Patti Deutsch

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Patti Deutsch
Born Patricia Deutsch
(1945-12-16) December 16, 1945 (age 71)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Donald Ross (1968–present); 1 child

Patricia "Patti" Deutsch (born December 16, 1945, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a voice artist and comedic actress. In the 1970s, she was a frequent panelist on Match Game and Tattletales.

Match Game[edit]

Deutsch was a semi regular celebrity panelist on Match Game. Her answers were often convoluted (e.g., "A red moth-eaten sofa that was rejected by the homeless shelter"), and usually did not match. She became a fixture in the number six seat. Episodes of Match Game featuring Deutsch continue to air on GSN and Buzzr, a digital subchannel.[citation needed]

She 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, as the original host (Gene Rayburn) was deceased, as were original panelists Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers.[citation needed]

Voice and television work[edit]

In the 1980s, Deutsch did voice-over work on Hanna Barbera's The Smurfs and in the 90s Capitol Critters cartoon series.[1] She provided the voice for "Mrs. Dave," the mother of "Dr. Dave" on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon, As Told by Ginger.[2]

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".[2] Patti Deutsch appeared a few times on the Merv Griffin Show. She talked about her home town of East Mckeevesport. She said there was no West Mckeeesport, that was bramble bush country.

Improv and later career[edit]

Deutsch was a member of the improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company.[1]

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 (she would work with future Match Game panelist Richard Dawson) [1] and This Is Tom Jones. She has done commercials for M&M Meat Shops, a Canadian food retailer.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Deutsch married comedy writer Donald Ross in 1968. They have one son, Max (born 1975). She occasionally appeared on both Match Game and Tattletales with her husband.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]




  1. ^ a b c 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d Patti Deutsch profile,; accessed February 23, 2016.

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