Leon Ames

Actor
Pleasant-looking, dapper, often mustachioed character actor best known for his paternal roles and a wide variety of professional types. Ames, who early in his career used the surname of "Waycoff", made his screen debut ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1902 in Portland, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Jake Speed 1986 (Movie)

Pop (Actor)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

Barney Alvorg (Actor)

The Jeffersons 1975 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Testament 1983 (Movie)

Henry Abhart (Actor)

Just You and Me, Kid 1979 (Movie)

Manduke the Magnificent (Actor)

Meet Me in St. Louis 1977 (Movie)

Mr. Alonzo Smith (Actor)

The Meal 1974 (Movie)

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Timber Tramps 1974 (Movie)

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Hammersmith Is Out 1972 (Movie)

General Sam Pembroke (Actor)

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever 1970 (Movie)

Clews (Actor)

Toklat 1970 (Movie)

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Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 (Movie)

Frank Knox (Actor)

The Wide Open Door 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Ed 1960 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Monkey's Uncle 1964 (Movie)

Judge Holmsby (Actor)

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones 1963 (Movie)

Judge Holmby (Actor)

Son of Flubber 1962 (Movie)

President Rufus Daggett (Actor)

The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 (Movie)

President Rufus Daggett (Actor)

The Barbara Stanwyck Theater 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

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From the Terrace 1960 (Movie)

Samuel Eaton (Actor)

Peyton Place 1957 (Movie)

Harrington (Actor)

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Angel Face 1953 (Movie)

Fred Barrett (Actor)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon 1953 (Movie)

George Winfield (Actor)

Let's Do It Again 1953 (Movie)

Chet Stuart (Actor)

It's a Big Country 1952 (Movie)

Secret Service Man (Actor)

Watch the Birdie 1951 (Movie)

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Crisis 1950 (Movie)

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Any Number Can Play 1949 (Movie)

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Little Women 1948 (Movie)

Mr. March (Actor)

The Velvet Touch 1948 (Movie)

Gordon Dunning (Actor)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 (Movie)

Kyle Sackett (Actor)

They Were Expendable 1945 (Movie)

Major James Morton (Actor)

The Iron Major 1942 (Movie)

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Man of Conquest 1938 (Movie)

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Suez 1937 (Movie)

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Get That Man 1934 (Movie)

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Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV Show)

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The Best Place to Be (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Pleasant-looking, dapper, often mustachioed character actor best known for his paternal roles and a wide variety of professional types. Ames, who early in his career used the surname of "Waycoff", made his screen debut as the romantic hero in Robert Florey's striking horror film, "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1932). Shortly afterward, Ames played a role as important as any he played onscreen when, in 1933, he was one of 19 actors who met to form the Screen Actors Guild. In an organization whose ranks eventually swelled to well over 80,000, Ames, card number 15, served long and well as a member of the board for over 30 years and also as recording secretary (1947-48), first vice president (1952-56) and president (1957-58).

Relationships

Shelley Ames

Daughter
born in 1941 played receptionist in father's TV series, "Father of the Bride" (1962)

Lee Ames

Son
born in 1944

Christine Gossett

Wife
married in 1938 met on Hollywood sound stage

Milestones

1986

Last feature credit, "Peggy Sue Got Married"

1979

Named a president emeritus of SAG

1947

Served as recording secretary of SAG

1944

Rejoined board of directors of SAG, replacing actor Charles Boyer

1942

Signed to seven-year contract with MGM; first film under contract, "Meet Me in St. Louis"

1935

Changed name to Ames, with film "Strangers All"

1934

Gave up his membership on SAG's board of directors because he was too busy with acting roles (date approximate)

1933

Was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)

1933

Broadway debut in "It Pays to Sin"

1932

First film as actor, "Murders in the Rue Morgue"

1925

Joined Charles K Champlin Company in Lansford, Pennsylvania; first as general business manager, then as actor in small parts

Became businessman on the side as owner and vice president of Studio City Ford Company

Served as president of SAG

Served as first vice president of SAG

Toured with stock companies

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