterton (a friend of the actor, who directed him in the Canadian film The Rainbow Boys (1973), retitled The Rainbow Gang for VHS release in the United States) and also adapted into a children's recording (Polydor Records, 1977) with Ringo Starr voicing the book's title character, Scouse the Mouse.
In his book British Film Character Actors (1982), Terence Pettigrew describes Pleasence as "a potent combination of eyes and voice. The eyes are mournful but they can also be sinister or seedy or just plain nutty. He has the kind of piercing stare which lifts enamel off saucepans."
Pleasence was nominated four times for the Tony Award 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 .
Pleasence was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to the acting profession by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994.
Pleasence married four times and had five daughters from his first three marriages. He had Angela and Jean with Miriam Raymond (m. 1941–1958); Lucy and Polly with Josephine Martin Crombie (m. 1959–1970); and Miranda with Meira Shore (m. 1970–1988). His last marriage was to Linda Kentwood (m. 1988–1995; his death)
On 2 February 1995, Pleasence died at age 75 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France, from complications of heart failure following heart valve replacement surgery.His body was cremated.
The 1995 film Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was dedicated to Donald Pleasence. The 1998 film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later also features a dedication to Pleasence in the end credits, with sound-alike voice actor Tom Kane providing a voice-over for Loomis in the film. In the 2018 film, Halloween, sound-alike comedian Colin Mahan voiced Loomis.
Dr. Evil, the character played by Mike Myers in the Austin Powers comedy films (1997–2002), and Doctor Claw from Inspector Gadget are parodies of Pleasence's performance as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice .
|1955||Orders Are Orders||Corporal Martin||Credited as Donald Plesance|
|1955||Value for Money||Limpy|
|1956||The Black Tent||Ali|
|1957||The Man in the Sky||Crabtree||(titled Decision Against Time in the U.S.)|
|1957||Barnacle Bill||Cashier||(titled All at Sea in the U.S.)|
|1958||A Tale of Two Cities||John Barsad|
|1958||Heart of a Child||Spiel|
|1958||The Wind Cannot Read||Doctor|
|1958||The Man Inside||Organ-grinder|
|1958||The Two-Headed Spy||General Hardt|
|1959||Look Back in Anger||Hurst|
|1959||Killers of Kilimanjaro||Captain|
|1960||The Shakedown||Jessel Brown|
|1960||The Flesh and the Fiends||William Hare|
|1959||The Battle of the Sexes||Irwin Hoffman|
|1960||Circus of Horrors||Vanet|
|1960||Hell Is a City||Gus Hawkins|
|1960||Sons and Lovers||Pappleworth|
|1960||The Big Day||Victor Partridge|
|1960||Suspect||Parsons, alias Bill Brown|
|1960||The Hands of Orlac||Graham Coates|
|1961||No Love for Johnnie||Roger Renfrew|
|1961||The Wind of Change||'Pop' Marley|
|1961||A Story of David||Nabal|
|1961||Spare the Rod||Mr. Jenkins|
|1961||What a Carve Up!||Everett Sloane|
|1962||The Inspector||Sergeant Wolters|
|1963||The Caretaker||Mac Davies / Bernard Jenkins|
|1963||The Great Escape||RAF Flt. Lt. Colin Blythe, "The Forger"|
|1963||Dr. Crippen||Dr. Crippen|
|1965||The Greatest Story Ever Told||The Dark Hermit, Satan|
|1965||The Hallelujah Trail||Oracle Jones|
|1966||Eye of the Devil||Pere Dominic|
|1966||Fantastic Voyage||Dr. Michaels|
|1967||The Night of the Generals||General Kahlenberge|
|1967||You Only Live Twice||Ernst Stavro Blofeld|
|1968||Will Penny||Preacher Quint|
|1968||The Other People||Clive|
|1968||Creature of Comfort||James Thorne|
|1969||Arthur? Arthur!||Arthur Brownjohn|
|1969||The Madwoman of Chaillot||The Prospector|
|1970||Soldier Blue||Isaac Q. Cumber|
|1971||THX 1138||SEN 5241|
|1971||Wake in Fright||Doc Tydon|
|1972||Death Line||Inspector Calhoun|
|1972||The Jerusalem File||Major Samuels|
|1972||The Pied Piper||The Baron|
|1972||Henry VIII and His Six Wives||Thomas Cromwell|
|1972||Wedding in White||Jim Dougall|
|1973||The Rainbow Boys||Ralph Logan|
