Don Ameche

Don Ameche

Highest Rated: 92% Midnight (1939)

Lowest Rated: 0% Folks! (1992)

Birthday: May 31, 1908

Birthplace: Not Available

Though his popularity rose and fell during his long career, American actor Don Ameche, born Dominic Amici in Kenosha, WI, was one of Hollywood's most enduring stars. He began his acting career in college, where he had been studying law. He had a natural gift for acting and got his first professional opportunity when he filled in for a missing lead in the stock theater production of Excess Baggage. After that, he forewent his law career and became a full-time theatrical actor. He also worked briefly in vaudeville beside Texas Guinan. Following that he spent five years as a radio announcer. He made his screen debut in a feature short, Beauty at the World's Fair (1933). Following this, Ameche moved to Hollywood where he screen-tested with MGM; they rejected him. In 1935, he managed to obtain a small role in Clive of India and this resulted in his signing a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. Ameche, with his trim figure, pencil-thin mustache, and rich baritone voice was neither a conventionally handsome leading man nor the dashing hero type. Instead he embodied a wholesomeness and bland honesty that made him the ideal co-lead and foil for the more complex heroes. He played supporting roles for many years before he came into his own playing the leads in light romances and musicals such as Alexander's Rag Time Band (1938), where he demonstrated a real flair for romantic comedy. In 1939, Ameche played the title role in the classic biopic The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. The film was a tremendous success and for years afterward, fans quipped that it was he, not Bell who invented the telephone; for a time the telephone was even called an "ameche." He continued working steadily through the mid-'40s and then his film career ground to an abrupt halt. He returned to radio to play opposite Frances Langford in the long-running and popular series The Bickersons. During the 1950s he worked occasionally on television.He began appearing infrequently in low-budget films during the '60s and '70s, but did not make a comeback proper until 1983, when he was cast as a replacement for the ailing Ray Milland in the comedy Trading Places. The success of this film brought Ameche back in demand. In 1985, the aging actor received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work as a retirement home Casanova in Cocoon. He followed up that role to even more acclaim in 1988's David Mamet-Shel Silverstein concoction Things Change, in which Ameche played the role of a impish shoemaker chosen to take the fall for a mob hit. Before his death in 1993, Ameche rounded out his career with brief but memorable performances in Oscar (1991) and Corrina, Corrina (1994).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (The Modern Miracle) Alexander Graham Bell 2000
No Score Yet Hidden Hollywood: Treasures From The 20th Century Fox Vaults Actor 1997
39% Corrina, Corrina Grandpa Harry 1994
87% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey Shadow 1993
0% Folks! Harry 1992
No Score Yet Sunstroke Jake 1992
12% Oscar Father Clemente 1991
No Score Yet Oddball Hall G. Paul Siebriese 1991
33% Cocoon: The Return Art Selwyn 1988
83% Things Change Gino 1988
67% Coming to America Mortimer Duke 1988
42% Harry and the Hendersons Dr. Wallace Wrightwood 1987
No Score Yet Pals Art Riddle 1987
77% Cocoon Art Selwyn 1985
87% Trading Places Mortimer Duke 1983
No Score Yet Suitable for Framing Actor 1971
No Score Yet Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Col. Flanders 1970
No Score Yet The Boatniks Cmdr. Taylor 1970
No Score Yet Rings Around the World Actor 1967
No Score Yet Picture Mommy Dead Edward Shelley 1966
No Score Yet Slightly French John Gayle 1949
No Score Yet Sleep, My Love Richard Courtland 1947
No Score Yet That's My Man Joe Grange 1947
No Score Yet So Goes My Love Hiram Stephen Maxim 1946
No Score Yet It's in the Bag Guest Star 1945
No Score Yet Guest Wife Joe 1945
No Score Yet Greenwich Village Kenneth Harvey 1944
80% Wing and a Prayer Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper 1944
No Score Yet Happy Land Lew Marsh 1943
85% Heaven Can Wait Henry Van Cleve 1943
No Score Yet The Magnificent Dope Dwight Dawson 1942
No Score Yet The Feminine Touch Prof. John Hathaway 1941
No Score Yet Moon Over Miami Phil O'Neil 1941
No Score Yet That Night in Rio Impersonator Larry Martin / Baron Manuel Duarte 1941
No Score Yet Down Argentine Way Ricardo Quintana 1940
No Score Yet Lillian Russell Edward Solomon 1940
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Mike Connors 1939
92% Midnight Tibor Czerny 1939
No Score Yet The Three Musketeers D'Artagnan 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
80% Alexander's Ragtime Band Charlie Dwyer 1938
No Score Yet Happy Landing Jimmy Hall 1938
No Score Yet Love Is News Marty Canavan 1937
73% In Old Chicago Jack O'Leary 1937
No Score Yet Fifty Roads to Town Peter Nostrand 1937
No Score Yet Ladies in Love Dr. Rudi Imre 1936
No Score Yet Sins of Man Karl Freyman/Mario Signarelli 1936
No Score Yet Ramona Alessandro 1936
No Score Yet One in a Million Bob Harris 1936
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno Man in Stokehold 1935
No Score Yet Clive of India Black Hole of Calcutta Prisoner 1935

