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 transitioning into a screen career, where he played numerous supporting and character roles 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 Samuel Loomis in Halloween (1978) and four of its sequels, a role for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Actor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald Pleasence has received more than 4,057,810 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Donald Pleasence is the 318th most popular actor (down from 264th in 2019), the 463rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 395th in 2019) and the 48th 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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Among actors, Donald Pleasence ranks 318 out of 10,030Before him are Telly Savalas, Douglas Fairbanks, Ellen Burstyn, Deborah Kerr, Anna Karina, and Laura Antonelli. After him are William Shatner, Mickey Rooney, F. Murray Abraham, Alan Arkin, Sam Neill, and Frances Farmer.

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Among people born in 1919, Donald Pleasence ranks 15Before him are Nat King Cole, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, Georgios Papadopoulos, and Kim Jong-suk. After him are Fausto Coppi, Boris Shcherbina, Hans-Joachim Marseille, Choi Kyu-hah, Gerhard Barkhorn, and Leon Festinger. Among people deceased in 1995, Donald Pleasence ranks 18Before him are Dean Martin, Eugene Wigner, Alec Douglas-Home, Adolf Butenandt, Edward Bernays, and Louis Malle. After him are Patricia Highsmith, Hannes Alfvén, Jonas Salk, Teresa Teng, Ginger Rogers, and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Donald Pleasence ranks 463 out of 6,924Before him are Thomas Bayes (1702), Mike Oldfield (1953), John le Carré (1931), Graham Hill (1929), John Smith (1580), and Morrissey (1959). After him are John Hicks (1904), Christian de Duve (1917), Sam Neill (1947), William Ewart Gladstone (1809), Richard Arkwright (1732), and Thomas Cromwell (1485).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Donald Pleasence ranks 48Before him are Hugh Grant (1960), Albert Finney (1936), Ralph Fiennes (1962), Colin Firth (1960), Olivia Newton-John (1948), and Deborah Kerr (1921). After him are Sam Neill (1947), Emma Thompson (1959), Wentworth Miller (1972), John Cleese (1939), Daniel Craig (1968), and Kate Winslet (1975).

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