Charles Esten

Nashville character: Deacon Claybourne
Full name: Charles Esten Puskar III
Birthday: September 9, 1965
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Twitter: @TheCharlesEsten
Best known for: Improvising songs on Whose Line Is It Anyway, playing army boyfriend Luke in the final season of Party of Five, and prosecutor Ray Henry in the fourth season of Big Love.
Did you know? Motorcyclists everywhere will recognize Charles from a Motorcycle Safety Foundation public service video called “Riding Straight,” in which he portrays three different characters meant to educate viewers about the dangers of riding under the influence.

Charles got his big break while making his theatrical debut in London playing Buddy Holly in the West End musical Buddy. After finishing his run in the hit production, he became a recurring member of the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Returning stateside in the early 1990s, Charles starred in the comedy The Crew and has had notable roles on shows like Party of Five, ER, The Office, and Big Love.

Charles married his college sweetheart, Patty, and has two daughters and a son.

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