Don Ameche

Don Ameche


5/31/1908, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA



Birth Name

Dominic Felix Amici


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Don Ameche was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and studied acting at the University in his hometown. Ameche found his way to New York in the 30s, and he toured the vaudeville circuit before landing his first film acting job on the set of Clive of India. Ameche then…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Don was the voice of Shadow, the Golden Retriever, in Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993).

    • Don won the Venice Film Festival Best Actor award for Things Change (1988).

    • Don served as a ringmaster on the NBC show International Showcase, which traveled worldwide introducing different circus and magic acts every week, from 1961 to 1965.

    • Don appeared in 5 films with Loretta Young, including:

      Clive Of India (1935) (his screen debut)
      Ramona (1936)
      Ladies In Love (1936)
      Love Under Fire (1937)
      The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

    • Don appeared with Mae West on "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" on Dec. 12, 1937, in a Hollywood radio studio, in which they
      did a comic takeoff on Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Mae's burlesque delivery of her lines and ad-libs caused a nationwide uproar and condemnation from the FCC. West was not allowed to perform on radio after this and Don's career was jeopardized by this.

    • Don co-starred in 6 pictures with Alice Faye, including:

      In Old Chicago (1937)
      You Can't Have Eveything (1937)
      Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
      Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
      Lillian Russell (1940)
      That Night In Rio (1941)

    • Don and his wife Honore had six children; Ronald, Dominic, Thomas, Lonnie, Bonnie and Connie.

    • Don's younger brother, Jim, was also an actor and also played the role of Alexander Graham Bell in The Story Of Mankind (1957).

    • Don was married to Honore Prendergast from 1932 until her death in 1986.

    • Don apologized to everyone on the set of Trading Places (1983) when he had to read a line containing what he called "the f-word."

    • Don co-starred with Zsa Zsa Gabor in the campy horror film Picture Mommy Dead (1966).

    • Don finished his scenes in Corinna, Corinna (1994) a few days before his death.

    • Don was inducted into the Radio Hall Of Fame in 1992.

    • Don's role in The Story Of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) was so popular that many Americans referred to telephones as "Ameches" in the 1940s.

    • Don won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Cocoon (1985).

    • Don was 5 feet 11 inches tall.

    • Don has a Television star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard, and a radio star at 6313 Hollywood Boulevard.

  • Quotes

    • (about producer Darryl F. Zanuck)
      Don Ameche: 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.

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