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Occupation  Actress
Spouse  Donald Ross (m. 1971)
Role  Voice artist

Name  Patti Deutsch
Years active  1972–present
Children  Max Ross
Patti Deutsch holding a paper while wearing a green sleeve on "Match Game"

Full Name  Patricia Deutsch
Born  December 16, 1945 (1945-12-16) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Movies and TV shows  The Emperor's New Gro, Kronk's New Groove, Monsters - Inc, Rowan & Martin's Laugh‑In, The Land Before Time VII
Similar People  Brett Somers, Dick Gautier, Joyce Bulifant, Gene Rayburn, Scoey Mitchell
Died  July 26, 2017 (aged 73) Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Patricia "Patti" Deutsch Ross (December 16, 1943 – July 26, 2017) was a voice actress and comedian. In the 1970s, she was a frequent panelist on Match Game and Tattletales.


Smiling Patti Deutsch on "Match Game"

Actress patti deutsch died at 73

Match Game 74 (Episode 363) (Patti Deutsch Split Screen!)

Match Game

Smiling Patti Deutsch holding a microphone

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 the contestant's answer. She became a fixture in the number six seat.

The poster of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" (first picture), The poster of "Match Game" (second picture), and Smiling Patti Deutsch in black and white (third picture)

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.

Voice and television work

In the 1980s, Deutsch did voice-over work on Hanna Barbera's The Smurfs and in the 1990s 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.

Patti Deutsch holding a piece of tissue while wearing a sleeve

During the early years of the show The Electric Company, Deutsch did some voice work for some of the vignette cartoons alongside actor and show writer Paul Dooley. Her later work included Monsters, Inc. and The Emperor's New Groove. She appeared in Grandpa Goes to Washington, which ran for about four months in 1978. She made a cameo appearance in the 1983 movie Mr. Mom, playing "The Deli Girl".

Deutsch appeared a few times on The Merv Griffin Show. She talked about her home town of East McKeesport, Pennsylvania. She said there was no West McKeesport, that was "bramble bush country".

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 a regular performer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In in its latter seasons (where she worked with future Match Game panelist Richard Dawson) and This Is Tom Jones. She did commercials for M&M Meat Shops, a Canadian food retailer.

Personal life

Deutsch married comedy writer Donald Ross in 1968. They had three children: Max, Lee and Alexis. She occasionally appeared on both Match Game and Tattletales with her husband.

She died of cancer on July 26, 2017, in Los Angeles, at age 73. She was survived by her husband, sons, daughter, daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.


  • Dynamite Chicken (1971) – Herself – Ace Trucking Co.
  • Mr. Mom (1983) – Deli Girl
  • Jetsons: The Movie (1990) – Lucy 2 (voice)
  • Tarzan (1999) – Tantor's Mother (uncredited)
  • 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) – (voice)
  • Kronk's New Groove (2005) – Waitress (voice)
  • Happily N'Ever After (2006) – (voice)
  • Immigrants (2008) - Greta Knight (English version, voice)
  • Television

  • 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
  • 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
  • References

    Patti Deutsch Wikipedia