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March 19, 2009

COY WATSON JR., 96

Child actor became a news photographer

Coy Watson Jr., who appeared in Mack Sennett comedies and other silent films before abandoning acting for a long career as a newspaper and television news photographer, died Saturday near San Diego of complications from stomach cancer.

He recounted in his memoir, The Keystone Kid, how Mr. Sennett once blew up his family's porch for a scene in a "Keystone Kops" film, then rebuilt it for them, adding a new kitchen and bedroom. In addition to Keystone Kops movies, Mr. Watson appeared in films of such stars as Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. His last film was 1930's Puttin' on the Ritz.

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