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Donald Pleasence ACTOR
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DONALD PLEASENCE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
 
Donald Pleasence was born on October 5th, 1919 in Nottinghamshire, England with the middle name Henry.  He was born to Alice and Thomas Stanley Pleasence and was raised in a village in Lincolnshire.  He dropped out of school to try and pursue a career as an actor.
 
Throughout his career he would add to his resume over 200 credits becoming known as one of the most famous British actors of all times.  He became most remembered for his roles in the "James Bond" films.
 
His career as an actor began like many as a stage actor working on the London stage in the late 30's.  When he was performing in a production of, "Wuthering Heights" World War II occurred and he took a break from acting and joined the Royal Air Force.  His plane was shot down he was actually taken hostage and was a prisoner-of-war at a German camp.  It was here that he would perform in plays to amuse the other troops.
 
After the war, Pleasence went back to finding work as an actor and after some more early on stage experiences he began to pursue work as a television actor.  One of his first major television roles was on BBC in, "Nineteen Eighty-Hours" (1954) followed by roles in, "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1956-1958) starring Richard Greene, "Danger Man" (1960-1961) and then he bean pursuing work on American television shows.
 
Some of these roles were in, "The Twilight Zone" (1962) and "The Man With the Power" (1963).  Along with television roles he also appeared on the big screen in a number of films such as, "The Great Escape" (1963) starring Steve McQueen and James Garner just to name a few, "Cul-de-sac" (1966), "The Night of the Generals" (1967), "You Only Live Twice" (1967), "Will Penny" (1968) starring Charlton Heston and Lee Majors, "Wake in Fright" (1971), "Watch Out, We're Mad" (1974) and "The Eagle has Landed" (1976) starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall.
 
As his career progressed he continued to increase his popularity with roles in such films as, "Halloween" (1978), playing the character, Dr. Loomis.  He reprised this character again in, "Halloween II, IV, V and VI.  Then in 1988 he also appeared in the film, "The Great Escape II: The Untold Story" on the television movie.
 
Along with a successful acting career, he also was a successful author writing such children's books as, "Scouse the Mouse" (1977).
 
Throughout his career in the industry he was nominated a total of four times for Best Actor for Tony Awards.  He was also made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to the acting industry by, Queen Elizabeth II in 1994.
 
Throughout his lifetime he married a total of four times.  His first wife was Miriam Raymond whom he wed in 1941 and after having two children this marriage came to an end in 1958.  He then married Josephine Crombie in 1959 and again had two more children before divorcing in 1970.  Then he decided to wed for a third time to Miera Shore also in 1970 and had another child before this marriage also was unsuccessful ending in 1988.  His fourth and final time to wed was to Linda Kentwood in 1989 and they remained married until he passed away at the age of seventy five, on February 2nd, 1995 in France after suffering from complications from a heart valve replacement surgery.  His remains were cremated.  

