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Portland, Indiana, USA
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Laguna Beach, California, USA
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Meet Me in St. Louis
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Leon Ames (January 20, 1902, Portland, Indiana – 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. 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).
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 was married to Christine Gossett from 1938 until his death. They had a son, Leon, and a daughter, Shelley. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, of which he was one of the founding members, from 1957 to 1958.
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Leon Ames (January 20, 1902 – October 12, 1993) was a prolific American film and television actor. He is best remembered for playing father figures in such films as Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) with Judy Garland as one of his daughters, Little Women (1949), On Moonlight Bay (1951), and By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953). The fathers whom Ames portrayed were often somewhat stuffy and exasperated by the younger generation, but ultimately kind and understanding. His most famous role came as DA Kyle Sackett from the film The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).
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