|1973||Tales That Witness Madness||Professor Tremayne|
|1973||Lonely Water||The Spirit (voice)||Short film|
|1974||From Beyond the Grave||Jim Underwood||(Segment: "An Act of Kindness")|
|1974||Watch Out, We're Mad!||The Doctor|
|1974||The Black Windmill||Cedric Harper|
|1974||House of the Damned||Martin Zayas||Original title: La loba y la Paloma|
|1974||The Mutations||Professor Nolter|
|1974||Barry McKenzie Holds His Own||Count Plasma|
|1975||Escape to Witch Mountain||Lucas Deranian|
|1975||I Don't Want to Be Born||Dr. Finch||Alternative title: The Devil Within Her|
|1975||Journey into Fear||Kuvelti|
|1975||Hearts of the West||A.J. Neitz||Alternative title: Hollywood Cowboy|
|1976||Trial by Combat||Sir Giles Marley||Alternative title: Dirty Knights' Work|
|1976||Land of the Minotaur||Father Roche||Alternative title: The Devil's Men|
|1976||Goldenrod||John Tyler Jones|
|1976||The Passover Plot||Pontius Pilate|
|1976||The Last Tycoon||Boxley|
|1976||The Eagle Has Landed||Heinrich Himmler|
|1977||The Uncanny||Valentine De'ath||Segment: "Hollywood 1936"|
|1977||Oh, God!||Dr. Harmon|
|1978||Blood Relatives||James Doniac|
|1978||Tomorrow Never Comes||Dr. Todd|
|1978||Night Creature||Axel MacGregor||Alternative title: Out of the Darkness|
|1978||Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band||B.D. Hoffler/B.D. Brockhurst|
|1978||L'Ordre et la sécurité du monde||Rothko||Alternative title: Last In, First Out|
|1978||Halloween||Dr. Sam Loomis|
|1979||Jigsaw (L'Homme en colère)||Albert Rumpelmayer|
|1979||Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff||Dr. Steiner|
|1979||Dracula||Dr. Jack Seward|
|1979||All Quiet on the Western Front||Kantorek|
|1979||Jaguar Lives!||General Villanova|
|1980||Halloween: Extended Edition||Dr. Sam Loomis||Appeared in additional footage (filmed during the production of Halloween II) not included in the original film but featured in the NBC television broadcast.|
|1980||The Pumaman||Dr. Kobras|
|1980||The Monster Club||Pickering|
|1981||Escape from New York||Mr. President|
|1981||Halloween II||Dr. Sam Loomis|
|1981||Race for the Yankee Zephyr||Gilbert "Gibbie" Carson|
|1982||Alone in the Dark||Dr. Leo Bain|
|1983||To Kill a Stranger||Colonel Kostik|
|1983||Warrior of the Lost World||Prossor|
|1983||The Devonsville Terror||Dr. Warley|
|1984||Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie||Baron Victor Frankenstein|
|1984||Where Is Parsifal?||Mackintosh|
|1984||A Breed Apart||J.P. Whittier|
|1984||Terror in the Aisles||Himself (host)|
|1985||Treasure of the Amazon||Klaus von Blantz|
|1985||Nothing Underneath||Inspector Danesi|
|1986||Operation Nam||Father Lenoir||Alternative title: Cobra Mission|
|1987||Double Target||Senator Blaster|
|1987||Ground Zero||Prosper Gaffney|
|1987||Prince of Darkness||Priest|
|1987||To Kill a Stranger||Colonel Kostik|
|1987||Animali metropolitani||Professor Livingstone|
|1988||Phantom of Death||Inspector Datti|
|1988||Der Commander||Henry Carlson|
|1988||Last Platoon||Colonel B. Abrams|
|1988||Vampire in Venice||Don Alvise|
|1988||Hanna's War||Captain Thomas Rosza|
|1988||Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers||Dr. Sam Loomis|
|1989||The House of Usher||Walter Usher|
|1989||Ten Little Indians||Judge Lawrence Wargrave|
|1989||Paganini Horror||Mr. Pickett|
|1989||River of Death||Heinrich Spaatz|
|1989||Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers||Dr. Sam Loomis|
|1989||Casablanca Express||Colonel Bats|
|1990||Buried Alive||Dr. Schaeffer|
|1990||American risciò||Reverend Mortom|
|1991||L'avvoltoio può attendere||Aaron Shalik|
|1991||Shadows and Fog||Doctor|
|1992||Dien Bien Phu||Howard Simpson|
|1993||The Thief and the Cobbler||Phido the Vulture||Voice|
|1993||The Big Freeze||Soup slurper|
|1993||The Hour of the Pig||Pincheon|
|1995||Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers||Dr. Sam Loomis||The film was dedicated to his memory.|
|1995||Safe Haven||The Sailor|
|1996||Fatal Frames||Professor Robertson||(final film role)|
|1952||The Dybbuk||Second batlon||Television film|
