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|Also Known As:||Leon Waycoff,Leon Wykoff,Leon Waycoff||Died:||October 12, 1993|
|Born:||January 20, 1902||Cause of Death:||complications resulting from a stroke|
|Birth Place:||Portland, Indiana, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
Pleasant-looking, dapper, often mustachioed character actor best known for his paternal roles and a wide variety of professional types. Ames, who early in his career used the surname of "Waycoff", made his screen debut as the romantic hero in Robert Florey's striking horror film, "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1932). Shortly afterward, Ames played a role as important as any he played onscreen when, in 1933, he was one of 19 actors who met to form the Screen Actors Guild. In an organization whose ranks eventually swelled to well over 80,000, Ames, card number 15, served long and well as a member of the board for over 30 years and also as recording secretary (1947-48), first vice president (1952-56) and president (1957-58).
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