Harry Watson (actor)

Harry R. Watson (August 31, 1921 – June 8, 2001) was an American child actor, a Coast Guard combat photographer in World War II, and a pioneer in television journalism.

(for a vaudeville era actor see Harry Watson Jr.)

Harry R. Watson
Born(1921-08-31)August 31, 1921
DiedJune 8, 2001(2001-06-08) (aged 79)
OccupationChild actor
Years active1928-1940
Spouse(s)Peggy Watson


Watson was a member of the Watson Family, famous in the early days of Hollywood as being a family of child actors. Brother to Coy Watson Jr., Delmar, Bobs, Garry, Billy, Vivian, Gloria and Louise.[1]

The family lived by Echo Park area of Los Angeles and Harry attended Belmont High School. His high school yearbook the Campanile talked about his photography: "His magnificent sport action shots are the embodiment of perfection. His coach? Big brother Coy, of course."[2]

They were honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by placing the Watson family star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6674 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.[3]

Child actor

Performed supporting roles in many early Hollywood movies including, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Penrod and Sam, A Damsel in Distress as little "Albert", as well as many others.

WWII combat photography

Served a tour in the Pacific Theater as a combat photographer.

Film and photo journalism

Pioneering work in bringing same-day coverage to KTTV evening news.

Partial filmography

See also



  • John Holmstrom, The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995, Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 105-106.

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