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Pierre Frank Watkin (December 29, 1889 – February 3, 1960) was an American character actor in many films, serials, and television series from the 1930s through the 1950s, especially westerns. He is perhaps best remembered for being the father of Eleanor Twitchell, the lady who captures Lou Gehrig's heart in Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Watkin was born in Sioux City, Iowa. In the 1920s, he had his own theatrical troupe, the Pierre Watkin Players. In 1927, the group moved its headquarters from Sioux Falls to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Watkin portrayed Perry White in both of the Superman serials of the late 1940s, which starred Kirk Alyn as the title character and Noel Neill as Lois Lane.

Watkin played a few different characters in the television series Adventures of Superman, in which John Hamilton played Perry White. He was set to reprise his role as the editor of The Daily Planet in a revival of the series in 1959, as Hamilton had died in the interim since the cancellation of the original series. However, series star George Reeves also died in the summer of 1959, and those plans ended. Watkin himself died six months later.

He also cast in 1955 in the episode "Joey and the Gypsies" of the NBC children's western series Fury. Watkin guest starred in the CBS western series Brave Eagle. He was cast twice each on the ABC/Warner Brothers series, Cheyenne (as Harvey Sinclair in "The Law Man") and Annie Oakley (as the Reverend Mills in the 1956 episode "The Reckless Press"). In 1958, Watkin portrayed Dr. Breen of Samaritan Hospital in the episode "San Francisco Story" of Rex Allen's syndicated western series, Frontier Doctor.

During the first season of CBS's Perry Mason from 1957 to 1958, Watkin appeared in three episodes as Judge Keetley. He was also cast during the 1950s on The Range Rider, Tales of the Texas Rangers, in three episodes of the western aviation adventure series Sky King, and five times on The Jack Benny Program.

Watkin played the part of Colonel Duncan in the 1958 episode "Decoy" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pierre Frank Watkin (December 29, 1889 – February 3, 1960) was an American character actor in many films, serials, and television series from the 1930s through the 1950s, especially westerns. He is perhaps best remembered for being the father of Eleanor Twitchell, the lady who captures Lou Gehrig's heart in Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Watkin was born in Sioux City, Iowa. In the 1920s, he had his own theatrical troupe, the Pierre Watkin Players. In 1927, the group moved its headquarters from Sioux Falls to Lincoln, Nebraska.

Watkin portrayed Perry White in both of the Superman serials of the late 1940s, which starred Kirk Alyn as the title character and Noel Neill as Lois Lane.

Watkin played a few different characters in the television series Adventures of Superman, in which John Hamilton played Perry White. He was set to reprise his role as the editor of The Daily Planet in a revival of the series in 1959, as Hamilton had died in the interim since the cancellation of the original series. However, series star George Reeves also died in the summer of 1959, and those plans ended. Watkin himself died six months later.

He also cast in 1955 in the episode "Joey and the Gypsies" of the NBC children's western series Fury. Watkin guest starred in the CBS western series Brave Eagle. He was cast twice each on the ABC/Warner Brothers series, Cheyenne (as Harvey Sinclair in "The Law Man") and Annie Oakley (as the Reverend Mills in the 1956 episode "The Reckless Press"). In 1958, Watkin portrayed Dr. Breen of Samaritan Hospital in the episode "San Francisco Story" of Rex Allen's syndicated western series, Frontier Doctor.

During the first season of CBS's Perry Mason from 1957 to 1958, Watkin appeared in three episodes as Judge Keetley. He was also cast during the 1950s on The Range Rider, Tales of the Texas Rangers, in three episodes of the western aviation adventure series Sky King, and five times on The Jack Benny Program.

Watkin played the part of Colonel Duncan in the 1958 episode "Decoy" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 212

