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Don Ameche (1908–1993)

Don Ameche was a versatile and popular American film actor in the 1930s and '40s, usually as the dapper, mustached leading man. He was also popular as a radio master of ceremonies during this time. As his film popularity waned in the 1950s, he continued working in theater and some TV. His film career surged in a comeback in the 1980s with fine ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cocoon Art Selwyn
Trading Places
Trading Places Mortimer Duke
Harry and the Hendersons
Harry and the Hendersons Dr. Wallace Wrightwood


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 1994 Corrina, Corrina
Grandpa Harry
 1992 Folks!
Harry Aldrich
 1991 Oscar
Father Clemente
 1990 Oddball Hall
G. Paul Siebriese
 1988 Cocoon: The Return
Art Selwyn
 1988 Things Change
 1988 Coming to America
Mortimer Duke
 1987 Harry and the Hendersons
Dr. Wallace Wrightwood
 1985 Cocoon
Art Selwyn
 1983 Trading Places
Mortimer Duke
 1970 The Boatniks
Commander Taylor
 1966 Picture Mommy Dead
Edward Shelley
 1961 A Fever in the Blood
Senator Alex S. Simon
 1954 Phantom Caravan
Lawrence Evans
 1949 Slightly French
John Gayle
 1948 Sleep, My Love
Richard W. Courtland
 1947 That's My Man
Joe Grange
 1946 So Goes My Love
Hiram Stephen Maxim
 1945 Guest Wife
Joseph Jefferson 'Joe' Parker
 1945 It's in the Bag!
Don Ameche
 1944 Greenwich Village
Kenneth Harvey
 1944 Wing and a Prayer
Flight Cmdr. Bingo Harper
 1943 Happy Land
Lew Marsh
 1943 Heaven Can Wait
Henry Van Cleve
 1943 Something to Shout About
Ken Douglas
 1942 Girl Trouble
Pedro Sullivan
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
Dwight Dawson
 1941 Confirm or Deny
'Mitch' Mitchell
 1941 The Feminine Touch
John Hathaway
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Lloyd Lloyd
 1941 Moon Over Miami
Phil O'Neil (Credits)
 1941 That Night in Rio
Larry Martin / Baron Duarte
 1940 Down Argentine Way
Ricardo Quintana
 1940 Four Sons
 1940 Lillian Russell
Edward Solomon
 1939 Swanee River
Stephen Foster
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
Michael Linnett Connors
 1939 The Story of Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell
 1939 Midnight
Tibor Czerny
 1939 The Three Musketeers
 1938 Gateway
Dick Court
 1938 Josette
David Brassard Jr.
 1938 Alexander's Ragtime Band
Charlie Dwyer
 1938 Happy Landing
Jimmy Hall
 1938 In Old Chicago
Jack O'Leary
 1937 Love Under Fire
Tracy Egan
 1937 You Can't Have Everything
George Macrae
 1937 Fifty Roads to Town
Peter Nostrand
 1937 Love Is News
Martin J. Canavan
 1936 One in a Million
Bob Harris
 1936 Ladies in Love
Dr. Rudi Imre
 1936 Ramona
 1936 Sins of Man
Karl Freyman / Mario Signarelli
 1935 Dante's Inferno
Man in Stoke-Hold (uncredited)
 1935 Clive of India
Prisoner in the Black Hole (unconfirmed, uncredited)
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Radio: Starred with Frances Langford in the comedy series "The Bickersons". See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | See more »


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[on Darryl F. Zanuck] 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.


Although he played Tod Andrews' father in Heaven Can Wait (1943), he was only six years his senior in real life. See more »


Was well known for having a peaceful, soothing but authoritative sounding voice. See more »

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