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Bobby Watson

Bobby Watson

Bobby Watson, born Robert Watson Knucher, was an American theater and film actor, playing a variety of character roles, including, after 1942, Adolf Hitler.\nBorn in Springfield, Illinois, Watson began his career at age 15 performing a vaudeville act at the Olympic Theatre in Springfield. As a teenager, he toured the U.S. midwest with the \"Kickapoo Remedies Show\", a traveling medicine show. He then appeared in Coney Island in a Gus Edwards show. In 1918, he first played on Broadway when he was a replacement in the role of Robert Street in Going Up and then created the role of the flamboyant dressmaker \"Madame Lucy\" in the hit musical Irene, later repeating the role. He continued to play on Broadway through the 1920s.\nWatson began to appear in films at the end of the silent film era, in 1925, playing various character roles, including an interior decorator, a radio announcer, a hotel manager, a dance director, a band leader, a dress maker and a detective. He was a diction coach in Singin' in the Rain. In 1942, he appeared as Adolf Hitler in a Hal Roach Studio short subject called The Devil With Hitler.

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