Charles Esten Biography
Charles Esten was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. as Charles Esten Puskar III. He is an American actor, singer, and comedian. Esten is best known for his role as country singer Deacon Claybourne on the American Broadcasting Company/CMT drama Nashville, which he played from 2012 to 2018.
Charles Esten Age
Charles Esten Puskar III is 53 years old as of 2018. He was born on September 9, 1965, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Charles Esten Family
Esten was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cynthia Puskar and Charles Puskar father who was a prominent local businessman and business partner of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Ray Mansfield. He has a younger sister namely Cathy Puskar. The family moved to Alexandria, Virginia at the age of nine, after his parents divorced where he lived with his younger sister and mother.
Charles Esten Wife
Esten is married to Patty (née Hanson), since 2 November 1991. The two met in college. They have three children.
Charles Esten Daughter
- Addie Puskar
- Taylor Puskar
Charles Esten Height
Charles Esten Puskar III stands at a height of 6′ 1″ tall.
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Charles Esten Career
Esten has appeared as a guest star in various TV series, including Married… with Children, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, ER, NCIS: Los Angeles, Jessie, The Mentalist, and The Office. he was part of the main cast of Nashville, starring as Deacon Claybourne. He has also contributed to the soundtracks as both a singer and songwriter. He co-wrote “I Know How to Love You Now” with Deanna Carter, which was featured in the season 3 premiere. Esten appeared as a celebrity contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and won $500,000 for his charity.
In 2017, Esten was cast in a series of television and radio advertisements as Carl Hardee, Sr., the fictional founder of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast food chains. On July 9, 2018, it was announced that Esten was cast in a recurring role in the upcoming TNT thriller Tell Me Your Secrets. According to TVLine, “The drama follows three characters with equally disturbing backstories: Emma (played by American Horror Story‘s Lily Rabe) once faced down a dangerous killer, John (Legion‘s Hamish Linklater) is a former serial predator in search of redemption, and Mary (Private Practice‘s Amy Brenneman) is a grieving mother determined to find her missing daughter. Per the synopsis, ‘As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and motives grows ever murkier, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator.'”
Charles Esten Net Worth
Charles Esten has an estimated net worth of $15 Million.
Charles Esten Tour
- Thursday, 06 June 2019
Charles Esten & Friends: Light the Summer Night
3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
- Saturday, 19 October 2019
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, United Kingdom
- Sunday, 20 October 2019
Barrowland, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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- Monday, 21 October 2019
Ulster Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom
- Wednesday, 23 October 2019
The Sage Gateshead (Sage One), Gateshead, United Kingdom
- Thursday, 24 October 2019
O2 Institute Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
- Friday, 25 October 2019
O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Sunday, 27 October 2019
Royal Albert Hall, London, United Kingdom
Charles Esten Songs | Charles Esten Music
- Halfway Home
- I Love You Beer
- No One Will Ever Love You
- I Love You (But I Don’t Like You)
- You’re Where I Belong
- He Ain’t Me
- Through The Blue
1988: Sale of the Century
1989: On the Television
1993: Star Trek: The Next Generation
1994: Murphy Brown
1995–96: The Crew
1996: Star Trek: Voyager
1998–2000: The Brian Benben Show
1998: Instant Comedy with the Groundlings
2000: Party of Five
2006: The Office
Charles Esten The Office
The Office is an American television sitcom where Charles Esten featured in playing the role of Josh Porter.
Charles Esten Whose Line Is It Anyway
Whose Line Is It Anyway? an improvisational comedy television show where Charles Esten featured in portraying Performer.
Charles Esten Nashville
Charles Esten starred in Nashville an American musical drama television series playing the role of Deacon Claybourne.
Charles Esten Jessie
Jessie is an American comedy television series where he appeared in playing the role of Morgan Ross, portraying the father of the four Ross children and a famous movie director.
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Charles Esten Interview
Published: June 5, 2018
How do you see Deacon’s evolution throughout the show?
That’s the nature of learning and growing: You take three steps forward, one step back. Sometimes it’s one step forward, three steps back. When we started out, that was Deacon. Then, eventually, the ratio changed: He started taking one step forward, one step back. Now we’re out on that positive area, where he maybe takes one forward by itself. That’s a natural progression if you’re looking to learn anything in this world, and he’s learned so much over the course of these six seasons.
Deacon learned so much from Rayna [Jaymes, played by Britton], so much from his work with Alcoholics Anonymous, his niece Scarlett [O’Connor, played by Clare Bowen]. When he had another shot at being with Rayna again, he tried to up his game and be a better man. And the time he found out that he was a father — that’s a fairly realistic portrayal as a man’s maturation, I think. It’s the first thing you want to grow up for; you find a woman that wants to make you a better man. Then you think, “Oh my God, I’m going to have children. I really have to buckle down.” It’s okay to be the guy who drinks a little too much and gets into fist fights when you’re younger, but you have to grow out of it.
As a musician, what has been the best part about playing this character, who is so revered as a musician by his contemporaries?
