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Phillip P. Keene

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Phillip P. Keene (born September 5, 1966) is an American actor. He is mostly known for playing Buzz Watson on the TV series The Closer and its spinoff, Major Crimes. He is fluent in Spanish[1] and German.[citation needed]

His first film was Role of a Lifetime. Before acting, he went to UCLA and studied history/art history. He also has a pilot's license.[2]

Personal life

He is married to James Duff, creator of The Closer and Major Crimes, his partner since 1993.[3][4]


Year Film Role Notes
2002 Role of a Lifetime Bartender
2004 The D.A. Reporter #2 Episode: The People vs. Sergius Kovinsky
2005–2012 The Closer Buzz Watson Main role
109 episodes
2008 The Truth Is Underrated Jonah Short Film
2012–2018 Major Crimes Buzz Watson Main role
2013 I Am Death Greg Meyers
2018 Deadly Shores Robert Palmer Main role - Lifetime Movie


Year Award Category Title of work Result
2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series [5] The Closer Nominated
2009 Nominated
2010 Nominated


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  2. ^ "TNT Drama - The Closer: Phillip Keene". Archived from the original on 2014-03-01. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  3. ^ Hernandez, Greg. ""Major Crimes" cast member Phillip Keene marries". Greg In Hollywood. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "A Chat with Out Actor Phillip P. Keene of The Closer". Los Angeles Daily News blog; interviewed by Greg Hernandez. October 22, 2008.
  5. ^ "Phillip P. Keene's biography". TVGuide.
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