Appeared sporadically on Broadway from late 1933-1958.
Had two children: Shelley and Leon.
In June of 1933 Ames, with 18 other actors, held a meeting to organize the Screen Actors Guild. He held SAG card number 15.
In the 1960s, he owned 4 California Ford dealerships. They were located in Studio City, Encino, Redondo Beach, on Pacific Coast Highway near Prospect, and Los Angeles. In the latter part of the 1970's Leon Ames Ford was sold/bought out by Payton Craymer Ford. This in turn was sold to Power Ford. The Redondo Beach dealership closed and was moved further up the Pacific Coast highway towards Lomita. The Los Angeles dealership remains in business today and is now called "Midway Ford". It's located at 200 N. Vermont.
Leon Ames also owned the Ames Ford Dealership on Francisco Blvd in San Rafael, California in the 60s and 70s.
President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1957-1958]
Son of Russian immigrants.