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Don Ameche, Award-Winner – MovieActors.com

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Ameche in TRADING PLACES (1983).

Don Ameche: Best Supporting Actor 1985: MovieActors.com

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COCOON (Science Fiction – PG)

Don Ameche won his Supporting Oscar playing one of a group of retirees whose lives are transformed by aliens.












About Don Ameche (1908 – 1994)

Don Ameche was born on May 31st, 1908 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was one of seven children, and the son of an Italian immigrant, Felice Amici, a bartender.

Don Ameche is American leading man with stage and radio experience, who's real name is Dominie Felix Amici. Don attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin. Though at first he was bent on studying the law, Don found theatre to be much more rewarding, and started his thespian career as a stage actor.

Don Ameche was married to Honore Prendergast, from 1932 until his death in 1993. Don and Honore had six children from their union: Ronald, Dominic Jr., Thomas, Lonnie, Bonnie and Connie.
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Don Ameche's first film was SINS OF MAN, in 1936, followed by many outstanding credits.
Known to an earlier generation primarily for his role as telephone inventor "Alexander Graham Bell";(1939), Don Ameche later found a whole new audience because of his film performances in the eighties; in hits like: TRADING PLACES ;(1983) and COCOON; (1985).

1943's HEAVEN CAN WAIT is considered by some to be Don Ameche's best acting performance. Don Ameche was cast in the lead role portraying Henry Van Cleve.

Don Ameche became a major comedic star on radio when he and Frances Langford were cast for THE BICKERSONS Radio Show.

ON FEBRUARY 8th, 1960, Don Ameche was honored with two stars on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME; one for RADIO; (At 6313 Hollywood Blvd.), and one for TELEVISION; (At 6101 Hollywood Blvd.).

Don Ameche's notable movie credits include...

ONE IN A MILLION (1936)
IN OLD CHICAGO (1937)
ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND (1938)
THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1939)
MIDNIGHT (1939)
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL (1938)
FOUR SONS (1940)
THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941)
HAPPY LANDING (1938)
PICTURE MOMMY DEAD (1966)
TRADING PLACES (1983)
OSCAR (1985)
HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS (1987)
COMING TO AMERICA (1988)
THINGS CHANGE (1988)
COCOON: THE RETURN (1988)
THINGS CHANGE (1988)
ODDBALL HALL (1990)
FOLKS! (1992)
HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY (1993)
CORRINA CORRINA (1994)

Don Ameche's television credits include...

TAKE A CHANCE (TV Series)
STAR TIME (TV Series)
HOLIDAY HOTEL (TV Series)
THE FRANCES LANGFORD- DON AMECHE SHOW (TV Series 1951)
COKE TIME (TV Series)
TO TELL THE TRUTH (TV Series)
SHEPERD'S FLOCK (TV Series 1971)
THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER (1979)
A MASTERPIECE OF MURDER (TV MOVIE) (1986)
OUR SHINING MOMENT (1991)
SUNSTROKE (1992)

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Ameche in COCOON.

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Don Ameche in THAT NIGHT IN RIO (1941).

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Ameche was featured IN OLD CHICAGO (1937).

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Don Ameche (right) with his co-stars in TRADING PLACES (1983).

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Don Ameche in MIDNIGHT (1939).

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Don Ameche in HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943).

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Don Ameche in ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND (1938).