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British stage and silent cinema star.
Tall, strong, athletic and imposing, Ames made his stage debut in 1905 and his screen debut in 1914. He went on to appear in about 70 films, in roles that included princes, aristocrats, senior military men, judges, ambassadors and the like. Occasionally he was a spy or an enemy officer.
Ames’ credits include The Prisoner of Zenda (1915), Arsene Lupin (title role, 1916), Adam Bede (1918), Possession (1919), Mr Justice Raffles (1921), A Royal Divorce (1923) and, his last, The Last Woman (1928).
Many of his films were directed by cinema pioneers George Loane Tucker and Cecil M. Hepworth.
Not content with being a thespian, Ames was also a fencing champion and even represented Britain in the Stockholm Games of 1912.He died of a heart attack after falling down the steps of Knightsbridge Undergound Station. He was only 51.
This is a very fine early vintage black and white (with a hint of sepia) postcard, nicely signed in blue fountain pen ink across the image. There's a second signature and short message in ink to the reverse. In very good condition.