Birth Date: October 5, 1919
Birth Place: Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Notable Films: Halloween, You Only Live Twice, Escape From New York
Awards: Saturn Award (Best Actor | Halloween II – Nominated)
Donald Pleasence Biography:
Late, great English screen legend Donald Pleasence was born in Nottinghamshire, UK in 1919, the son of Alice and Thomas Pleasence. After working as a railways station clerk, Pleasence decided that he wanted to become an actor, and joined the Jersey Repertory Company in 1939. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and was, for some time, a PoW. Upon being rescued, and released from the Air Force in 1946, Pleasence became an actor full-time.
Starting out, like so many classically trained actors, on stage, Donald performed in plays like The Lark, and Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker. He then made a transition into television, playing Parsons in the BBC adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four. Further TV work followed in the form of The Twilight Zone and Columbo.
His big screen roles started off small, with minor appearances in movies like Barnacle Bill, before starring in Circus of Horrors (1960). He cemented his big screen status with turns in films like Fantastic Voyage (1966), You Only Live Twice (1967), and The Eagle Has Landed (1976).
He also played President of the USA in Escape From New York, and horror fans will likely know him best as Dr. Sam Loomis in John Carpenter’s cult slasher film Halloween (1978). He reprised the role in four more Halloween sequels, culminating in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). The last of these would wind up being his final film appearance, as he passed away in February 1995.