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Leon Ames (1902–1993)

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Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff in Portland, Indiana, to Cora Alice (DeMoss) and Charles Elmer Wycoff. He had always wanted to be an actor and he did it the hard way, serving a long apprenticeship in touring amateur theatre companies -- even selling shoes for a while on 42nd Street in the 1920s. It took him until 1933 to make his debut on Broadway... See full bio »

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Known For

Peggy Sue Got Married Barney Alvorg
Tora! Tora! Tora! Frank Knox
On Moonlight Bay George Winfield
Meet Me in St. Louis Mr. Alonzo Smith


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 1986 Peggy Sue Got Married
Barney Alvorg
 1986 Jake Speed
Pop Winston
 1983 Testament
Henry Abhart
 1979 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Jasper McGillicutty
- Heritage (1979) ... Jasper McGillicutty
 1979 Just You and Me, Kid
Manduke the Magnificent
 1979 The Best Place to Be (TV Movie)
William Callahan
 1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series)
- Assault on the Tower (1978) ... Messenger
 1977 Claws
 1977 Emergency! (TV Series)
Dr. Ned Tuttle / Alex Sudoff
- Upward and Onward (1977) ... Dr. Ned Tuttle / Alex Sudoff
 1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV Movie)
Daniel Furman
 1975 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Grandpa Willis
- Jenny's Grandparents (1975) ... Grandpa Willis
 1975 The Meal
Bernard Wallace Kroger (as Mr. Leon Ames)
 1974 Apple's Way (TV Series)
- The Witness (1974) ... Henshaw
 1973 The Timber Tramps
 1972 Brother of the Wind
Narrator (voice)
 1972 Hammersmith Is Out
General Sam Pembroke
 1971 Toklat
Old Man / Narrator
 1971 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
- A Capitol Affair (1971) ... Diedrick
 1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Judge Fitzroy
- The Animal (1971) ... Judge Fitzroy
 1970 Men at Law (TV Series)
- The Electric Kid (1970)
 1970 Tora! Tora! Tora!
Frank Knox
 1970 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Bradford Williams
- Wedding Day????? (1970) ... Bradford Williams
 1970 Bewitched (TV Series)
Howard McMann
- What Makes Darrin Run? (1970) ... Howard McMann
 1968 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Dr. Roy Osborne
- Expendable Katie (1968) ... Dr. Roy Osborne
- My Three Grandsons (1968) ... Dr. Roy Osborne
- Big Ol' Katie (1968) ... Dr. Roy Osborne
- Dr. Osborne, M.D. (1968) ... Dr. Roy Osborne
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
- The Wide Open Door (1967) ... Gray
 1966 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Mr. Hampton
- The Senior Play (1966) ... Mr. Hampton
 1966 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Colonel Foxhall
- The Badgers Return (1966) ... Colonel Foxhall
- The Badger Game (1966) ... Colonel Foxhall
 1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Morton Gregory
- The Monster in the Basement (1966) ... Morton Gregory
 1965 The Monkey's Uncle
Judge Holmsby
 1963-1965 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Gordon Kirkwood
- My Horse, the Ranger (1965) ... Gordon Kirkwood
- Jon Provost Meets Mister Ed (1965) ... Gordon Kirkwood
- Ed the Artist (1965) ... Gordon Kirkwood
- Robin Hood Ed (1965) ... Gordon Kirkwood
- Whiskers and Tails (1965) ... Gordon Kirkwood
 1964 The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
Judge Holmsby / Lex Fortas
 1963 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Colonel Anderson
- Lucy and the Military Academy (1963) ... Colonel Anderson
 1963 Son of Flubber
President Rufus Daggett
 1961-1962 Father of the Bride (TV Series)
Stanley Banks
- The Visit (1962) ... Stanley Banks
- The Hammers (1962) ... Stanley Banks
- Bradley's Shack (1962) ... Stanley Banks
