Drew Waters grew up in Orange, Texas. During his years there he excelled as a high school athlete. After graduation, Drew gave up an athletic scholarship to pursue a career with the US Navy. He rose quickly through the ranks and became responsible for nearly 100 F-14 fighter jets.
As he neared the end of his military career, Drew was discovered by a modeling scout. After winning a national modeling contest where he beat out 3,500 other contestants, he was then signed by a top agency and began a successful career in fashion. As an international print model, Drew appeared in campaigns for designers like Ralph Lauren, Prada, Structure, Versace, Hugo Boss, Chaps, Guess, and Abercrombie and Fitch. Over the course of eight years, he walked the globe’s top runways and graced the covers and ad pages of GQ, Vogue, Men’s Fitness, and Men’s Journal, among others. When world-renowned fashion photographer Bruce Weber discovered Drew’s unique talent, he encouraged the young model to try his hand at acting. Drew had always harbored a desire to act and, with Weber’s encouragement, enrolled in various classes and workshops to hone his skills.
With over 80 credits to his name, Drew now has the successful acting career he always dreamed of. His very first television role was as a recurring character on NBC’s “Surface”, which then led to roles on such notable shows as “Chase”, “Victorious”, and AMC’s “Breaking Bad”. Drew then landed the role for which he is still most recognized today, Coach Wade Aikman on NBC’s Emmy® Award winning hit show “Friday Night Lights”. His success on “Friday Night Lights” led to roles on other critically acclaimed shows like “Wire in the Blood” (opposite UK actor Robson Greene), “Breakout Kings”, “Magic City”, “Major Crimes”, and HBO’s “True Detective” opposite Colin Farrell. Most recently, Drew has guest-starred on hit shows including “The Resident” and “NCIS: LA” and is currently in production on the new David E. Kelly series “Love and Death” for HBO with Elizabeth Olsen and Jesse Plemmons. Drew has also appeared in numerous feature films such as Mad Money with Diane Keaton, Wonderful World with Matthew Broderick, The Hit List with Cuba Gooding, Jr., Cowgirls and Angels with Academy Award Winner James Cromwell, Home Run, The Warrant and Parkland with Paul Giamatti and Marcia Gay Harden. Drew has also commanded the starring role in several films including The Redemption of Henry Meyers, The Ultimate Life co-starring Peter Fonda, and most recently Desperate Riders co-starring Trace Atkins and Tom Berenger.
Drew’s talents reach far beyond the acting world as well. He has produced and starred in multiple films including Hiding in Plain Sight and Charlie: A Toy Story. His work as a producer expands to reality and documentary projects such as “A Tale of 2 Soldiers” and “Art Junkies”. He is an accomplished stunt performer, appearing in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Oliver Stone’s W, and ABC’s “Agents of Shield” among others.
Drew's production company, Argentum Entertainment, which he founded alongside his wife, seeks to bring a new level of value to the entertainment business with a promising slate of films and television series in the works. He made his feature directorial debut with Argentum's romantic drama New Life, winning multiple awards including Best Director. His many years as an actor and producer give him a unique perspective as he works to craft a story from the director's chair. With more projects in the works, Drew credits much of his early success as a director to his mentorships with talented directors including Michael Landon Jr. (When Calls the Heart), Garry Brown (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Boyd (The Walking Dead).
Drew is married to fellow actress Erin Bethea (Fireproof). He has two daughters and his greatest joy is being their dad. Drew splits his time between working on sets in Los Angeles and around the country and fixing up his old Georgia farmhouse.