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Donald Pleasence
Name: Donald Henry Pleasence
Known aliases: N/A
Gender: Male
Place of birth: Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
Birth: October 5, 1919
Death: February 2, 1995 (aged 75)
First Appearance: Halloween

Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE, (5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995) was an English actor who gained more than 200 screen credits during his long career. Although he often found himself typecast as villainous and/or psychopathic characters, Pleasence is possibly best known for his work in two of cinema's most enduringly successful franchises: the James Bond and Halloween series in which he played Sam Loomis for 5 of the Halloween movies.

HalloweenEdit

Donald Pleasence confessed to John Carpenter that the main reason why he took the part of Loomis was because his daughter Angela loved Carpenter's Assault on Precinct 13 (1976).

John Carpenter was quite intimidated by Donald Pleasence, of whom he was a big fan and who was easily the oldest and most experienced person on set. Although Pleasance asked Carpenter difficult questions about his character, Pleasance turned out to be a good-humored, big-hearted individual and the two became great friends.

Donald Pleasence did all of his scenes in only 5 days of shooting. The total duration of his scenes is just over 18 minutes. His salary was $20,000.


Originally the script had Dr. Loomis having a surprised reaction to the disappearance of Michael Myers's body from the lawn at the end of the film. Donald Pleasence suggested his character's reaction should instead be an "I knew this would happen" look on his face. They shot it both ways and ended up using Pleasance's idea.

When Moustapha Akkad asked Donald Pleasence how many more Halloween films he was planning to make, Donald replied "I stop at twenty-two!"

At the end of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, it then says "In Memory of Donald Pleasence". Both The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later were dedicated to him.

Appearances Edit

FilmCharacterYear
Halloween Sam Loomis1978
Halloween II Sam Loomis1981
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Sam Loomis 1988
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Sam Loomis 1989
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Sam Loomis 1995


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