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Patti Deutsch in a Match Game appearance in the mid-1970s
December 16, 1945
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Deutsch was a regular celebrity panelist on Match Game. Her answers could be very bizarre (e.g., "A red moth eaten sofa that was rejected by the homeless shelter."), and would rarely match. She became a fixture in the challenging "number-six seat," so called by the panelists because it was tough to come up with something clever after five panelists already offered their response. Episodes of Match Game featuring Deutsch continue to air on GSN. Deutsch also appeared as a guest on the new GSN interstitial program GSN Live on March 7, 2008. On the 2009 GSN Game Show Awards, Deutsch, along with frequent panelists Joyce Bulifant and Nancy Dussault accepted an award on behalf of Match Game.
Voice and television work
In the 1970s Deutsch did voice-over work on Hanna Barbera's The Smurfs and Capitol Critters cartoon series. She also provided the voice for "Mrs. Dave," the mother of "Dr. Dave" on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, As Told by Ginger. During the early years of the show The Electric Company, she did some voice work for some of the vignette cartoons alongside actor and show writer Paul Dooley. Her recent work includes Monsters, Inc. and The Emperor's New Groove.
Deutsch had her own television show in 1979 titled Grandpa Goes to Washington but it only ran for about a month. She made a cameo appearance in the 1983 movie Mr. Mom, playing "The Deli Girl".
Improv and later career
Deutsch was a member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company. Fellow members of Ace included Bill Saluga and Fred Willard. It was during this time that Patti met her husband, Donald Ross. Deutsch was also a regular performer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and This Is Tom Jones. She has done commercials for M&M Meat Shops, a Canadian food retailer.
Deutsch married comedy writer Donald Ross in 1971. They have one son, Max, born 1975. Deutsch occasionally appeared on both Match Game and Tattletales with her husband. Max also appeared in one episode of Match Game along with fellow panelist Gary Burghoff's daughter Gena.
- Mr. Mom – Deli Girl (1983)
- Tarzan-Tantor's Mother (uncredited – 1999)
- The Emperor's New Groove – Waitress (2000)
- Monsters, Inc. (voice – 2001)
- Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In – Regular Performer (1972–1973)
- Match Game – Frequent Panelist (1973–1979)
- Capitol Critters – Trixie (1992)
- Angelina Ballerina – Grandma Mouseling (2001–2004)
- The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments – Herself (2005)
- The Emperor's New School – Mata the lunch lady
- Erikson, Hal (2000). "From Beautiful Downtown Burbank": A critical history of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1968–1973. McFarland & Co, Inc. p. 253. ISBN 0-7864-0766-2.
- Patti Deutsch on IMDb