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Bobby Watson

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Band Wagon (1953)
  • Lowest Rated: 80% Love on the Run (1936)
  • Birthday: Nov 28, 1888
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Not to be confused with lachrymose child actor Bobs Watson (1931-1999), Robert "Bobby" Watson was a musical comedy actor who came to films in 1925. At the advent of talkies, the short, ebullient Watson played a few leads in such musicals as Syncopation (1929), then spent the 1930s essaying bit roles as glib reporters and fey "pansy" types. For a while, he emulated Broadway star Bobby Clark, adopting horn-rimmed glasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and a perpetual air of bug-eyed lechery. Watson found his true niche in the 1940s, when his startling resemblance to Adolf Hitler assured him plenty of screen work. He alternately portrayed Der Führer as a raving madman in such serious films as The Hitler Gang (1942) and as a slapsticky buffoon in such comedies as The Devil With Hitler (1942) and That Nazty Nuisance (1943). Legend has it that he faced so much hostility on the set while made up as Hitler that he had to remain locked in his dressing room between takes. After the war, Watson fell from prominence, playing a few sizeable character roles in films like The Paleface (1948) and Red, Hot and Blue (1949) before settling into such uncredited minor parts as the voice coach ("Moses supposes his toeses are roses") in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Until the end of his life, Bobby Watson remained "on call" for one-scene appearances as Hitler in films ranging from The Story of Mankind (1957) to Danny Kaye's On the Double (1961).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Actor 2004
No Score Yet Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger Actor 1989
No Score Yet Charles Mingus: Epitaph Actor 1989
No Score Yet Polk County Pot Plane (In Hot Pursuit) Actor 1977
No Score Yet On the Double Hitler 1961
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Hitler 1957
No Score Yet The Bold and the Brave Bob 1956
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart Florist 1954
100% The Band Wagon Bobby 1953
100% Singin' in the Rain Diction Coach 1952
No Score Yet G.I. Jane Colonel 1951
No Score Yet Copper Canyon Bixby 1950
100% The Paleface Toby Preston 1948
100% A Foreign Affair Adolf Hitler 1948
100% The Big Clock Milton Spaulding 1948
No Score Yet Night and Day Director 1946
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang Adolf Hitler 1944
No Score Yet The Heavenly Body Hitler (Photo Insert) 1944
88% The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Hitler 1944
No Score Yet It Ain't Hay Clerk 1943
No Score Yet Hitler---Dead or Alive Hitler 1942
No Score Yet Dreaming Out Loud Jimmy 1940
98% The Wizard of Oz Ozmite $3.9M 1939
No Score Yet Lucky Night Orchestra Leader 1939
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde Mugsy 1937
93% The Awful Truth Hotel Clerk 1937
94% Captains Courageous Reporter 1937
100% Maytime Actor 1937
100% After the Thin Man Leader of Late Crowd 1936
No Score Yet Born to Dance Costume Designer/Assistant Stage Manager 1936
80% Love on the Run Italian Boy 1936
No Score Yet Mary of Scotland His Son 1936
100% Show Boat Lost Child 1936
No Score Yet The Murder Man Carey Booth 1935
No Score Yet The Gay Bride Auto Salesman 1934
No Score Yet Hideout Emcee 1934
No Score Yet Moonlight and Pretzels Actor 1933
No Score Yet High Pressure The Baron 1932
88% Arrowsmith Little Neighbor 1931
80% Going Hollywood Jack Thompson 1923

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Performer
  • 2007

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