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Leon Ames



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Barney Alvorg
1986
No Score Yet Jake Speed
  • Pop
1986
86% 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 Meal
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Big Push
  • Deacon
1975
No Score Yet Timber Tramps
  • Actor
1973
40% Hammersmith Is Out
  • Gen. Sam Pembroke
1972
20% Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Actor
1971
57% 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
81% The Absent-Minded Professor
  • Daggett
1961
30% From the Terrace
  • Samuel Eaton
1960
60% 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
67% Crisis
  • Sam Proctor
1950
No Score Yet Ambush
  • Maj. Beverly
1950
No Score Yet Watch The Birdie
  • Grantland D. Farns
1950
60% The Big Hangover
  • Carl Bellcap
1950
No Score Yet The Happy Years
  • Actor
1950
100% Battleground
  • Chaplain
1949
No Score Yet Scene of the Crime
  • Capt. A.C. Forster
1949
83% Little Women
  • Mr. March
1949
No Score Yet Any Number Can Play
  • Dr. Palmer
1949
No Score Yet The Velvet Touch
  • Gordon Dunning
1948
50% 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
95% The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Kyle Sackett
1946
No Score Yet The Show-Off
  • Frank Hyland
1946
89% 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 Panama Patrol
  • Actor
1939
No Score Yet Mysterious Mr. Moto
  • Paul Brissac
1938
29% Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
  • Ex-Chauffeur
1938
No Score Yet Suez
  • Louis Napoleon
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
No Score Yet Mutiny Head
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet Now I'll Tell
  • Mac
1934
No Score Yet That's My Boy
  • Al Williams
1932
No Score Yet Thirteen Women
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Quick Millions
  • Hood
1931
No Score Yet State's Attorney
  • Prosecutor
1931

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