PROFILE OF DONALD PLEASENCE
[Acting is] more of a compulsive thing. I alternate between being terrified
and being bored, yet there is a curious excitement in it the whole time.
The following profile is incomplete. Please e-mail me with any additions and/or corrections.
NAME: Donald Pleasence
BORN: October 5, 1919 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
DIED: February 2, 1995 in St. Paul de Vence, France
AGE AT TIME OF DEATH: 75 years old
CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications from heart valve replacement surgery.
HEIGHT: 5 ft. 7 in.
WEIGHT: 140 pounds (in the 1960s)
EYE COLOR: Pleasence described them as "duck-egg blue."
HAIR COLOR: Before he went bald, it was brown.
FATHER: Thomas Stanley Pleasence
MOTHER: Alice (Armitage) Pleasence
BROTHER: Ralph Pleasence
WIFE #1: Miriam Raymond (1941-1958)
WIFE #2: Josephine Martin Crombie (1959-1970)
WIFE #3: Meira Shore (1970-1988)
WIFE #4: Linda Kentwood (1988-1995)
DAUGHTER #1: Angela Daphne Pleasence (to Miriam Raymond)
DAUGHTER #2: Jean Denise Pleasence (to Miriam Raymond)
DAUGHTER #3: Lucy Alice Maria Pleasence (to Josephine Martin Crombie)
DAUGHTER #4: Polly Jo Alexis Helena Pleasence (to Josephine Martin Crombie)
DAUGHTER #5: Miranda Pleasence (to Meira Shore)
EDUCATION: The Ecclesfield Grammer School in Ecclesfield, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England (1931-1937)
MILITARY SERVICE: Served with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1942-1946. Spent 1944-1946 in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp. Discharged in 1946 with the rank of flight lieutenant.
HOBBIES: Birds, Boats, Flowers, Motor Cars (according to a 1961 article, he drove a Jaguar), and what Pleasence described as "very bad golf."
CLUBS: Member of the British and American AEA; SAG; the Arts Club (London); Royal Automobile Club (London).
RECREATION: Pleasence is quoted as saying: "Having dinner with good friends and talking too much."
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:
1958-----British Television Actor of the Year
1960-----LONDON CRITICS AWARD: Best Actor (The Caretaker)
1962-----TONY NOMINATION: Best Dramatic Actor (The Caretaker)
1965-----TONY NOMINATION: Best Dramatic Actor (Poor Bitos)
1967-----LONDON VARIETY AWARD: Stage Actor of the Year (The Man in the Glass Booth)
1969-----TONY NOMINATION: Best Dramatic Actor (The Man in the Glass Booth)
1972-----TONY NOMINATION: Best Dramatic Actor (Wise Child)
1982-----KNOKKEHEIST FILM FESTIVAL: Best Actor (Race for the Yankee Zephyr)
1987-----AUSTRALIAN FILM INDUSTRY NOMINATION: Best Supporting Actor (Ground Zero)
1989-----FANGORIA HORROR HALL OF FAME
1994-----Pleasence was appointed an officer of the ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE.
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