Muse Watson

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Muse Watson
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Born(1948-07-20) July 20, 1948 (age 65)
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1989–present
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Muse Watson
Muse Watson.png
Born(1948-07-20) July 20, 1948 (age 65)
Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.
Years active1989–present

Muse Watson (born July 20, 1948) is an American stage and screen actor.[1][2] He is best known for his roles as Charles Westmoreland on the Fox television series Prison Break and Mike Franks in NCIS.

Life and career[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. Recently he has 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.


1989Black RainbowPolice Officer
1990Handmaid's Tale, TheThe Handmaid's TaleGuardian
1993SommersbyDrifter #1
1995Something to Talk AboutHank Corrigan
1995Journey of August King, TheThe Journey of August KingZimmer
1997RosewoodHenry Andrews
1997I Know What You Did Last SummerBenjamin Willis
1997Acts of BetrayalTrenton Fraser / Mars
1998HeartwoodDeputy Jim Keller
1998If I Die Before I WakeDaryl
1998Break UpBaker Cop #1
1998I Still Know What You Did Last SummerBenjamin Willis
1999Art of a Bullet, TheThe Art of a BulletCaptain Walters
1999From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood MoneyC.W.Direct to-DVD
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeKlansman
1999All the RageCleaner
2000SongcatcherParley Gentry
2000Ten GrandBig TonyDirect to-DVD
2001Morgan's FerrySheriff
2001American OutlawsBurly Detective
2002Hollywood VampyrProf. Fulton
2003Season of the HuntedFrank
2003Wild TurkeyShort film
2004Last Summer, TheThe Last SummerJerimiah Shuman
2004Day Without a Mexican, AA Day Without a MexicanLouis McClaire
2004Dark Agent and the Passing of the Torch Chapter 7, TheThe Dark Agent and the Passing of the Torch Chapter 7Lester KingShort film
2004Dead BirdsFather
2004Christmas ChildJimmy-James
2005House of Grimm
2005IowaSheriff Walker
2005End of the SpearAdolfo
2008Between the Sand and the SkyBoss
2009Haircut, TheThe HaircutMuseShort film
2009White Lightnin'D. Ray White
2009Stellina BluePeter
2009TiMERRick O'Leary
2010Steamroom, TheThe SteamroomPat
2010Small Town Saturday NightCharlie Carson
2010PieceLewisShort film
2010Presence, TheThe PresenceMr. Browman
2010Christmas Snow, AA Christmas SnowSam
2011Dead Ones, TheThe Dead OnesGus
2011Lamp, TheThe LampSam
2011Dear ShaneShane's FatherShort film
2012Of SilenceDanny
2012Meeting EvilFrank
2012The Last Exorcism Part 2Frank
2012Compound FractureGaryPost-production
2013Three Times a LadyWalter JusticePre-production
2013My Name Is PaulTorin WaltersPre-production
2015Penance LaneCrazy RayPre-production
1990Blind VengeanceVarsacTV movie
1993MatlockPatrol OfficerEpisode: "The Debt"
1994MatlockSecurity 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
1995American GothicWash SutpenEpisode: "Damned If You Don't"
1996Lazarus Man, TheThe Lazarus ManDawkinsEpisode: "Quality of the Enemy"
1998JAGAdmiral Arthur FessendenEpisode: "Innocence"
1998Saturday Night LiveBenjamin Willis (uncredited)Episode: "Jennifer Love Hewitt/Beastie Boys"
1999You Know My NameCowboy Actor (uncredited)TV movie
1999Walker, Texas RangerFreddy ForbesEpisode: "Team Cherokee: Part 1"
Episode: "Team Cherokee: Part 2"
2003Last Cowboy, TheThe Last CowboyOtis BertramTV movie
2004FrankenfishElmerTV movie
2005–2008Prison BreakCharles Westmoreland19 episodes
2006Jane Doe: The Harder They FallCaptain BarnesTV movie
2006Close to HomeBob PetersEpisode: "A Father's Story"
2006–2013NCISMike Franks15 episodes
2007Criminal MindsMickey BatesEpisode: "Revelations"
2007Ghost WhispererMilt Charles (uncredited)Episode: "Delia's First Ghost"
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationStation Yard ControllerEpisode: "Who and What"
2008Kiss at Midnight, AA Kiss at MidnightBen WiattTV movie
2009Cop HouseStubbsTV movie
2009Mentalist, TheThe MentalistJake CoobyEpisode: "Carnelian, Inc."
2009Cold CaseJohn NorwoodEpisode: "November 22"
2009iCarlyBuckyEpisode: "iHave My Principals"
2010CastleIvan PodofskiEpisode: "Punked"
2011Franklin & BashOfficer Tom WerthEpisode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"


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