Muse Watson

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Muse Watson
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Muse Watson in 2009
Born (1948-07-20) July 20, 1948 (age 74)
Years active1989–present
Notable workPrison Break

Muse Watson (born July 20, 1948) is an American stage and screen actor.[1][2] 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 Mike Franks in CBS television series NCIS.

Early life[edit]

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.


His theater credits include acting as Hamlet in Hamlet, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, Pale in Burn This, and Cervantes in Man of La Mancha. He also directed a production of Ain't Misbehavin'.

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), which reunited him with his I Know What You Did Last Summer co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt, 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. In 2010, Watson filmed A Christmas Snow, in which he played 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,

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Black Rainbow Police Officer
1990 The Handmaid's Tale Guardian
1993 Sommersby Drifter #1
1995 Something to Talk About Hank Corrigan
1995 The Journey of August King Zimmer
1995 Assassins Ketcham
1997 Rosewood Henry Andrews
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer Benjamin Willis
1997 Acts of Betrayal Trenton Fraser / Mars
1997 Lolita (uncredited)
1998 Heartwood Deputy Jim Keller
1998 If I Die Before I Wake Daryl
1998 Shadrach Captain
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 Songcatcher Parley Gentry
2000 Ten Grand Big Tony Direct to-DVD
2001 Morgan's Ferry Sheriff
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
2004 Dead Birds Father
2004 Christmas Child Jimmy-James
2005 House of Grimm
2005 Iowa Sheriff Walker
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
2009 Stellina Blue Peter
2009 TiMER Rick O'Leary
2010 The Steamroom Pat
2010 Small Town Saturday Night Charlie Carson
2010 Piece Lewis Short film
2010 The Presence Mr. Browman
2010 A Christmas Snow Sam
2011 The Dead Ones Gus
2011 The Lamp Sam
2011 Dear Shane Shane's Father Short film
2012 Of Silence Danny
2012 Meeting Evil Frank
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
2014 Suburban Gothic Ambrose
2015 Penance Lane Crazy Ray Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
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 Gramps Father 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
2004 Frankenfish Elmer 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"


  1. ^ "Muse Watson – About this Person". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ "Raymond Cruz and Muse Watson in From Dusk till Dawn II". The New York Times. May 6, 2007.[1][circular reference]

External links[edit]

  • Stars in Her Eyes: Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism, 2014, L.Barboa and E. Obrey, Tate Publishing.
  1. ^ Autism Info-Blast