Buzz Watson

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Francis "Buzz" Watson is a fictional character appearing in TNT's two shows, The Closer and Major Crimes, and portrayed by Phillip P. Keene. He serves as a Civilian Service Coordinator, providing technical support to the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division. His duties include filming crime scenes, and he runs the audio system in the interrogation room.

In The Closer[edit]

The character Buzz Watson first appeared in the second episode of the first season, "About Face". Originally a recurring role, as the series progressed the character's visibility increased until Buzz became one of the central characters. In one early episode, it was revealed that he has a stepfather who is Mexican and Buzz Watson speaks fluent Spanish. In the season 7 episode "You Have the Right to Remain Jolly", it was revealed he had a sister named Casey, who was played by Christine Woods.

In Major Crimes[edit]

From the beginning of the series, the character of Buzz Watson was part of the regular cast. In many first season episodes, he was assigned the role of watching over Rusty Beck to allow Rusty's guardian, Sharon Raydor, to focus on work; however, as the season progressed, Buzz came to accept Rusty and considered him a younger brother, acting as a mentor to the teenager.[1]


  1. ^ Tiffany Vogt, "We Shine the Spotlight on MAJOR CRIMES Star Phillip P. Keene", The (originally published 10 June 2013)