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Don Ameche

Highest Rated:   92% Midnight (1939)
Lowest Rated:   0% Folks! (1992)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
35% Corrina, Corrina
  • Grandpa Harry
1994
88% Homeward Bound - The Incredible Journey
  • Shadow
1993
0% Folks!
  • Harry
1992
No Score Yet Sunstroke
  • Jake
1992
13% Oscar
  • Father Clemente
1991
No Score Yet Oddball Hall
  • G. Paul Siebriese
1991
36% Cocoon: The Return
  • Art Selwyn
1988
82% Things Change
  • Gino
1988
69% Coming to America
  • Mortimer Duke
1988
44% Harry and the Hendersons
  • Dr. Wallace Wrightwood
1987
No Score Yet Pals
  • Art Riddle
1987
80% Cocoon
  • Art Selwyn
1985
86% 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 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
91% 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
67% In Old Chicago
  • Jack O'Leary
1937
No Score Yet Ladies in Love
  • Dr. Rudi Imre
1936
No Score Yet One in a Million
  • Bob Harris
1936
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno
  • Man in Stokehold
1935

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