Ben Esler

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Ben Esler
Ben Esler 2012.jpg
Born Benjamin Esler
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Ben Esler is an Australian actor, best known for playing Sean McGinnes in the AMC television series Hell on Wheels, as well as for his role as war hero Chuck Tatum in HBO's The Pacific.


Esler was a series regular on Hell on Wheels, a Western focusing on the construction of the transcontinental railroad, on AMC. Esler appeared in the role of Sean, an Irish immigrant and ruthless businessman, seeking his fortune in the American West.

In 2010 Esler appeared in HBO's Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Steven Spielberg-produced and Emmy Award winning miniseries The Pacific as Private First Class Charles "Chuck" Tatum. After portraying Tatum, he was invited to contribute an afterword to Tatum's World War II memoir, Red Blood, Black Sand, which was used as source material for the series. The book, including Esler's contribution, was re-released by Penguin Publishing in May 2012.[1]

He has appeared in the popular Australian police drama Blue Heelers and the award winning ABC Australia made-for-TV movie Curtin.[2] While a student at university, he wrote and performed sketch comedy for the long running University of Melbourne Law Revue.

Personal life[edit]

Esler was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, the son of Rosemary and Murray Esler. He is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Applied Ethics as well as a diploma in Professional Ethics.


Year Film/Series Role Notes
2011-2013 Hell on Wheels Sean McGinnes
2010 The Pacific Charles "Chuck" Tatum
2007 Curtin John Curtin Jnr
2005 Blue Heelers Guest
2004 Blue Heelers Guest


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