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Donald Pleasance (October 5, 1919 -- February 2, 1995) was an English actor who was credited in over 200 movie and TV appearances during a career which spanned over four decades.

He was often typecast as villainous and/or psychopathic characters, and created the definitive Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the ''Film/JamesBond'' film series. ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' changed his on-screen image to a more heroic one, although still sometimes ruthless or creepy.

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!!His filmography includes:

* ''Film/ATaleOfTwoCities'' (1958), as John Barsad.
* ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' (1963), as "The Forger."
* ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' (1966), as Dr. Michaels.
* ''Film/TheHallelujahTrail'' (1965), as Oracle Jones.
* ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' (1967), as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
* ''Film/THX1138'' (1971), as SEN.
* The [[ScareEmStraight scary]] PSA ''[[http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/films/1964to1979/filmpage_lonely.htm Lonely Waters]]'' (1973), as the Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water.
* ''Film/EscapeToWitchMountain'' (1975), as Lucas Deranian.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series (1978-1995), as Dr Sam Loomis.
* ''[[Film/{{Dracula 1979}} Dracula]]'' (1979), Dr. Seward
* ''Film/PumaMan'' (1980), as Kobras.
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' (1981), as the president.
* ''Film/{{Alone in the Dark|1982}}'' (1982), as Dr. Bain.
* ''Film/{{Phenomena}}'' (1985), as Prof. [=McGregor=].
* ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'' (1987), as a priest.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' (1993), as Phido the Vulture. (The version titled ''Arabian Knight'' replaced him with Eric Bogosian. His voice is still present as the few lines not done by Jonathan Winters as the Thief)

!!Tropes about Donald Pleasence:

* CreepyBlueEyes[=/=]IcyBlueEyes
* MissingEpisode: The Halloween episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' he hosted back in 1981 hasn't been seen on American TV since then, because of the musical guest's (a punk rock group named Fear) raucous performance (which included guitar smashing and mosh pits) and all the sketches containing humor that was considered dark and disgusting at the time. Good news though: Netflix has the episode on its ''Saturday Night Live: The 1980s'' collection (which has all the episodes from seasons 6 to 15), albeit edited down to 27 minutes (meaning most of the sketches and the notorious musical performances by Fear have been cut).
* MoneyDearBoy:
--> "There was a sort of horror picture that I did called ''The Mutations''. I think I did that solely for the money. I have six daughters, and they can be quite expensive, so one has to keep working and be able to pay the bills."
* OldShame: It shouldn't be surprising Donald once declared ''Film/PumaMan'' the worst movie he was ever part of.
* ShownTheirWork: The makers went to great lengths to accurately build a German POW camp for ''Film/TheGreatEscape''. Of course, it did help that several of the actors had been prisoners of war during UsefulNotes/WW2. Pleasence, who had been in a German POW camp, made a few suggestions to John Sturges, who wasn't aware of that fact, and was told to keep his opinions to himself. However, when the director learned that Pleasence knew what he was talking about, he was asked for advice all the time.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Pleasence only played Ernst Stavo Blofeld once in the ''Film/JamesBond'' series (in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', where his face is only revealed in the last twenty minutes), which is surprising considering how definitive his take on the ultimate BigBad of the film series became.
* StockShoutOut: Just about every ''Film/JamesBond'' parody in any medium will base the villain on his version of Blofeld.

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