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Short Info

SpousePatty Hanson
FactKnown to motorcyclists everywhere as the star of the "Riding Straight" safety video produced by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Charles Esten is an American actor, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his role as Deacon Claybourne in the television drama series Nashville.

Early Life

Charles Esten was born on September 9, 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. His parents are George and Dorothy Esten. He has two sisters, Mary and Nancy. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in drama.


Charles Esten began his career as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles. He has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including The Office, CSI: Miami, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Mentalist. He has also guest-starred on such popular shows as Friends, Seinfeld and Mad About You. In 2012, he was cast as Deacon Claybourne in the ABC drama series Nashville. The show was cancelled in 2016 but was later picked up by CMT for a fifth season.

In addition to his acting career, Charles Esten is also a successful musician. He has released three albums: This Side of Town (2010), Every Way but Up (2012) and Here We Go Again (2016). He has also co-written several songs for the show Nashville, including “Can’t Let Go” and “This Town”.

Personal Life

Charles Esten is married to Patty Hanson. They have two daughters, Addie and Ava.

Physical Characteristics

Charles Esten is 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameCharles Esten
Height1.85 m
ProfessionActor, Comedian, Singer, Birmingham, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom
EducationT. C. Williams High School, College of William & Mary, Birmingham, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom


SpousePatty Hanson
ChildrenTaylor Puskar, Chase Puskar, Addie Puskar, Birmingham, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom
ParentsCynthia Puskar, Charles Puskar, Birmingham, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom
SiblingsCathy Puskar


NominationsHelen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Visiting Production
MoviesBirmingham, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom, Swing Vote, Water Under the Bridge, Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet, Thirteen Days, Late Last Night, The Sleepwalker Killing, The Johnny Chronicles, 1%
TV ShowsBirmingham, United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom, Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, Drew Carey's Green Screen Show, On the Spot, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Brian Benben Show, Nashville

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1Was a contestant on at least 5 episodes of the game show Sale of the Century in 1988. He won over $20,000 in cash and prizes.
2Travels through the US and Canada with the Improv All-Stars.
3Known to motorcyclists everywhere as the star of the "Riding Straight" safety video produced by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
4Was a contestant on Sale of the Century (1983) in 1988, and Scrabble (1984) in 1990.
5Has two daughters, Taylor and Addie, and one son, Chase.
6Graduated from The College of William and Mary.




The Trouble with Normal2001TV SeriesCarson
Thirteen Days2000Maj. Rudolph Anderson
Party of Five2000TV SeriesLuke
The Brian Benben Show1998-2000TV SeriesChad Rockwell
The Expendables1999TV MovieRam
Providence1999TV SeriesTed Shannon
Jack & Jill1999TV SeriesNick Seraph
Late Last Night1999TV MovieBeverly Hills Cop
Jesse1999TV SeriesTad
The Postman1997Michael, Abby's Husband
Married with Children1997TV SeriesLonnie
The Sleepwalker Killing1997TV MovieMark Schall
JAG1997TV SeriesLieutenant Pete 'Pistol' Ayers
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1996TV SeriesEthan Press
Diagnosis Murder1996TV SeriesJoe Carter
Star Trek: Voyager1996TV SeriesDathan
The Crew1995-1996TV SeriesRandy Anderson
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996Video GameGeneric Cap #1 (voice)
Murphy Brown1994TV SeriesSecretary #67
Star Trek: The Next Generation1993TV SeriesDivok
Cheers1993TV SeriesMarine
On the Television1989TV SeriesVarious
Nashville2012-2016TV SeriesDeacon Claybourne
Nashville: The Whole Story2013TV MovieNarrator
Jessie2011-2012TV SeriesMorgan Ross
Enlightened2011TV SeriesDamon Manning
Wilfred2011TV SeriesNick
Big Love2009-2010TV SeriesRay Henry
NCIS: Los Angeles2009TV SeriesJohn Cole / Ethan Stanhope
The Cleaner2009TV SeriesDr. Jake Slovak
The Mentalist2009TV SeriesRick Bregman
The New Adventures of Old Christine2007-2009TV SeriesJoe Campbell
1%2008TV MovieJohn Tipton
Swing Vote2008Lewis (as Charles 'Chip' Esten)
ER2007-2008TV SeriesDr. Barry Grossman
American Family2007TV MovieLarry Bogner
The Winner2007TV SeriesGary
Help Me Help You2007TV SeriesWillis
The Office2006TV SeriesJosh Porter
Cold Case2006TV SeriesJohn 'The Hawk' Hawkins
NYPD Blue2004TV SeriesTim Keating
Just Shoot Me!2003TV SeriesJake
Dragnet2003TV SeriesCarl Savitsky
Nobody Knows Anything!2003Conner Fulton
Water Under the Bridge2003Don
All Grown Up2003TV Movie
The Johnny Chronicles2002TV MoviePatrick Monroe
The Guardian2002TV SeriesMark Hanson
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet2002Bill (segment "Twelve Miles to Trona")
The Drew Carey Show2000-2001TV SeriesChip - Stall for Time Player #1 / Chip
61*2001TV MovieKevin Maris ('98) (as Chip Esten)


Nashville2012-2015TV Series performer - 10 episodes


Rocket Power1999TV Series writer


Nashville: The Whole Story2013TV Movie thanks


Skyville Live Salutes Music City2016TV MovieHimself
Nashville: On the Record 32015TV Movie documentaryHimself
CMT Artists of the Year 20152015TV MovieHimself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather2015TV SeriesHimself
Music City USA2015DocumentaryHimself
Nashville: On the Record 22015TV MovieHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2014TV SeriesHimself - Nashville
MDA Show of Strength Telethon2014TV SpecialHimself
Headline Country2014TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2014TV SeriesHimself
Nashville: On the Record2014TV SpecialHimself - Deacon Claybourne
The Country Vibe with Chuck and Becca2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2013TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
2013 CMT Music Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
The View2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza2011TV SeriesHimself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?1999-2005TV SeriesHimself
The Magical Gathering2004TV MovieHimself (as Chip Eston)
Green Screen Show2004TV SeriesHimself
On the Spot2003TV SeriesHimself - Host
Rendez-View2002TV SeriesHimself
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001Video documentaryMajor Anderson
Improv All Stars2001TV SpecialHimself (as Chip Esten)
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHimself
My VH1 Music Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself (as Chip Esten)
Instant Comedy with the Groundlings1998TV SeriesHimself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?1992-1994TV SeriesHimself
Scrabble1990TV SeriesContestant

Archive Footage

Whose Line Is It Anyway?2000TV SeriesHimself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?1992-1994TV SeriesHimself

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