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Eric Watson AA’02, ’03 Lands Roles as Stunt Man, Actor

Eric Watson with Halle Berry

Eric Watson with Halle Berry on the set of Kings

A stunt man and actor in Hollywood for the last nine years, Eric Shamm Watson AA’02, ’03 recently lent his talents to some major productions: Marvel’s blockbuster film Black Panther, television series Luke Cage, and the drama Kings, starring Halle Berry. His big break, he said, came with the 2015 role of Lamar Taylor on the television show Criminal Minds.

Eric said he trains regularly for his stunt work, which often involves jumping from buildings, crashing cars, fighting, or falling hard to the ground. Arriving in Hollywood with a martial arts background, he has since taken classes in stunt driving and parkour.

Eric Shamm Watson

Eric Shamm Watson

Alumni from his era may remember him selling hot dogs outside Wolfendale’s. But, they may not recognize him; through his training and improved diet, he’s dropped nearly 100 pounds since his IUP days.

He said he’s happy to answer questions about his work through private messages on Instagram at Shamm523.