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Donald Pleasence was born to Thomas Stanley and Alice (Armitage) Pleasence on October 5, 1919 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England.
Pleasence received enormous praise from critics in both England and the United States; he was given the British Critics Award for the "Best Performance of the Year" (1960) and was nominated for a Tony Award (the first of four Tony nominations--he never won).
Pleasence, who was delighted with the original Daniel Farrands script, hailed it as the best written script of the sequels, but he did not live to see the shlocky end result.
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 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It stars Donald Pleasence (in his last film, reprising his role as Dr. Sam Loomis) and Paul Rudd.
Halloween 6 is probably the most unusual entry into the Halloween series due to the death of Donald Pleasence after production had wrapped and the necessary reshoots that resulted in a film that is both liked and despised by fans.
While featuring a different ending which was intended to keep Donald Pleasence's character in the films, it also features longer scenes in several parts of the movie, as well as different music at times.
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 Donald Pleasence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sir Donald Pleasence (October 5, 1919 - February 2, 1995) was an English actor.
He was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, the son of a stationmaster.
Pleasence was married four times and had five daughters.
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 Donald Pleasence - About   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Donald Pleasence was born in October 1919 in Worksop, England.
Donald made his first Stage Appearance in a production of 'Wuthering Heights' in 1939, this part of his career only lasted a matter of months before being put on hold due to the war.
Donald Pleasence died at the age of 75 in 1995 after vital heart surgery.
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 The Horror Legacy Of Donald Pleasence, Part One
Pleasence’s output in the horror genre was nothing short of protean: 53 films and TV shows demonstrate the English actor’s mastery at portraying characters menacing, misanthropic, malevolent, murderous and megalomaniacal.
Pleasence is brilliant as the mild-mannered, middle-aged quack doctor, driven to murder by his overbearing wife (Coral Browne), a failed music-hall performer with an eye for younger men.
Pleasence’s bald pate and hypnotic eye resurface throughout the film, as he stalks the Christ in scenes of profound eeriness that are completely at odds with the reverent tone of the rest of the film.
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 (re)search my Trash
Donald Pleasence was born the younger of two brothers in 1919 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, but his family later moved to the industrial town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England, where he was mainly brought up.
Donald Pleasence plays Mr.Freedom's boss in this political satire that to this day is unfortunately totally underappreciated despite its striking parallels to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 orchestrated by George W.Bush and his cronies...
Donald Pleasence plays a KGB agent who has stolen the notebook containing the identities of the sleepers and has defected to the USA - but not to hand the notebook over to the authorities but to activate the sleepers.
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 The Life and Times of Donald Pleasence quiz -- free game
Donald was bit by the acting bug at the tender age of five.
Pleasence was against World War II, and did not want to be involved in the destruction that was going on around the world.
Pleasence died due to complications from heart valve surgery, he was surrounded by his wife, Linda, and their five daughters.
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 John Carpenter: Bios: Donald Pleasence
British character actor DONALD PLEASENCE is a master of the villainous or offbeat roles and is known for giving the most demanding parts the attention and verve needed to make them memorable and to establish himself as one of the most sought after performers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Pleasence has excelled in such diverse roles as that of the Nazi Reichsfuhrer S.S. chief, Heinrich Himmler in The Eagle Has Landed, to his slapstick role in the comedy-western The Hallelujah Trail, to the psychiatrist in the now classic horror film Halloween.
Donald Pleasence is married to young Israeli folksinger, Miera Shore.
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 Pleasence, Donald --  Encyclopædia Britannica
U.S. physicist Donald Arthur Glaser was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
He won the 1960 Nobel prize in physics for his invention of the bubble chamber (in 1952), which traced the movement of high-energy atomic particles and was used to observe the behavior of subatomic particles.
Donald Johanson was born in Chicago on June 28, 1943.
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 The Only True Bond: Sean Connery - Villains   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Pleasence was fortunate enough to be associated with the international film success The Great Escape (1963), which led to a wealth of American offers.
Firmly established as a villain, Pleasence gradually eased into horror films like Halloween (1978), The Devonsville Terror (1979) and Buried Alive (1990); commenting upon this phase of his career, Pleasence remarked "I only appear in odd films." One of his few "mainstream" appearances during this period was virtually invisible.
