Donald Pleasence

ACTOR, WRITER, SOUNDTRACK

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29th May 2022 | FlixCatalog Staff

Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed, the paranoid and the purely evil. Even the Van Helsing-like psychiatrist Sam Loomis in the Halloween - Die Nacht des Grauens (1978) franchise seems only marginally more balanced than his prey. An actor of great intensity, Pleasence excelled on stage as Shakespearean villains. He was an unrelenting prosecutor in Jean Anouilh's "Poor Bitos" and made his theatrical reputation in the title role of the seedy, scheming tramp in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" (1960). On screen, he gave a perfectly plausible interpretation of the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, in Der Adler ist gelandet (1976). He was a convincingly devious Thomas Cromwell in Heinrich VIII und seine sechs Frauen (1972), disturbing in his portrayal of the crazed, bloodthirsty preacher Quint in Der Verwegene (1967); and as sexually depraved, alcohol-sodden 'Doc' Tydon in the brilliant Aussie outback drama Ferien in der Hölle (1971). And, of course, he was Ernst Stavro Blofeld in James Bond 007 - Man lebt nur zweimal (1967). These are some of the films, for which we may remember Pleasence, but there was a great deal more to this fabulous, multi-faceted actor.Donald Henry Pleasence was born on October 5, 1919 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, to Alice (Armitage) and Thomas Stanley Pleasence. His family worked on the railway; his grandfather had been a signal man and both his brother and father were station masters. When Donald failed to get a scholarship at RADA, he joined the family occupation working as a clerk at his father's station before becoming station master at Swinton, Yorkshire. While there he wrote letters to theatre companies eventually being accepted by one on the island of Jersey in Spring 1939 as an assistant stage manager. On the eve of World War II, he made his theatrical debut in "Wuthering Heights". In 1942, he played Curio in "Twelfth Night", but his career was then interrupted by military service in the RAF. He was shot down over France, incarcerated and tortured in a German POW camp. Once repatriated, Donald returned to the stage in Peter Brook's 1946 London production of "The Brothers Karamazov" with Alec Guinness although he missed the opening due to measles, followed by a stint on Broadway with Laurence Olivier's touring company in "Caesar and Cleopatra" and "Anthony and Cleopatra". Upon his return to England, he won critical plaudits for his performance in "Hobson's Choice". In 1952, Donald began his screen career, rather unobtrusively, in small parts. He was only really noticed once having found his métier as dastardly, sneaky Prince John in Robin Hood (1955). It took several more years, until international recognition came his way: first, through the filmed adaptation of Der Hausmeister (1963); and, secondly, with his blind forger in Gesprengte Ketten (1963), a role imbued with added conviction due to his own wartime experience.Some of his best acting Donald reserved for the small screen. In 1962, the producer of Unglaubliche Geschichten (1959), Buck Houghton, brought Donald to the United States ('damn the expense'!) to guest star in the third season episode "The Changing of the Guard". He was given a mere five days to immerse himself in the part of a gentle school teacher, Professor Ellis Fowler, who, on the eve of Christmas is forcibly retired after fifty-one years of teaching. Devastated, and believing himself a failure who has made no mark on the world, he is about to commit suicide when the school's bell summons him to his classroom. There, he is confronted by the spirits of deceased students who exhort him to consider that his lessons have had fundamental effects on their lives, even leading to acts of great heroism. Upon hearing this, Fowler is now content to graciously accept his retirement. Managing to avoid maudlin sentimentality, Donald's performance was intuitive and, arguably, one of the most poignant ever accomplished in a thirty-minute television episode. Once again, against type, he was equally delightful as the mild-mannered Reverend Septimus Harding in Anthony Trollope's The Barchester Chronicles (1982). Whether eccentric, sinister or given to pathos, Donald Pleasence was always great value-for-money and his performances have rarely failed to engage. - IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

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Streaming Availability

Amazon Video has the most number of Donald Pleasence’s flixes, followed by Vudu compared to other streaming platforms. See the full graph below.

Releases by Year

Donald Pleasence on average has worked on 3 movies per year from 1970 to 2018. See the full graphs of the number of Donald Pleasence movies released per year from 1985 till 2018.

Top Genres

Donald Pleasence works mostly in Drama Genre followed by Horror Genre flixes. 27% of Donald Pleasence movies are Drama Genre movies. See Top Genres that Donald Pleasence worked on in the graph below.

Average IMDB Score

On average the IMDB score of the movies that Donald Pleasence has worked on is 5.8.

5.8 / 10

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Horror,Thriller
Halloween (1978)

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

7.7/1091 min

Available in 13 platform(s).

Drama,Thriller
Wake in Fright (1971)

After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

7.6/10109 min

Available in 22 platform(s).

Three bickering people search after the gold mine the father of one of them owned.

7.3/1091 min

Available in 1 platform(s).

While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

7.2/10104 min

Available in 2 platform(s).

Action,Adventure,Sci-Fi
Escape from New York (1981)

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

7.1/1099 min

Available in 13 platform(s).

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

7.1/10123 min

Available in 10 platform(s).

Leonard Vole (Beau Bridges) is accused of murdering an elderly rich woman, and the only alibi to him depends on his wife Christine (Dame Diana Rigg).

7/1097 min

Available in 2 platform(s).

Adventure,Drama,History
The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975)

A young officer, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

6.9/10119 min

Available in 4 platform(s).