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Also Known As: Died: December 6, 1993
Born: May 31, 1908 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Was cast in a college production while at the University of Wisconsin; began acting in stock theater in Madison
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Moved to New York to begin professional career
1929:
Made Broadway debut in a small role as a butler in "Jerry for Short"
1929:
Toured briefly with singer and entertainer Texas Guinan as part of her vaudeville act
1930:
Began performing on the radio at age 22; acted in "The First Nighter" and "Grand Hotel", among other shows
1933:
Made first film appearance in a promotional short entitled "Beauty at the World's Fair"
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Was regularly on "The Chase & Sanborn Hour" in the mid-1930s; worked opposite W C Fields and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, among others
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Played a leading role on the radio series, "The Bickersons", opposite Frances Langford
1935:
Made screen test at MGM; test was considered unsuccessful and Ameche was not signed by the studio
1936:
Signed by 20th Century-Fox at $1500 a week after studio head Daryl F Zanuck saw Ameche's screen test for MGM (date approximate)
1936:
Made film acting debut in a dual role (the two sons of Jean Hersholt) in "The Sins of Man"
1937:
Made first of six films opposite Alice Faye, "You Can't Have Everything"
1939:
Played signature role in "The Story of Alexander Graham Bell"
1944:
Made last films under 20th Century-Fox contract, "A Wing and a Prayer" and "Greenwich Village"; began freelancing
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Moved with his family to New York; worked on his singing and speaking voice with trainers so that he would not need a microphone
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Hosted (via the role of the "hotel manager") the ABC variety show, "Holiday Hotel", set in that fictional hotel's "Pelican Room"
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Co-hosted (with Frances Langford) the DuMont network's variety show, "Startime"
1950:
Hosted the short-lived ABC game show, "Take a Chance"
1951:
Hosted (via the role of the "stage manager") the ABC variety series revamp of "Holiday Hotel" entitled "Don's Musical Playhouse"
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Co-hosted (with Frances Langford) the ABC variety show, "The Frances Langford-Don Ameche Show"
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Was a regular on the NBC 15-minute variety show, "Coke Time with Eddie Fisher"
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Was a regular on the NBC variety show, "The Jack Carson Show"
1955:
Returned to Broadway; played first leading role onstage in the musical "Silk Stockings"
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Starred in TV adaptations of such stage shows as the musical "High Button Shoes" (1956) and the comedy "Junior Miss" (1957)
1958:
Hosted the syndicated drama anthology program, "The Don Ameche Theater"
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Stage appearances in the 1950s and 60s include roles in the shows "Holiday for Lovers", "Goldilocks" and "Henry, Sweet Henry"
1961:
Returned to feature films to act in "A Fever in the Blood"
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Ringmastered the popular NBC circus variety show, "International Showtime"
1968:
Made first TV movie, "Shadow Over Elveron" (NBC)
1975:
Reunited with Alice Faye for a national tour of the musical, "Good News"
1983:
Feature film career revived with role in "Trading Places"
1989:
Made last Broadway appearance replacing Spalding Gray as the Stage Manager in a revival of "Our Town"; production also featured Helen Hunt and Jason Gedrick
1992:
Last TV-movie, "Sunstroke"
1992:
Last feature film appearance in a work released during his lifetime, "Folks!"
1992:
Was diagnosed with prostate cancer which had already spread considerably 13 months before he died
1993:
Supplied the voice of Shadow, the Golden Retriever, for "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"
1993:
Finished shooting a major supporting role opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta in "Corrina, Corrina" just weeks before he died; played Liotta's father; filmed released posthumously

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