Barry Watson (actor)

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Barry Watson
Born Michael Barrett Watson
(1974-04-23) April 23, 1974 (age 39)
Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990-present
Spouse(s)

Laura Payne-Gabriel (m. 1996–2002)

Tracy Hutson (m. 2006–11)
Partner(s) Natasha Gregson Wagner
(2011–present)
Children 3

Michael Barrett "Barry" Watson (born April 23, 1974) is an American actor, known for his roles of Dr. Matthew "Matt" Camden on 7th Heaven, Brian Davis in What About Brian and Todd Deepler in Samantha Who?.

Early life[edit]

Watson was born in Traverse City, Michigan. His father worked as an attorney and his mother as a paralegal.[1] Watson was born the third of four children. At the age of eight, his family moved to Dallas, Texas where he began his modeling career. For a period of time he studied acting at the Dallas Young Actors Studio with director Linda Seto. Watson was fourteen when his parents divorced. When he was fifteen, he moved to Burbank, California, where he immediately landed a six-month contract on the soap opera Days of our Lives. After his contract ended, Watson moved back to Texas, and graduated from Richardson High School in 1992.

Career[edit]

When he turned 19, Watson moved back to Los Angeles, where he worked parking cars at a House of Blues nightclub while auditioning for roles. He landed guest spots in several television series such as Baywatch and Sister, Sister. Eventually he was chosen for a minor role on the Aaron Spelling series Malibu Shores. Though his role was brief, it led him to Aaron Spelling's next project 7th Heaven.

It was on the WB's 7th Heaven that Watson finally gained much recognition for his portrayal as Matt Camden. In 1999, he starred in his first feature film with fellow WB star Katie Holmes in Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Watson guest starred in two episodes of 7th Heaven during its tenth season, but did not appear at all during the eleventh and final season.

On April 16, 2006 Watson starred as the lead character Brian Davis, in the ABC series What About Brian. The show ended its run on March 26, 2007. Watson also starred as Todd in the ABC series Samantha Who?, which has ultimately been cancelled. In 2011 he played Pax in My Future Boyfriend, an ABC Family original movie. In 2012 Watson appeared on Gossip Girl as Serena Van der Woodsen's boyfriend.

Personal life[edit]

Watson was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in May 2002, and went on hiatus from 7th Heaven while he underwent treatment. As of April 2003, it was reportedly in remission, and he began appearing on the program again, starting with the 150th episode.

Barry Watson has been married twice. His first marriage was in 1996 to Laura Payne-Gabriel, whom he met through actress Tori Spelling.[2] They later divorced. In December 2003, Watson was reunited with high school classmate Tracy Hutson. They had briefly dated during their 20s before losing touch.[3] On August 3, 2004 she became engaged to Watson. They married on July 14, 2006. He and Tracy had their first son, Oliver, on May 2, 2005. Barry and Tracy welcomed their second son, Felix, on November 13, 2007. In the season premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on September 25, 2011, Tracy stated, "I'm a single mom, and I have to leave my boys for sometimes weeks on end," which would seem to indicate that they have either separated or divorced.[4]

On May 30, 2012, Barry and girlfriend Natasha Gregson Wagner, daughter of actress Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson, welcomed a daughter, Clover Clementyne Watson.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Teaching Mrs. Tingle Luke Churner MTV Movie Award (nominated)
Teen Choice Awards (nominated)
2001 When Strangers Appear Jack Barrett
Ocean's Eleven Himself Uncredited
2002 Sorority Boys Dave/Daisy Teen Choice Awards (nominated)
2004 Love on the Side Jeff Sweeney
2005 Boogeyman Tim
2011 The Chateau Meroux Chris
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Days of our Lives Randy
1993 Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Teen Boy HBO TV-Movie
1994 The Nanny Greg Everybody Needs a Bubby
1995 Sister, Sister Barney Thanksgiving in Hawaii: Part I
Thanksgiving in Hawaii: Part II
1996 Baywatch Thomas Edward 'Cowboy' O'Hara The Incident
Co-Ed Call Girl Jack Collins CBS TV-Movie
Nash Bridges Trent Home Invasion
Malibu Shores Seth Pilot
New Kids in Town
Cheating Hearts
The Competitive Edge
1996–2006 7th Heaven Matt Camden 200 episodes (Main Role; seasons 1–6, 9 / Special Guest Star; seasons 7, 8 & 10)
2006–2007 What About Brian Brian Davis Lead Role
2007–2009 Samantha Who? Todd Deepler Main Role
2010 Drop Dead Diva Evan Season 2, Episode 11 "Good Grief"
2011 My Future Boyfriend Pax ABC Family Original Movie
2012 Gossip Girl Steven Spence Recurring (season 6); 6 episodes
2012 Wedding Band Boboroff Season 1, Episode 6 "We Are Family"
2013 Wilfred Michael Season 3, Episode 3 "Suspicion"
2014 Hart of Dixie Davis Season 3, Episode 17 "A Good Run of Bad Luck"

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