Bobs Watson

Bobs Watson

  • Born on
    • November 16th, 1930
  • Died on
    • June 27th, 1999
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.


Acting (13 Credits)

1962What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? as Clerk in Newspaper Classified Ad Department
1941Men of Boys Town as Pee Wee
1939Blackmail as Hank Ingram
1939On Borrowed Time as Pud Northrup
1939The Story of Alexander Graham Bell as George Sanders
1939Dodge City as Harry Cole
1938Boys Town as Pee Wee
1938Kentucky as Peter Goodwin - 1861
1938In Old Chicago as Bob O'Leary (as a boy)
1938Young Dr. Kildare as Little Boy
1937The Great O'Malley as Boy (uncredited)
1937It Happened in Hollywood as Boy
1936Libeled Lady as Waif (uncredited)

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