|1952–1959||Sunday Night Theatre||Various roles||6 episodes|
|1954||Montserrat||Juan Alvarez||Television film|
|1954||The Face of Love||Alex||Television film|
|1955||The Grove Family||Monsieur Paul||Episode: "Parlez-Vous Français?"|
|1956||The Adventures of Robin Hood||Prince John||4 episodes|
|1956–1959||ITV Playhouse||Various roles||6 episodes|
|1957||Assignment Foreign Legion||Commandant||Episode: "The Coward"|
|1957–1967||Armchair Theatre||Various roles||8 episodes|
|1958||I Spy||Mr. Frute||Television film|
|1958||Granite||A Nameless Man||Television film|
|1959||The Killing Stones||Jakob Kleiber||Episode: "The Carefulness of Kleiber"|
|1959||The Scarf||Detective Inspector Harry Yates||6 episodes|
|1959||The Adventures of William Tell||The Spider||Episode: "The Spider"|
|1959||The Traitor||Grantley Caypor||Television film|
|1960||The Four Just Men||Paul Koster||Episode: "The Survivor"|
|1960||Interpol Calling||Karl Haussman||Episode: "The Absent Assassin"|
|1960||Rendezvous||Potter||Episode: "The Dodo"|
|1960, 1961||Danger Man||Nikolides / Captain Aldrich||2 episodes|
|1960–1965||Armchair Mystery Theatre||Host / Ambrose||Acted in episode: "Ambrose"|
|1961||Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond||Harvey Laurence||Episode: "The Confession"|
|1961||Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color||Captain Pinski||Episode: "The Horsemasters"|
|1962||The Twilight Zone||Professor Ellis Fowler||Episode: "The Changing of the Guard"|
|1963||The Outer Limits||Professor Harold Finley||Episode: "The Man with the Power"|
|1964||Espionage||Escalon||Episode: "The Liberators"|
|1965||The Defenders||Dr. Byron Saul||Episode: "Fires of the Mind"|
|1966||The Fugitive||Max Pfeiffer||Episode: "With Strings Attached"|
|1966||The Wednesday Play||The Head Waiter||Episode: "The Head Waiter" (teleplay)|
|1967||The Diary of Anne Frank||Mr. Dusseli||Television film|
|1967, 1968||Thirty-Minute Theatre||J.G. / Richard Pratt||2 episodes|
|1971||The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes||Carnacki||Episode: "The Horse of the Invisible"|
|1971–1983||Play for Today||Samuel Johnson / Gerry Muddiman / Tom||3 episodes|
|1972||Hawaii Five-O||Hans Vogler||Episode: "The Ninety-Second War: Part II"|
|1972||The Man Outside||Victor Cobb||Episode: "A Glass of Snake Wine"|
|1972||Police Surgeon||Jerry Hahn||Episode: "Lady X"|
|1973||Columbo||Adrian Carsini||Episode: "Any Old Port in a Storm"|
|1973||Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||Fred Smudge||Television film|
|1973||Orson Welles' Great Mysteries||Cawser||Episode: "Captain Rogers"|
|1974||Occupations||Christo Kabak||Television film|
|1975||The Count of Monte Cristo||Baron Danglars||Television film|
|1975||Shades of Greene||Puckler||Episode: "The Root of All Evil"|
|1976||Peep Show||Max||Episode: "Death"|
|1976||Laurence Olivier Presents||Nat Jeffcote||Episode: "Hindle Wakes"|
|1977||Jesus of Nazareth||Melchior||Miniseries|
|1977||The Dark Secret of Harvest Home||Narrator||Miniseries|
|1978||The Defection of Simas Kudirka||Captain Vladimir Popov||Television film|
|1978||The Bastard||Solomon Sholto||Miniseries|
|1979||Mrs. Columbo||Ian A. Morly||Episode: "Murder Is a Parlor Game"|
|1979||All Quiet on the Western Front||Kantorek||Television film|
|1979||Gold of the Amazon Women||Clarence Blasko||Television film|
|1979||The French Atlantic Affair||Max Dechambre||Miiniseries|
|1979||Better Late Then Never||Colonel Riddle||Television film|
|1980||The Ghost Sonata||The Old Man||Television film|
|1980||Blade on the Feather||Professor Jason Cavendish||Television film|
|1981||Dick Turpin||Ignatius Slake||2 episodes|
|1981||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Donald Pleasence/Fear"|
|1982||Witness for the Prosecution||Mr. Myers||Television film|
|1982||The Barchester Chronicles||Reverend Septimus Harding||7 episodes|
|1984||Master of the Game||Salomon Van der Merwe||Miniseries|
|1984||Arch of Triumph||Haake||Television film|
|1985||Black Arrow||Sir Oliver Oates||Television film|
|1987||Scoop||Lord Copper||Television film|
|1987||Basements||Mr. Kidd||Television film; segment: "The Room"|
