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      Don Ameche

      Don Ameche

      Highest Rated: 93% Midnight (1939)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: May 31, 1908

      Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

      With his good looks and trademark pencil thin moustache, Don Ameche specialized in musicals and comedies during the 1930s and 1940s, often cast as likeable, upper-class sophisticates. He earned his first notoriety on radio, which led to a contract with 20th Century Fox and such popular features as "In Old Chicago" (1937) and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" (1938). He achieved his pinnacle of fame with the titular part in the biography "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell" (1939), though "Midnight" (1939) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1943) were arguably his finest showcases as a comedic leading man. Ameche's film opportunities dried up in the late 1940s, but he still managed to keep busy with a variety of television and stage assignments, and briefly reignited his career in the following decade via some Broadway successes. However, it was not until his turn as an evil billionaire in the hit comedy "Trading Places" (1983) that the now elderly actor found himself truly in demand once again. Recognition from his peers finally came via his role in Ron Howard's fantasy hit "Cocoon" (1985) for which he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Over a career spanning more than six decades, Ameche managed to make his mark in three different mediums and weathered significant career lulls with veracity and hard work, offering three of his most indelible performances well into his golden years.

      Highest rated movies

      Midnight
      Heaven Can Wait
      Trading Places
      Things Change
      Alexander's Ragtime Band
      Cocoon
      Wing and a Prayer
      Coming to America

      Photos

      FOLKS!, Don Ameche, 1992. © 20th Century Fox Film Corp.. THE FEMININE TOUCH, Don Ameche, Rosalind Russell, 1941 RAMONA, Loretta Young, Don Ameche, 1936 THINGS CHANGE, Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, 1988, (c) Columbia SWANEE RIVER, Andrea Leeds, Don Ameche, 1939 RAMONA, Don Ameche, Loretta Young, 1936, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reseved RAMONA, Don Ameche, Loretta Young, 1936. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. RAMONA, Loretta Young, Don Ameche, 1936. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. RAMONA, Don Ameche, Loretta Young, 1936, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. PICTURE MOMMY DEAD, Martha Hyer, Don Ameche, 1966 PICTURE MOMMY DEAD, Don Ameche, 1966 MOON OVER MIAMI, Betty Grable, Don Ameche, 1941, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved MIDNIGHT, Don Ameche, Claudette Colbert, 1939 MOON OVER MIAMI, Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings, 1941, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved DOWN ARGENTINE WAY, Betty Grable, Don Ameche, 1940 HEAVEN CAN WAIT, Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, 1943 TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. HEAVEN CAN WAIT, Don Ameche, Laird Cregar, 1943. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. HEAVEN CAN WAIT, Don Ameche, 1943, TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.. DOWN ARGENTINE WAY, Don Ameche, Betty Grable, 1940, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. MOON OVER MIAMI, Betty Grable, Don Ameche, 1941, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      37% 69% Corrina, Corrina Harry (Character) $20.2M 1994
      87% 71% Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Shadow (Voice) $41.6M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunstroke Jake (Character) - 1992
      0% 53% Folks! Harry Aldrich (Character) $5.9M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oddball Hall G. Paul Siebriese (Character) - 1991
      11% 63% Oscar Father Clemente (Character) $23.5M 1991
      73% 85% Coming to America Mortimer Duke (Character) $128.1M 1988
      85% 80% Things Change Gino (Character) $2.3M 1988
      31% 34% Cocoon: The Return Arthur "Art" Selwyn (Character) $18.5M 1988
      45% 54% Harry and the Hendersons Dr. Wallace Wrightwood (Character) $27.1M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pals Art Riddle (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Masterpiece of Murder Frank Aherne (Character) - 1986
      82% 60% Cocoon Art Selwyn (Character) $75.9M 1985
      88% 85% Trading Places Mortimer Duke (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chinese Typewriter Armand Beller (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gidget Gets Married Otis Ramsey (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 27% Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Col. Flanders (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shadow Over Elveron Justin Pettit (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rings Around the World Unknown (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 52% Picture Mommy Dead Edward Shelley (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Fever in the Blood Senator Alex S. Simon (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire One Commander Cannon (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 33% Slightly French John Gayle (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 67% Sleep, My Love Richard W. Courtland (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet That's My Man Joe Grange (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet So Goes My Love Hiram Stephen Maxim (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 25% Guest Wife Joseph Jefferson `'Joe'` Parker (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 47% It's in the Bag Self - 1945
      80% 48% Wing and a Prayer Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greenwich Village Kenneth Harvey (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something to Shout About Ken Douglas (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happy Land Lew Marsh (Character) - 1943
      89% 75% Heaven Can Wait Henry Van Cleve (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 55% The Magnificent Dope Dwight Dawson (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girl Trouble Pedro Sullivan (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 78% The Feminine Touch Prof. John Hathaway (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Confirm or Deny "Mitch" Mitchell (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 56% That Night in Rio Impersonator Larry Martin/Baron Manuel Duarte (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 68% Moon Over Miami Phil O'Neil (Credits)/Phil 'Mac' McNeil (in Film) (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss the Boys Goodbye Lloyd Lloyd (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Sons Chris Bern (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 36% Lillian Russell Edward Solomon (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 56% Down Argentine Way Unknown (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 58% The Story of Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swanee River Stephen Foster (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 46% Hollywood Cavalcade Michael Linnett Connors (Character) - 1939
      93% 88% Midnight Tibor Czerny (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 36% The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gateway Dick Court (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 17% Happy Landing Jimmy Hall (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Josette David Brassard Jr. (Character) - 1938
      83% 46% Alexander's Ragtime Band Charlie Dwyer (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can't Have Everything George Macrae (Character) - 1937
      67% 53% In Old Chicago Jack O'Leary (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 77% Love Is News Marty Canavan (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifty Roads To Town Peter Nostrand (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 0% One in a Million Robert "Bob" Harris (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ramona Alessandro (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 67% Ladies in Love Dr. Rudi Imre (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sins of Man Karl Freyman, Mario Signarelli (Character) - 1936

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Brother Martin (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Heavens Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Rene Jauvert (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alias Smith and Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Frank Simpson (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1956-1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1953