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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald Pleasence has received more than 4,597,314 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). Donald Pleasence is the 344th most popular actor (down from 318th in 2019), the 465th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 463rd in 2019) and the 52nd 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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  • 5.80

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Among actors, Donald Pleasence ranks 344 out of 9,996Before him are Jeff Goldblum, Telly Savalas, Robert Wagner, Petr Shelokhonov, Raquel Welch, and Talia Shire. After him are Dan Aykroyd, Maurice Chevalier, John Cazale, Bibi Andersson, Carrie Fisher, and John Cleese.

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Among people born in 1919, Donald Pleasence ranks 16Before him are Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, Lino Ventura, Georgios Papadopoulos, Nat King Cole, and Choi Kyu-hah. After him are Kim Jong-suk, Gerhard Barkhorn, Fausto Coppi, Pierre Trudeau, Walter Scheel, and Hans-Joachim Marseille. Among people deceased in 1995, Donald Pleasence ranks 18Before him are Mikhail Botvinnik, Adolf Butenandt, William Alfred Fowler, Dean Martin, Alec Douglas-Home, and Jonas Salk. After him are Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Teresa Teng, Edward Bernays, Louis Malle, Patricia Highsmith, and Hannes Alfvén.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Donald Pleasence ranks 465 out of 7,765Before him are Mary Anning (1799), Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751), John Knox (1514), Philip Larkin (1922), Joshua Reynolds (1723), and Richard Francis Burton (1821). After him are John Hicks (1904), Samuel Butler (1835), Samuel Johnson (1709), William Laud (1573), William Adams (1564), and Gregory Bateson (1904).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Donald Pleasence ranks 52Before him are Ian Holm (1931), Robbie Coltrane (1950), Deborah Kerr (1921), Hugh Grant (1960), Kate Winslet (1975), and Charles Dance (1946). After him are John Cleese (1939), Olivia Newton-John (1948), Albert Finney (1936), Emma Thompson (1959), Diana Rigg (1938), and Desmond Llewelyn (1914).

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