David Watson, born in Austin, Texas on March 10, 1940, died October 5, 2014 is best known to Apes fans as the stand-in Cornelius in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). He stepped in to the role when Roddy McDowall became unavailable. His death at the age of 74 last month seemed to go virtually unnoticed, until the Apes community reported it some four or five weeks later.
Watson appeared in episodes of many TV shows including Rawhide, Never Too Young, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., The Time Tunnel, Charlie's Angels, The Bionic Woman, Project U.F.O. and Good Guys Bad Guys.
He also appeared in the films Lucky Break and The Wannabes.
Below, he's pictured alongside Kim Hunter, James Franciscus and Linda Harrison in Beneath.