Pierre Watkin was born December 29, 1887, in Sioux City, Iowa. Watkins came from a family that supported actors. In fact, his family operated a lodge for traveling actors. With the support of his family, Watkin began a career in acting. From the 1930s to the 1950s, Watkin was often cast as a sophisticated character in films, TV series and serials. Although these roles included many genres most of Watkin's roles were in the western genre. The reason Watkin was generally cast in sophisticated roles was because he had a grand appearance and he spoke in a very distinct soft, articulated way. Watkin's most memorable movie role was as a banker, Mr. Skinner, in the 1940 W.C. Fields film The Bank Dick. He also garnered fame as Perry White in two Superman serials during the late 1940s. Pierre Watkin died in Hollywood, California, on February 3, 1960, at the age of 73, after suffering from a brief illness.