|Born||Pierre Frank Watkin
29 December 1889
Sioux City, Iowa, USA
|Died||3 February 1960
Hollywood, California USA
Pierre Watkin (December 29, 1889 in Sioux City, Iowa – February 3, 1960 in Hollywood, California) was an American character actor in many films, serials, and television series from the 1930s through the 1950s, especially westerns. He is perhaps best remembered for his connection to the serial and television versions of Superman.
He was set to reprise his role as the editor of The Daily Planet in a revival of the series in 1959, as Hamilton had died in the interim since the cancellation of the original series. However, series star George Reeves also died in the summer of 1959, and those plans ended. Watkin himself died six months later.
In 1955, Watkin had an uncredited role as U.S. District Judge Isaac Parker in the syndicated western television series, Stories of the Century, starring and narrated by Jim Davis. Pat Hogan played Crawford Goldsby, or Cherokee Bill, whom Judge Parker sentenced to 45-years imprisonment. After Goldsby's escape and the commission of other crimes, Parker ordered the 20-year-old to be hanged.
He also cast in 1955 in the episode "Joey and the Gypsies" of the NBC children's western series, Fury. Watkin guest starred in the CBS western series Brave Eagle. He was cast twice each on the ABC/Warner Brothers series, Cheyenne (as Harvey Sinclair in "The Law Man") and Annie Oakley (as the Reverend Mills in the 1956 episode "The Reckless Press"). In 1958, Watkin portrayed Dr. Breen of Samaritan Hospital in the episode "San Francisco Story" of Rex Allen's syndicated western series, Frontier Doctor.
During the first season of CBS's Perry Mason from 1957 to 1958, Watkin appeared in three episodes as Judge Keetley. He was also cast during the 1950s on The Range Rider, Tales of the Texas Rangers, in three episodes of the western aviation adventure series Sky King, and five times on The Jack Benny Program.