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Harry Watson, Jr.

Harry Watson, Jr.

American entertainer
Harry Watson, Jr.
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Intro American entertainer
Was Entertainer
From United States of America
Type Entertainment
Gender male
Birth 12 June 1876, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan, USA
Death 1 October 1965, Penetanguishene, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada (aged 89 years)
Star sign Gemini
Harry Watson, Jr.
The details

Biography

Harry B. Watson Jr. (June 12, 1876 – October 1, 1965) was an American actor and comedian. Before his Vaudeville and Broadway stage career and making his films, he was a clown for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Among his Broadway shows were the musical Tip-Toes and five editions of the Ziegfeld Follies. The most high profile of his few feature films was Zander the Great - one of his three Hearst Cosmopolitan Productions - but he is perhaps best recalled today as the star of a series of bizarre silent comedy shorts, The Mishaps of Musty Suffer. Two volumes of surviving Musty Suffer titles - many featuring Watson’s comedy partner, George Bickel - were restored by the American Library of Congress and released with music by Ben Model on DVD by Undercrank Productions in 2014 and 2015.

Harry Watson Jr. Actors Equity Association Card
Harry Watson Jr. as Musty Suffer


That Mr. Harry Watson, Jr., is one of the finest comic artists of the American stage is demonstrated anew with each successive year. An alumnus of the same burlesque troupe that graduated that other excellent comedian, Mr. George Bickel, Watson's authentic talents, like those of his colleague, have long been overlooked — or if not entirely overlooked, greatly disparaged — by annalists of the stage who vouchsafe to low comedy merely a casual and then grudged attention. Yet the fact doubtless remains that this Watson is an actor of uncommon quality, not a mere slapstick pantaloon, an assaulter of trousers' seats, a professor of the bladder, but a mimic of exceptional capacity, a pantomimist of the very first grade and a comedian of real histrionic parts..

— George Jean Nathan, Comedians All



Broadway

  • Tip-Toes (Dec 28, 1925 - Jun 12, 1926)
  • The Passing Show of 1921 (Dec 29, 1920 - May 28, 1921)
  • Odds and Ends of 1917 (Nov 19, 1917 - Feb 23, 1918)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1912 (Oct 21, 1912 - Jan 04, 1913)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1911 (Jun 26, 1911 - Sep 02, 1911)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1910 (Jun 20, 1910 - Sep 03, 1910)
  • The Silver Star (Nov 01, 1909 - Feb 1910)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1908 (Jun 15, 1908 - Sep 26, 1908)
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1907 (Jul 08, 1907 - Nov 10, 1907)
  • The Mimic and the Maid (Jan 11, 1907 - Jan 12, 1907)
  • Tom, Dick and Harry (Sep 25, 1905 - Jan 20, 1906)
  • Me, Him and I (Dec 26, 1904 - Jan 28, 1905)
  • Miss Manhattan (Mar 23, 1897 - Closing date unknown)
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http://www.silentera.com/PSFL/data/Z/ZanderTheGreat1925.html
https://archive.org/details/comediansall04nathgoog
https://archive.org/download/comediansall04nathgoog/comediansall04nathgoog.pdf
http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=64219
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/04/shemp_howard_three_stooges.html
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0914647/
https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-cast-staff/64219
https://www.allmovie.com/movie/v118198
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