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Charles Watts

  • Highest Rated: 100% Dead Ringer (1964)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Raintree County (1957)
  • Birthday: Oct 30, 1912
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • 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
90% 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
85% 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
98% 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
86% The Sniper Detective 1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College Man 1952
No Score Yet Just This Once Adam Backwith 1952
No Score Yet Storm Warning Wally 1951
No Score Yet Dallas Bill Walters 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Little
  • 1966
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Ellery Sheriff Mr. Jefferson
  • 1964
  • 1961
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Spelvin
  • 1960
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Franklin Police Captain Mayor Stanton Chief Joe Taylor
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
1952-1958
Bill Green
  • 1955

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