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Bobs Watson

Watson was a member of the Watson Family, famous in the early days of Hollywood as being a houseful of child actors. He was brother to Coy Watson Jr., Harry, Billy, Delmar, Garry, Vivian, Gloria, and Louise, all of whom acted in motion pictures. The family, known as "the first family of Hollywood", lived by the Echo Park area of Los Angeles and Bobs attended nearby Belmont High School. They were honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by placing the Watson family star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6674 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California. Watson was best known for his role as "Pee Wee" in the 1938 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Boys Town and its sequel Men of Boys Town (1941), both starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. Tracy and Watson became good friends during the making of the first film, and Watson was reportedly Tracy's last visitor before his death in 1967. In 1939, Watson delivered a fine, tear-jerking performance as Pud, Lionel Barrymore's grandson, in the MGM film, On Borrowed Time. Watson later made guest appearances in many television programs, including The Twilight Zone, Lou Grant, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and The Fugitive. In addition to working in the motion pictures business, Watson went to Claremont School of Theology to become a Methodist minister, inspired from the movie Boys Town. He retired after 30 years of serving in Burbank and La Cañada, California. He died of prostate cancer in 1999 at Laguna Beach, California.

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Nov 16, 1930 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Life Begins at Forty 1935-03-22
Latest Project:
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives 1993-12-17
Known For
Poster of The Fugitive
Poster of The Beverly Hillbillies
Poster of The Virginian
Poster of Pay As You Exit
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives Judge Ezra Frank 1993-12-17
Series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo Rod 1968-02-05
Movie First to Fight Sergeant Maypole 1967-01-25
Series Green Acres Unknown 1965-09-15
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown 1962-09-26
Movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Clerk in Newspaper Classified Ad Department 1962-10-31
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series The Jim Backus Show Unknown 1960-10-06
Series The Twilight Zone Man at Dining Room Table (uncredited) 1959-10-02
Movie The Bold and the Brave Bob 1956-01-04
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Movie Hi, Buddy Tim Martin 1943-02-26
Movie Scattergood Pulls the Strings Jimmy Jordan 1941-05-23
Movie Men of Boys Town Pee Wee 1941-04-11
Movie Hit the Road Pesky 1941-06-27
Movie Wyoming Jimmy Kincaid 1940-09-13
Movie Dreaming Out Loud Jimmy 1940-09-30
Movie Dr. Kildare's Crisis Tommy, the Crippled Child 1940-11-29
Movie The Story of Alexander Graham Bell George Sanders 1939-04-04
Movie Dodge City Harry Cole 1939-04-08
Movie On Borrowed Time Pud Northrup 1939-07-07
Movie Blackmail Hank Ingram 1939-09-08
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Tommy Benson 1939-04-28
Movie In Old Chicago Bob O'Leary (as a boy) 1938-04-15
Movie Boys Town Pee Wee 1938-09-08
Movie Kentucky Peter Goodwin - 1861 1938-12-30
Movie Young Dr. Kildare Little Boy 1938-10-14
Movie The Great O'Malley Boy (uncredited) 1937-02-13
Movie She's Dangerous Boy at Airport 1937-01-24
Movie It Happened in Hollywood Boy 1937-09-07
Movie Libeled Lady Waif (uncredited) 1936-10-09
Movie Pay As You Exit Audience 1936-10-23
Movie Life Begins at Forty Meriwhether Son 1935-03-22
Movie Two-Fisted Jimmy's Boxing Partner 1935-10-03