Birthday 1889-12-29

Day of Death 1960-02-03

Place of Birth Sioux City, Iowa, USA

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Also Known As

  • Pierre Frank Watkin
  • Pierre F. Watkin
  • Pierre Watkins

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1958 Bat Masterson (1 episode)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1958 The Challenge of Rin Tin Tin
1957 Perry Mason (3 episodes)
1957 Spook Chasers as Dr. Moss
1956 Thunder Over Arizona as Dr. Peterson
1956 The Maverick Queen as McMillan
1956 The Count of Monte Cristo (1 episode)
1955 Sudden Danger as George Caldwell
1955 Highway Patrol (2 episodes)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1955 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (1 episode)
1955 Jungle Jim (1 episode)
1955 Lay That Rifle Down as Mr. Coswell
1955 Creature with the Atom Brain as Mayor Bremer
1954 December Bride (2 episodes)
1954 About Mrs. Leslie as Lewis
1954 The Whistler (1 episode)
1954 Johnny Dark as Ed J. Winston
1953 The Stranger Wore a Gun as Jason Conroy
1953 The Lost Planet as Ned Hilton
1953 Superman
1953 City Detective (1 episode)
1952 Cavalcade of America (2 episodes)
1952 Hopalong Cassidy (1 episode)
1952 Adventures of Superman (4 episodes)
1952 Thundering Caravans as Head Marshal
1951 Dragnet (1 episode)
1951 I Love Lucy (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1951 Mysterious Island as Confederate Officer (uncredited)
1951 The Adventures of Boston Blackie (1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Kit Carson (3 episodes)
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1951 In Old Amarillo as George B. Hills
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (2 episodes)
1951 Two Lost Worlds as Magistrate Jeffries
1950 The Second Face as Mr. Hamilton
1950 The Jack Benny Program (1 episode)
1950 Last of the Buccaneers as Gov. Claiborne
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1950 Sunset in the West as Gordon MacKnight
1950 Redwood Forest Trail as Arthur Cameron
1950 Dick Tracy (39 episodes)
1950 Atom Man vs Superman as Perry White
1950 The Big Hangover as Samuel C. Long
1950 Rock Island Trail as Major
1950 Over the Border as Rand Malloy
1950 Radar Secret Service as Mr. Hamilton (as Pierre Watkins)
1949 The Story of Seabiscuit as Charles S. Howard
1949 The Fountainhead as Cortlandt Official (uncredited)
1949 Miss Mink of 1949 as Cranston
1949 Slightly French as Publicity Man (uncredited)
1949 Siren of Atlantis as Colonel
1948 Incident as C. W. Sloan
1948 An Innocent Affair as T.D. Hendricks
1948 The Strange Mrs. Crane as Clinton Crane
1948 Fighting Back as Colonel
1948 Superman as Perry White (15 episodes) as Perry White
1948 The Shanghai Chest as Judge Wesley Armstrong (as Pierre Watkins)
1948 The Counterfeiters as Carter (as Pierre Watkins)
1948 The Hunted as Simon Rand, Attorney
1948 Mary Lou as Airline President
1947 Brick Bradford as Prof. Salisbury
1947 Her Husband's Affairs as Vice President Beitler
1947 The Wild Frontier as Frank Lane
1947 The Red Stallion as Richard Moresby
1947 Violence as Ralph Borden
1947 Monsieur Verdoux as Prison Official (uncredited)
1946 High School Hero as Gov. Huffington
1946 Swamp Fire as P.T. Hilton
1946 The Missing Lady as Police Commissioner Weston
1946 Behind the Mask as Police Commissioner Weston
1946 Murder Is My Business as Arnold Ramsey
1946 I Ring Doorbells as G.B. Barton
1946 Claudia and David as Hartley Naughton
1946 Little Giant as P.S. Van Loon
1946 The Madonna's Secret as District Attorney
1946 The Shadow Returns as Police Commissioner J.R. Weston
1945 Adventure as Mr. Buckley
1945 Dakota as Wexton Geary
1945 Follow That Woman as J.B. Henderson
1945 Apology for Murder as Craig Jordan
1945 I Love a Bandleader as Dr. Gardiner
1945 Divorce as John Carter
1945 Secrets of a Sorority Girl as Dr. Harlan Johnson
1945 Over 21 as Joel Nixon
1945 Mr. Muggs Rides Again as Dr. Fletcher
1945 Three's a Crowd as Marcus Pett
1945 The Phantom Speaks as Charlie Davis
1945 Strange Illusion as District Attorney Wallace Armstrong
1945 Docks of New York as Capt. Jacobs
1944 Dead Man's Eyes as Hayden's Lawyer
1944 End of the Road as District Attorney
1944 Shadow of Suspicion as Frank Randall
1944 Atlantic City as Sen. Hodges
1944 South of Dixie as Dean Williamson
1944 Jungle Woman as Dr. Meredith
1944 Ladies of Washington as Dr. John Crane
1944 Bermuda Mystery as Herbert Bond
1943 The Chance of a Lifetime as Gov. Rutledge
1943 Crazy House as Prosecutor
1943 Swing Shift Maisie as Judge
1943 Fired Wife as Doctor
1943 Destroyer as Admiral
