The Watson Family

The Watson Family
Los Angeles Times


The Watson Family
Film: South side of the 6600 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actors | Actresses

Eighty-eight years and 1,000 movies later, the Watson family got some overdue credit when members of film-pioneering family received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999.

There were nine Watson children in all — born 300 yards from the Mack Sennett Studio in Hollywood's Edendale area.

The nine Watson children, Coy Jr., Vivian, Gloria, Louise, Harry, Billy, Delmar, Garry and Bobs worked with such stars as James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple, Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda.

Their father, Coy Watson Sr., broke into show business in 1911 by breaking horses for silent cowboy star Buck Jones and then renting mounts to Hoot Gibson and Tom Mix. Eventually, he performed in two-reel pictures himself and became one of the original Keystone Kops.

Their mother, Golda, washed and ironed actors' costumes brought over to the family home. And her growing brood of children soon found themselves being recruited by directors needing babies or toddlers for quick scenes.

Whenever a child was required for a scene, there was inevitably a Watson kid who was the right size and who could laugh, cry and deliver dialogue on cue.

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