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
1990
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Harry Whitehead 1979
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Frank Simpson 1971

QUOTES FROM Don Ameche CHARACTERS

Sassy--The Cat says: Shadow is that people?

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Yes Sassy I'm going to find them.

Chance--The Bulldog says: What, no, no strangers Shadow they'll take us to the pound they'll lock us up we'll never come out again!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: They're just looking for the little girl chance she needs us we have to help.

Chance--The Bulldog says: Okay I just hope you know what you're doing I don't want to back there again ever.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Don't worry, Sassy you keep her warm I'll be right back.

Sassy--The Cat says: Hurry Shadow!

Chance--The Bulldog says: Ow ow! he bit me with his butt!

Chance--The Bulldog says: Ow ow! He bit me with his butt!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Oh chance you really are a 'bull' dog aren't you?

Chance--The Bulldog says: I was just curious!

Sassy--The Cat says: Like my mother always said 'curiosity killed the dog'

Sassy--The Cat says: Like my mother always said, "Curiosity killed the dog."

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Sassy can you pull those things out?

Sassy--The Cat says: I'll try.

Chance--The Bulldog says: Ow Sassy you got my lip!

Sassy--The Cat says: Relax I'm a professional!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: They look like they're in deep.

Sassy--The Cat says: Really deep.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Whatever you do don't lick yourself!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Whatever you do don't lick yourself!

Chance--The Bulldog says: (To retreating porcupine ) Jerk!

Chance--The Bulldog says: Jerk!

Horace Hunter says: Dwight, this is terrible.

Dwight Dawson says: Shhh - out in the hall.

Horace Hunter says: I tell you he's sure to hear someone say something about you and Claire.

Dwight Dawson says: We can't let him. We've got to keep everybody from talking.

Horace Hunter says: Well my wife's here. She hasn't stopped talking in 20 years.

Dwight Dawson says: Well we can't let them get started. We've got to keep them all occupied. We'll entertain them.

Horace Hunter says: Want me to go home and get my mandolin?

Claire Harris says: Happy birthday, Darling! [She kisses him enthusiastically]

Claire Harris says: Happy birthday, Darling!

Dwight Dawson says: You know, that makes being 33 worthwhile.

Claire Harris says: How many?

Dwight Dawson says: Well, that last kiss took 5 years off my life.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: [seeing his owner] Peter.

Peter says: SHADOW!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Oh, Peter. I've missed you so much. [both run towards each other] PETER! [they embrace]

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: ...a few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man: to bark when he's in danger, to run and play with him when he's happy, to nuzzle him when he's lonely. That's why they call us man's best friend

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: A few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man: to bark when he's in danger, to run and play with him when he's happy, to nuzzle him when he's lonely. That's why they call us man's best friend.

