Leon Ames

Leon Ames

  • Highest Rated: 100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Any Number Can Play (1949)
  • Birthday: Jan 20, 1902
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Hollywood's favorite "dear old dad," Leon Ames began his stage career as a sleek, dreamy-eyed matinee idol in 1925. He was still billing himself under his real name, Leon Waycoff, when he entered films in 1931. His best early leading role was as the poet-hero of the stylish terror piece Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). In 1933, Ames was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, gaining a reputation amongst producers as a political firebrand--which may have been why his roles diminished in size during the next few years (Ironically, when Ames was president of the SAG, his conservatism and willingness to meet management halfway incurred the wrath of the union's more liberal wing). Ames played many a murderer and caddish "other man" before he was felicitously cast as the kindly, slightly befuddled patriarch in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). He would play essentially this same character throughout the rest of his career, starring on such TV series as Life With Father (1952-54) and Father of the Bride (1961). When, in 1963, he replaced the late Larry Keating in the role of Alan Young's neighbor on Mr. Ed, Ames' fans were astounded: his character had no children at all! Off screen, the actor was the owner of a successful, high profile Los Angeles automobile dealership. In 1963, he was the unwilling focus of newspaper headlines when his wife was kidnapped and held for ransom. In one of his last films, 1983's Testament, Leon Ames was reunited with his Life With Father co-star Lurene Tuttle.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

85% Peggy Sue Got Married Barney Alvorg 1986
No Score Yet Jake Speed Pop 1986
78% Testament Henry Abhart 1983
No Score Yet Just You and Me, Kid Manduke the Magnificent 1979
No Score Yet Claws (Devil Bear) Commissioner 1977
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes in New York Actor 1976
No Score Yet The Big Push Deacon 1975
No Score Yet The Meal Actor 1975
40% Hammersmith Is Out Gen. Sam Pembroke 1972
20% Murders in the Rue Morgue Actor 1971
55% Tora! Tora! Tora! Frank Knox 1970
100% On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Burt Clews 1970
No Score Yet The Monkey's Uncle Judge Holmsby 1965
No Score Yet The Misadventures of Merlin Jones Judge Holmsby 1964
86% Son of Flubber President Rufus Daggett 1963
82% The Absent-Minded Professor Daggett 1961
33% From the Terrace Samuel Eaton 1960
63% Peyton Place Harrington 1957
No Score Yet Sabre Jet Lt. Col. George Eckert 1953
No Score Yet Let's Do It Again Chet Stuart 1953
No Score Yet By the Light of the Silvery Moon George Winfield 1953
80% Angel Face Fred Barrett 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Secret Service Man 1951
No Score Yet Cattle Drive Chester Graham Sr. 1951
100% On Moonlight Bay Mr. Winfield 1951
No Score Yet Dial 1119 (The Violent Hour) Earl 1950
71% Crisis Sam Proctor 1950
No Score Yet The Skipper Surprised His Wife Dr. Philip Abbott 1950
No Score Yet Ambush Maj. Beverly 1950
No Score Yet Watch The Birdie Grantland D. Farns 1950
No Score Yet The Happy Years Actor 1950
67% The Big Hangover Carl Bellcap 1950
100% Battleground Chaplain 1949
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime Capt. A.C. Forster 1949
83% Little Women Mr. March 1949
14% Any Number Can Play Dr. Palmer 1949
No Score Yet The Velvet Touch Gordon Dunning 1948
57% A Date with Judy Lucien T. Pringle 1948
No Score Yet On an Island with You Cmdr. Harrison 1948
No Score Yet Merton of the Movies Lawrence Rupert 1947
No Score Yet Undercover Maisie AmorWillis Farnes 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Mitchell Talbin 1947
60% Lady in the Lake Derace Kingsby 1947
No Score Yet The Cockeyed Miracle Ralph Humphrey 1946
92% The Postman Always Rings Twice Kyle Sackett 1946
No Score Yet The Show-Off Frank Hyland 1946
90% They Were Expendable Maj. James Morton 1945
80% Yolanda and the Thief Mr. Candle 1945
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf Henry Burton 1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home Edgar Draque 1945
No Score Yet Son of Lassie Anton 1945
62% Anchors Aweigh Commander 1945
100% Meet Me In St. Louis Alonzo Smith 1944
100% Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Lt. Jurika 1944
No Score Yet The Iron Major Robert 'Bob' Stewart 1943
No Score Yet Crime Doctor Capt. Wheeler 1943
No Score Yet No Greater Sin Dr. Cavanagh 1941
No Score Yet East Side Kids Pat O'Day 1940
No Score Yet Man of Conquest John Hoskins 1939
No Score Yet Mr. Moto in Danger Island Commissioner Madero 1939
No Score Yet Panama Patrol Major Phillip Waring 1939
No Score Yet Mysterious Mr. Moto Paul Brissac 1938
38% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Ex-Chauffeur 1938
No Score Yet Suez Louis Napoleon 1938
No Score Yet International Settlement Monte Silvers 1938
No Score Yet Charlie Chan on Broadway Buzz Moran 1937
No Score Yet Pilot X Carl Goering 1937
No Score Yet Get That Man Don Malone 1935
No Score Yet Mutiny Ahead McMurtrie 1935
No Score Yet Reckless Ralph Watson 1935
83% The Count of Monte Cristo Actor 1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell Mac 1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Actor 1933
No Score Yet Uptown New York Max Silver 1932
No Score Yet That's My Boy Al Williams 1932
No Score Yet Thirteen Women Actor 1932
83% Murders in the Rue Morgue Pierre Dupin 1932
No Score Yet Silver Dollar Secretary 1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions Hood 1931
No Score Yet State's Attorney Prosecutor 1931

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Grandpa Willis
  • 1975
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
McMann
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Principal Hampton
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Colonel
  • 1966

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