Apr. 23rd, 1974
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
6' 0 1/2
Barry Watson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2005 - Boogeyman
2002 - Sorority Boys
2001 - Ocean's Eleven
1999 - Teaching Mrs. Tingle
Guest TV Roles
Thomas Edward 'Cowboy' O'Hara
Barry was born in Traverse City, Michigan - the third of four children (Scott & Christie are older, Kip is younger). His dad was an attorney and his mother was a paralegal. At age 8, he moved to Dallas where he started modeling. At age 14, his parents divorced. At age 15, he took off for Burbank, California and almost immediately got a job on the NBC soap "Days of Our Lives" (1965). That job lasted for 6 months, and he struggled. He returned to Dallas and graduated high school from Richardson High in 1992. At age 19, he returned to L.A., again determined to make it. He started parking cars at the House of Blues, but, after 6 months, he was selected to appear on the Aaron Spelling series, "Malibu Shores" (1996). 'Tori Spelling' introduced him to his future wife, 'Laura Payne-Gabriel'.
Michael Barrett "Barry" Watson (born April 23, 1974) is an American actor, known for his roles of Dr. Matthew "Matt" Camden on 7th Heaven, Brian Davis in What About Brian and Todd Deepler in Samantha Who?
Watson was born in Traverse City, Michigan. His father worked as an attorney and his mother as a paralegal. Watson was born the third of four children. At the age of eight, his family moved to Dallas, Texas where he began his modeling career. For a period of time he studied acting at the Dallas Young Actors Studio with director Linda Seto. Watson was fourteen when his parents divorced. When he was fifteen, he moved to Burbank, California, where he immediately landed a six month contract on the soap opera Days of our Lives. After his contract ended, Watson moved back to Texas, and graduated from Richardson High School in 1992.
When he turned 19, Watson moved back to Los Angeles, where he worked parking cars at a House of Blues nightclub while auditioning for roles. He landed guest spots in several television series such as Baywatch and Sister, Sister. Eventually he was chosen for a minor role on the Aaron Spelling series Malibu Shores. Though his role was brief, it led him to Aaron Spelling's next project 7th Heaven. It was on the WB's 7th Heaven that Watson finally gained recognition as Matt Camden. In 1999 he starred in his first feature film with fellow WB star Katie Holmes in Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Watson guest starred in two episodes of 7th Heaven during its tenth season, but did not appear at all during the eleventh and final season. On April 16, 2006 Watson starred as the lead character Brian Davis, in the ABC series What About Brian. The show ended its run on March 26, 2007. Watson also starred as Todd in the ABC series Samantha Who?, which has ultimately been cancelled. In 2011 he played Pax in My Future Boyfriend, an ABC Family original movie.
Watson was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in May 2002, and went on hiatus from 7th Heaven while he underwent treatment. As of April 2003, it was reportedly in remission, and he began appearing on the program again, starting with the 150th episode.
Barry Watson is currently in his second marriage. His first marriage was in 1996 to Laura Payne-Gabriel, whom he met through actress Tori Spelling. They later divorced. In December 2003, Watson was reunited with high school classmate Tracy Hutson. They had met in high school and briefly dated during their 20s before losing touch. On August 3, 2004 she became engaged to Watson. They married on July 14, 2006. He and Tracy had their first son, Oliver, on May 2, 2005. Barry and Tracy welcomed their second son, Felix, on November 13, 2007. The family resides in Los Angeles.
- Engaged to 'Tracy Hutson' (qv) (3 August 2004).
- Diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, and began treatment for it, May 2002.
- Is an avid basketball fan and often attends Los Angeles Clippers home games.
- April 2003 - Barry's cancer is reported in remission. He returned for the 150th episode of his TV series, _"7th Heaven" (1996)_ (qv).
- Studied acting at the Dallas Young Actors Studio.
- Children: (with 'Tracy Hutson' (qv)) Oliver Watson (b. May 2,2005) and Felix Watson (b. November 13, 2007).