Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE 5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995)

Donald Pleasence began his acting career on stage before WWII, before joining the RAF and being shot down and taken into a POW camp. Continuing his Theatre work for the rest of his life, as well as appearing in several notable Television Shows in the UK and US, it is nevertheless his movie career which he is most remembered for. Appearing in many classic films over a wide array of genres, I, like many others, recall him most fondly in The Halloween Series, in You Only Live Twice, and in The Great Escape. Pleasance was also an author, and provided spoken voice work to books and most infamously, the terrifying UK Advert The Spirit Of Dark And Lonely Water.


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4 thoughts on “Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE 5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995)

  1. John Charet February 9, 2016 / 1:12 am

    Despite not living in the UK, I watched the Spirit of Dark and Lonely water PSA and it was terrifying. Donald Pleasence was indeed a great actor. He is missed 😦

    P.S. did you know, he was one of the original choices to play Wilford Brimley’s part in The Thing (he played Blair). Pleasence was busy or something so Brimley played him instead. Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

    • carlosnightman February 9, 2016 / 12:53 pm

      I’m sure it’s the same for other countries, but we do have a history of scary PSA and others commercials. Check out my post on NOrthern Ireland TV adverts for some horrific car crash ads, can’t remember if I put in one of the anti-terrorism ones. I did nt know that about Donald, but I’d always wondered what it would have been like had he been in The Thing

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