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Also Known As: Charles Curtis Watkins Iii Died:
Born: September 2, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Kansas, USA Profession: actor, housepainter

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A tall, dark-haired actor with chiseled features and an athletic build, Tuc Watkins made his breakthrough on ABC's "One Life to Live" and stood out as the rare soap opera hunk with a comic sensibility. Born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in Missouri, the actor moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to pursue an acting career. Commercial work sporadically followed, and before long he landed an early TV role as Sapphire, a male model who clashes with aspiring Chris Elliot, on the zany sitcom "Get a Life!" (Fox, 1990). Guest stints on "Growing Pains" (ABC) and "Baywatch" (syndicated) followed, before Watkins landed a small recurring role on the NBC drama "Sisters" (NBC). Similarly forgettable was his stint as a nondescript friend of Andrew Shue's Billy on Fox's "Melrose Place" (1993), but in 1994, he would begin his role as suave schemer David Vickers on "One Life to Live". Starting out as a mysterious manipulator posing as heir to the Lord fortune, Vickers seemed the average soap villain. Soon he emerged as a humorous character whose desperate and often bumbling plots had him playing the fool. Watkins added a much-needed infusion of comedy to the often dour soap, and proved a winning match for Robin Strasser...

A tall, dark-haired actor with chiseled features and an athletic build, Tuc Watkins made his breakthrough on ABC's "One Life to Live" and stood out as the rare soap opera hunk with a comic sensibility. Born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in Missouri, the actor moved to Los Angeles in 1989 to pursue an acting career. Commercial work sporadically followed, and before long he landed an early TV role as Sapphire, a male model who clashes with aspiring Chris Elliot, on the zany sitcom "Get a Life!" (Fox, 1990). Guest stints on "Growing Pains" (ABC) and "Baywatch" (syndicated) followed, before Watkins landed a small recurring role on the NBC drama "Sisters" (NBC). Similarly forgettable was his stint as a nondescript friend of Andrew Shue's Billy on Fox's "Melrose Place" (1993), but in 1994, he would begin his role as suave schemer David Vickers on "One Life to Live". Starting out as a mysterious manipulator posing as heir to the Lord fortune, Vickers seemed the average soap villain. Soon he emerged as a humorous character whose desperate and often bumbling plots had him playing the fool. Watkins added a much-needed infusion of comedy to the often dour soap, and proved a winning match for Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Krista Tesreau (Tina), both actresses able to similarly evince the funny side of the high drama.

David Vickers' reign of disturbance lasted through 1996, and that year Watkins began his stint on "General Hospital" as Dr. Pierce Dorman. While his role on this soap was smaller than that of David Vickers, the character was no less of a troublemaker and offered Watkins the chance to play a deliciously devious bad guy. Dorman racked up villain points galore as the dashing man who seduced upstanding Dr. Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) and proceeded to accuse her of sexual harassment when the relationship ended. This uniquely memorable character also helped to corrupt the youth of Port Charles as a drug dealer, and came to his end via a violent stabbing death.

Watkins was affectionately typecast as a soap hunk in "I Think I Do" (1997), a gay-themed film centering around Bob (Alexis Arquette), a man in love with his seemingly straight best friend (Christian Maelan). Watkins gave a charming performance as Sterling Scott, Bob's sweet and sexy but simple love interest. More film work followed with cameos in the features "The Thin Pink Line" (lensed 1998) and "Can't Stop Dancing" (1999), and he made his major studio feature debut as the very first victim of "The Mummy" in the 1999 hit adventure thriller.

Watkins continued to be a familiar presence on television, and could count among his credits guest roles on the series "C-16" (ABC, 1996), "Silk Stalkings" (USA Network, 1997) and "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 2000) as well as playing God in the 2000 Disney Channel TV-movie "Miracle in Lane 2". More memorable was his regular part on Showtime's "Beggars and Choosers" (1999-2000), playing Malcolm Laffley the VP of talent for the failing fictional LGT Network. Apart from his challenging work life and machinations to climb the corporate ladder, Laffley had to deal with the realities of living as a closeted homosexual in the entertainment industry. Watkins handled his role gracefully, pointing out his character's backstabbing tactics while also making audiences somewhat sympathetic to his means.

