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Charles Esten

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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2012.

Charles Esten Facts

BirthdaySeptember 9, 1965 (58)
BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Charles Esten compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Nashville: The Complete Fourth Season
Nashville: Season 3
Nashville: The Complete Second Season
The Coup
Valentine's Day
Nashville: Cast and Creators Live at PALEYFEST
Swing Vote
Nobody Knows Anything
The Sleepwalker Killing
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