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

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
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

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

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
Shadow is that people?
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Yes Sassy I'm going to find them.
Chance--The Bulldog
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
They're just looking for the little girl chance she needs us we have to help.
Chance--The Bulldog
Okay I just hope you know what you're doing I don't want to back there again ever.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Don't worry, Sassy you keep her warm I'll be right back.
Sassy--The Cat
Hurry Shadow!
Chance--The Bulldog
Ow ow! he bit me with his butt!
Chance--The Bulldog
Ow ow! He bit me with his butt!
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Oh chance you really are a 'bull' dog aren't you?
Chance--The Bulldog
I was just curious!
Sassy--The Cat
Like my mother always said 'curiosity killed the dog'
Sassy--The Cat
Like my mother always said, "Curiosity killed the dog."
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Sassy can you pull those things out?
Sassy--The Cat
I'll try.
Chance--The Bulldog
Ow Sassy you got my lip!
Sassy--The Cat
Relax I'm a professional!
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
They look like they're in deep.
Sassy--The Cat
Really deep.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Whatever you do don't lick yourself!
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Whatever you do don't lick yourself!
Chance--The Bulldog
(To retreating porcupine ) Jerk!
Chance--The Bulldog
Jerk!
Horace Hunter
Dwight, this is terrible.
Dwight Dawson
Shhh - out in the hall.
Horace Hunter
I tell you he's sure to hear someone say something about you and Claire.
Dwight Dawson
We can't let him. We've got to keep everybody from talking.
Horace Hunter
Well my wife's here. She hasn't stopped talking in 20 years.
Dwight Dawson
Well we can't let them get started. We've got to keep them all occupied. We'll entertain them.
Horace Hunter
Want me to go home and get my mandolin?
Claire Harris
Happy birthday, Darling! [She kisses him enthusiastically]
Claire Harris
Happy birthday, Darling!
Dwight Dawson
You know, that makes being 33 worthwhile.
Claire Harris
How many?
Dwight Dawson
Well, that last kiss took 5 years off my life.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
[seeing his owner] Peter.
Peter
SHADOW!
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Oh, Peter. I've missed you so much. [both run towards each other] PETER! [they embrace]
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
...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
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
By the way, congratulations on your daughter marrying Bruce Underwood!
Sofia Provolone
Umm I'm afraid there's been a change father she's now marrying a nice Italian boy, Anthony Rossano
Father Clemente
that's all for the better! nothing but a BIG Italian wedding Anthony Rossano
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
Naw forget Anthony, she's not marrying him anymore
Sofia Provolone
WHAT!!
Father Clemente
Well that's a shame, but she's young, someday she'll find the right one
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
She's found the right one
Sofia Provolone
WHO!!
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
DR. Poole
Sofia Provolone
DR. POOLE?!!
Dr. Thornton Poole
HELLO!!
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
Get back into the room!
Father Clemente
looks like a nice young man
Sofia Provolone
why is she marrying Dr. Poole, she barely knows him?
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
she barely knew the chofer too
Sofia Provolone
Don't drag out Oscar in front of the father!
Father Clemente
Who's Oscar?
Sofia Provolone
Why isn't she marrying Anthony?!
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
Because Anthony is marrying Theresa
Sofia Provolone
WHO"S THERESA?!!
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
Look, it's really very simple but i ain't got time to explain, I've got to call Nora
Father Clemente
Whos Nora?
Sofia Provolone
our maid
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
EX MAID!!
Sofia Provolone
Now You fire the maid!!
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
no, she quit to marry Bruce Underwood!
Sofia Provolone
when did that happen?!!
Angelo "Snaps" Provolone
I DON"T KNOW!! Somewhere between my vest and my pants
Chance--The Bulldog
(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
