Edna Purviance's bio

Currently working on Edna Purviance's family biography. Draft is done. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Monday, March 16, 2009

Coy Watson Jr. has died

Silent film actor, Coy Watson Jr. has died at the age of 96.

Born November 16, 1912, Coy home was Edendale, California, where Mack Sennett Studios was located.

When Sennett studio needed a baby, Coy was hired at $5 per day. It was the beginning of his child acting career, which earned him the name 'The Keystone Kid'.

He made nearly 60 films, from bit parts to films with Marion Davies in "Show People" and with Jackie Coogan "Buttons".

In late years, Coy worked for ABC and CBS in California, as a cameraman.

He died Saturday in Alpine, California, after a long bout with cancer. more from the LA Times>

Other notes:
• The Watson Family have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
• He authored his book, The Keystone Kid: Tales of Early Hollywood, 2001.

Reviews:
"A charming memoir..." - Kevin Brownlow, Director & Film Historian

"The stories have the ring of truth..." - Bob Mondello, National Public Radio

"What a wonderful slice of Hollywood history!" - Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight


Update Mar. 17th: I ordered Mr. Watson's book last night and it is in the mail now. I will share more, once I get it.

Update Mar. 24: The book arrived today! Full of rare images from Watson's collection, including many showing early day Sennett Studios.

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