Joined Charles K Champlin Company in Lansford, Pennsylvania; first as general business manager, then as actor in small parts
Toured with stock companies
First film as actor, "Murders in the Rue Morgue"
Broadway debut in "It Pays to Sin"
Was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Gave up his membership on SAG's board of directors because he was too busy with acting roles (date approximate)
Changed name to Ames, with film "Strangers All"
Signed to seven-year contract with MGM; first film under contract, "Meet Me in St. Louis"
Rejoined board of directors of SAG, replacing actor Charles Boyer
Served as recording secretary of SAG
Became businessman on the side as owner and vice president of Studio City Ford Company
Served as first vice president of SAG
Served as president of SAG
Named a president emeritus of SAG
Last feature credit, "Peggy Sue Got Married"