Mini Tribute: Donald Pleasence

Born October 5, 1919 Character Actor Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence appeared in over 220 film and television roles, playing lots of menacing villains to great effect! Some of his most notable roles include POW forger Colin Blythe in The Great Escape (1963), a vindictive market inspector in Look Back in Anger (1959), “The Dark Hermit” in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Dr. Michaels in Fantastic Voyage (1966) — and Bond arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice (1967) which served as the ‘inspiration’ for Mike Myer’s Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers’ films.  Later in his career, Pleasence appeared as psychiatrist Sam Loomis in the Halloween franchise films and as President of the United States in Escape from New York.

Donald Pleasence as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice and Mike Myers as Dr. Evil in Austin Powers

Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice  and Mike Myers as Dr. Evil in Austin Powers

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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