Patricia "Patti" Deutsch Ross (Born December 16, 1945; died July 26, 2017) was a voice artist and comedic actress. In the 1970s, she was a frequent panelists on Match Game.
Deutsch was a semi-regular on Match Game. Her answers were often convoluted (e.g. "A red moth-eating sofa that was rejected by the homeless shelter") and usually did not match. She became a fixture in the number seat six. Episodes of Match Game featuring Deutsch continued to air on GSN and Buzzr, a digital subchannel.
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 the original panelists Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers.
Voice and Television Work
In the 1980s, Deutsch did voice-over work for Hannah-Barbera's The Smurfs and in the 90s Capitol Critters cartoon series. She provided the voice of Mrs. Dave the mother of Dr. Dave on the popular Nicktoon 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 later work included 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 a month. 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 were no West McKeesport, that was "bramble bush county".
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 Deutsch met her husband, Donald Ross. Deustch was also a regular performer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (she would work with future Match Game panelists Richard Dawson) and This is Tom Jones. She had also done commercials for M&M Meat Shops, a Canadian food retailer.
Deutsch married comedy writer Donald Ross in 1968. They had one son Max (born 1975). She occasionally appeared on Match Game and Tattletales with her husband. On July 26, 2017; Deutsch died of cancer at the age of 73.