Barry Watson (actor)

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Barry Watson
Born
Michael Barrett Watson

(1974-04-23) April 23, 1974 (age 44)
OccupationActor
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)
Laura Payne-Gabriel
(m. 1996; div. 2002)

Tracy Hutson
(m. 2006; div. 2011)

Children3

Michael Barrett "Barry" Watson (born April 23, 1974) is an American actor, known for his roles of 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, the third of four children of Karen, a paralegal, and Michael Watson, an attorney.[1][2] 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. Watson said in 2016 that his mindset at the time was one of wanting to get paid despite his unsureness in the project or why the people involved wanted him to participate in the first place.[3] He stopped being a full-time regular after the sixth season, but continued to guest star on the show until its 10th season. In his break from acting on 7th Heaven, he was brought in to write an episode by series creator and producer Brenda Hampton.[4] He did not appear at all during the eleventh and final season.

In 1999, he starred in his first feature film with fellow WB star Katie Holmes in Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Watson hoped that his role in the film would help him avoid being pigeonholed by his role in 7th Heaven. During the production, Watson felt "strange" at times due to his being the only male on set, but had "an amazing experience" working with his co-stars.[5]

In 2002, Watson had a starring role as Dave and his alter ego Daisy in Sorority Boys, his performance being met with mixed reception amid the film being panned.[6] In a negative review, Lindy Keffer of pluggedin.com lamented that Watson's presence in the film would bring it additional attention.[7]

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?. 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.

Watson has continued to land acting roles in recent years. In 2014, he enjoyed guest-starring roles on the television shows Masters of Sex and Hart of Dixie. He also starred in the television movies Far from Home and The Santa Con.

Personal life[edit]

Watson was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in May 2002, and took a leave of absence 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.

Watson is currently on his third marriage. His first marriage was to Laura Payne-Gabriel, whom he met through actress Tori Spelling.[8] In December 2003, Watson was reunited with high school classmate, reality television personality Tracy Hutson, whom he had briefly dated during their twenties.[9] He and Tracy had their first son, Oliver, on May 2, 2005, and their second son, Felix, on November 13, 2007. They parted in 2011.[10] On May 30, 2012, Watson and girlfriend Natasha Gregson Wagner, daughter of actress Natalie Wood, had a daughter, Clover Clementyne Watson.[11] They married on December 21, 2014.

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 Jensen
2011 The Chateau Meroux Chris Cast as a wine maker on this Hallmark Channel film
2012 Kiss At Pine Lake Luke
2014 Far from Home Nicholas Bell
2015 Ominous Michael
2017 An Hour Behind Parker
2019 A Dog's Way Home Gavin
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 155 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 Polk Recurring (Season 3)
Masters of Sex Shelley Decklin Season 2, Episode 3 "Fight", Episode 6 "Blackbird"
2017– Date My Dad Ricky Cooper Lead Role

2018 A Very Nutty Christmas Chip

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barry Watson Biography (1974-)
  2. ^ http://people.com/archive/life-take-two-vol-63-no-6/
  3. ^ Raper, Leigh (August 25, 2016). "Barry Watson Tells Us What Advice He'd Give To His 7th Heaven self". Refinery29.
  4. ^ "WB's heavenly series adds black-sheep theme". Los Angeles Times. August 22, 2004.
  5. ^ "Barry Watson Thinks Role Change Is Heavenly". Chicago Tribune. August 17, 1999.
  6. ^ "Review of Sorority Boys". IGN. March 21, 2002.
  7. ^ Keffer, Lindy. "Sorority Boys Movie Review".
  8. ^ Barry Watson at Hollywood.com
  9. ^ Fate Brings You Back// Tracy and Barry
  10. ^ "Seventh Heaven, Indeed! Natasha Gregson Wagner Expecting First Child With Barry Watson". E! Online. May 2, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "Natasha Gregson Wagner and Barry Watson Welcome Daughter Clover Clementyne". People. June 4, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2012.

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