Donald Pleasence

Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE, (5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995) was an English actor who gained more than 200 screen credits during a career which spanned over four decades. Often typecast as villainous and/or psychopathic characters, Pleasence is arguably best-known for his work in two of cinema's most successful franchises - James Bond and Halloween. Description above from the Wikipedia article Donald Pleasence, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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The Great Escape (1963)

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The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  James Garner  •  Richard Attenborough  •  James Donald

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Sturges
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  James Garner  •  Richard Attenborough  •  James Donald

THX 1138 (1971)

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People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the first time he has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Robert Duvall  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Don Pedro Colley  •  Maggie McOmie

People in the future live in a totalitarian society. A technician named THX 1138 lives a mundane life between work and taking a controlled consumption of drugs that the government uses to make puppets out of people. As THX is without drugs for the first time he has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Lucas
CAST:  Robert Duvall  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Don Pedro Colley  •  Maggie McOmie

Arch of Triumph (1985)

Arch of Triumph is a 1985 British made-for-television film based on the novel Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque, which was previously adapted in 1948 for a film of the same name with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Dr. Ravic (Anthony Hopkins) is an Austrian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waris Hussein
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Frank Finlay

Arch of Triumph is a 1985 British made-for-television film based on the novel Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque, which was previously adapted in 1948 for a film of the same name with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Dr. Ravic (Anthony Hopkins) is an Austrian ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Waris Hussein
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Frank Finlay

Cul-de-sac (1966)

A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at an old beachfront fortress. The owner of the fortress and his young wife, initially unwilling hosts, quickly experience their relationship with the criminal shift in a humorous and bizarre fashion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Françoise Dorléac  •  Lionel Stander  •  Iain Quarrier

A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at an old beachfront fortress. The owner of the fortress and his young wife, initially unwilling hosts, quickly experience their relationship with the criminal shift in a humorous and bizarre fashion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roman Polanski
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Françoise Dorléac  •  Lionel Stander  •  Iain Quarrier

Diên Biên Phu (1992)

Vietnam, 1954. An American reporter finds himself in the middle of the battle of Điện Biên Phủ, between the French army and the Vietminh.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Schoendoerffer
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Patrick Catalifo  •  Jean-François Balmer  •  Ludmila Mikaël

Vietnam, 1954. An American reporter finds himself in the middle of the battle of Điện Biên Phủ, between the French army and the Vietminh.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Schoendoerffer
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Patrick Catalifo  •  Jean-François Balmer  •  Ludmila Mikaël

Dracula (1979)

Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Count Dracula is a subject of fatal attraction to more than one English maiden lady, as he seeks an immortal bride.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Frank Langella  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Kate Nelligan

Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Count Dracula is a subject of fatal attraction to more than one English maiden lady, as he seeks an immortal bride.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Frank Langella  •  Laurence Olivier  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Kate Nelligan

Escape from New York (1981)

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In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Lee Van Cleef  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Donald Pleasence

In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country's worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Lee Van Cleef  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Donald Pleasence

Eye of the Devil (1967)

A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Sharon Tate  •  David Hemmings

A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Sharon Tate  •  David Hemmings

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

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In order to save an assassinated scientist, a submarine and its crew are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Stephen Boyd  •  Raquel Welch  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Donald Pleasence

In order to save an assassinated scientist, a submarine and its crew are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Stephen Boyd  •  Raquel Welch  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Donald Pleasence

Halloween (1978)

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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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Nancy Kyes  •  P.J. Soles

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Nancy Kyes  •  P.J. Soles

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Presumed dead after a shoot-out with the Haddonfield police, Michael Myers is secretly nursed back to health -- and returns a year later to kill again and once more targets his young niece, Jamie. Jamie is now recovering in the local children's hospital after ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominique Othenin-Girard
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Danielle Harris  •  Ellie Cornell  •  Beau Starr

Presumed dead after a shoot-out with the Haddonfield police, Michael Myers is secretly nursed back to health -- and returns a year later to kill again and once more targets his young niece, Jamie. Jamie is now recovering in the local children's hospital after ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominique Othenin-Girard
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Danielle Harris  •  Ellie Cornell  •  Beau Starr

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

The apparently comatose Michael Myers is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie. After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight H. Little
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Ellie Cornell  •  Danielle Harris  •  George P. Wilbur

The apparently comatose Michael Myers is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie. After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight H. Little
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Ellie Cornell  •  Danielle Harris  •  George P. Wilbur

Halloween II (1981)

After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her life. The institution ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Charles Cyphers  •  Jeffrey Kramer

After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she's been admitted for Myers' attempt on her life. The institution ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Rosenthal
CAST:  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Charles Cyphers  •  Jeffrey Kramer

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, have disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Chappelle
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Paul Rudd  •  Marianne Hagan  •  Mitchell Ryan

Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, have disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Chappelle
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Paul Rudd  •  Marianne Hagan  •  Mitchell Ryan

Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985)

Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michele Soavi
CAST:  Dario Argento  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Keith Emerson  •  Donald Pleasence

Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michele Soavi
CAST:  Dario Argento  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Keith Emerson  •  Donald Pleasence

Oh, God! (1977)

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  John Denver  •  George Burns  •  Teri Garr  •  Donald Pleasence

When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carl Reiner
CAST:  John Denver  •  George Burns  •  Teri Garr  •  Donald Pleasence

Prince of Darkness (1987)

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Lisa Blount  •  Victor Wong  •  Jameson Parker

A research team finds a mysterious cylinder in a deserted church. If opened, it could mean the end of the world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Carpenter
CAST:  Donald Pleasence  •  Lisa Blount  •  Victor Wong  •  Jameson Parker

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)

A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of the beatles, this musical uses some big name ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Barry Gibb  •  Robin Gibb  •  Maurice Gibb  •  Paul Nicholas

A small town band makes it big, but loses track of their roots, as they get caught up into the big-time machinations of the music biz. Now, they must thwart a plot to destroy their home town. Built around the music of the beatles, this musical uses some big name ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Schultz
CAST:  Barry Gibb  •  Robin Gibb  •  Maurice Gibb  •  Paul Nicholas

Shadows and Fog (1991)

With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Mia Farrow  •  Kathy Bates  •  David Ogden Stiers

With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Mia Farrow  •  Kathy Bates  •  David Ogden Stiers

Soldier Blue (1970)

After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Candice Bergen  •  Peter Strauss  •  Donald Pleasence  •  John Anderson

After a cavalry group is massacred by the Cheyenne, only two survivors remain: Honus, a naive private devoted to his duty, and Cresta, a young woman who had lived with the Cheyenne two years and whose sympathies lie more with them than with the US government. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ralph Nelson
CAST:  Candice Bergen  •  Peter Strauss  •  Donald Pleasence  •  John Anderson
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