Leon Ames (1902-93) enjoyed a long, successful career as a familiar-faced supporting actor, appearing in many films and a variety of genres. He’s now best remembered for playing fatherly figures such as MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944) and LIFE WITH FATHER (1953), but in the ‘40s he often played suave, sometimes smarmy characters in noirs such as THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946) and LADY IN THE LAKE (1947). 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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