Leon Ames (actor)

Leon Ames (actor)

Leon Ames (b. January 20 1902, Portland, Indiana - d. October 12 1993, Los Angeles, California), an American film and television actor, was born as Leon Wycoff (Waycoff/Waykoff) to a family of Russian extraction.

Infobox actor
bgcolour = silver
name = Leon Ames

caption = from the trailer for the film
"The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946)
birthname = Leon Wycoff
birthdate = birth date|1902|1|20|mf=y
location = Portland, Indiana
deathdate = death date and age|1993|10|12|1902|1|20|mf=y
deathplace = Los Angeles, California
sagawards = Life Achievement Award (1980)
spouse = Christine Gossett (1938-1993)

He is most widely remembered for playing a number of fatherly figures in such titles as "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1944)and "Little Women" (1949).

He also appeared in notable roles in "Quick Millions" (1931), "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1932), "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946), "The Velvet Touch" (1947), and "Peyton Place" (1957).

Other television roles included lead roles in the television adaptations of "Life With Father" and "Father of the Bride", and as "Mr. Ed"'s neighbor, Gordon "The Colonel" Kirkwood .

His last film roles were in "Testament" (1983), with Jane Alexander, as 'Pop' in Jake Speed (1986), and as Kathleen Turner's grandfather in the film "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986).


He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, of which he was one of the founding members, from 1957 to 1958.


He was married to Christine Gossett from 1938 until his death. They had a son, Leon, and a daughter, Shelley.


Leon Ames died of a stroke in 1993, aged 91.

External links

*imdb name|0000748|Leon Ames
*amg name|2:1365|Leon Ames

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title = Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
years = 1980
before= Katharine Hepburn
after = Danny Kaye

NAME= Ames, Leon
DATE OF BIRTH= 1902-1-20
PLACE OF BIRTH= Portland, Indiana
DATE OF DEATH= 1993-10-12
PLACE OF DEATH= Los Angeles, California

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