(b. January 20 1902
, Portland, Indiana
- d. October 12 1993
, Los Angeles, California
), an American
film and television actor, was born as Leon Wycoff
(Waycoff/Waykoff) to a family of Russian
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).
Other television roles included lead roles in the television adaptations of Life With Father and Father of the Bride, and as Mr. Ed's neighbor, Gordon "The Colonel" Kirkwood .
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 served as president of the Screen Actors Guild
, of which he was one of the founding members, from 1957 to 1958.
He was married to Christine Gossett from 1938 until his death. They had a son, Leon, and a daughter, Shelley.
Leon Ames died of a stroke
in 1993, aged 91.