Father Clemente says: By the way, congratulations on your daughter marrying Bruce Underwood!

Sofia Provolone says: Umm I'm afraid there's been a change father she's now marrying a nice Italian boy, Anthony Rossano

Father Clemente says: that's all for the better! nothing but a BIG Italian wedding Anthony Rossano

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: Naw forget Anthony, she's not marrying him anymore

Sofia Provolone says: WHAT!!

Father Clemente says: Well that's a shame, but she's young, someday she'll find the right one

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: She's found the right one

Sofia Provolone says: WHO!!

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: DR. Poole

Sofia Provolone says: DR. POOLE?!!

Dr. Thornton Poole says: HELLO!!

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: Get back into the room!

Father Clemente says: looks like a nice young man

Sofia Provolone says: why is she marrying Dr. Poole, she barely knows him?

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: she barely knew the chofer too

Sofia Provolone says: Don't drag out Oscar in front of the father!

Father Clemente says: Who's Oscar?

Sofia Provolone says: Why isn't she marrying Anthony?!

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: Because Anthony is marrying Theresa

Sofia Provolone says: WHO"S THERESA?!!

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: Look, it's really very simple but i ain't got time to explain, I've got to call Nora

Father Clemente says: Whos Nora?

Sofia Provolone says: our maid

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: EX MAID!!

Sofia Provolone says: Now You fire the maid!!

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: no, she quit to marry Bruce Underwood!

Sofia Provolone says: when did that happen?!!

Angelo "Snaps" Provolone says: I DON"T KNOW!! Somewhere between my vest and my pants

Chance--The Bulldog says: (Trying to catch fish in the river) There's one, no wait there's one! Shadow how did you get one of these?

Chance--The Bulldog says: [trying to catch fish in the river] There's one, no wait there's one! Shadow how did you get one of these?

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: (Licking a fish) Sassy

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: [licking a fish] Sassy.

Chance--The Bulldog says: Sassy come on help me out here I'm starving.

Sassy--The Cat says: Say it first.

Chance--The Bulldog says: What? Oh come on!

Sassy--The Cat says: Say It!

Chance--The Bulldog says: (Quietly) Cat's rule and dogs drool!

Chance--The Bulldog says: [quietly] Cat's rule and dogs drool!

Sassy--The Cat says: I can't hear you!

Chance--The Bulldog says: Cat's rule and dogs drool you happy!

Sassy--The Cat says: Thank you precious!

Chance--The Bulldog says: You're welcome cupcake!

Sassy--The Cat says: "MY BOYS MY BOYS!"

Sassy--The Cat says: MY BOYS MY BOYS!

Chance--The Bulldog says: Sassy! Sassy! Sa... Whoa Gopher hole!"

Chance--The Bulldog says: Sassy! Sassy! Sa... Whoa Gopher hole!

Sassy--The Cat says: "Chance Shadow, oh shadow I'd thought I never see you again!"

Sassy--The Cat says: Chance Shadow, oh shadow I'd thought I never see you again!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: "Sassy you're alive, I missed you so much!"

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Sassy you're alive, I missed you so much!

Chance--The Bulldog says: "Yeah me too."

Chance--The Bulldog says: Yeah me too.

Sassy--The Cat says: "Really?"

Sassy--The Cat says: Really?

Chance--The Bulldog says: "Well we could've used you around."

Chance--The Bulldog says: Well we could've used you around.

Sassy--The Cat says: "I missed you too Chance."

Sassy--The Cat says: I missed you too Chance.

Chance--The Bulldog says: "Hey can we go fishing now Sassy, huh can we?"

Chance--The Bulldog says: Hey can we go fishing now Sassy, huh can we?

