Born 1908 as Dominic Felix Amici, American actor, comedian and vaudevillian Don Ameche became a major radio star in the early 1930s after playing in college shows, stock, and vaudeville, which led to the offer of a movie contract from 20th Century Fox in 1935.
As a handsome, debonair leading man in 40 films over the next 14 years, Ameche starred in comedies, dramas, and musicals. In the 1950s, he worked on Broadway and in television, and was the host of NBC’s International Showtime from 1961 to 1965.
Returning to film work in his later years, Ameche enjoyed a fruitful revival of his career beginning with his role as a villain in Trading Places (1983) and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Cocoon (1985).
Ameche died in 1993 at his son Don, Jr.’s house in Scottsdale, Arizona of prostate cancer at age 85. These vintage photos captured portrait of a young and handsome Don Ameche in the 1930s and 1940s.