Monk Watson

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Monk Watson
BornDonald W. Watson
March 23 1894
Jackson, Michigan
DiedMarch 23 1981 (age 87)
Metuchen, NJ
Resting placeLakeside Cemetery, Colon, Michigan

Monk Watson (1894-1981) started is career at 8 years old and traveled as a mascot on tour with the Buffalo Bill Circus where he met William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.


Watson learned how to do clown work and, joined the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus at 16.

Monk Tribute

Monk got his nickname after enlisting in the Army to server in World War I from a girl who saw his humorous act and said "That fellow looks like a monkey ".

In vaudeville, he toured as a bandleader and dancer. Then as a stage manager, Watson was responsible for booking such acts as Jack Benny and a young Bob Hope. While a resident of Colon, Michigan, he became close friend with Harry Blackstone, Sr. and was even the godfather of Harry Blackstone, Jr..

He wrote a long running column in Tops called "The Professional Touch".

Monk died March 23, 1981 in Metuchen, NJ at home of a daughter on his 87th birthday. [1]


  • The Professional Touch (1945)
  • To Vaudeville: With All My Love


  1. Genii Vol.45, No.5, May 1981, Obituaries, page 305
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