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Charles Esten            

Singer and Actor, Known for his Role on "Nashville"

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Charles “Chip” Esten was raised in Alexandria, VA and attended T.C. Williams High School (made famous in the film “Remember the Titans.”) He then attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, where he graduated with a degree in economics and met his eventual wife, Patty. While in Williamsburg, he was lead singer/songwriter in a popular local band, N’est Pas.

Esten made his theatrical debut in London when he portrayed Buddy Holly, singing, acting and playing guitar in the hit West End musical “Buddy.” In that role he was honored to perform for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and eventually President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush at The White House. He was also very honored to perform with Jerry Allison and Joe B. Mauldin, Buddy’s original hitmaking bandmates, the Crickets.

It was during his run as Buddy that Esten first appeared on the original British version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” with Ryan Stiles and Greg Proops. When “Whose Line” came to ABC, he became a recurring cast member and frequent song improvisor. Since then he has appeared on Drew Carey’s Improvaganza and toured frequently, performing live improv shows with Stiles, Proops and Jeff B. Davis.

Esten’s many additional television credits include recurring roles on “Big Love,” “Enlightened,” “The Office” and “ER.” Besides being the father on Disney Channel’s “Jessie,” he has been a Klingon on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” a secretary on “Murphy Brown” and Kelly Bundy’s fiance on the series finale of “Married with Children.” His film credits include “Swing Vote,” “Thirteen Days,” “61*” and “The Postman.”

Esten stars as Deacon Claybourne on ABC's drama "Nashville." During his first season on “Nashville,” Esten was honored to perform in the Grand Ole Opry and the historic Ryman auditorium. He sings on the Season One Vol. 1 soundtrack, which has sold over 1.5 million tracks to date.

Esten and his wife have two daughters and a son.


Hear Charles Esten's Enlivening 'Through the Blue' - Rolling Stone
'Nashville' actor-musician Charles Esten is releasing a new song every Friday, with today's being the uplifting, guitar-driven "Through the Blue."
Charles Esten Plots First Solo Album: The Ram Report - Rolling Stone
'Nashville' star Charles Esten visits Rolling Stone Country's studios to talk about his upcoming album.
EXCLUSIVE: Charles Esten Says 'Nashville' Will Be Less Soapy and ...
Nashville star Charles Esten is excited for fans to see the upcoming season of the country music drama in its new home on CMT. “We all knew how much we ...
Nashville Star Charles Esten: How He Pulled Off a Surprise Party for ...
How Nashville's Charles Esten Reveals How He Pulled Off a Surprise Party for His Wife. By Laura Lane. Posted on November 11, 2015 at 12:05pm EDT.

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