A prolific stage actor in addition to screen performer, Watkins has appeared extensively in regional theater, with work in productions ranging from "Julius Caesar" to "Sexual Perversity in Chicago". He won a 1992 Drama-Logue award for his contributions to the play "Boys' Life", and was singled out by theater critics as the only shining part of the 1995 Off-Broadway production "Fortune's Fools", in which he played a man who inevitably becomes involved with a woman he despised.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Mummy, The (1999) Burns
2.
3.
 I Think I Do (1997) Sterling Scott
4.
 Miracle in Lane 2 (2000) God/ Bobby Wade
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Began acting onstage in regional productions
1989:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career
1990:
Played male model Sapphire on an episode of the Fox sitcom, "Get a Life!"
1991:
Had a guest stint on "Growing Pains" as a trainer; his three line scene was reportedly cut
1991:
Had a recurring role on the NBC drama, "Sisters"
:
Co-founded the theater group The All-U-Can-Eat Players
1992:
Debut as a daytime actor on NBC's "Santa Barbara"
1993:
Guested on two episodes of the Fox primetime soap, "Melrose Place"
1994:
Played bumbling schemer David Vickers on the ABC daytime drama, "One Life to Live"
1995:
Starred in the Off-Broadway play, "Fortune's Fools"
1996:
Guested on the syndicated detective drama, "High Tide"
1996:
Had a featured recurring role as villainous Dr. Pierce Dorman on ABC's "General Hospital"
1997:
Played the attractive but vacuous love interest of Alexis Arquette's Bob in "I Think I Do"
1998:
Filmed a role in the independent comedy feature, "The Thin Pink Line"
1998:
Had a recurring role on the short-lived ABC action series, "C-16"
1999:
Had a supporting role as bespectacled Mr. Burns in "The Mummy"
1999:
Starred on Showtime's "Beggars and Choosers" as Malcolm Laffley
2000:
Starred as God in the Disney Channel original TV-movie production of "Miracle in Lane 2"
2003:
Rejoined the cast of ABC's "One Life to Live"
2007:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as new resident, Bob Hunter, who moved in with his gay partner
2010:
Cast in the title role in the Off-Broadway comedy, "White's Lies"
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Education

Parkway West High School: St Louis , Missouri -
Indiana University: Bloomington , Indiana -

Notes

Tuc Watkins on "One Life to Live" and the verbal recap so common on soaps: "My favorite line was, 'Viki, once you realize that I am truly your half-brother, you'll know that Dorian didn't really kill your father.' That is so unbelievable! But those three actors [co-stars Erika Slezak, Robin Strasser and Robert S Woods] can say anything and make it believable." --quoted to Soap Opera Digest, November 5, 1995.

"One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" veteran Watkins on daytime drama: "The soaps are really underrated. They're the last medium in which you can get away with overacting, which is the most fun to do." --quoted to Kansas City Star, May 16, 1999.

On creating his character of Malcolm, the VP of talent on the TV network-set Showtime sitcom "Beggars and Choosers": "I'm doing imitations of all the casting directors who wouldn't give me a role over the last 10 years." --Tuc Watkins quoted in Kansas City Star, May 16, 1999.

" ... every now and then when I think that I'm not going to get any more work, I just think Tommy Lee Jones was on 'One Life to Live' for four years." --Watkins to "I Think I Do" director Brian Sloan in Instinct magazine, March/April 1998.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Charles Curtis Watkins.
father:
Charles Curtis Watkins Jr. Salesman.
sister:
Courtney Watkins. Teacher, artist. Born in 1968.

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