1943 Du Barry Was a Lady as Ambrose
1943 Mission to Moscow as Naval Attache
1943 How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines as British Agent Z
1942 Whistling in Dixie as Doctor
1942 Stand By All Networks as Grant Neeley
1942 The Pride of the Yankees as Mr. Twitchell
1942 Obliging Young Lady as John Markham
1942 Heart of the Rio Grande as Randolph Lane
1942 Nazi Agent as Grover Blaine McHenry
1941 Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring as Crothers
1941 Jesse James at Bay as Phineas Krager - Land Dealer
1941 Great Guns as Col. Wayburn
1941 Buy Me That Town as Carlton Williams
1941 Cracked Nuts as Mr. Benson
1941 Nevada City as Amos Norton
1941 For Beauty's Sake as Middlesex
1941 Naval Academy as Capt. Davis
1941 Adventure in Washington as Frank Conroy
1941 She Knew All the Answers as George Wharton
1941 Meet John Doe as Hammett
1941 Life with Henry as Mr. Joseph Anderson
1940 The Green Hornet Strikes Again! as Boss Crogan
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis as Mr. Robert Chandler
1940 The Bank Dick as Mr. Skinner
1940 Father Is A Prince as Mr. Lee
1940 Mystery Sea Raider as Straker
1940 Knute Rockne All American as Commissioner at Hearing
1940 No Time for Comedy as First-Nighter
1940 Hired Wife as Charlie - Phyllis's Escort
1940 Five Little Peppers in Trouble as J.H. King
1940 Rhythm on the River as Uncle John
1940 Captain Caution as American Consul
1940 I Love You Again as Mr. W.H. Sims
1940 Out West with the Peppers as J.H. King
1940 The Saint Takes Over as Ben Egan
1940 Earthbound as President of the Court
1940 Road to Singapore as Morgan Wycott (uncredited)
1939 The Great Victor Herbert as Albert Martin
1939 Geronimo as Col. White
1939 Rulers of the Sea as Mr. Caldwell
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Sen. Barnes
1939 Everything's on Ice as Hotel Manager
1939 Wall Street Cowboy as Roger Hammond
1939 They Made Her a Spy as Colonel Wilson
1939 Society Lawyer as Henry V. Adams
1939 King of Chinatown as Dist. Atty. Philips
1939 The Spirit of Culver as Capt. Wharton
1939 Secret Service of the Air as Chief of the Secret Service
1939 Risky Business as Abernathy
1939 Fast and Loose as Victor Stockton
1939 Wings of the Navy as Capt. March
1939 Off the Record as Barton
1939 King of the Underworld as District Attorney
1939 The Mysterious Miss X as Winslow
1938 There's That Woman Again as Mr. Nacelle
1938 Illegal Traffic as Jigger
1938 Girls on Probation as Mr. Storm - Prosecuting Attorney
1938 Young Dr. Kildare as Mr. Robert Chanler
1938 The Lady Objects as Mr. Harper
1938 Mr. Doodle Kicks Off as Mr. Wondel
1938 Girls' School as Mr. Alfred Simpson
1938 Boy Meets Girl as B.K. Whitacre
1938 You Can't Take It with You as Attorney to Kirby (uncredited)
1938 Smashing the Rackets as John Nelson Davis
1938 The Chaser as Mr. Beaumont, Traction Co. President
1938 There's Always a Woman as Mr. Ketterling
1938 Tip-Off Girls as George Murkil
1938 State Police as Col. C.B. Clarke
1938 Dangerous to Know as Sen. Carson
1938 Arsene Lupin Returns as Mr. Carter
1938 Midnight Intruder as Attorney Peter Winslow
1937 Breakfast for Two as Gordon Faraday
1937 Stage Door as Carmichael
1937 The Man Who Cried Wolf as Governor
1937 Confession as Lawyer Stagoff (uncredited)
1937 Paradise Isle as Dr. Steinmeyer
1937 The Californian as Miller
1937 Ever Since Eve as Barton
1937 The Singing Marine as General
1937 The Go-Getter as Browne
1937 The Hit Parade as J. B. Hawley
1937 Mountain Justice as Governor
1937 Internes Can't Take Money as Dr. Fearson
1937 Bill Cracks Down as William 'Bill' Reardon Sr.
1937 Green Light as Dr. Booth
1937 Under Southern Stars as Robert E. Lee
1937 Sea Devils as USS Taroe Commander
1937 She's Dangerous as H.J. Conrad
1937 Devil's Playground as Submarine Commander
1937 Dangerous Number as Mr. Stark - the Bridegroom
1937 Larceny on the Air as Kennedy
1936 King of Hockey as Thomas A. White
1936 Wanted: Jane Turner as Andrew Norris
1936 Love Letters of a Star as Hobbs
1936 Country Gentlemen as Mr. Grayson
1936 The Big Game as The College Chancellor
1936 The Gentleman from Louisiana as Roger Leland
1936 Bunker Bean as Mr. Barnes
1936 Counterfeit as Matt McDonald
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Arthur Cedar (uncredited)
1936 It Had to Happen as District Attorney
1936 You May Be Next as Bernard Pine (uncredited)
1936 Two in the Dark as City Editor
1935 If You Could Only Cook as Mr. Balderson (uncredited)
1935 Dangerous as George Sheffield

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