Sassy--The Cat says: "Oh Chance you are hopeless but all right let's go fishing!"

Sassy--The Cat says: Oh Chance you are hopeless but all right let's go fishing!

Chance--The Bulldog says: "Yes FISH FISH FISH!"

Chance--The Bulldog says: Yes FISH FISH FISH!

Chance--The Bulldog says: "Look you pushed me this far now I'm pushing you the rest of the way you know there was times in the woods when things were really bad, but I always believed we'd make it because I thought you were too stubborn to quit. Well you're not gonna quit now now when we're this close, Now TRY AGAIN!"

Chance--The Bulldog says: Look you pushed me this far now I'm pushing you the rest of the way you know there was times in the woods when things were really bad, but I always believed we'd make it because I thought you were too stubborn to quit. Well you're not gonna quit now now when we're this close, Now TRY AGAIN!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: "You think it's easy for me to admit that I can't do it? I'm too old."

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: You think it's easy for me to admit that I can't do it? I'm too old.

Chance--The Bulldog says: "That's not true there's nothing you can't do."

Chance--The Bulldog says: That's not true there's nothing you can't do.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: "I have nothing more to give Chance, and it's time for you to be on your own."

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: I have nothing more to give Chance, and it's time for you to be on your own.

Chance--The Bulldog says: "But I want you with me, I love, you Shadow."

Chance--The Bulldog says: But I want you with me, I love, you Shadow.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: "You've learned everything you need Chance now all you have to learn is how to say good-bye."

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: You've learned everything you need Chance now all you have to learn is how to say good-bye.

Chance--The Bulldog says: "I won't let you give up."

Chance--The Bulldog says: I won't let you give up.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: "I shouldn't of made her come."

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: I shouldn't of made her come.

Chance--The Bulldog says: " It's not your fault, she wanted to come."

Chance--The Bulldog says: It's not your fault, she wanted to come.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: "But it's my responsibility. I had a responsibility to Sassy - to love her and protect her - the same as I have to you... and to Peter. And the same as you have to Jamie."

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: But it's my responsibility. I had a responsibility to Sassy - to love her and protect her - the same as I have to you... and to Peter. And the same as you have to Jamie.

Chance--The Bulldog says: "But we didn't ask for this job."

Chance--The Bulldog says: But we didn't ask for this job.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: 'We didn't have to. It's built in. Has been ever since the dawn of time... when a few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man, to bark when he's in danger, to run and play with him when he's happy, to nuzzle him when he's lonely. That's why they call us man's best friend."

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: We didn't have to. It's built in. Has been ever since the dawn of time... when a few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man, to bark when he's in danger, to run and play with him when he's happy, to nuzzle him when he's lonely. That's why they call us man's best friend.

Chance--The Bulldog says: (Narrating) "Looking at him that night, he seemed so wise... and ancient, like the first dog who ever walked the earth. I just hope that one day, I could be like him."

Chance--The Bulldog says: [narrating] Looking at him that night, he seemed so wise... and ancient, like the first dog who ever walked the earth. I just hope that one day, I could be like him.

Mortimer Duke says: Randolph! Randolph!

Randolph Duke says: I"m still not talking to you Mortimer!

Mortimer Duke says: Look!

Randolph Duke says: Mortimer, we're back!

Mortimer Duke says: Yeah!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Something is keeping Peter from coming to me, so i'v got to go to him.

Chance--The Bulldog says: You guys kill me she locked the gate, remember?

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: I don't care about gates. I'm going home!

Peter says: I'm gunna miss you so much.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: I know, I know you're sad. I wish i knew why.

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: I know, I know you're sad. I wish I knew why.

Chance--The Bulldog says: You where like Rin tin tin!

Shadow--The Golden Retriever says: Like who?

Chance--The Bulldog says: Rin tin tin don't you ever watch TV?

Chance--The Bulldog says: Rin tin tin! Don't you ever watch TV?