Pleasence is seen and prominently billed as a rabbi in Carl Reiner's Oh, God (1978), but the role was deemed dispensable and all the actor's lines were cut.
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While Donald Pleasence was never known to turn down many film parts, he did pass on the role of Britain's notorious murderer John Christie in Richard Fleischer's 1970 suspense drama 10 RILLINGTON PLACE.
Donald Pleasence was originally announced in the cast of the 1978 disaster epic METEOR.
Donald Pleasence was originally cast as Blair in John Carpenter's remake of THE THING (1982), but there was a scheduling conflict and Wilford Brimley ended up in the role.
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 Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence - the man of a thousand movies - has appeared in so many cult classics that it takes much pondering to come up with a favorite roll.
Pleasence is larger than life in the role, his stocky slightly deranged Doctor is a brilliantly perceived character, not only is he the only one hip to what is going on, he is also completely fearless.
Pleasence would offer his talents to numerous horror films, for a time it seemed he was in every other horror film produced - and for good reason.
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 The Terror Trap: The Kings of Terror: Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence has a not undeserved reputation for playing a ham and being somewhat over-the-top ("The evil is here!").
However, that kind of distinction is probably not the way an actor who had a career long before he began his obsessive pursuit of Michael Myers...would have liked to have been remembered for.
Pleasence was born in Nottinghamshire, England in 1919 and made his stage debut in London in 1939.
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 Horror Movie Review | Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) Donald Pleasence
Once again, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is hot on Myers' trail, this time trying to use a psychic connection Myers shares with his young niece to track the killer down.
Donald Pleasence once again dominates the screen with his performance as Dr. Loomis.
Appearing in the "Halloween" films is clearly a labor of love for Pleasence, and he seems to be enjoying himself immensely in the familiar role.
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 Donald Pleasence
Pleasence portrayed William Hope Hodgson's psychic detective "Carnacki" in "The House of the Invisible" episode of TV's The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1975).
Donald Pleasence was John Carpenter's big landing when he convinced him to star as Dr. Loomis.
And although he began appearing in films in 1954, Pleasence's British fame during the '50s was the result of his television work, notably a recurring role as Prince John in The Adventures of Robin Hood from 1955-1958.
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 Donald Pleasence
Donald Pleasence started acting on the London stage in 1939.
Father of Angela Pleasence, Polly Jo Pleasence and Miranda Pleasence.
The Battle of the Sexes (1959) (as Donald Pleasance)....
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 Horror Movie Review | Halloween 2 (1981) Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence
While not in the same league as the original classic, the second entry in the "Halloween" series is still a well-made film that will inspire many to go lock their doors.
Too bad he dies by slipping on a pool of blood and hitting his head; it was bound to happen sooner or later in these films.
Pleasence has the right blend of desperation, single-mindedness and fear that makes him the centerpiece player in the franchise.
www.beyondhollywood.com /reviews/halloween2.htm   (682 words)

 Donald Pleasence - MovieActors.com
Donald Pleasence was born on October 5th, 1919 in the town of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, the son of a stationmaster.
While Donald spent the rest of the war in a German POW Camp, he formed an acting group with the other POW's, and put on plays to help pass the time and unpleasantness of being in captivity in the Nazi's hands.
Donald Pleasence was a talented, memorable character actor who excelled in a variety of genres, specializing in strange roles, such as Flight Lt. Colin 'The Forger' Blythe in THE GREAT ESCAPE, or menacing characters, portraying various types of villains, characters the audience loved to hate.
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 Donald Pleasence @ PitOfHorror.com
Horror fans remember him mostly for his role in the Halloween films, but his resume stretched far beyond this franchise which is dwarfed by his talent elevated film career.
From "Phenomena" to "Prince Of Darkness" to "Escape From New York" and effectively from a Professor to a Priest and to a President - [=4 Ps] Pleasence's versatility is to be reckoned.
With well over 180 acting roles on record alone, his film career is huge and we should be thankful that such a man blessed us all with his undeniable talent and 'stand fast lines' which will stay with many of us forever...
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 Donald Pleasence - TV.com
Father of Angela Pleasence, 'Polly Pleasence and Miranda Pleasence.
Pleasence served in the Royal Air Force during WWII.
