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Don Ameche

AMECHE, Don. (Kenosha, WI, May 31, 1908--Scottsdale, AZ, Dec. 6, 1993). Ameche was a well-respected Hollywood actor with such film credits as "Cocoon," for which he received an Oscar in 1986. He attended COLUMBIA COLLEGE later (LORAS COLLEGE) and, in 1925, was elected captain of the basketball team. Ameche's acting career began in the Dramatics Club where he participated in "The Lamp Went Out," "Finders-Keepers" and "The Chess Game."

On November 26, 1932, Ameche married Honore Prendergast, a Dubuque girl and an alumnus of CLARKE COLLEGE.

Delivering the 1954 commencement address, Ameche declared Loras education the best in the land and was awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa. In 1984 Ameche assisted in a promotional film for Loras entitled "The Loras Experience." He was inducted into the Loras Players Hall of Fame two months after the death of his estranged wife. (1) He is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Asbury.





1. "Ameche Dies; Star Had Dubuque Ties," Telegraph Herald, December 7, 1993, p. 1

Tigges, John. They Came From Dubuque. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1983, p. 63-67

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