 
Filmography

1996 Fatal frames: Fotogrammi mortali 
1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers 
1995 Signs and Wonders 
1995 Safe Haven
1994 Guinevere 
1993 The Big Freeze 
1993 The Advocate 
1993 Screen Two 
1993 The Princess and the Cobbler 
1992 Lovejoy 
1992 Diên Biên Phú 
1991 Shadows and Fog 
1991 Miliardi\Millions
1991 L'avvoltoio può attendere 
1990 Moi, général de Gaulle 
1990 American risciò
1990 Buried Alive 
1990 Women in Arms 
1989 Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery
1989 Casablanca Express 
1989 Halloween 5
1989 Paganini Horror
1989 River of Death
1989 Ten Little Indians
1989 The House of Usher 
1989 Scoop
1988 The Great Escape II: The Untold Story
1988 Hanna's War 
1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 
1988 Vampire in Venice 
1988 Last Platoon
1988 Der Commander
1988 The Ray Bradbury Theater
1988 Un delitto poco comune
1987 To Kill a Stranger
1987 Prince of Darkness
1987 Django 2: il grande ritorno 
1987 Ground Zero 
1987 Double Target 
1987 Basements 
1987 Specters 
1987 Warrior Queen 
1987 Animali metropolitani 
1986 Hit Man
1986 Operation Nam
1986 Into the Darkness
1986 Honor Thy Father
1985 Nothing Underneath
1985 The Treasure of the Amazon
1985 The Corsican Brothers
1985 Phenomena
1985 Black Arrow
1984 Arch of Triumph 
1984 A Breed Apart
1984 Where Is Parsifal? 
1984 The Ambassador 
1984 Master of the Game 
1984 Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie 
1983 The Devonsville Terror
1971-1983 Play for Today 
1983 Warrior of the Lost World
1982 The Barchester Chronicles 
1982 Witness for the Prosecution 
1982 Alone in the Dark 
1982 Computercide 
1981 Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr 
1981 Halloween II 
1981 Dick Turpin
1981 The Monster Club
1980 Blade on the Feather
1980 The Ghost Sonata 
1980 The Pumaman 
1979 The French Atlantic Affair 
1979 All Quiet on the Western Front 
1979 Better Late Than Never 
1979 Jaguar Lives! 
1979 Dracula
1979 Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff 
1979 L'homme en colère
1979 Gold of the Amazon Women 
1979 Mrs. Columbo 
1978-1979 Centennial
1978 Halloween
1978 Last In, First Out
1978 Power Play 
1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1978 Night Creature
1978 The Bastard
1978 Tomorrow Never Comes 
1978 Blood Relatives
1978 The Dark Secret of Harvest Home
1978 The Defection of Simas Kudirka
1977 Telefon 
1977 Oh, God! 
1977 The Uncanny
1977 Jesus of Nazareth 
1976 The Eagle Has Landed 
1976 Hindle Wakes
1976 The Last Tycoon
1976 The Passover Plot 
1974-1976 BBC2 Playhouse
1976 Goldenrod 
1976 Land of the Minotaur
1976 A Dirty Knight's Work 
1976 Death of an Informer 
1976 Ubu roi 
1975 Shades of Greene 
1975 Hearts of the West
1975 Journey Into Fear
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain
1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo 
1975 Sharon's Baby 
1975 Performance 
1974 Barry McKenzie Holds His Own 
1974 Malachi's Cove 
1974 The Mutations 
1974 La loba y la Paloma 
1974 Occupations
1974 The Black Windmill 
1974 Watch Out, We're Mad 
1974 From Beyond the Grave
1973 Tales That Witness Madness
1973 Columbo
1973 Raw Meat 
1973 Great Mysteries 
1967-1973 Thirty-Minute Theatre
1973 The Rainbow Boys
1973 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
1973 The Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water
1972 Wedding in White
1972 Innocent Bystanders 
1972 Henry VIII and His Six Wives
1972 The Man Outside 
1972 The Pied Piper
1972 The Jerusalem File
1972 Hawaii Five-O
1971 Kidnapped 
1971 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes 
1971 Wake in Fright 
1971 THX 1138 
1970 Confession 
1970 Soldier Blue 
1969 Arthur! Arthur!
1969 The Madwoman of Chaillot
1969 Mr. Freedom 
1968 I Love You, I Hate You 
1968 Will Penny 
1968 Creature of Comfort 
1967 The Diary of Anne Frank 
1967 Matchless
1967 You Only Live Twice 
1957-1967 Armchair Theatre 
1967 Seven Deadly Sins 
1967 The Night of the Generals
1966 The Wednesday Play 
1966 Fantastic Voyage
1966 Eye of the Devil
1966 Cul-de-sac 
1956-1966 Play of the Week 
1966 The Fugitive
1965 Armchair Mystery Theatre
1965 The Hallelujah Trail 
1965 The Defenders
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
1964 Espionage 
1964 Dr. Crippen 
1963 The Outer Limits 
1963 The Guest 
1963 The Great Escape
1962 The Hatchet Man
1962 Twilight Zone
1962 Lisa 
1961 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 
1961 No Place Like Homicide!
1961 Spare the Rod 
1961 A Story of David: The Hunted 
1961 Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond 
1961 The Wind of Change
1961 No Love for Johnnie
1960-1961 Danger Man
1960 The Hands of Orlac
1960 The Risk 
1960 The Big Day
1960 Interpol Calling 
1960 Sons and Lovers 
1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play
1960 Rendezvous 
1960 Circus of Horrors
1960 Hell Is a City
1960 The Flesh and the Fiends 
1960 The Four Just Men 
1960 The Shakedown 
1959 The Battle of the Sexes 
1959 Killers of Kilimanjaro 
1956-1959   Television Playhouse 
1952-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 
1959 The Traitor 
1959 William Tell
1959 Look Back in Anger
1959 The Scarf
1958 Granite 
1958 The Two-Headed Spy
1958 The Man Inside 
1956-1958 The Adventures of Robin Hood
1958 The Wind Cannot Read
1958 Heart of a Child
1958 The Killing Stones
1958 A Tale of Two Cities 
1958 I Spy 
1957 All at Sea
1957 Stowaway Girl 
1957 Assignment Foreign Legion
1957 Decision Against Time 
1956 The Black Tent 
1956 1984 
1955 Value for Money
1954 Orders Are Orders
1954 The Face of Love 
1954 Montserrat
1954 The Beachcomber
1952 The Dybbuk





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