Don Ameche (1908–1993)

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Don Ameche was a versatile and popular American film actor in the 1930s and '40s, usually as the dapper, mustached leading man. He was also popular as a radio master of ceremonies during this time. As his film popularity waned in the 1950s, he continued working in theater and some TV. His film career surged in a comeback in the 1980s with fine ... See full bio »

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Known For

Cocoon Art Selwyn
Trading Places Mortimer Duke
Heaven Can Wait Henry Van Cleve


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 1994 Corrina, Corrina
Grandpa Harry
 1992 Sunstroke (TV Movie)
 1992 Folks!
Harry Aldrich
 1991 209 Hamilton Drive (TV Movie)
 1991 Pros and Cons (TV Series)
- Once a kid (1991)
 1991 Our Shining Moment (TV Movie)
John 'Papa' McGuire Sr.
 1991 Oscar
Father Clemente
 1990 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Brother Martin
- Once in St. Olaf (1990) ... Brother Martin
 1990 Oddball Hall
G. Paul Siebriese
 1988 Cocoon: The Return
Art Selwyn
 1988 Things Change
 1988 Coming to America
Mortimer Duke
 1987 Harry and the Hendersons
Dr. Wallace Wrightwood
 1987 Pals (TV Movie)
Art Riddle
 1986 A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Movie)
Frank Aherne
 1985 Cocoon
Art Selwyn
 1985 Detective in the House (TV Series)
Amos Cord
- Fathers and Other Strangers (1985) ... Amos Cord
 1984 Not in Front of the Kids (TV Movie)
Ben Rosen
 1979-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Stewart Coolidge / Hollis Witkin / Henry Dobson
- The Duel/Two for Julie/Aunt Hilly (1981) ... Hollis Witkin
 1983 Mr. Smith (TV Series)
Dr. Breckenridge
- Mr. Smith Goes Public (1983) ... Dr. Breckenridge
 1983 Trading Places
Mortimer Duke
 1980 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
- The Invisible Woman/The Snowbird (1980) ... Ferrini
 1979 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Harry Whitehead
- The Death Challenge (1979) ... Harry Whitehead
 1979 The Chinese Typewriter (TV Movie)
Armand Beller
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series)
- Superscoop (1976) ... Clay
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Dr. Norman Marsh
- The Adventure of the Lover's Leap (1975) ... Dr. Norman Marsh
 1975 McCloud (TV Series)
Rene Jauvert
- The Man with the Golden Hat (1975) ... Rene Jauvert
 1972 Gidget Gets Married (TV Movie)
Otis Ramsey
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Diamond Jim Guffy
- Dreadful Sorry Clementine (1971) ... Diamond Jim Guffy
 1971 Columbo (TV Series)
Frank Simpson
- Suitable for Framing (1971) ... Frank Simpson
 1971 Shepherd's Flock (TV Movie)
Dr. Hewitt
 1970 The Boatniks
Commander Taylor
 1969-1970 Julia (TV Series)
Dr. Foster Prestwick
- Call Me by My Rightful Number (1970) ... Dr. Foster Prestwick
- The Grass Is Sometimes Greener (1969) ... Dr. Foster Prestwick
 1970 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Uncle George
- Steve's Uncle George (1970) ... Uncle George
 1968 Shadow Over Elveron (TV Movie)
Justin Pettit
 1967 The Bickersons (Short)
John Bickerson
 1967 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Henry Orient
- Episode #21.8 (1967) ... Henry Orient
 1966 Picture Mommy Dead
Edward Shelley
 1963-1964 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Whitman Saunders
- Who Killed Annie Foran? (1964) ... Whitman Saunders
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Collie McCullough
- The Glorious Days of the Used to Be (1964) ... Collie McCullough
 1961 A Fever in the Blood
Senator Alex S. Simon
 1959 Too Young to Go Steady (TV Series)
Tom Blake
- Pilot (1959) ... Tom Blake
 1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Sam Waterman
- Albert Anastasia - His Life and Death (1958) ... Sam Waterman
 1957 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Harry Graves
- Junior Miss (1957) ... Harry Graves
 1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Burnham Wicks
- Your Every Wish (1957) ... Burnham Wicks
 1956 Saturday Spectacular: High Button Shoes (TV Movie)
Henry Longstreet (uncredited)
 1954 Fire One (TV Movie)
Commander Cannon
 1954 Phantom Caravan
Lawrence Evans
 1953 Family Theatre (TV Series)
Leader of Rosary
- Triumphant Hour (1953) ... Leader of Rosary
 1951 The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show (TV Series)
Co-host (1951-52)
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- The Door (1949)
 1949 Slightly French
John Gayle
 1948 Sleep, My Love
Richard W. Courtland
 1947 That's My Man
Joe Grange
 1946 So Goes My Love
Hiram Stephen Maxim
 1945 Guest Wife
Joseph Jefferson 'Joe' Parker
 1945 It's in the Bag!
Don Ameche
 1944 Greenwich Village
Kenneth Harvey
 1944 Wing and a Prayer
Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper
 1943 Happy Land
Lew Marsh
 1943 Heaven Can Wait
Henry Van Cleve
 1943 Something to Shout About
Ken Douglas
 1942 Girl Trouble
Pedro Sullivan
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
Dwight Dawson
 1941 Confirm or Deny
'Mitch' Mitchell
 1941 The Feminine Touch
John Hathaway
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Lloyd Lloyd
 1941 Moon Over Miami
Phil O'Neil
 1941 That Night in Rio
Larry Martin / Baron Manuel Duarte
 1940 Down Argentine Way
Ricardo Quintana
 1940 Four Sons
 1940 Lillian Russell
Edward Solomon
 1939 Swanee River
Stephen Foster
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
Michael Linnett Connors
 1939 The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell
 1939 Midnight
Tibor Czerny
 1939 The Three Musketeers
 1938 Gateway
Dick Court
 1938 Josette
David Brassard Jr.
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band
Charlie Dwyer
 1938 Happy Landing
Jimmy Hall
 1938 In Old Chicago
Jack O'Leary
 1937 Love Under Fire
Tracy Egan
 1937 You Can't Have Everything
George Macrae
 1937 Fifty Roads to Town
Peter Nostrand
 1937 Love Is News
Martin J. Canavan
 1936 One in a Million
Bob Harris
 1936 Ladies in Love
Dr. Rudi Imre
 1936 Ramona
 1936 Sins of Man
Karl Freyman / Mario Signarelli
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Man in Stoke-Hold (uncredited)
 1935 Clive of India
Prisoner in the Black Hole (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Show Show Director (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (21 credits)
Show Show Self (68 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (26 credits)

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Other Works:

1988) Stage: Appeared in "Our Town" on Broadway. Drama (revival). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | 16 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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Personal Quote:

[on Darryl F. Zanuck] Zanuck never did anything but be nice to me. Oh yeah, maybe he chased Alice Faye around, but a lot of people chased Alice Faye around. See more »


Became a father for the fifth time at age 36 when his wife Honore gave birth to their daughter Barbara Balinda Ameche on March 13, 1945. See more »


Was well known for having a peaceful, soothing but authoritative sounding voice.


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