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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 November 1930Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 27 June 1999Laguna Beach, California, USA  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameRobert Ball Watson
Nickname The Crybaby of Hollywood

Mini Bio (1)

A Hollywood child who first appeared on the screen as a babe in arms, Watson is best known as "Pee Wee" from BOYS TOWN. Later, Watson entered the Claremont School of Theology and later pastored in Burbank and La Canada.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <anthony-adam@tamu.edu>

Spouse (1)

Jaye (? - 27 June 1999) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (12)

Son of J.C. Watson.
Brother of actors Coy Watson, Delmar Watson, Billy Watson as well as other Watson siblings who also appeared in films; there were six boys and three girls.
Not to be confused with the US comic actor Bobby Watson.
'Bobs' is his real nickname, given by his father to distinguish him from another actor named 'Bob Watson'.
Met Father Flanagan during the filming of Boys Town (1938).
Also known as Reverend Bobs Watson. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997.
Was one of Spencer Tracy's last visitors before his death. Watson and "Uncle Spence" had become friends while filming Boys Town (1938) together.
He and his older brother Coy Watson were both born on the same day (November 16) eighteen years apart.
Inspired to become a Methodist minister in later years by Spencer Tracy's Father Flanagan performance and Tracy's warm treatment of the boys on the set of Boys Town (1938), of which Bobs was one.
Nicknamed the Cry Baby of Hollywood, as he could cry on cue.
Retires after 30 years as a Methodist minister. [June 1997]
Child actor who specialized at shedding tears - puddles of 'em.

Personal Quotes (2)

On what prompted him to enter the ministry: "No matter how pleased I was with my career or my family, I kept hearing, 'Isn't there something more you could be doing with your life?' I was thirty-two years old when I made the decision, hardly the ideal age to enter the ministry, but that's what I did."
For a while, I used to worry that if I gave a really moving sermon, people would just figure that I was still acting, but I got over that. Acting did help me in that it is probably easier for me to relate to many different people than it would be for most men. Actually, I think the ability I was known for around the studios was what has helped me the most as a clergyman. To get me to cry, which is so hard for most kid actors, all a director or my dad would have to do was to tell me about some terrible trouble someone was having. I could always empathize and would burst into tears. Now I just see what can be done to help the person who comes to me with a serious problem. And there is always something. You know, Jesus never ever fails us.

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