Don Ameche - Film & Theater Personalities, Birthday and Personal Life

Home  ›  American  ›  Don AmecheMay 31, 1908501 views

0.0 based on 0 rates

Don Ameche's Personal Details

Don Ameche was an American actor known for his role in the film ‘Cocoon’

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 31, 1908
Died onDecember 6, 1993
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors, Voice Actors
City/StateWisconsin
SpousesHonore Prendergast (m. 1932–1986)
SiblingsAnn Ameche, Catherine Ameche, Elizabeth Ameche, Jane Ameche, Jim Ameche, Louis Ameche, Umberto Ameche
Known asDominic Felix Amici
Childrens Bonnie Ameche, Connie Ameche, Dominic Ameche, Lonnie Ameche, Ronald Ameche, Thomas Ameche
Universities
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cause of deathCancer
Birth PlaceKenosha, Wisconsin
ReligionCatholicism
Height179cm
GenderMale
FatherFelice Amici
MotherBarbara Etta Amici
Sun SignGemini
Born inKenosha, Wisconsin
Famous asActor
Died at Age85

// Famous Actors

Don Ameche's photo

Who is Don Ameche?

Don Ameche was an American actor and voice artist popularly known for playing the Oscar-winning role of ‘Art Selwyn’ in the 1985 American science-fiction fantasy comedy-drama film ‘Cocoon’. Ameche’s acting career lasted for more than sixty years over the course of which he appeared in numerous notable roles. Before he got the opportunity to showcase his acting skills in the film and television industry, he performed for several years on the vaudeville. After earning some popularity working on radio shows, he earned his first movie contract from 20th Century Fox in the mid-1930s. During the 1950s he entered the Broadway and television world and garnered much fame by performing comedy, drama, and musical acts. During his sixty-year long acting career, he had as many as ninety credits to his name working in films and television shows. His greatest works include the films ‘Alexander's Ragtime Band’, ‘The Story of Alexander Graham Bell’, ‘Down Argentine Way’, ‘Cocoon’, and ‘Things Change’. The Academy Award-winning actor is also the inspiration behind the character ‘Carter Pewterschmidt’ in the American animated sitcom ‘Family Guy’, created by Seth MacFarlane.

// Famous Voice Actors

Childhood & Early Life

Don Ameche was born as Dominic Felix Amici in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on May 31, 1908, to Felice Amici, a professional bartender, and Barbara Etta. His father was of Italian ancestry and his mother was of German, Scottish, and Irish bloodline.

He had seven siblings: three brothers, Umberto (popularly known as Bert), James (commonly known as Jim Ameche, also an actor), and Louis, as well as four sisters, Catherine, Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna.

He went to Marquette University and also attended the Loras College. He then proceeded to the University of Wisconsin to complete his studies. He aspired to become a lawyer one day, but as the years went by, he found himself more drawn to acting and theatrical performances.

During his college days, Don Ameche learned a lot about acting, appearing regularly in his college dramas. When he was at the Marquette University, a lead actor failed to show up during a stage show. Don was encouraged by his friends to take the opportunity and he grabbed the offer.

Before entering the show business, Ameche spent a lot of time in his college stage productions, performing and learning the skills. He later appeared on Vaudeville.

Career

Don Ameche got his first chance to work in a film in 1935, appearing as a prisoner in the film ‘Clive of India,’ and later that year had another appearance in the film ‘Dante's Inferno’. However, in both these films, he was not credited and had to wait for another year to get an official debut in the film industry. He appeared as ‘Karl Freyman / Mario Signarelli’ in the film ‘Sins of Man’ (1936).

Within three years, Ameche established himself as one of the most valuable actors in Hollywood, working in over ten films. Between 1937 and 1939, he appeared in several important films showcasing his dramatic acting skills as well as his comedic side. Some of his important works in the 1930s were ‘Ramona’, ‘Ladies in Love’, ‘One in a Million’, ‘Love Is News’, ‘Fifty Roads to Town’, ‘You Can't Have Everything’, ‘Love Under Fire’, ‘Happy Landing’, ‘Alexander's Ragtime Band’, ‘Gateway’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, and ‘Midnight’.

In 1939, Ameche appeared in the fictional biopic of the great Alexander Graham Bell, playing the inventor’s character in the film ‘The Story of Alexander Graham Bell’. This movie became so popular that Ameche became an icon and people started taking his name in reference to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention, the telephone!

In the next decade, he appeared in over twenty movies, some of which were critically acclaimed and very popular. He appeared in the 1943 Technicolor American comedy film ‘Heaven Can Wait’ as ‘Henry Van Cleve’, acting alongside Gene Tierney and Charles Coburn. The film was based on a play titled ‘Birthday’ by Leslie Bush-Fekete and it was nominated at the Academy Awards in the ‘Best Cinematography – Color’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Picture’ categories.

Some of his other films like ‘Wing and a Prayer’, ‘Greenwich Village’, ‘So Goes My Love’, and ‘Sleep, My Love’ were also fairly popular among the audiences.

During the 1940s, he became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood but shifted his focus a bit away from the films towards the radio. He appeared as an announcer as well as a sketch participant on ‘The Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy Show’ and immediately became a major radio entertainer.

He also did shows like ‘Empire Builders’, ‘The First Nighter Program’, ‘Family Theater’, and the ‘Betty and Bob’ soap opera’ and later appeared alongside Frances Langford in ‘The Bickersons’, a radio comedy series based on married couples. His popularity soon led him to set up his own show ‘The Old Gold Don Ameche Show’.

Ameche took a break from films and theater in the late 1940s, making only sporadic appearances in the coming years. He once again became active in the film and television industry in the 1980s and delivered some iconic roles in films like ‘Cocoon’, ‘Cocoon: The Return’, 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey’ and ‘Corrina, Corrina’.

