Above, Don Ameche with the Portuguese singer and actress, Carman Miranda in a publicity still. They appeared together in That Night in Rio (1941).
Don Ameche - American actor and voice artist; born Dominic Felix Amici on May 31, 1908 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Ameche attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Loras College in Dubuque, and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where his cousin Alan Ameche played football and won the Heisman Trophy in 1954. Ameche's younger brother, Jim Ameche, was also a well-known actor.
Ameche became a major radio star in the early 1930 and, in 1935, became a movie actor for 20th Century Fox. He went on to appear in 40 films over the next 14 years. In the 1950s he worked on Broadway and in television, and was well known as the host of NBC's International Showtime from 1961 to 1965. Returning to film work in his later years, Ameche won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ron Howard's Cocoon (1985).
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Ameche won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Cocoon (1985).