Muse Watson

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Muse Watson in 2009
Born (1948-07-20) July 20, 1948 (age 70)
Years active1989–present
Notable work
Prison 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 as Mike Franks in CBS television series NCIS .

Theatre in the United States is part of the European theatrical tradition that dates back to ancient Greek theatre and is heavily influenced by the British theatre. The central hub of the US theater scene is New York City, with its divisions of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. Many movie and television stars got their big break working in New York productions. Outside New York, many cities have professional regional or resident theater companies that produce their own seasons, with some works being produced regionally with hopes of eventually moving to New York. US theater also has an active community theatre culture, which relies mainly on local volunteers who may not be actively pursuing a theatrical career.

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Early life

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.

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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' .

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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.

<i>Sommersby</i> 1993 film by Jon Amiel

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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.

<i>American Gothic</i> Painting by Grant Wood

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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.

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Christopher Clare Showerman is an American actor, best known for his role as George in George of the Jungle 2 (2003).

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.



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
1997Acts of BetrayalTrenton Fraser / Mars
1997 Lolita (uncredited)
1998HeartwoodDeputy 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
1999The Art of a BulletCaptain Walters
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money C.W.Direct to-DVD
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Klansman
1999All the RageCleaner
2000 Songcatcher Parley Gentry
2000Ten GrandBig TonyDirect to-DVD
2001 Morgan's Ferry Sheriff
2001 American Outlaws Burly Detective
2002Hollywood VampyrProf. Fulton
2003Season of the HuntedFrank
2003Wild TurkeyShort film
2004The Last SummerJerimiah Shuman
2004 A Day Without a Mexican Louis McClaire
2004The Dark Agent and the Passing of the Torch Chapter 7Lester KingShort film
2004 Dead Birds Father
2004 Christmas Child Jimmy-James
2005House of Grimm
2005IowaSheriff Walker
2005 End of the Spear Adolfo
2008Between the Sand and the SkyBoss
2009The HaircutMuseShort film
2009 White Lightnin' D. Ray White
2009Stellina BluePeter
2009 TiMER Rick O'Leary
2010The SteamroomPat
2010 Small Town Saturday Night Charlie Carson
2010PieceLewisShort film
2010 The Presence Mr. Browman
2010 A Christmas Snow Sam
2011The Dead OnesGus
2011 The Lamp Sam
2011Dear ShaneShane's FatherShort film
2012Of SilenceDanny
2012 Meeting Evil Frank
2012 The Last Exorcism Part 2 Frank
2012 Compound Fracture Gary Woolffsen
2013Three Times a LadyWalter JusticePre-production
2013My Name Is PaulTorin WaltersPre-production
2014 Suburban Gothic Ambrose
2015Penance LaneCrazy RayPre-production


1990Blind VengeanceVarsacTV movie
1993 Matlock Patrol OfficerEpisode: "The Debt"
1994 Matlock Security ManEpisode: "The Dare"
1994Leave of AbsenceGuyTV movie
1994Justice in a Small TownD.A. Robert StubbsTV movie
1995TadTom PendelTV movie
1995GrampsFatherTV movie
1995Tecumseh: The Last WarriorWhitleyTV movie
1995 American Gothic Wash SutpenEpisode: "Damned If You Don't"
1996 The Lazarus Man DawkinsEpisode: "Quality of the Enemy"
1998 JAG Admiral Arthur FessendenEpisode: "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 ForbesEpisode: "Team Cherokee: Part 1"
Episode: "Team Cherokee: Part 2"
2003The Last CowboyOtis BertramTV movie
2004 Frankenfish ElmerTV movie
2005–06, 2009 Prison Break Charles Westmoreland 19 episodes
2006 Jane Doe: The Harder They Fall Captain BarnesTV movie
2006 Close to Home Bob PetersEpisode: "A Father's Story"
20062017 NCIS Mike Franks 18 episodes
2007 Criminal Minds Mickey BatesEpisode: "Revelations"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Milt Charles (uncredited)Episode: "Delia's First Ghost"
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Station Yard ControllerEpisode: "Who and What"
2008A Kiss at MidnightBen WiattTV movie
2009Cop HouseStubbsTV movie
2009 The Mentalist Jake CoobyEpisode: "Carnelian, Inc."
2009 Cold Case John NorwoodEpisode: "November 22"
2009 iCarly BuckyEpisode: "iHave My Principals"
2010 Castle Ivan PodofskiEpisode: "Punked"
2011 Franklin & Bash Officer Tom WerthEpisode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
2014 Justified Elmont SwainEpisode: "Wrong Roads"

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