Minor Watson

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Minor Watson
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Minor Watson (left) and Jackie Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story
Born (1889-12-22)December 22, 1889
Marianna, Arkansas, United States
Died July 28, 1965(1965-07-28) (aged 75)
Alton, Illinois, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Film, television, stage actor
Years active 1922–1959
Spouse(s) Elinor Hewitt (?-?)

Minor Watson (December 22, 1889 – July 28, 1965) was a prominent character actor. He appeared in 111 movies made between 1913 and 1956. His credits included Boys Town (1938), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Kings Row (1942), Guadalcanal Diary (1943), Bewitched (1945), The Virginian (1946), and The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Early years[edit]

Watson was the son of Mrs. Alice Rodgers.[1] He attended St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin,[2] and Shurtleff College in Alton, Illinois. At Shurtleff, he was a member of Sigma Phi, in which he said he was encouraged to pursue a career in drama.[3]

Film[edit]

Watson began his film career with Essanay Studios in 1913.[4] He was described as "the new recruit that plays lover parts."[5]

Stage[edit]

Watson's Broadway credits include State of the Union, End of Summer, Tapestry in Gray, A Divine Drudge, Reunion in Vienna, Friendship, This Thing Called Love, These Modern Women, Howdy King, Mismates, The Magnolia Lady, and Why Men Leave Home.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Watson married Elinor Hewitt December 7, 1919, in Boston, Massachusetts.[7]

Death[edit]

Watson is buried in Alton Cemetery in Alton, Illinois.

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alton Furnishes Two Young Men to Stage". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. June 3, 1911. p. 8. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ "(untitled brief)". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. January 6, 1908. p. 3. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ "Stratton White Named President Of Sigma Society". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. March 31, 1927. p. 3. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ "Minor Watson in Motion Pictures". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. July 3, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Converts His Role of Simulated Heroism into Daring Reality". Utah, Standard. The Ogden Standard. July 12, 1913. p. 2. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "Minor Watson". Playbill. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Miss Hewitt to Be Married Next Sunday in Boston". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. December 2, 1919. p. 3. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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