|1988||The Ray Bradbury Theater||George Hill||Episode: "Punishment Without Crime"|
|1988||The Great Escape II: The Untold Story||Dr. Absalon||Television film|
|1989||Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery||Jason Rafiel||Television film|
|1992||Lovejoy||Karel Redl||Episode: "The Prague Sun"|
|1993||Screen Two||Victor Harty||Episode: "Femme Fatale"|
|1995||Signs and Wonders||Cornelius Van Damm||Miniseries|
Ernst Stavro Blofeld is a fictional character and villain from the James Bond series of novels and films, created by Ian Fleming. A criminal mastermind with aspirations of world domination, he is the archenemy of the British Secret Service agent James Bond. Blofeld is head of the global criminal organisation SPECTRE and is commonly referred to by the codename Number 1 within this organisation. The character was originally written by Fleming as a physically massive and powerfully built man, standing around 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and weighing 21.6 stone, who had become flabby with a huge belly.
Malcolm McDowell is an English actor, known for his boisterous and sometimes villainous roles. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) as a young boy who murders his sister, Judith Myers, and then, fifteen years later, returns home to Haddonfield to murder more teenagers. In the original Halloween, the adult Michael Myers, referred to as The Shape in the closing credits, was portrayed by Nick Castle for most of the film, with Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace substituting in the final scenes. The character was created by Debra Hill and John Carpenter and has appeared in ten films, as well as novels, multiple video games, and several comic books.
Halloween II is a 1981 American slasher film directed by Rick Rosenthal in his directorial debut, written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence who reprise their respective roles as Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis. It is the second installment in the Halloween film series and a direct sequel to Halloween (1978). The plot picks up directly after the first film, with Michael Myers following survivor Laurie Strode to the local hospital, while his psychiatrist Dr. Loomis continues his pursuit of him.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 American slasher film directed by Dwight H. Little, written by Alan B. McElroy, and starring Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, and Danielle Harris. The fourth installment in the Halloween film series, it focuses on Michael Myers returning to Haddonfield to kill his niece Jamie Lloyd, the daughter of Laurie Strode, with his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis once more pursuing him.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a 1989 American slasher film and the fifth installment in the Halloween film series. It was directed and co-written by Dominique Othenin-Girard and starred Donald Pleasence, who again portrayed Dr. Sam Loomis, and Danielle Harris, who reprised her role as Jamie Lloyd. The film focuses on Michael Myers returning to Haddonfield to murder his niece, Jamie, who first appeared in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Dr. Loomis tries to stop him with the help of Sheriff Meeker.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 American slasher film directed by Joe Chappelle and written by Daniel Farrands. The film stars Donald Pleasence in one of his final film appearances. The film also features the first starring role by Paul Rudd and Marianne Hagan. The sixth installment in the Halloween film series, it follows Dr. Sam Loomis coming out of retirement to face Michael Myers once more again. At his aid is Tommy Doyle, a returning character from the original Halloween film. The plot of the film formally introduced the "Curse of Thorn", a mystical symbol that first appeared in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) and revealed in the film to be the source of Michael Myers's immortality and drive to kill.
