The following letter is my personal tribute to Donald Pleasence. I submitted it to the horror magazine FANGORIA, and it was published in their July 1995 edition (#144).
The motion picture world has just lost one of the greatest performers ever to grace the silver screen, veteran British star Donald Pleasence. This lovable yet sinister-looking actor proved how talented he was in all of his 100-plus films. I loved him in such classics as the 1963 World War II epic The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) with Max von Sydow and Charlton Heston, Cul-de-Sac (Roman Polanski's bizarre 1966 cult classic), You Only Live Twice (1967), where he played 007's infamous nemesis Blofeld, Will Penny (1968), and as the President in John Carpenter's great Escape From New York (1981).
But I will always remember Pleasence best for his horror films and especially as Dr. Sam Loomis, who pursued Michael Myers in Carpenter's 1978 horror masterpiece Halloween and its sequels. In my mind, he rates above the rest of the great horror actors (Price, Cushing, Lee, etc.). He had the ability to play any part with finesse and perfection.
In a way, I'm looking forward to the release of Halloween 6, but in another way I'm not, since it will be the last film I will ever see him in. He will never know how much his work has touched me and many other film fans.