Bobs Watson in Wyoming (1940)
|Born||Robert Ball Watson
November 11, 1930
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||June 27, 1999
Laguna Beach, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Prostate cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Jaye Watson (1979–1999) (his death) 3 sons|
Robert Ball "Bobs" Watson was a member of the Watson Family, famous in the early days of Hollywood as being a houseful of child actors. Brother to Coy Watson Jr., Harry, Billy, Delmar, Garry, Vivian, Gloria, and Louise, all of whom acted in motion pictures.
Watson was best known for his role as "Pee Wee" in the 1938 film Boys Town with Spencer Tracy. They became such good friends doing the movie that Watson was reportedly Tracy's last visitor before his death. In 1939, Watson delivered a fine, tear-jerking performance as Pud, Lionel Barrymore's grandson, in the MGM film, On Borrowed Time. Watson also had parts in many television shows, 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.
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