Creator / Donald Pleasence
aka: Donald Pleasance
"As far as being idolized by teens, I don't know. It must be some sort of father fixation. Or maybe they think I'm just pretty."

Donald Pleasence (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 is the all-time champion in the category Bald of Evil.

He was often typecast as villainous and/or psychopathic characters, and played an iconic version of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film series. Halloween changed his on-screen image to a more heroic one, although still sometimes ruthless or creepy.

His filmography includes:

Tropes about Donald Pleasence:

  • Bald of Evil: The Trope Codifier.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes/Icy Blue Eyes
  • Shown Their Work: The makers went to great lengths to accurately build a German POW camp for The Great Escape. Of course, it did help that several of the actors had been prisoners of war during 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.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Pleasence only played Ernst Stavro Blofeld once in the James Bond series (in You Only Live Twice, where he was a hurried replacement for the originally-cast actor and his face is only revealed in the last twenty minutes), which is surprising considering how definitive his take on the ultimate Big Bad of the film series became.
  • Stock Shout-Out: Just about every James Bond parody in any medium will base the villain on his version of Blofeld.

Alternative Title(s): Donald Pleasance