- The Band (1962) ... Stanley Banks
- The Hospital (1962) ... Stanley Banks
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Damon Carlisle
- The Assassin (1961) ... Damon Carlisle
 1961 The Absent Minded Professor
President Rufus Daggett
 1960 Maggie (TV Movie)
Mark Bradley
 1960 The Comedy Spot (TV Series)
- Maggie (1960) ... Father
 1960 From the Terrace
Samuel Eaton
 1958-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Malcolm Fownes / Dr. Butolph
- Adam's Apples (1960) ... Malcolm Fownes
- The Odd Ball (1958) ... Dr. Butolph
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Leland Wolff
- The Raider (1959) ... Leland Wolff
 1958 Panic! (TV Series)
Harry Hall
- The Amnesiac (1958) ... Harry Hall
 1958 Studio One (TV Series)
Cyrus Walker
- Tongues of Angels (1958) ... Cyrus Walker
 1957 Peyton Place
Mr. Harrington
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Adam / Michael J. O'Connor
- Adam Had Four Sons (1957) ... Adam
- It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1957) ... Michael J. O'Connor
 1956 Engagement Party (Short)
Elliott Winston
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Col. T. Jennings Parker / Pop
- Want Ad Wedding (1955) ... Col. T. Jennings Parker / Pop
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Nat Miller
- Ah, Wilderness! (1955) ... Nat Miller
 1953-1955 Life with Father (TV Series)
Clarence Day, Sr. / Clarence Day Sr.
- Father and the Circus (1955) ... Clarence Day, Sr.
- Father and Young Love (1955) ... Clarence Day, Sr.
- Father and the Dress Suit (1955) ... Clarence Day, Sr.
- Father's Second Honeymoon (1955) ... Clarence Day, Sr.
- Father and the Dancing Lesson (1955) ... Clarence Day Sr.
 1953 Sabre Jet
Lt. Col. George Eckert
 1953 Let's Do It Again
Chet Stuart
 1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon
George Winfield
 1952 Angel Face
Fred Barrett
 1951 It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
Secret Service Man
 1951 Cattle Drive
Chester Graham Sr.
 1951 On Moonlight Bay
George Winfield
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
Spade Winters
- The Ace of Spades (1951) ... Spade Winters
 1950 Watch the Birdie
Grantland D. Farns
 1950 Dial 1119
 1950 The Happy Years
Samuel H. Stover - Sr.
 1950 Crisis
Sam Proctor
 1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Dr. Philip Abbott
 1950 The Big Hangover
Carl Bellcap
 1950 Ambush
Major C.E. Breverly
 1949 Battleground
The Chaplain
 1949 Scene of the Crime
Captain A.C. Forster
 1949 Any Number Can Play
Dr. Palmer
 1949 Little Women
Mr. March
 1948 A Date with Judy
Lucien T. Pringle
 1948 The Velvet Touch
Gordon Dunning
 1948 On an Island with You
Commander Harrison
 1948 Alias a Gentleman
Matt Enley
 1947 Merton of the Movies
Lawrence Rupert
 1947 The Amazing Mr. Nordill (Short)
Everett Nordill aka Everton
 1947 Song of the Thin Man
Mitchell Talbin
 1947 Undercover Maisie
Amor aka Willis Farnes
 1946 The Great Morgan
K.F. Studio Exec
 1946 The Show-Off
Frank Harlin
 1946 Lady in the Lake
Derace Kingsby
 1946 The Cockeyed Miracle
Ralph Humphrey
 1946 No Leave, No Love
Colonel Elliott
 1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice
Kyle Sackett
 1945 They Were Expendable
Maj. James Morton
 1945 Yolanda and the Thief
Mr. Candle
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
Henry Burton
 1945 Anchors Aweigh
Admiral's Aide
 1945 Son of Lassie
 1945 Fall Guy (Short)
Floyd Parkson
 1945 Between Two Women
Mr. Masters (uncredited)
 1944 Meet Me in St. Louis
Mr. Alonzo Smith
 1944 The Thin Man Goes Home
Edgar Draque
 1944 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Lieut. Jurika
 1943 The Iron Major
Robert 'Bob' Stewart
 1943 Crime Doctor
William Wheeler
 1941 No Greater Sin
Dr. Edward Cavanaugh
 1940 East Side Kids
Pat O'Day
 1939 Legion of Lost Flyers
 1939 The Marshal of Mesa City
Sheriff Jud Cronin
