Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Douglass Watson Biography (1921-1989)
Full name, Larkin Douglass Watson III; born February 24, 1921, in Jackson, GA; died of a heart attack, May 1, 1989, in Arizona; son of Larkin Douglass, Jr. (a teacher) and Caroline (Smith) Watson; married Harriett Eugenia Loaring-Clark, November 28, 1942; children: Larkin, Celia, Randall.
- Birth Details
- February 24, 1921
- Jackson, Georgia, United States
- Death Details
- May 1, 1989
- Arizona, United States
Credits; STAGE APPEARANCES
- STAGE DEBUT--Rugby, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Playhouse Theatre, Wilmington, DE, 1946.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Don Parritt, The Iceman Cometh, Martin Beck Theatre, 1946.
- Eros, Antony and Cleopatra, Martin Beck Theatre, 1947.
- Captain Jenks, Command Decision, Fulton Theatre, New York City, 1947.
- Eugene, The Leading Lady, National Theatre, New York City, 1948.
- Dorset, Richard III, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1949.
- Richard Johnson, The Happiest Years, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1949.
- Bert Warren (understudy), Leaf and Bough, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1949.
- Rodrigo, That Lady, Martin Beck Theatre, 1949.
- Peter Whitfield, The Wisteria Trees, Martin Beck Theatre, 1950.
- Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1951.
- messenger, Medea, Berlin Festival, Germany, 1951.
- Eben Cabot, Desire Under the Elms, American National Theatre and Academy(ANTA) Theatre, New York City, 1952.
- Herbert Westman, The Brass Ring, Lyceum Theatre, 1952.
- Mike Decker, Sunday Breakfast, Coronet Theatre, New York City, 1952.
- Lord Ravensbane, The Scarecrow, Theatre De Lys, New York City, 1953.
- Don, The Time of the Cuckoo, Central City Festival, Central City, CO, 1953.
- Christian de Neuvillette, Cyrano de Bergerac and Henry, Earl of Richmond,Richard III, both New York City Center Theatre, New York City, 1953.
- Colby Simpkins, The Confidential Clerk, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1954.
- son, This Happy Breed, John Drew Theatre, East Hampton, NY, 1954.
- Ralph Touchett, Portrait of a Lady, ANTA Theatre, 1954.
- Valere, The Miser, Downtown National Theatre, New York City, 1955.
- Hippolytos, The Cretan Woman and Kilroy, Camino Real, both Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1955.
- Anthony Harker, The Young and Beautiful, Longacre Theatre, New York City,1955.
- Armand, Comte de Montfort, Little Glass Clock, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1956.
- title role, Henry V, Cambridge Drama Festival, Harvard University, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1956.
- Valentine, You Never Can Tell, John Drew Theatre, 1956.
- Gregor Samsa, Metamorphosis and Golaud, Pelleas and Melisande (double-bill), Kuriakos Theatre, ANTA Matinee Series, Theatre De Lys, 1957.
- Val Xavier (understudy), Orpheus Descending, Martin Beck Theatre, 1957.
- narrator, Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Kuriakos Theatre, White Barn Theatre, Westport, CT, then Jan Hus Theatre, New York City, both 1957.
- Mr. Harcourt, The Country Wife, Adelphi Theatre, New York City, 1957.
- Jason Redwine, Season of Choice, Barbizon-Plaza Theatre, New York City, 1959.
- Leontes, The Winter's Tale and Canidius, Antony and Cleopatra, both American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1960.
- Orsino, Twelfth Night, American Shakespeare Festival, 1961.
- title role, Richard III, Antonio, The Merchant of Venice, and Orsino, Twelfth Night, all National Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego,CA, 1961.
- Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon (understudy), The Night of the Iguana, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1961.
- King Henry VIII, A Man for All Seasons, ANTA Theatre, 1962.
- Bassanio, The Merchant of Venice, Gate Theatre, New York City, 1962.
- Edmund, King Lear, Antipholus, The Comedy of Errors, and Dauphin, Henry V, all American Shakespeare Festival, 1963.
- Brother Dominic, Jeanne d'Arc au bucher (also known as Joan at the Stake), New York City Center, 1963.
- Tarver, The Chinese Prime Minister, Royale Theatre, 1964.
- title role, Richard III and Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing, both American Shakespeare Festival, 1964.
- Prospero, The Tempest, University of Southern Florida, FL, 1964.
- Arthur, The Right Honorable Gentleman, Billy Rose Theatre, New York City,1965.
- Pistol, Falstaff (Henry IV, Part II), Sir Hugh de Morville, Murder in theCathedral, and Brutus, Julius Caesar, all American Shakespeare Festival, 1966.
- Wadsworth, Come Slowly, Eden (A Portrait of Emily Dickinson),ANTA MatineeSeries, Theatre De Lys, 1966.