[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
(Licking a fish) Sassy
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
[licking a fish] Sassy.
Chance--The Bulldog
Sassy come on help me out here I'm starving.
Sassy--The Cat
Say it first.
Chance--The Bulldog
What? Oh come on!
Sassy--The Cat
Say It!
Chance--The Bulldog
(Quietly) Cat's rule and dogs drool!
Chance--The Bulldog
[quietly] Cat's rule and dogs drool!
Sassy--The Cat
I can't hear you!
Chance--The Bulldog
Cat's rule and dogs drool you happy!
Sassy--The Cat
Thank you precious!
Chance--The Bulldog
You're welcome cupcake!
Sassy--The Cat
"MY BOYS MY BOYS!"
Sassy--The Cat
MY BOYS MY BOYS!
Chance--The Bulldog
Sassy! Sassy! Sa... Whoa Gopher hole!"
Chance--The Bulldog
Sassy! Sassy! Sa... Whoa Gopher hole!
Sassy--The Cat
"Chance Shadow, oh shadow I'd thought I never see you again!"
Sassy--The Cat
Chance Shadow, oh shadow I'd thought I never see you again!
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
"Sassy you're alive, I missed you so much!"
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Sassy you're alive, I missed you so much!
Chance--The Bulldog
"Yeah me too."
Chance--The Bulldog
Yeah me too.
Sassy--The Cat
"Really?"
Sassy--The Cat
Really?
Chance--The Bulldog
"Well we could've used you around."
Chance--The Bulldog
Well we could've used you around.
Sassy--The Cat
"I missed you too Chance."
Sassy--The Cat
I missed you too Chance.
Chance--The Bulldog
"Hey can we go fishing now Sassy, huh can we?"
Chance--The Bulldog
Hey can we go fishing now Sassy, huh can we?
Sassy--The Cat
"Oh Chance you are hopeless but all right let's go fishing!"
Sassy--The Cat
Oh Chance you are hopeless but all right let's go fishing!
Chance--The Bulldog
"Yes FISH FISH FISH!"
Chance--The Bulldog
Yes FISH FISH FISH!
Chance--The Bulldog
"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
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
"You think it's easy for me to admit that I can't do it? I'm too old."
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
You think it's easy for me to admit that I can't do it? I'm too old.
Chance--The Bulldog
"That's not true there's nothing you can't do."
Chance--The Bulldog
That's not true there's nothing you can't do.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
"I have nothing more to give Chance, and it's time for you to be on your own."
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
I have nothing more to give Chance, and it's time for you to be on your own.
Chance--The Bulldog
"But I want you with me, I love, you Shadow."
Chance--The Bulldog
But I want you with me, I love, you Shadow.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
"You've learned everything you need Chance now all you have to learn is how to say good-bye."
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
You've learned everything you need Chance now all you have to learn is how to say good-bye.
Chance--The Bulldog
"I won't let you give up."
Chance--The Bulldog
I won't let you give up.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
"I shouldn't of made her come."
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
I shouldn't of made her come.
Chance--The Bulldog
" It's not your fault, she wanted to come."
Chance--The Bulldog
It's not your fault, she wanted to come.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
"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
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
"But we didn't ask for this job."
Chance--The Bulldog
But we didn't ask for this job.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
'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
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
(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
[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
Randolph! Randolph!
Randolph Duke
I"m still not talking to you Mortimer!
Mortimer Duke
Look!
Randolph Duke
Mortimer, we're back!
Mortimer Duke
Yeah!
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Something is keeping Peter from coming to me, so i'v got to go to him.
Chance--The Bulldog
You guys kill me she locked the gate, remember?
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
I don't care about gates. I'm going home!
Peter
I'm gunna miss you so much.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
I know, I know you're sad. I wish i knew why.
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
I know, I know you're sad. I wish I knew why.
Chance--The Bulldog
You where like Rin tin tin!
Shadow--The Golden Retriever
Like who?
Chance--The Bulldog
Rin tin tin don't you ever watch TV?
Chance--The Bulldog
Rin tin tin! Don't you ever watch TV?