Major Works

After appearing in the fictionalized biopic of Alexander Graham Bell in the 1939 film ‘The Story of Alexander Graham Bell,’ Don Ameche became very popular and his name became a catchphrase for the word “telephone,” with people saying “Ameche” to indicate the word telephone!

In 1985, he appeared in the film ‘Cocoon’ and won the ‘Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor’. He also returned in the sequel of the movie titled ‘Cocoon: The Return’, earning a lot of praise from both the critics and the audience.

Awards & Achievements

Don Ameche was honored with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1985 movie ‘Cocoon.’

Personal Life

Don Ameche married Honore Prendergast in 1932 and had six children together. The couple welcomed their first child, son Don Ameche Jr. on October 3, 1933. They had their last child, daughter Constance Victoria Ameche on February 22, 1948. Honore died in 1986, leaving behind a grieving Don Ameche after over five decades of marriage.

Ameche died on December 6, 1993, in Scottsdale, Arizona at his son’s residence. He suffered from prostate cancer which eventually caused his death. He was 85. He was cremated and the ashes were later buried at the Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Iowa.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Don Ameche awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1986Best Actor in a Supporting RoleCocoon (1985)

Don Ameche biography timelines

  • // 31st May 1908
    Don Ameche was born as Dominic Felix Amici in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on May 31, 1908, to Felice Amici, a professional bartender, and Barbara Etta. His father was of Italian ancestry and his mother was of German, Scottish, and Irish bloodline.
  • // 1935 To 1936
    Don Ameche got his first chance to work in a film in 1935, appearing as a prisoner in the film ‘Clive of India,’ and later that year had another appearance in the film ‘Dante's Inferno’. However, in both these films, he was not credited and had to wait for another year to get an official debut in the film industry. He appeared as ‘Karl Freyman / Mario Signarelli’ in the film ‘Sins of Man’ (1936).
  • // 1937 To 1939
    Within three years, Ameche established himself as one of the most valuable actors in Hollywood, working in over ten films. Between 1937 and 1939, he appeared in several important films showcasing his dramatic acting skills as well as his comedic side. Some of his important works in the 1930s were ‘Ramona’, ‘Ladies in Love’, ‘One in a Million’, ‘Love Is News’, ‘Fifty Roads to Town’, ‘You Can't Have Everything’, ‘Love Under Fire’, ‘Happy Landing’, ‘Alexander's Ragtime Band’, ‘Gateway’, ‘The Three Musketeers’, and ‘Midnight’.
  • // 1939
    In 1939, Ameche appeared in the fictional biopic of the great Alexander Graham Bell, playing the inventor’s character in the film ‘The Story of Alexander Graham Bell’. This movie became so popular that Ameche became an icon and people started taking his name in reference to Alexander Graham Bell’s invention, the telephone!
  • // 1939
    After appearing in the fictionalized biopic of Alexander Graham Bell in the 1939 film ‘The Story of Alexander Graham Bell,’ Don Ameche became very popular and his name became a catchphrase for the word “telephone,” with people saying “Ameche” to indicate the word telephone!
  • // 1943
    In the next decade, he appeared in over twenty movies, some of which were critically acclaimed and very popular. He appeared in the 1943 Technicolor American comedy film ‘Heaven Can Wait’ as ‘Henry Van Cleve’, acting alongside Gene Tierney and Charles Coburn. The film was based on a play titled ‘Birthday’ by Leslie Bush-Fekete and it was nominated at the Academy Awards in the ‘Best Cinematography – Color’, ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Picture’ categories.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he appeared in the film ‘Cocoon’ and won the ‘Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor’. He also returned in the sequel of the movie titled ‘Cocoon: The Return’, earning a lot of praise from both the critics and the audience.
  • // 1985
    Don Ameche was honored with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1985 movie ‘Cocoon.’
  • // 6th Dec 1993
    Ameche died on December 6, 1993, in Scottsdale, Arizona at his son’s residence. He suffered from prostate cancer which eventually caused his death. He was 85. He was cremated and the ashes were later buried at the Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Iowa.

// Gemini Celebrities

Don Ameche's FAQ

  • What is Don Ameche birthday?

    Don Ameche was born at 1908-05-31

  • When was Don Ameche died?

    Don Ameche was died at 1993-12-06

  • Where was Don Ameche died?

    Don Ameche was died in Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Which age was Don Ameche died?

    Don Ameche was died at age 85

  • Where is Don Ameche's birth place?

    Don Ameche was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • What is Don Ameche nationalities?

    Don Ameche's nationalities is American

  • Who is Don Ameche spouses?

    Don Ameche's spouses is Honore Prendergast (m. 1932–1986)

  • Who is Don Ameche siblings?

    Don Ameche's siblings is Ann Ameche, Catherine Ameche, Elizabeth Ameche, Jane Ameche, Jim Ameche, Louis Ameche, Umberto Ameche

  • Who is Don Ameche childrens?

    Don Ameche's childrens is Bonnie Ameche, Connie Ameche, Dominic Ameche, Lonnie Ameche, Ronald Ameche, Thomas Ameche

  • What was Don Ameche universities?

    Don Ameche studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • What is Don Ameche's cause of dead?

    Don Ameche dead because of Cancer

  • What is Don Ameche's religion?

    Don Ameche's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Don Ameche?

    Don Ameche's height is 179

  • Who is Don Ameche's father?

    Don Ameche's father is Felice Amici

  • Who is Don Ameche's mother?

    Don Ameche's mother is Barbara Etta Amici

  • What is Don Ameche's sun sign?

    Don Ameche is Gemini

  • How famous is Don Ameche?

    Don Ameche is famouse as Actor