Donald Pleasence: I treat all film roles one way - very seriously.
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 Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode but spends most of her time cowering in a hospital gown, and Donald Pleasence runs around like a maniac as the panicky doctor desperate to hunt down Myers before he kills again.
But wouldn't you know it that as soon as a loose-lipped orderly lets slip that Myers has a surviving niece he springs back into action, leaving a bloody trail of corpses on the road to Haddonfield.
Donald Pleasance returns as Dr. Loomis, scarred and crippled from his last encounter with Myers and seething with a fanatical zeal to stop the freak from repeating his previous rampage.
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 Jungstars.net — Donald Pleasence Biografie
Pleasence wurde als jüngerer von zwei Söhnen eines Bahnhofsvorstehers geboren.
Dort wurde Laurence Olivier auf ihn aufmerksam, Pleasence ging 1951 mit ihm und Vivien Leigh auf eine Gastspielreise nach New York, wo sie zusammen in Julius Cäsar und Antonius und Cleopatra von Shakespeare auftraten.
Pleasence galt als arbeitswütig, was ihn immer wieder veranlasste, in eher mittelmäßigen Filmen aufzutreten, die weit unter seinem darstellerischen Niveau lagen.
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 Dr. Crippen - vhs or PAL - Donald Pleasence, Coral Browne, Samantha Eggar, Donald Wolfit, Robert Lynn - 1962
Casting 'Donald Pleasence'(qv) as the Doctor and Anglicised Aussie 'Coral Browne' (qv) as his insufferable wife not only seemed right but produced wonderfully atmospheric performances.
- "Dr. Crippen" boasts flavorful performances by Donald Pleasence as the not-so-good doctor, Coral Browne as the long-suffering as well as insufferable Belle, and a pre-"Collector" Samantha Eggar as Ethel Le Neve, every unhappily married middle-aged man's fantasy.
The casting of the British-born Pleasence and Australian native Browne as the Crippens, both Americans, hardly seems to matter.
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 Cul de Sac movie for sale   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A somewhat surreal fl comedy directed and coscripted by Roman Polanski, CUL-DE-SAC is the tale of a mismatched married couple, George and Teresa (Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac), living in an isolated 11th-century castle near the ocean whose home is invaded by two gangsters on the run after an unsuccessful heist.
The nubile young Teresa proves more resourceful than her ever-cringing husband as they try to come up with a plan for eluding their boorish captor; further complications arise, however, after an unexpected visit from an old school chum of George’s, who arrives with an entourage of annoying family and friends.
Donald Pleasence, Jacqueline Bisset, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran
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 Donald Pleasence Filmography
Jamie (Danielle Harris) is hospitalized and unable to speak because of her trauma during Michael's last killing spree.
Collector Donald Pleasence wants to appropriate a few of these eggs without invoke Hauer's terrible wrath.
Synopsis: In this Dennis Potter-scripted TV film, Donald Pleasence plays Jason Cavendish, a retired Cambridge professor, who lives in a remote country estate with his second wife (Kika Markham), his daughter (Phoebe Nicholls), and his butler/secretary/confidant (Denholm Elliott).
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 Amazon.ca: Prince of Darkness (Widescreen): DVD   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is a priest at a small Catholic church in L.A. who discovers a strange object in his basement -- a canister filled with a swirling and volatile green substance.
When the final brother dies he passes on the secret to Father Loomis (Donald Pleasence) who in turn decided to call in some physics students from the local college to find out what is in the vessel.
Soon the students find themselves up against an evil that is waiting to be reborn, and also up against themselves as the evil takes hold of them (sort of turning people in zombies that spray evil water out from their mouths).
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 Videodetective.com - Donald Pleasence filmography
Voted British television actor of the year in 1958, Pleasence produced and hosted the 1960 series Armchair Mystery Theatre, before creating the stage role for which he was best remembered: Davies, the menacing tramp in Harold Pinter's {+The Caretaker}.
Pleasence was fortunate enough to be associated with the success of The Great Escape in 1963, which led to a wealth of American film offers.
Pleasence continued to work steadily in the 1980s and early '90s -- making 17 pictures alone in 1987-1989 -- before undergoing heart surgery in 1994; he died from complications two months later.
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