William Watson (October 5, 1938 – November 5, 1997) was an American actor.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Watson appeared in many television series and films, In the Heat of the Night (1967), Lawman (1971), The Hunting Party (1971), Chato's Land (1972), Executive Action (1973) and Wholly Moses! (1980).
In the 1960s and 1970s, he guest-starred on several TV series such as The Rat Patrol, The High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Kojak, Hawaii Five-0, The Rookies, Starsky and Hutch (in the episode "Captain Dobey, You're Dead"), M*A*S*H, The Dukes of Hazzard, Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (in the episode "The Force of Evil"), and many more. His last appearance was in the film It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) with Michael Moriarty. He was best remembered as the slave trader who captured young Kunta Kinte in the TV miniseries Roots.
- 1965 Girl on a Chain Gang
- 1967 In the Heat of the Night
- 1971 Lawman
- 1971 The Hunting Party
- 1972 Chato's Land
- 1973 The Mack
- 1973 The Marcus-Nelson Murders
- 1973 Executive Action
- 1975 Captain Dobey, You're Dead -TV
- 1976 The Passover Plot
- 1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected - TV (episode "The Force of Evil")
- 1977 Roots -TV mini-series
- 1978 Stingray
- 1979 CHiPs - TV (episode "High Octane")
- 1980 Dallas -TV
- 1980 Wholly Moses!
- 1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer
- 1986 Magnum, P.I.
- 1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive