Robert Ames (1889 – 1931)

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Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Robert Ames was a stage and silent film actor who made the transition to talking films.  During his early stage career, Ames performed in various shows such as Come Out of the Kitchen (1916) and Seed of the Brute (1926).  On the silent screen, he made his debut in What Women Want (1920), and later starred in films such as Nice People (1921) and Icebound (1923).  When sound was added to movies, he co-starred with Gloria Swanson in The Trespasser (1929), Edward G. Robinson in A Lady to Love (1930) and Mary Astor in Behind Office Doors (1931).  In all, Ames was in more than 15 films.

Although he lived a successful movie star life, he led a turbulent personal life that involved four marriages, four divorces and excessive drinking.  Ames was married to Alice Gerry, Frances Goodrich, Vivienne Segal and Muriel Oakes.

Ames died at the age of 42 in the Delmonico Hotel in New York City.  He supposedly died of delirium tremens caused by alcohol withdrawal.  He was reportedly dating Ina Claire at the time of his death.

Reference:
Internet Movie Database. Robert Ames. Access at 
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0024739/ in July 2010.
Hartford Courant.
“Robert Ames Found Dead in New York.” Nov 28, 1931, 1.
Hartford Courant. “Ames’s Body Brought Home For Funeral.” Nov 29, 1931, 1.