Wes Chatham

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Wes Chatham
Wes Chatham Halo 3.jpg
Chatham at the 2007 Halo 3 Sneak Preview
Born John Wesley Chatham
(1978-10-11) October 11, 1978 (age 36)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present

John Wesley Chatham (born October 11, 1978) is an American actor.

He has appeared in films such as In the Valley of Elah, W., The Help and The Philly Kid and plays Castor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & Part 2.[1] He also appeared as Staff Sergeant Sam McBride in The Unit.[2]

Early life[edit]

Wes Chatham was born October 11, 1978 and grew up in North Georgia. Chatham's parents divorced when he was two and he spent most of his childhood with his mother, sister and brother. On a whim, Chatham's mother took his sister to an audition for a Tide commercial in Savannah, Georgia, and brought Wes along. While waiting for his sister in the lobby, Wes was spotted by the casting director and, at the age of five, he was offered a national campaign for Tide.

At the age of thirteen, Chatham moved in with his father and, without a lot of supervision and as a restless and rebellious teen, he was kicked out of high school and sent to the Give Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to finish school. The Give Center was a second chance school for troubled youth, offering very small classes and a higher standard of education than public school. While he was attending classes at the Give Center, a professional theater company out of Atlanta started a mentoring program with the school, and Chatham was chosen to write a play that was later performed by his classmates. It was from this experience that he found his passion for the arts.[3]


After graduating high school, Chatham joined the military. He worked as an aviation firefighter on the flight deck of the USS Essex, working in crash and salvage for four years. Chatham's break into acting came just three months before his tour was finished when Denzel Washington chose his ship to shoot the movie Antwone Fisher. While searching for some authentic military guys for the movie, Chatham was discovered by casting director Robi Reed and given his first movie making experience. That’s when he decided he wanted to pursue his lifelong dream of acting. Following Antwone Fisher, Reed convinced Chatham to move to Hollywood and shortly thereafter cast him in his first series regular role on Showtime’s Barbershop.

Chatham really started to get attention when Paul Haggis cast him alongside Tommy Lee Jones as Corporal Steve Penning in In the Valley of Elah. Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.[4]

In 2009, Chatham would go on to work with Oliver Stone in W. as Frank Benedict, George W’s Fraternity brother. The following year, Chatham landed another series regular role on CBS’ hit TV show The Unit. Chatham was cast as new unit team member Sergeant Sam McBride aka Whiplash, working with David Mamet and Shawn Ryan. Chatham also starred as Brian Danielson in Brett Simmons’ Husk.

In 2011, Chatham was a part of the SAG Award Winning Ensemble Cast in DreamWorks' The Help starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Mike Vogel and Sissy Spacek. Cast in the role of Carleton Phelan, he played Emma Stone’s brother in the film. In February 2012, the film received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress for Viola Davis, Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain and a win for Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer.[5]

In 2012, Chatham landed his first title role in Joel Silver’s The Philly Kid. A fan of mixed martial arts, Chatham dove into the character of Dillion McGwire, performing all of his own stunts.[6] The film debuted in theaters May 2012.[7] Following The Philly Kid, Chatham starred in This Thing With Sarah, which was accepted to the San Diego Film Festival in October 2013.[8] In 2013 Chatham wrapped two studio films, Broken Horses and The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Both are due in theaters late 2013 early 2014.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to TV personality Jenn Brown.[10]


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