Donald Pleasence

1919 - 1995

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Donald Henry Pleasence (; 5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995) was an English actor. He began his career on stage in the West End before having a screen career, which included starring in a 1954 BBC adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, before playing numerous supporting and character roles in films including RAF Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe in The Great Escape (1963), the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967), SEN 5241 in THX 1138 (1971), and the deranged Clarence "Doc" Tydon in Wake in Fright (1971). Pleasence starred as psychiatrist Dr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald Pleasence has received more than 5,439,732 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 72 in 2019). Donald Pleasence is the 425th most popular actor (down from 343rd in 2019), the 537th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 465th in 2019) and the 68th most popular British Actor.

Donald Pleasence is most famous for his role as Dr. Loomis in the 1978 horror film Halloween.

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  • 71

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  • 3.81

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  • 5.79

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Among actors, Donald Pleasence ranks 425 out of 13,578Before him are William Shatner, Tom Wilkinson, James Woods, Roy Scheider, Pamela Anderson, and Bourvil. After him are Jean Harlow, Charlie Sheen, Nebahat Çehre, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Brandon Lee, and Heath Ledger.

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Among people born in 1919, Donald Pleasence ranks 24Before him are Jack Palance, Matilde Camus, Nat King Cole, Hans-Joachim Marseille, Pierre Trudeau, and Gerhard Barkhorn. After him are Dino De Laurentiis, Lex Barker, Oleg Penkovsky, Boris Shcherbina, Iris Murdoch, and Andreas Papandreou. Among people deceased in 1995, Donald Pleasence ranks 24Before him are Teresa Teng, Gerald Durrell, Edward Bernays, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Lana Turner, and Murray Rothbard. After him are Milovan Đilas, Souphanouvong, William Alfred Fowler, Jonas Salk, Alec Douglas-Home, and Ginger Rogers.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Donald Pleasence ranks 537 out of 8,785Before him are Eadweard Muybridge (1830), Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844), Tom Wilkinson (1948), Henry Every (1659), James Hutton (1726), and Henry, Duke of Cornwall (1511). After him are Graham Hill (1929), Oliver Sacks (1933), Gregory Bateson (1904), Roger Glover (1945), Gustav Holst (1874), and Stanley Rous (1895).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Donald Pleasence ranks 68Before him are Trevor Howard (1913), Patrick Stewart (1940), Richard Griffiths (1947), Gerard Butler (1969), Albert Finney (1936), and Tom Wilkinson (1948). After him are David McCallum (1933), Jane Seymour (1951), Christian Bale (1974), Bill Nighy (1949), Hugh Laurie (1959), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969).

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