Jamie Lloyd is a fictional character in the Halloween franchise and the main protagonist of Halloween 4 and 5 and also appears in a less prominent role in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. The character was created by Alan B. McElroy and portrayed by actress Danielle Harris in the fourth and fifth films of the series, while J.C. Brandy portrays her in the sixth.
Mitchell Ryan is an American film, television, and stage actor, who in his six decades of television is known for playing Burke Devlin in the 1960s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, and later for his co-starring role as Thomas Gibson's father Edward Montgomery on Dharma & Greg. He also played the villainous General Peter McAllister in the 1987 buddy cop action film, Lethal Weapon.
Charles Cyphers is an American actor who has starred in many films and on television. He is known in the horror movie community for his work in the films of John Carpenter, especially his role as Sheriff Leigh Brackett in Carpenter's 1978 hit horror movie Halloween. He reprised this role in the 1981 sequel Halloween II. He is not related to actor Jon Cypher, alongside whom he starred in Hill Street Blues.
Laurie Strode is a fictional character in the Halloween franchise, portrayed by actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Scout Taylor-Compton. One of the two main protagonists of the overall series, she appears in seven of the eleven Halloween films, first appearing in John Carpenter's original 1978 film. Jamie Lee Curtis portrayed the role in the original run of the series, with Scout Taylor-Compton taking the role in Rob Zombie's remake and its sequel. In September 2017, it was announced that Curtis signed on to reprise her role in Halloween, which was released in October 2018. The film retcons the previous sequels out of existence and serves as a direct sequel to the original film.
Halloween is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a remake/reimagining of the 1978 horror film of the same name and the ninth film in the Halloween franchise. The film stars Tyler Mane as the adult Michael Myers, Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Sam Loomis, Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode, and Daeg Faerch as the ten year old Michael Myers. Rob Zombie's "reimagining" follows the premise of John Carpenter's original, with Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode and her friends on Halloween night. Zombie's film goes deeper into the character's psyche, trying to answer the question of what drove him to kill people, whereas in Carpenter's original film Michael did not have an explicit reason for killing.
Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of eleven slasher films, as well as novels, comic books, merchandise, and a video game. The franchise primarily focuses on serial killer Michael Myers who carries out a murderous rampage in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Michael's killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all of the films primarily take place. The original Halloween, released in 1978, was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and directed by Carpenter. The film is known to have inspired a long line of slasher films.
Nicholas Charles Castle is an American screenwriter, film director and actor known for his role as Michael Myers in Halloween, directed by John Carpenter. Castle also co-wrote Escape from New York with Carpenter. After Halloween, Castle became a director, taking the helm of films such as The Last Starfighter (1984), The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), Dennis the Menace (1993), and Major Payne (1995).
Charles Gray was an English actor who was well known for roles including the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Dikko Henderson in a previous Bond film You Only Live Twice, Sherlock Holmes's brother Mycroft Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and as the Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.
Halloween is a 2018 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. The eleventh installment in the Halloween film series, it is a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same title and set in an alternate timeline in which the events that transpired in the other sequels never occurred. The plot follows a post-traumatic Laurie Strode who prepares to face Michael Myers in a final showdown on Halloween night, forty years after she survived his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their respective roles as Strode and Myers, with stuntman James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers. The film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner.
Donald Pleasence, the intense, virtuosic actor who was acclaimed in London and on Broadway for his performance in the title role of Harold Pinter's play "The Caretaker," died yesterday at his home in St. Paul de Vence in the south of France. He was 75 and also had a home in London. ...
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