Barry Watson is an American actor who rose to fame when he was cast as Matt Camden in the WB’s most-watched family drama series, “7e The heaven.”
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Early life and family
Michael Barrett Watson was born on April 23, 1974 in Traverse City, Michigan, USA, to parents Michael and Karen. His father is a lawyer, while his mother is a paralegal. He has three siblings namely Scott, Christie and Kip. His family moved to Dallas, Texas when he was eight years old, but his parents divorced when he was 14.
He graduated from Richardson High in Texas in 1992.
His modeling career began in Dallas when he took acting classes at Linda Seto’s Young Actors Studio for children and teens. When he was 15, he moved to Burbank, California, and was cast in a… unimportant role in NBC’s soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” which lasted six months in 1990, after which he returned to Texas to finish high school. At the age of 19, he returned to Los Angeles and attended several auditions, but meanwhile parked cars at the House of Blues nightclub to support himself.
Barry was cast in small roles in ‘The Nanny’ (1994) and ‘Sister Sister’ (1995), and the following year he had better luck working in several series and TV movies, including ‘Baywatch’, ‘Co- ed Call Girl’ and ‘Nash Bridges’.
He also appeared in a handful of episodes of Aaron Spelling’s teen drama, “Malibu Shores.”
“7e The heaven”
His biggest break came when he starred in the WB family drama, “7”e Heaven,” which revolved around the suburban Camden family in the fictional California town of Glenoak. He portrayed the role of Matthew “Matt” Camden, the eldest of seven children of Reverend Eric Camden played by Stephen Collins, and Annie Camden played by Catherine Hicks.It was produced by Aaron Spelling and ran for 11 seasons from August 1996 to May 2007 with 243 episodes, Barry appeared in 155 of them as he was part of the main cast from seasons one through six, had a recurring role at 7e and 8e seasons, another series regular in its 9e season, and a special guest in his 10e season.
Barry also wrote the episode “Peer Pressure” in 2002 and tried to direct in the episodes “The Rat’s Out of the Bag” and “Brotherly Love” in 2005. The series was considered one of the most family-friendly shows, and was the most-watched series on the WB at the time, but ratings plummeted when it moved to the CW for 11th.e and final season. It received good reviews, although some criticized it for having a predictable plot and for showing a caricature of an American family that seemed unreal.
Being part of a successful series made him popular, so it wasn’t surprising that he was cast to star as Brian Davis in Bad Robot Productions and Touchstone Television’s comedy drama “What About Brian?”, which premiered on ABC in August 2006. . ; it ended in March 2007 after two seasons with 25 episodes.
Another starring role came his way when he was cast as Todd Deepler in the ABC sitcom “Samantha Who?” along with Christina Applegate and Jennifer Esposito which debuted on October 15, 2007; only 15 of the 22 episodes were produced due to the Writers Guild of America strike at the time. The studio ordered 20 episodes for the second season, but due to budget cuts, it went out for a few months and aired in a different time slot, with ratings continuing to drop until the final episode.
Most of the projects that followed were guest appearances for a single episode on various television series, as well as recurring roles on season six of “Gossip Girl” (2012), season three of “Heart of Dixie” (2014) and season two of “Masters of Sex (2014).
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He was able to land another lead role in the comedy drama “Date My Dad” (2017), but that only lasted one season with 10 episodes. His most recent television projects include a recurring role as Lachlan Murdoch in the miniseries “The Loudest Voice” (2019), and a guest role on the 10e episode of season two of the Hulu Original horror anthology series titled “Into the Dark” in 2020.
He made his film debut in the dark comedy thriller “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” (1999), starring Helen Mirren and Katie Holmes. It had an unsuccessful theatrical run and drew mostly negative reviews from the critics.
Watson made a cameo appearance as himself in the 2001 heist film Ocean’s Eleven, which grossed $450 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics.
He was one of the actors who taught Rusty, played by Brad Pitt, to play poker.
In 2005, he was cast to star in the supernatural horror film “Bogeyman”, which grossed nearly $70 million worldwide against a $20 million production budget. He stopped making movies for a while while he was making soap operas, so his next movie wasn’t until 2011 in the romantic drama ‘The Chateau Meroux’. His most recent film was “A Dog’s Way Home” (2019), a box office success that grossed over $80 million worldwide.
Barry and Natasha Gregson Wagner were married on December 21, 2014 and they have a daughter named Clover Clementyne, who was born on May 30, 2012.
The couple lives with 8-year-old Clover, 15-year-old Oliver and 12-year-old Felix in a four-bedroom house in a 5,000-square-foot estate in Venice, California.
Who is Natasha Gregson Wagner?
American actress Natasha was born on September 29, 1970 in LA to Russian-American actress Natalie Wood and British producer Richard Gregson. Her mother filed for divorce two years after the marriage, when Natasha was just a 10-month-old baby.
Natalie married actor Robert Wagner in 1957, divorced him in 1962 and remarried in 1972. Her mother drowned in 1981 at the age of 43 – she was aboard her family’s yacht near Santa Catalina Island during a Thanksgiving -weekend with her husband Robert, Christopher Walken and Dennis Davern, the captain of the boat; her body would be found floating in the water the next day.
Her death was ruled an accidental drowning after a two-week investigation, but her case was reopened in 2011 when the boat captain changed his statement, saying he then lied and that he believed Wagner had something to do with her death. He said they didn’t look too hard, didn’t open the searchlight, and didn’t immediately notify authorities. Robert became a person of interest in the ongoing investigation in 2018; he maintained his innocence and refused to be interviewed.
Natasha made her big screen debut in 1992 in “Fathers & Sons”, and on television in 1993 in “Tainted Blood”. She has starred in more than 60 movies and TV shows in her 28 years in the entertainment business.
Her most recent TV appearances were in the episode “Moving On” in “Date My Dad” (2017) and in the 2020 HBO documentary “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind”, which she also produced. She was previously married to DV DeVincentis in 2003 and divorced in 2008.
Barry has been married three times and divorced twice; he met his first wife, actress Laura Payne-Gabriel, through Tori Spelling with whom he had previously worked in the television movie ‘Co-ed Call Girl’ in 1996. Laura appeared as one of the Go-Go dancers in the film,” Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”, in 1997.
The two married on November 27, 1997 and divorced in 2002.
His second wife was Tracy Hutson, a style consultant on ABC’s reality TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” from 2003 to 2012. She also pursued an acting career and was cast as an adult film star and secretary in the 2000 TV movie ” Rated X,” starring Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez in an episode of the TV series “The Huntress” in 2001. Barry and Tracy were classmates in high school and even dated in their 20s. They married on July 14, 2006 and had two children, Oliver and Felix, before divorcing in 2011.
Thanks Lilah 🙂 miss you girls❤️ https://t.co/Y4y5Ab3WZu
— Barry Watson (@realBarryWatson) April 24, 2020
Interesting facts and rumors
- In May 2002, Barry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and had to take a break from “7”e Heaven” while being treated. He went into remission in April 2003 and went back to work.
- He said he was bullied when he was in high school because he was the only one with long hair and a pierced ear.
- His kitchen is his favorite place in the house because he considers cooking his detox from work, so he cooks for his kids whenever he can. The cooking area is not accessible to the children as they have a pantry where they can get everything they need.
He is 1.84 m tall and weighs 79 kg. He has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Barry Watson has an estimated net worth of $1 million, according to June 2020 sources.