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Muse Watson in 2009
July 20, 1948|
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
|Notable work||Prison Break|
Muse Watson (born July 20, 1948) is an American stage and screen actor. He became known for his roles as Ben Willis, the primary antagonist in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise, Charles Westmoreland on the Fox television series Prison Break and as Mike Franks in CBS television series NCIS.
Watson was born on July 20, 1948, in Alexandria, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana Tech on a music stipend for two years before transferring to Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where he performed for the first time on stage as Petruchio in a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. During and after his years at Berea, he worked in outdoor dramas, dinner theaters, and small repertory groups.
In 1989, with a new transition to film, Watson began pursuing feature film roles. By 2005, he had appeared in 43 feature films such as Sommersby, Something to Talk About, Assassins, Dead Birds, Rosewood, I Know What You Did Last Summer, From Dusk Till Dawn 2, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and Songcatcher. As of 2005, seven of the films he has appeared in, combined, have grossed over $850 million.
His television credits include eight made-for-television movies including Blind Vengeance and Justice in a Small Town; and the television series, American Gothic, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Cold Case, Matlock, The Lazarus Man, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, Criminal Minds, and Prison Break. He appeared on episodes of Ghost Whisperer ("Delia's First Ghost", April 2007) and CSI ("Who and What", November 2007). Watson also guest starred in an episode of The Mentalist ("Carnelian, Inc.", March 2009), and in the Castle episode "Punked" (October 2010). Since 2006, he has appeared as a recurring cast member on NCIS as Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs's mentor and former superior Mike Franks.
Watson also gave a performance with Jennifer Love Hewitt as a special guest on Saturday Night Live (1998), parodying his role in I Know What You Did Last Summer. He also joined the production company Shorris Film with Christopher Showerman and Clint Morris—their first film is the Western Between the Sand and the Sky. Watson is now filming A Christmas Snow, in which he plays a character named Sam.
Watson is an advocate for people with autism, and has taken an active role in educating people about autism. He is the honorary chairman of Stars for Autism, a nonprofit organization incorporated in Battlefield, Missouri. He is featured in the video promotion for that organization, www.Stars4Autism.com.
He wrote the foreword to a book for parents and teachers, entitled Stars in Her Eyes, Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism, by Dr. Linda Barboa and Elizabeth Obrey.
|1989||Black Rainbow||Police Officer|
|1990||The Handmaid's Tale||Guardian|
|1995||Something to Talk About||Hank Corrigan|
|1995||The Journey of August King||Zimmer|
|1997||I Know What You Did Last Summer||Benjamin Willis|
|1997||Acts of Betrayal||Trenton Fraser / Mars|
|1998||Heartwood||Deputy Jim Keller|
|1998||If I Die Before I Wake||Daryl|
|1998||Break Up||Baker Cop #1|
|1998||I Still Know What You Did Last Summer||Benjamin Willis|
|1999||The Art of a Bullet||Captain Walters|
|1999||From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money||C.W.||Direct to-DVD|
|1999||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me||Klansman|
|1999||All the Rage||Cleaner|
|2000||Ten Grand||Big Tony||Direct to-DVD|
|2001||American Outlaws||Burly Detective|
|2002||Hollywood Vampyr||Prof. Fulton|
|2003||Season of the Hunted||Frank|
|2003||Wild Turkey||Short film|
|2004||The Last Summer||Jerimiah Shuman|
|2004||A Day Without a Mexican||Louis McClaire|
|2004||The Dark Agent and the Passing of the Torch Chapter 7||Lester King||Short film|
|2005||House of Grimm|
|2005||End of the Spear||Adolfo|
|2008||Between the Sand and the Sky||Boss|
|2009||The Haircut||Muse||Short film|
|2009||White Lightnin'||D. Ray White|
|2010||Small Town Saturday Night||Charlie Carson|
|2010||The Presence||Mr. Browman|
|2010||A Christmas Snow||Sam|
|2011||The Dead Ones||Gus|
|2011||Dear Shane||Shane's Father||Short film|
|2012||The Last Exorcism Part 2||Frank|
|2012||Compound Fracture||Gary Woolffsen|
|2013||Three Times a Lady||Walter Justice||Pre-production|
|2013||My Name Is Paul||Torin Walters||Pre-production|
|2015||Penance Lane||Crazy Ray||Pre-production|
|1990||Blind Vengeance||Varsac||TV movie|
|1993||Matlock||Patrol Officer||Episode: "The Debt"|
|1994||Matlock||Security Man||Episode: "The Dare"|
|1994||Leave of Absence||Guy||TV movie|
|1994||Justice in a Small Town||D.A. Robert Stubbs||TV movie|
|1995||Tad||Tom Pendel||TV movie|
|1995||Tecumseh: The Last Warrior||Whitley||TV movie|
|1995||American Gothic||Wash Sutpen||Episode: "Damned If You Don't"|
|1996||The Lazarus Man||Dawkins||Episode: "Quality of the Enemy"|
|1998||JAG||Admiral Arthur Fessenden||Episode: "Innocence"|
|1998||Saturday Night Live||Benjamin Willis (uncredited)||Episode: "Jennifer Love Hewitt/Beastie Boys"|
|1999||You Know My Name||Cowboy Actor (uncredited)||TV movie|
|1999||Walker, Texas Ranger||Freddy Forbes||Episode: "Team Cherokee: Part 1"|
Episode: "Team Cherokee: Part 2"
|2003||The Last Cowboy||Otis Bertram||TV movie|
|2005–06, 2009||Prison Break||Charles Westmoreland||19 episodes|
|2006||Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall||Captain Barnes||TV movie|
|2006||Close to Home||Bob Peters||Episode: "A Father's Story"|
|2006–2017||NCIS||Mike Franks||18 episodes|
|2007||Criminal Minds||Mickey Bates||Episode: "Revelations"|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Milt Charles (uncredited)||Episode: "Delia's First Ghost"|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Station Yard Controller||Episode: "Who and What"|
|2008||A Kiss at Midnight||Ben Wiatt||TV movie|
|2009||Cop House||Stubbs||TV movie|
|2009||The Mentalist||Jake Cooby||Episode: "Carnelian, Inc."|
|2009||Cold Case||John Norwood||Episode: "November 22"|
|2009||iCarly||Bucky||Episode: "iHave My Principals"|
|2010||Castle||Ivan Podofski||Episode: "Punked"|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Officer Tom Werth||Episode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"|
|2014||Justified||Elmont Swain||Episode: "Wrong Roads"|
- Stars in Her Eyes: Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism, 2014, L.Barboa and E. Obrey, Tate Publishing.
- Autism Info-Blast