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Charles Watts

Highest Rated:   100% Dead Ringer (1964)
Lowest Rated:   11% Raintree County (1957)
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Rotund, moon-faced character actor Charles Watts made a mini-career out of portraying glad-handing politicians, voluble businessmen and salesmen, crafty bankers, and cheerful or cynical parents, uncles, family friends, and other supporting players. He never had a starring role, or even a co-starring role, in a motion picture, but his physical presence and voice made for some memorable moments. Born in Clarksville, TN, in 1912, Watts was a high-school teacher -- handling both business law and drama -- for a time during his mid-twenties, working in Chattanooga. He worked in local theater and tent shows early in his career, and after World War II was also in demand for industrial shows. Watts didn't start doing movie or television appearances until 1950, and in that first year he played small, uncredited roles in such serious dramas as The Killer That Stalked New York (1950), as a mailman, and Storm Warning (1951), as a lunch-counter proprietor -- and somewhat larger parts, as a sheriff, in three episodes of The Lone Ranger. Over the next 16 years, he was seen in nearly 100 movies and television shows. His most prominent big-screen role was that of Judge (and later United States Senator) Oliver Whiteside in George Stevens' Giant (1956), where his rich, melodious voice and cheerful demeanor were put to extensive use. Watts was also an uncredited man in the crowd in Stuart Heisler's I Died a Thousand Times, a police sergeant in Philip Dunne's The View From Pompey's Head (both 1955), and Mr. Schultz, the salesman from the suspender company, in Billy Wilder's The Spirit of St. Louis (1957). Watts even found his way into two big-scale musicals -- Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) and Jumbo (1962) -- a decade apart. When he had a role with dialogue of any length, he was often used -- or so it seemed -- for his tendency to speechify, and to make even ordinary words stand out in relief. As active on television as he was in movies, Watts was familiar to several generations of young viewers for his role as Bill Green, the skeptical anti-superstition league leader in the Adventures of Superman episode "The Lucky Cat" (1955). He also played a small but key role in the Father Knows Best episode "24 Hours in Tyrantland," done on behalf of the Treasury Department to sell U.S. Savings Bonds, as the Andersons' skeptical neighbor, whose brief, cynical talk to son Bud finally pushes Jim Anderson (Robert Young) to straighten his kids out about the importance of savings bonds. Watts remained busy into the mid-'60s, and died of cancer in 1966.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Baby, the Rain Must Fall
  • Mr. Tillman
1965
100% Dead Ringer
  • Apartment Manager
1964
No Score Yet The Wheeler Dealers
  • J.R.
1963
No Score Yet Billy Rose's Jumbo
  • Ellis
1962
43% Something Wild
  • Warren Gates
1961
89% Lover Come Back
  • Charlie
1961
No Score Yet Summer and Smoke
  • Dignitary-Bandleader
1961
No Score Yet The Big Circus
  • Jonathan Nelson
1959
No Score Yet No Name on the Bullet
  • Sid
1959
60% The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
  • Oscar Matthison
1958
11% Raintree County
  • Party Guest
1957
No Score Yet Don't Go Near the Water
  • Rep. Arthur Smithfield
1957
62% An Affair to Remember
  • Hathaway
1957
No Score Yet The Big Land
  • Dick McCullough
1957
No Score Yet Outlaw's Son
  • Marshal Elec Blessingham
1957
84% The Spirit of St. Louis
  • O.W. Schultz
1957
95% Giant
  • Whiteside
1956
No Score Yet Tall Man Riding
  • Al
1955
No Score Yet The Scarlet Coat
  • Will Potter
1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times
  • Actor
1955
96% A Star Is Born
  • Harrison
1954
No Score Yet She Couldn't Say No
  • Man in Trailer
1954
No Score Yet The Silver Whip
  • Doc Summers
1953
No Score Yet Million Dollar Mermaid
  • Policeman
1952
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Porter
1952
No Score Yet Something for the Birds
  • Jessup
1952
No Score Yet The Man with a Cloak
  • Quartet
1952
83% The Sniper
  • Detective
1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College
  • Man
1952
No Score Yet Storm Warning
  • Wally
1951
No Score Yet Dallas
  • Bill Walters
1950

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