Winfield Scott “Scotty” Mattraw was born on October 19, 1880, in Evans Mills, New York. Unfortunately, little is known about his early years and later life. It appears that he remained in New York for some time until becoming an opera house manager or theater manager. He was living at 328 Winslow St. in Watertown, New York, and had married Edna Hunter in 1903.
He and Edna had four children, including Winfield Scott Jr., Ada, Rosalyn, and Marion. While Marion appears on the 1910 census, sadly her name is not listed in the 1920 census. Despite the loss, he appeared to be a devoted parent. In 1919, he traveled to New York City with his daughter, Ada, who required a surgery. That 1919 trip is documented as a milestone on her tombstone, detailing her long and vivid life as a musician.
By 1920, Mattraw continued to work in management but was also the proprietor of a delicatessen in New York. He and his family maintained the residence on Winslow until moving to California. Mattraw would appear in several uncredited silent film roles including The Theif of Bagdad (1924) and The Red Mill (1927). He would go on to work for a variety of film studios, including Universal, Warner Brothers, Fox, and many more–even appearing in the Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy film, Babes in Toyland (1934), as the uncredited Town Crier.
After taking on more uncredited roles for Fox, including George White’s 1935 Scandals (1935) and Wee Willie Winkie (1937), he executed the uncredited role of Bashful in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). In the film, his character is kind-hearted and, moreover, incredibly shy–as evidenced by his flushed face and knack for twisting his beard into knots when embarrassed.
Mattraw went on to appear in films for Fox, such as In Old Chicago (1937) as the Beef King and The Grapes of Wrath (1940) as an uncredited migrant. By 1942, Mattraw listed himself as unemployed while living with his family at 1817 Rodney Dr. in Los Angeles, California.
He would transition to television in 1950 by providing voice work for Disney’s television special, One Hour in Wonderland (1950). This was Disney’s first television production.
He died on November 9, 1946 in Hollywood, California. He is buried alongside his wife at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.
Today, the few locations that stand in relevance to Mattraw’s personal life are his former residences. The Watertown home stands on Winslow Street.
His Los Angeles home on Rodney Drive looks like this at present:
While there are not many locations to visit in relation to Mattraw, he is remembered well through his vocal talents used in bringing Bashful to the big screen.