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Patti Deutsch
American actress

Patti Deutsch

Patti Deutsch
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Intro American actress
Was Actor Television actor Voice actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 16 December 1943, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 July 2017, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 73 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
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Patricia "Patti" Deutsch Ross (December 16, 1943 – July 26, 2017) was an American voice artist, actress and comedian, well-known as a recurring panelist on the 1970s game shows, Match Game and Tattletales.

Early life

Deutsch was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She later attended Bennington College, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Texas at Austin, and USC, all in four years.



Early in her career, Deutsch starred in local productions of Neil Simon's California Suite at La Mirada and Long Beach. She also worked alongside Sid Caesar "as his new Imogene Coca" at the Rainbow Grill in New York City.


In the 1960s and early 1970s, Deutsch was a member of Ace Trucking Company, an improvisational comedy group whose members also included Bill Saluga, Fred Willard, George Memmoli and Michael Mislove. Ace Trucking Company performed regularly on This Is Tom Jones and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and also recorded a sketch album with RCA.


From 1972 to 1973, Deutsch was a regular cast member on the final season of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, where she worked with her future Match Game panelist Richard Dawson.

From 1973 to 1979, Deutsch was a recurring celebrity panelist on Match Game, and became a popular fixture in the number six seat. She also occasionally appeared on Tattletales with her husband.

In 1978, Deutsch appeared in the short-lived television series Grandpa Goes to Washington, which ran for about four months.

During the 1980s, she continued to guest-star on episodes of series such as Moonlighting and She's the Sheriff.

Her final television credit was a guest role as an old lady, in the ABC series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

Guest appearances

In addition to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Deutsch also had guest appearances on The Merv Griffin Show, The Dick Cavett Show and The Steve Allen Show.

On March 7, 2008, she appeared as a guest on GSN's interstitial program GSN Live.

In 2009, Deutsch, along with Match Game co-panelists Joyce Bulifant and Nancy Dussault, attended the GSN Game Show Awards to accept the "Favorite Classic Game Show" award on behalf of Match Game. During their acceptance speeches, Deutsch, Bulifant and Dussault fondly remembered their friends, host Gene Rayburn and fellow panelist Charles Nelson Reilly.

Voice acting

During the early years of the show The Electric Company, Deutsch did voice-over work for some of the vignette cartoons with actor and show writer Paul Dooley.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Deutsch did regular voice work for Hanna Barbera in both The Smurfs and Capitol Critters cartoon series. She provided the voice for Mrs. Dave, the mother of Dr. Dave, on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon As Told by Ginger. She also had occasional voice roles in other popular cartoon series, such as Darkwing Duck.

Her later work included movie voice-overs for Tarzan, The Emperor's New Groove, Monsters, Inc. and Happily N'Ever After.


Over the course of her career, Deutsch appeared in hundreds of local and national commercials, including classic spots for Folgers coffee and Charmin bathroom tissue. She also did commercials for M&M Meat Shops, a Canadian food retailer.


She made a cameo appearance in the 1983 movie Mr. Mom, playing The Deli Girl.

Personal life

During her improv years, Deutsch met her future husband, comedy screenwriter and playwright Donald Ross. They married in 1968 and had three children: Max Ross, Lee Sachnoff and Alexis Hill.

Deutsch died on July 26, 2017 at age 73 after a long battle with cancer, at home in Los Angeles. Her husband also battled cancer, and died on June 1, 2018.

Selected filmography


  • Dynamite Chicken (1971) – herself, with The Ace Trucking Company
  • Mr. Mom (1983) – Deli Girl
  • Jetsons: The Movie (1990) – Lucy-2 (voice)
  • Tarzan (1999) – Tantor's Mother (voice)
  • The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire (2000) – Rainbow Face #2 (voice)
  • The Emperor's New Groove (2000) – Waitress (voice)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001) – Female Monster #3 (voice)
  • Kronk's New Groove (2005) – Waitress (voice)
  • Happily N'Ever After (2006) – (voice)
  • Immigrants (2008) - Greta Knight (English version, voice)


  • This Is Tom Jones (1969-1971) – regular performer with The Ace Trucking Company
  • Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1972–1973) – regular performer
  • Match Game (1973–1979) – frequent panelist
  • Tattletales (1974–1978, 1982–1984) – frequent panelist
  • Capitol Critters (1992) – Trixie
  • The Wild Thornberrys (1999) - Clan Hyena (voice)
  • As Told by Ginger (2000) - Mrs. Dave (voice)
  • The Berenstain Bears (2003–2004) – additional voices
  • The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments (2005) – herself
  • The Emperor's New School (2007-2008) – Mata, the Lunch Lady
  • Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2013) - Old lady
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 01 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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