Barry Watson is an American actor, who became famous when he was cast as Matt Camden in the most watched family drama series on the WB, entitled “7th Heaven.”
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Early life and family
Michael Barrett Watson was born on 23 April 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 relocated to Dallas, Texas when he was eight years old, but his parents divorced when he was 14.
He matriculated in 1992 from Richardson High in Texas.
His career as a model started in Dallas, when he took acting classes at Linda Seto’s Young Actors Studio for kids and teens. When he was 15, he moved to Burbank, California, and was cast in a minor role in NBC’s daytime soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” that lasted for six months in 1990, after which he returned to Texas to finish high school. At age 19, he returned to Los Angeles and attended several auditions, but meantime he parked cars at the House of Blues nightclub to support himself.
Barry was cast for small roles in “The Nanny” (1994) and “Sister Sister’ (1995), then the following year he had more luck as he worked in various 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.”
His biggest break came when he landed a major role in the WB family drama, “7th Heaven,” which revolved around the suburban middle-class Camden family in the fictional Glenoak town in California. 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 appearing in 155 of them, as he was part of the main cast from seasons one through six, had a recurring role on its 7th and 8th seasons, a series regular again in its 9th season, and a special guest in its 10th season.
Barry also wrote the “Peer Pressure” episode in 2002, and tried his hand at directing in “The Rat’s Out of the Bag” and “Brotherly Love” episodes in 2005. The series was considered one of the most family-friendly shows, and was the most watched series on the WB at that time, but the ratings dropped when it was moved to the CW for the 11th 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 for the lead role as Brian Davis in Bad Robot Productions and Touchstone Television’s comedy drama “What About Brian?”, that premiered on ABC in August 2006; it ended in March 2007 after two seasons with 25 episodes.
Another main role came his way when he was cast as Todd Deepler in the ABC sitcom “Samantha Who?”, along with Christina Applegate and Jennifer Esposito that debuted on 15 October 2007; only 15 out of 22 episodes were produced because of the Writers Guild of America strike at that time. The studio ordered 20 episodes for its second season, but because of budget cuts it went on hiatus for a few months, then resumed airing in a different time slot, with ratings that continued to drop up to the last episode.
Most of the projects that followed were guest appearances for a single episode in various television series, but also recurring roles in 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 get a lead role again in the comedy drama “Date My Dad” (2017), but it lasted for only 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-starring role in the 10th episode of season two of the Hulu Original horror anthology series entitled “Into the Dark” in 2020.
He made his movie debut in the dark comedy thriller “Teaching Mrs. Tingle” (1999), starring Helen Mirren and Katie Holmes. It had an unsuccessful theatrical run and attracted mostly negative reviews from the critics.
Watson made a cameo as himself in the 2001 heist movie, “Ocean’s Eleven,” which had gross earnings of $450 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics.
He was one of the actors whom Rusty, played by Brad Pitt, was teaching how to play poker.
In 2005, he was cast for the lead role in the supernatural horror movie, “Bogeyman,” which had a worldwide gross of almost $70 million against a $20 million production budget. He stopped making movies for a while during the time he was busy doing 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), which was a box-office success with a worldwide gross of more than $80 million.
Barry and Natasha Gregson Wagner were married on 21 December 2014, and they have a daughter named Clover Clementyne who was born on 30 May 2012.
The couple along with 8-year-old Clover, 15-year-old Oliver, and 12-year-old Felix live in a four-bedroom house in a 5,000-squar foot Venice property in California.
Who is Natasha Gregson Wagner?
American actress Natasha was born on 29 September 1970, in L.A. to Russian-American actress, Natalie Wood, and British producer Richard Gregson. Her mom filed for divorce two years into the marriage, when Natasha was just a 10-month-old baby.
Natalie married the actor Robert Wagner in 1957, divorced him in 1962, and then they remarried in 1972. Her mother drowned in 1981 at age 43 – she was aboard her family’s yacht near Santa Catalina Island on a Thanksgiving weekend with her husband Robert, Christopher Walken and Dennis Davern, who was the boat captain; her body was said to be found floating in the water the following day.
Her death was ruled as an accidental drowning after a two-week investigation, however, her case was reopened in 2011 when the boat captain changed his statement, saying that he lied back then and that he believed Wagner had something to do with her death. He said they didn’t look too hard, didn’t open the search light, and didn’t notify the authorities right away. Robert became a person of interest in 2018 in the ongoing investigation; he maintained his innocence and refused to be interviewed.
Natasha made her debut on the big screen in 1992 in “Fathers & Sons”, and on television in 1993 in “Tainted Blood.” She has been in over 60 films and TV programs in the 28 years she has been in the entertainment business.
Her most recent TV appearances have been in the “Moving On” episode in “Date My Dad” (2017), and in the HBO documentary, “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind,” in 2020 that she also produced. She was previously married to D.V. DeVincentis in 2003 and divorced in 2008.
Barry is thrice married and twice divorced; he met his first wife, actress Laura Payne-Gabriel, through Tori Spelling whom he had worked before in the television movie, “Co-ed Call Girl,” in 1996. Laura appeared as one of the Go-Go dancers in the movie, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” in 1997.
The two were married on 27 November 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,” with 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 when they were in their twenties. They were married on 14 July 2006 and had two children, namely Oliver and Felix, before they divorced 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 disease, and had to take a break from “7th Heaven” while he received treatment. He went into remission in April 2003, and returned to work.
- He said he was bullied when he was in junior high, as he was the only one sporting a long hair, and had a pierced ear.
- His kitchen is his favorite place in the house, as he considers cooking as his detox from working, so cooks for his children whenever he can. The cooking area is off-limits to the kids, as they have a pantry where they can get whatever they need.
He is 6ft (1.84m) tall and weighs 174lbs (79 kg). He has dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Barry Watson has a net worth estimated at $1 million as of June 2020, according to sources.