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Leon Ames (1902–1993)

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 1920's. It took him until 1933 to make his debut on Broadway.... See full bio »

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 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 Emergency! (TV Series)
Dr. Ned Tuttle / Alex Sudoff
- Upward and Onward (1977) ... Dr. Ned Tuttle / Alex Sudoff
 1977 Claws
 1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York (TV Movie)
Daniel Furman
 1975 Timber Tramps
 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 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 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Bradford Williams
- Wedding Day????? (1970) ... Bradford Williams
 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
 1963 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Colonel Anderson
- Lucy and the Military Academy (1963) ... Colonel Anderson
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Damon Carlisle
- The Assassin (1961) ... Damon Carlisle
 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)
Marvin Tannis
- The Raider (1959) ... Marvin Tannis
 1958 Panic! (TV Series)
Harry Hall
- The Amnesiac (1958) ... Harry Hall
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (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 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Engagement Party (Short)
Elliott Winston
 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
 1953 Sabre Jet
Lt. Col. George Eckert
 1953 Let's Do It Again
Chet Stuart
 1953 Angel Face
Fred Barrett
 1951 It's a Big Country: An American Anthology
Secret Service Man
 1951 Cattle Drive
Chester Graham Sr.
 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
Maj. C.E. Breverly
 1949 Battleground
The Chaplain
 1949 Scene of the Crime
Capt. A.C. Forster
 1949 Any Number Can Play
Dr. Palmer
 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 Song of the Thin Man
Mitchell Talbin
 1947 Undercover Maisie
Amor aka Willis Farnes
 1947 Lady in the Lake
Derace Kingsby
 1946 The Great Morgan
K.F. Studio Exec
 1946 No Leave, No Love
Colonel Elliott
 1945 The Thin Man Goes Home
Edgar Draque
 1945 They Were Expendable
Major James Morton
 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 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Lt. Jurika
 1943 The Iron Major
Robert 'Bob' Stewart
 1943 Crime Doctor
William Wheeler
 1941 No Greater Sin
Dr. Edward Cavanaugh
 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 I Was a Convict
 1939 Blackwell's Island
County Prosceutor Ballinger (uncredited)
 1939 Risky Business
Hinge Jackson
 1939 Mr. Sheldon Goes to Town (Short)
 1938 Secrets of a Nurse
Joe Largo
 1938 Cipher Bureau
Maj. Philip Waring
 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
 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 A Successful Calamity
Barney Davis - Witon's Junior Associate (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 Thirteen Women
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
Judd Brooks (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 State's Attorney
First Trial Prosecutor (uncredited)
 1932 Stowaway
Tommy (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 Murders in the Rue Morgue
Pierre Dupin (as Leon Waycoff)
 1932 Cannonball Express
Jack Logan (as Leon Waycoff)
 1931 Quick Millions
Hood (as Leon Waycoff)
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Stage Play: Slightly Married. Farce. Written by Aleen Leslie. Scenic Design by Phil Raiguel. Cort Theatre: 25 Oct 1943- 30 Oct 1943 (8 performances). Cast: Leon Ames (as "Brian Quin"), Mona Barrie (as "Josie Dowling"), Scotty Beckett (as "Stanley Quin"), Kate Harrington (as "Hortense"), Robert Horton (as "Ambulance Driver") [Broadway debut... See more »

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Mr. Leon Ames | Leon Waycoff


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Had two children: Shelley Ames (born in 1940) and Leon Ames Jr. (born in 1943). See more »

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