Charles Esten or Chip Esten is an American actor, comedian and singer. He has been part of the cast of ABC's Nashville as Deacon Claybourne from 2012 to present. He debuted in 1992 on the show Whose Line it is Anyway?. Esten also appeared in movies Billy Crystal's TV Movie 61, Thirteen Days, and The Postman. He also had television shows such as ER, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.