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Coy Watson, Jr
Birth: Nov. 16, 1912
Death: Mar. 14, 2009

Actor, Photographer. He was born James Caughey Watson, Jr. in Edendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, in what is known today as Echo Park. The eldest of nine children born to Golda and James 'Coy' Watson, Sr., himself an early motion picture pioneer. Coy Sr. worked as an assistant director and special effects man for many studios. A young Coy Jr. appeared in films beginning at the age of nine months. By the age of twenty-one, he appeared in more than sixty motion pictures. He became known as "The Keystone Kid," working with director Mack Sennett and his Keystone Cops on several occasions . He played feature roles and small parts with notable actors as Lon Chaney, Mary Pickford, Mae West, Fatty Arbuckle, and Jackie Coogan. In 1929, with the advent of "sound on film," Coy stepped behind the camera to pursue a career in news photography. He worked with Pacific and Atlantic Photos news-picture syndicate, which later became Acme New Pictures, developed by his uncle, George Watson. Within a five year period, Coy worked with The Los Angeles Post Record, The Los Angeles Times, and The Los Angeles Herald Express. His photos appeared in the first and second issues of LIFE magazine; November and December, 1936. After serving his country in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, as a Boatswains Mate and Chief Photographer, he established "Coy Watson Photos" to serve the Los Angeles area with photographic and public relations services. In 1953, he transitioned into a new medium to pioneer news as a television news cameraman, organizing and contributing to the film operations of West coast based CBS, ABC and local Los Angeles station KTLA . For the next thirty years he covered the news within the television and print media. In 1984, he moved to San Diego County, California to retire. In 1997 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles for his, "Dedication, pioneering foresight and professionalism in the arena of news photography." In 1999, Coy Watson Jr. and his parents, Coy Sr. and Golda Watson, five brothers and three sisters were honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 6674 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California. Known as the "First Family Of Hollywood," the nine kids literally grew up in Hollywood. Collectively with his siblings, Vivian, Gloria, Louise, Harry, Billy, Delmar, Garry and Bobs, they made over 1,000 motion pictures. In 2001, his autobiography was published, "The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood." In 2004, he received a San Diego Emmy Award for "San Diego Insider: Coy Watson, The Keystone Kid," a documentary by San Diego Channel 4 about his life. Coy Watson died from complications of stomach cancer in Alpine, California. (bio by: katzizkidz) 
 
Burial:
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
 
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Record added: May 03, 2009
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Coy Watson, Jr
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