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Watson circa 1950s.
Larkin Douglass Watson III
February 24, 1921
Jackson, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||May 1, 1989 (aged 68)|
Bridgewater, Arizona, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Eugenia Laring-Clark (1941–1989; his death)|
Life and career
Watson was born in Jackson, Georgia, the son of Caroline (née Smith) and Larkin Douglass Watson, Jr., a teacher. Before his acting career, he received two Purple Heart awards for his service in World War II. A character actor since 1950, his most notable roles were in the movies Julius Caesar (1953), Sayonara (1957), and The Money Pit (1986). He was also an acclaimed actor on the New York stage, acting in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including the 1952 Broadway revival of Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill. In addition, he played on such daytime dramatic dramas as Moment of Truth (1965) (a Canadian serial), Search for Tomorrow (1966–1968), and Love of Life (1972–1973).
Watson's most iconic role was wealthy publisher Mac Cory on the soap opera Another World. He was the second actor to play the role, taking over from Robert Emhardt. Watson earned the role after a critically acclaimed turn playing Kent in King Lear at the 1974 New York Shakespeare Festival. He portrayed the role from 1974 to 1989. He played the father of Tom Hanks' character in the 1986 film The Money Pit.
He won two Daytime Emmys for Best Actor, in 1980 and 1981. He was under contract at the time of his 1989 death of a heart attack, while on vacation in Arizona and the Connecticut Death Index gives the location as Bridgewater, Arizona. His character on the show also died shortly afterward.
|1953||Julius Caesar||Octavius Caesar|
|1971||Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!|
|1972||The Trial of the Catonsville Nine||Father Philip Berrigan|
|1972||Ulzana's Raid||Maj. Cartwright|
|1974||Parker Adderson, Philosopher||General|
|1986||The Money Pit||Walter Fielding, Sr.|
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