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Donald Pleasence Biography

Birth Name:
Donald Henry Pleasence
Birth Place:
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England

Fast Facts

  • Referred to by critics as "the Man With the Hypnotic Eye
  • " Spent time in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II after his Royal Air Force plane was shot down
  • Made his U
  • S
  • television debut in the Twilight Zone episode "Changing of the Guard," in which he played a suicidal professor
  • Best-known for his roles as Dr
  • Samuel Loomis, the psychiatrist who attempts to capture his murderous patient Michael Myers in the Halloween film series, and supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 1967 James Bond flick You Only Live Twice
  • Wrote children's book Scouse the Mouse in 1977; it was turned into a children's recording with Ringo Starr providing the voice for the title character


  • 1987Australian Film Institute Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special: nominated


  • Ralph Pleasence -- Brother
  • Jean -- Daughter
  • Lucy -- Daughter
  • Miranda -- Daughter
  • Polly -- Daughter
  • Josephine Martin Crombie -- Ex-wife
  • Meira Shore -- Ex-wife
  • Miriam Raymond -- Ex-wife
  • Thomas Stanley Pleasence -- Father
  • Alice Armitage Pleasence -- Mother
  • Linda Kentwood -- Wife