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Charles Esten is tal­ented and sexy – and that’s part of his charm as muso Deacon Clay­bourne in mu­si­cal drama Nashville (2012-cur­rent). But un­like Deacon, Charles has his life to­gether…

Charles mar­ried his high school 1

sweet­heart Patty Puskar in 1991 she was ac­tor Kevin Cost­ner’s per­sonal as­sis­tant be­fore quit­ting in 2013. They live in Nashville with daugh­ters Tay­lor (19) and Ad­die (16) and son Chase (17).

Fans of sketch com­edy show 2

Whose Line Is It Any­way? in the US (1998-cur­rent) know him bet­ter by his nick­name “Chip”, which is short for Charles. But did you know that he was also on the original UK ver­sion of the show (1988-1998) in 1992 and 1994?

While he told his mom that he 3

“wanted to be a clown” when he was older, Charles ac­tu­ally stud­ied after grad­u­at­ing. He got his de­gree in eco­nom­ics in 1987 from the Col­lege Of Wil­liam & Mary in Virginia.

While study­ing, he was the front4

man for alt-rock band N’est Pas and his voice helped Chip nab a theatre role as iconic mu­si­cian Buddy Holly in 1998 when he moved to Hol­ly­wood. He per­formed for the Bri­tish Roy­als, as well as at the White House dur­ing his two-and-a-half year gig as Buddy.

The 49-year-old loves rid­ing his 5

mo­tor­bike and in 2007 he nar­rated (with a comedic twist) a 10-minute in­struc­tional video se­ries called Rid­ing Straight For America’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Safety Foun­da­tion.

Chip won $500 000 (R8 mil­lion) on 6

the celeb episode of Who Wants To Be A Mil­lion­aire (2002-cur­rent) in 2013 and do­nated it to the US Leukaemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety. Daugh­ter Ad­die was di­ag­nosed with leukaemia at age two but has fully re­cov­ered.

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