Delmar Watson

David Delmar Watson (July 1, 1926 – October 26, 2008) was an American child actor and news photographer.[1][2]

Delmar Watson
David Delmar Watson

(1926-07-01)July 1, 1926
DiedOctober 26, 2008(2008-10-26) (aged 82)
Years active1928–1947 (acting)
Spouse(s)Antoinette Watson (2002–08; his death)


He was one of nine children born to actor, stuntman, and pioneer special effects artist Coy Watson Sr. The family lived in the old Edendale area (now Echo Park) of Los Angeles. Delmar attended Belmont High School.[2][3]

Delmar acted in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington alongside James Stewart and in Heidi with Shirley Temple. His eight siblings (five brothers and three sisters) also acted in films, including Coy Jr., Harry and Bobs.[2] He and his brothers played the governor's sons in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.[3] The family was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by placing the Watson family ("the First Family of Hollywood") star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6674 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.[3]

Delmar Watson edited and published five books: "Quick, Watson, The Camera', 1976; Los Angeles The Olympic City, 1932-1984, 1984; The 10th Olympiad - Japan, 1984; Goin' Hollywood 1887-1987, 1988; Delmar Watson's "Babe", The One and Only, 1992.


Watson died in his Glendale, California home from prostate cancer, aged 82.[2]

Partial filmography

See also



  • Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 314–323. ISBN 1476613702.
  • Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, p. 144-145.
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