 1939 Pack Up Your Troubles
 1939 Calling All Marines
 1939 Thunder Afloat
Recruiting Officer (uncredited)
 1939 Fugitive at Large
 1939 Help Wanted (Short)
J.T. Evans - Labor Commissioner (uncredited)
 1939 Man of Conquest
John Hoskins
 1939 Code of the Streets
'Chick' Foster
 1939 Mr. Moto in Danger Island
Commissioner Madero
 1939 Panama Patrol
Maj. Phillip Waring
 1939 I Was a Convict
 1939 Risky Business
Hinge Jackson
 1939 Blackwell's Island
Ballinger (uncredited)
 1939 Mr. Sheldon Goes to Town (Short)
 1938 Secrets of a Nurse
Joe Largo
 1938 Strange Faces
Joe Gurney
 1938 Cipher Bureau
Maj. Philip Waring
 1938 Suez
Napoleon III - Emperor of France
 1938 Mysterious Mr. Moto
Paul Brissac
 1938 Come on, Leathernecks!
Otto Wagner / Baroni
 1938 Island in the Sky
Marty Butler
 1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Ex-Chauffeur (uncredited)
 1938 Walking Down Broadway
Frank Gatty
 1938 International Settlement
Monte Silvers
 1938 The Spy Ring
Frank Denton
 1937 45 Fathers
 1937 Murder in Greenwich Village
Rodney Hunter
 1937 Dangerously Yours
 1937 Charlie Chan on Broadway
Buzz Moran
 1937 Soak the Poor (Short)
Special Investigator Stanton
 1937 Song of Revolt (Short)
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
 1936 Death in the Air
Carl Goering
 1935 Get That Man
Don Clayton / McDonald (as Leon Waycoff)
 1935 Strangers All
Frank Walker
 1935 Reckless
Ralph Watson (as Leon Waycoff)
 1935 Rescue Squad
Lester Vaughn (as Leon Waycoff)
 1935 Mutiny Ahead
 1934 The Count of Monte Cristo
Beauchamp (uncredited)
 1934 Now I'll Tell
Max (as Leon Waycoff)
 1934 I'll Tell the World
Spud Marshall (as Leon Waycoff)
 1934 The Crosby Case
Clifford Mulford (uncredited)
 1933 Only Yesterday
Lee (uncredited)
 1933 Ship of Wanted Men
Capt. John Holden (as Leon Waycoff)
 1933 The Man Who Dared
Yosef Novak (as Leon Waycoff)
 1933 Alimony Madness
John Thurman (as Leon Waycoff)
 1933 Forgotten
Louie Strauss (as Leon Waycoff)
 1933 Parachute Jumper
Pilot with Alabama (uncredited)
 1932 Silver Dollar
Yates' Secretary (uncredited)
 1932 Uptown New York
Max Silver (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 That's My Boy
Al Williams (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 Thirteen Women
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
 1932 A Successful Calamity
Barney Davis - Witon's Junior Associate (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 State's Attorney
First Trial Prosecutor (uncredited)
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
Judd Brooks (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 Stowaway
Tommy (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 Cannonball Express
Jack Logan (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Pierre Dupin (as Leon Waycoff)
 1931 Quick Millions
Hood (as Leon Waycoff)
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Stage Play: The Male Animal. Comedy. Written by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent. Directed by Herman Shumlin. Cort Theatre: 9 Jan 1940- 3 Aug 1940 (243 performances). Cast: Leon Ames (as "Joe Ferguson"), Richard Beckhard, John Boruff (as "Newspaper Reporter"), Matt Briggs, Don DeFore (as "Wally Myers"), Ruth Matteson, Elliott Nugent (as "... See more »

Alternate Names:

Mr. Leon Ames | Leon Waycoff


5' 8" (1.73 m)


Christine Gossett  (his death)  (2 children)


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In the 1960s, he owned 4 California Ford dealerships. They were located in Studio City, Encino, Redondo Beach, on Pacific Coast Highway near Prospect, and Los Angeles.

In the latter part of the 1970's Leon Ames Ford was sold/bought out by Payton Craymer Ford. This in turn was sold to Power Ford. The Redondo Beach dealership closed and was moved further up the Pacific Coast highway towards Lomita.

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