The Watsons, known as "the first family of Hollywood", were a family of child actors. Family members included Coy Watson Jr., Bobs, Delmar, Harry, Garry, Billy, Vivian, Gloria, and Louise Watson, all of whom acted in motion pictures.
When Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios, which was just about 600 feet from the Watson home, needed child actors for film making, their father Coy Watson Sr. would provide the kids. The Watson children worked with some of the big stars in those days, including James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple, Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. The Watson brothers also worked as press, newsreel and television photographers during their adult careers.
J.C. (James Caughey) Watson (1890-1968) married Golda Gladdis Wimer (1893-1979) in 1910; their nine children played in over 1000 films:
- Coy Watson, Jr. (1912–2009)
- Vivian Watson (1915–1992)
- Gloria Watson (1917–1997)
- Louise Watson, (born 1919); debuted at age 8 in Taxi 13; last performance was in 1997.
- Harry Watson (1921–2001)
- Billy Watson, (1923-2007)
- Delmar Watson (1926–2008)
- Garry Watson, (born 1928)
- Bobs Watson (1930–1999)
- Pool, Bob. "Star Shines Brightly for Hollywood's First Family", The Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1999. Metro Part B Metro Desk, pg. 1.
- J.C. Watson at the Internet Movie Database
- Valerie J. Nelson, "Coy Watson Jr. dies at 96; one of nine silent-era sibling actors", Los Angeles Times, March 17, 2009
- Louise Watson at the Internet Movie Database
- Watson Family Photographic Archive; accessed September 9, 2014.