- herald, The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat As PerformedBy the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquisde Sade (also known as Marat/Sade), National Players Company, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1967.
- Sir Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons, University of Wisconsin, Madison,WI, 1967.
- title role, Othello and Parolles, All's Well That Ends Well, both National Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe Theatre, 1967.
- Mr. Perry, then as Teddy Lloyd, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1968.
- Major-General Stanley, The Pirates of Penzance, New York City Center, 1968.
- Vershinin, The Three Sisters, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA, 1969.
- Jack, L.A. Under Siege, New Theatre for Now, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1970.
- Buffalo Bill, Indians, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1970.
- John of Gaunt, Richard II, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 1971.
- Father Phillip Berrigan, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, 1971.
- title role, The Hunter, New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF), Public Theatre, New York City, 1972.
- Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing, NYSF, Delacorte Theatre, then Winter Garden Theatre, both New York City, 1972.
- Duke Senior, As You Like It, Earl of Kent, King Lear, both NYSF, Delacorte Theatre, 1973.
- Norwin Spokesman, Over Here!, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1974.
- Douglas North Wicksteed, Dancing for the Kaiser, Circle Repertory Company, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1975.
- Wallace Howe, My Life, Circle Repertory Company, Circle Repertory Theatre, 1977.
- Marcus, The Archbishop's Ceiling, Eisenhower Theatre, Kennedy Center forthe Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1977.
- Charles, The Middle Ages, Hartman Theatre Company, Stamford, CT, 1978.
- Frank, Glorious Morning, Circle Repertory Company, Circle Repertory Theatre, 1978.
- Seth Lord, The Philadelphia Story, Lincoln Center Theatre Company, VivianBeaumont Theatre, New York City, 1980.
- Ben Gerard, Upside Down on the Handlebars, Open Space Theatre Experiment,New York City, 1983.
- Claudius, Hamlet, Musical Theatre Works, Classic Stage Company Theatre, New York City, 1987.
- Also appeared in Murder in the Family, Berkshire Playhouse, Stockbridge,MA, 1952; Patience, New York City Center, 1968.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Fenton, The Merry Wives of Windsor, U.S. and Canadian cities, 1946.
- Don Parritt, The Iceman Cometh, Theatre Guild, U.S. cities, 1946.
- Andre, Her Cardboard Lover, U.S. cities, 1951.
- Sefton, Stalag 17, U.S. cities, 1953.
- Brian O'Bannion, Auntie Mame, U.S. cities, 1958-59.
- M. Redon-la Mur, Nina, U.S. cities, 1959.
- Leontes, The Winter's Tale and Lysander, A Midsummer Night's Dream, U.S.cities, 1960-61.
- Dylan Thomas, Dylan, U.S. cities, 1969.
- Teddy Lloyd, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, U.S. cities, 1969.
- Victor Franz, The Price, U.S. cities, 1970.
Credits; FILM APPEARANCES
- Octavius Caesar, Julius Caesar, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953.
- Colonel Crawford, Sayonara, Warner Brothers, 1957.
- Father Philip Berrigan, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Melville, 1972.
- Major Cartwright, Ulzana's Raid, Universal, 1972.
- Walter Felding, Sr., The Money Pit, Universal, 1986.
- Also appeared in Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow?, Transvue, 1971.
Credits; TELEVISION APPEARANCES; SERIES
- Dr. Robert Wallace Moment of Truth, NBC, 1965.
- Walter Haskins, Search for Tomorrow, CBS, 1967-68.
- Dr. Lloyd Phillips, Love of Life, CBS, 1972-73.
- Mackenzie "Mac" Cory, Another World, NBC, 1974-89.
- "Richard III," Masterpiece Playhouse, NBC, 1950.
- "The Sire de Maletroit's Door," Starlight Theatre, CBS, 1950.
- "Brief Candle," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1951.
- "The Young and Beautiful," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1956.
- The Doctors and the Nurses (also known as The Nurses), CBS, 1965.
- Mackenzie "Mac" Cory, For Richer, for Poorer, NBC.
- Hector Malone, Jr., "Man and Superman," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1956.
- Hortensio, "Taming of the Shrew," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1956.
- Ninian Edwards, "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1964.
- narrator, Continuing Creation, NBC, 1978.
- Also The Dark Side of the Moon, NBC, 1957; Lamp Unto My Feet,CBS; Much Ado About Nothing.
- (Adaptor) Metamorphosis and Pellas and Melisande (double-bill), KuriakosTheatre, American National Theatre and Academy Matinee Series, Theatre De Lys, New York City, 1957.
- Haven't a Clue, Virginia Museum Theatre, Richmond, VA, 1982.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- Variety, May 10-16, 1989.
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