Minor Watson

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)

Minor Watson
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Minor Watson (left) and Jackie Robinson in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
Born(1889-12-22)December 22, 1889
Marianna, Arkansas, United States
DiedJuly 28, 1965(1965-07-28) (aged 75)
Alton, Illinois, United States
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm, television, stage actor
Years active1912–1959
Spouse(s)Elinor Hewitt (?-?)

Early yearsEdit

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. He said that, as a member of Sigma Phi at Shurtleff, he was encouraged to pursue a career in drama.[3]

FilmEdit

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

StageEdit

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 lifeEdit

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

DeathEdit

Watson is buried in Alton Cemetery in Alton, Illinois.

Partial filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.  
  2. ^ "(untitled brief)". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. January 6, 1908. p. 3. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  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.  
  4. ^ "Minor Watson in Motion Pictures". Illinois, Alton. Alton Evening Telegraph. July 3, 1913. p. 1. Retrieved April 15, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  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.  
  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.  

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