Coy Watson Jr.

James Caughey Watson Jr. (November 16, 1912 – March 14, 2009) professionally Coy Watson, was an American child actor of the silent era, who was from an extended family of fellow performers known as The Watson Family. He appeared in more than 60 films.[1]

Coy Watson Jr.
Born(1912-11-16)November 16, 1912
DiedMarch 14, 2009(2009-03-14) (aged 96)
OccupationChild actor, news photographer, television cameraman


Coy Watson Jr. was the son of actor, stuntman, and pioneer special effects artist Coy Watson Sr. They lived by the Echo Park area of the city and Coy attended nearby Belmont High School.[2] The younger Watson made his film debut in 1921 and appeared in approximately 24 films over a period of eight years. He had five brothers and three sisters who also acted in films, including Billy, Delmar, Garry, Harry, Vivian, Gloria, Louise Watson Roberts, and Bobs Watson. Because he was featured in several of Mack Sennett's popular "The Keystone Cops" comedies, he earned the nickname "The Keystone Kid".[3]

During World War II, Watson served in the United States Coast Guard, based out of San Diego.[4][5] Coy Watson Jr. was a Los Angeles-based news photographer for CBS Television in the 1950s. He was the head news photographer at KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California, in the late 1950s. He was credited for teaching brother Harry R. Watson photography.[6]


Watson's autobiography, The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood, was published in 2001.[7]

The Watson Family honours

The Watsons were collectively honoured by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by placing The Watson Family Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6674 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California.[3]


Watson died of stomach cancer at 96 in Alpine, California[4]

Partial filmography

See also



  • John Holmstrom, The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 56.
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