The first time I shot a scene at the Bluebird [Cafe], I was sitting with these incredible players around me: I’ve got Gary Nicholson around me, Pam Tillis is singing harmonies on this song, and I am holding a pre-war Martin [guitar] in my hand, playing this gorgeous instrument. I’m in this hallowed institution, the Bluebird; at the back of the room is the lovely Hayden Panettiere [who plays Juliette Barnes], who has tears slowly rolling down her face at the ineffable beauty of what I’m playing, and I think to myself “This is going to be a good job.”
It came from the very beginning; as soon as I heard the name Deacon Claybourne, I wanted to play that guy. As soon as I read the script [and saw] that Callie [Khouri, creator of Nashville] was creating a guy who was flawed but trying hard and loving — a guy that didn’t want to tell you too much, but you put him behind a guitar, and he’ll tell you anything.
Honestly, I love everything down to the wardrobe. It’s comfortable as hell to wear those flannel shirts every day. Deacon’s had the same pair of boots for six years; they’ve resolved them once or twice.
What about the show’s music? How does it feel to hear your own songs on TV and play songs written by some of the best in the business?
I get to sing songs written by the greatest songwriters in this town [and] got a few of my own on this show. Truth be told, that’s part of it, too. I always just say it’s like the song: Life is good at the end of the day; I did all that I could.
I want to look back and say that I did all I could. I feel like I can do that. I’m not a young man; I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been doing jobs like this for a long time.
Now that the show is over, what’s next for your own music?
The short version is that it will continue the same. I’ll be able to focus even more on it. A lot of songwriting in this town, the appointments are made far in advance. I couldn’t write because of the show!
I’m going to get to double down on the music for a while, while I’m waiting on the next acting job to come around. It could be a long while before that happens; there’s no knowing. It depends on the role. It has to be something that inspires me, so I’m going to dig in, write as much as I can, start touring more.
I don’t have a time frame in mind for recording or releasing new music. I’m trying to run through the finish line as strongly as I can for the show. I’ll have a lot of time after the hat.
Did you ever worry about the character taking over your own music?
I don’t worry in general; people are going to do what people do. Believe me, there’s overlap between the two of us: He — I say that like Deacon is a real guy — that character has influenced my music. I’m sure he has.
If you look at the 54 songs released last year, you would think, “Wow, that was really influenced by playing Deacon.” Some of those darker ones — I wrote the song “Looking For The Light” with Dennis McCoskey and Charlie Worsham. Is that me? Is that Deacon? It’s both.
If it’s new to somebody, nobody seems to react against it. I have, maybe, more worlds in me than Deacon. Deacon stays in his lane and opens up from that lane, but maybe he has a narrow path. If I’m anything, I like to spread out and go from the super-quiet song and take you to something where the full band is bringing it, E Street Band style. I like to make people feel things about acting. I like to feel a spectrum of things: sad sometimes, lifted sometimes, laugh sometimes. That’s what you hope to do.
How has engaging with Nashville’s fanbase been? I mean, Deacon Claybourne is totally a heartthrob.
I know this was written as a bang-on leading male character, written in all the ways that would make this guy attractive. That’s cool; that’s a great role to play. Ultimately, what came to me more in terms of fan reaction was, the things he’d been through and was going through on the show seemed to resonate with people. From the beginning, whether it was addiction or cancer or life issues or the difficulty of raising kids, all these different things seemed to be a touch point for different people.
I scheduled a performance called Charles Esten Sings the Songs of Deacon Claybourne; it sold out rather quickly, so we booked another, and it sold out, too. I’ve played Deacon songs as part of my shows for the last six years. I organized a Spotify playlist just so I could reacquaint myself with his body of work and dig in. It’s really nice to see this body of work of Deacon Claybourne’s music. All that music is where the rubber hits the road on those issues that Deacon’s been through. These songs, they sing that pain.
I loved being Deacon for these six years. As I was pulling this all together, it occurred to me that it’s not completely true for me, because whenever I want, I can just sit behind a guitar, and I can play those songs. For just a little bit, I can be back in his boots.
What was the most difficult part of playing this character?
Early on, I felt like I knew who this guy was. I thought there for the grace of God go I. I was able to empathize and feel those things. I’ve lived long enough and been doing it long enough. I have a Rayna in my life, but we didn’t have to spend all those years apart. You think, “Man, what would that be like?” I felt like I understood him rather quickly, even in terms of the audition. From there on out, I would think about it a lot.
A lot of the times, I would just feel it. When you see Deacon being moved, that’s me being moved by the situation and the great actors that I’ve been surrounded with. During the first season, a little after the pilot, we had a couple of months off. That time off, I can remember coming back to the second season wondering, “Do I know what it’s like to be Deacon? Do I remember?” Then you walk back in the door, and you put those boots back on, and those jeans and that denim shirt, and you hold that guitar, and you sit across from Connie Britton, and you become that guy again.
What did you learn from Connie Britton in her role as Rayna Jaymes?
I learned so much. I was already a fan from watching Friday Night Lights. It was instantly obvious that she was committed to speaking the truth, and speaking truthfully, as she said it. You felt like you were talking with someone who was actually listening to you and actually responding to you. That was the answer to making any scene better.
There was almost a “BS meter” that would start to go off — not that she would call you on anything. When you’re acting with someone who is being very truthful at the moment and you do something that’s a little heightened or “actor-y,” it feels more that way than when your scene partner is joining you in that. I liked the way she would fight against those things that seemed to not be true.