The Watson family, known as “the first family of Hollywood”, were made famous in the early days of Hollywood as a family of child actors. Family members included Coy Watson Jr., Bobs, Delmar, Harry, Garry, Billy, Vivian, Gloria, and Louise, all of whom acted in motion pictures.
When Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios, which was just about 600 feet from the Watson home, needed child actors for film making, their father Coy Watson Sr. would provide the kids. The Watson children worked with some of the big stars in those days, including James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Fred Astaire, Shirley Temple, Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda.
The Watson brothers also worked as press, newsreel and television photographers during their adult careers.
The family lived by the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. The kids went to nearby Belmont High School and were very active in school activities, including photography and school plays.