American actor Charles Curtis “Tuc” Watkins III was born on September 2, 1966. He is best known for playing Bob Hunter on Desperate Housewives and David Vickers on One Life to Live.
Tuc Watkins’s Early Life
Charles Curtis Watkins III was born in Kansas City to a mother who was a photographer and salesman Charles Curtis Watkins II.
He studied at Indiana University, where he double minored in theatre, psychology, and French while majoring in communications. Courtney, his younger sister, was born in 1968.
Tuc Watkins’s Personal Life
On April 26, 2013, Watkins came out as gay during an appearance on Marie with Marie Osmond. Watkins revealed in the same interview that he had given birth to twins Catchen and Curtis via surrogacy in December 2012, making him a single father.
He has been dating actor Andrew Rannells since the year 2019. The two had first crossed paths when they were cast as a pair in The Boys in the Band on Broadway the previous year.
They collaborated on Black Monday in 2020 and returned to their roles for the Netflix adaptation of the television series.
Tuc Watkins’s Playing Gay Character
You brought it up, which is odd because I am a gay actor who has been portraying gay roles since the 1990s.
People told me that I couldn’t be a homosexual actor and play gay characters if I wanted to play a wider variety of roles when I took on roles in I Think I Do and Beggars and Choosers.
But I didn’t care because they were excellent roles. What has happened is that there are now a growing number of LGBTQ-related occupations available. Not too long ago, LGBT characters tended to be the psychopath, the unstable guy, or the gay clown.
There are a tonne more roles open, and there are a tonne more performers prepared to take on those roles.
I feel as though I am in a catch-22. I was a gay actor who, if I wanted to play straight roles, shouldn’t portray gay characters. However, they were also avoiding employing me for straight jobs because they knew I was gay. It’s incredible that I have any employment.
I just worked on a TV show, and a queer television producer expressly recruited me to portray a straight role since I am a member of the LGBT community.
I’m here to fulfill his request for a straight role to be played by a member of our community in order to make a political statement. The term is Unconventional. Kit Williamson, who also invented Eastsiders, was the creator of it. That has not yet debuted on Netflix.
Tuc Watkins Wants To Picture As a Homosexual Kevin Kline
Tuc Watkins wants you to picture him as a homosexual Kevin Kline. At the very least, that is how he would like to see himself.
Watkins, a dependable character actor who has consistently portrayed LGBT characters throughout his career, searches for the scene’s off-kilter wink just like Kline does.
The actor has carried this lesson with him throughout his memorable roles in the Showtime series Beggars and Choosers, The Mummy, Desperate Housewives, Parks and Recreation, The Boys in the Band, Black Monday, and The Other Two.
He first learned it by way of a happy accident during his time on the soap opera One Life to Live.
Tuc Watkins’s Netflix Comedy Uncoupled
In his most recent performance, Watkins takes on the part of one half of a recently divorced couple on the Netflix comedy Uncoupled, which was co-created by Darren Star (Sex and the City, Emily in Paris) and Jeffrey Richman (Frasier, Modern Family).
After 17 years of marriage, his character Colin, an even-keeled New Yorker pondering existential questions as he approaches 50, abruptly announces his separation from his real estate agent partner (Neil Patrick Harris).
The eight episodes of the first season center mainly on Harris, but Watkins provides the story its substance. Although Colin may have hurt the likable protagonist, he is not only a bad guy.
Before the premiere of Uncoupled, Thrillist interviewed Watkins, who is dating his former co-star Andrew Rannells. They discussed being one of his generation’s top homosexual TV performers, coming out on The Marie Osmond Show of all places, and how tripping on a staircase impacted his career.
Tuc Watkins’s Career Life
Watkins began his acting career by making cameos on a number of TV shows, including Baywatch, Get a Life, Melrose Place, and Sisters. From 1994 to 1996, he played con man David Vickers on the ABC serial series One Life to Live.
From 1996 to 1997, he played Dr. Pierce Dorman in recurring roles in General Hospital. Watkins later played Malcolm Laffley on the Showtime drama Beggars and Choosers, which ran from 1999 to 2001 for two seasons.
Tuc Watkins’s Acting Debut
He made his acting debut in the 1999 independent screwball romantic comedy I Think I Do, playing Sterling Scott, Bob’s soap opera hottie boyfriend, opposite Alexis Arquette. As the nearsighted tomb robber Burns in The Mummy, he had his first appearance in a major studio film after that.
He later made cameo appearances on TV shows like NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Following brief appearances in 2001 and 2002, Watkins returned to the One Life to Live cast permanently from 2003 through 2006, making several brief cameos again in 2007, 2008, and 2009 before making a regular comeback in June 2010.
Soap Opera Digest Selected Watkins
In 2008, Soap Opera Digest selected Watkins’ David as the “Most Entertaining Male Character,” stating that “Time and time again, David’s harebrained plots and Tuc Watkins’ side-splitting performances deliver pleasure we’re always sorry to see the end.”
On October 21, 2007, Watkins made his debut as Bob Hunter, a new resident of Wisteria Lane who is a gay lawyer with a husband, on ABC’s primetime drama Desperate Housewives. In seasons 4-6, he appeared frequently, and in seasons 7, he became a series regular.
Tuc Watkins’s Guest Appearance
Watkins had a guest appearance in the episode “World’s End” of Cold Case season 5 on November 4, 2007. A Funny or Die video called The Sentimentalist starring Watkins came in at number five on Entertainment Weekly’s “The Must List” in July 2009.
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