Charles Esten Nashville
Nashville: Charles Esten Biography

Actor Name: Charles Esten
Alternate Names: Chip Esten, Chip Eston, Chip Puscar, Chip Puskar
Nashville Character Name: Deacon Claybourne
Given Birth Name:
Nickname: Chip
Birth Date: September 9, 1965
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Homwtown: Alexandria, VA
Star Sign: Virgo
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Marital Status: wife Patty Esten (November 1991 - present)
First Nashville Episode: Pilot
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Most Notable Role(s): Ray Henry (Big Love), Josh Porter (The Office)
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Children: two daughters, Taylor and Addie, and one son, Chase.
Schooling: Graduated from The College of William and Mary.


  • Was a contestant on "Scrabble" (1984) in 1990.

  • Known to motorcyclists everywhere as the star of the "Riding Straight" safety video produced by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

  • Travels through the US and Canada with the Improv All-Stars.


About the character: Deacon Claybourne

It’s hard to imagine Rayna Jaymes on stage without Deacon at her side. Twenty years ago the two teamed up as songwriters. She became a star and he became her band leader. At that time, they were also a romantic couple but there’s a reason that Rayna and Deacon couldn’t stay together: Deacon has demons that make a stable relationship impossible.

For the past twelve years, their partnership has been strictly professional, and Deacon has always been there whenever Rayna needed him. He’s loyal, talented and also self-destructive, unable to claim the solo success that could await... if he were ever to go his own way.

About the actor: Charles Esten

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 and his wife have two daughters and a son.

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