• Born in Atlanta, Georgia USA in 1978
• Gained early recognition appearing in a Tide commercial
• Best known for roles in The Help, The Hunger Games and The Expanse
• Married to Jennifer Brown with two sons
• Has an estimated net worth of $1 million
Who is Wes Chatham from Escape Plan 2: Hades?
John Wesley ‘Wes’ Chatham was born on the 11th October 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia USA. He is a 40 year-old film and television actor, best recognized for his roles in films such as “The Help”, “In the Valley of Elah”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”. When it comes to the small screen, he is best known for his portrayal of Amos Burton in Syfy channel’s television show “The Expanse”. His career has been active since 2003.
Wes Chatham Bio: Early Life, Family and Education
Wes Chatham was raised in North Georgia by his mother, and with a brother and sister because his parents divorced when he was only two years old. His first contact with acting came when he was only five years old – the laundry detergent company “Tide” held auditions in Savannah, Georgia for their new advertisement, and Wes’ mother decided to take his sister to the audition and brought Wes along to keep them company. While his sister was auditioning Wes and his mother were waiting for her in the hallway, and a casting director happened to be passing by when he spotted Wes and immediately decided to give him the role in their national advertising campaign. However, Wes did not venture into acting again until his high school years – when he was 13 years old he moved in with his father, and without a proper role model and adequate supervision, Wes grew to be an unruly and rebellious teenager. His mischievous acts and misbehaviour caused him to be kicked out of his high school, and had to enroll at the Give Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a second chance institution which gave another opportunity to troublesome teenagers, and consisted of special and shortened program, part of which was acting mentoring, provided by a professional theater company from Atlanta. The theatre company chose Wes to write a play which was later performed by his fellow students, and also mentored Wes until the end of his high school education, and helped him discover and nurture his love for acting and performing.
Having matriculated from high school Wes decided to join the US Navy – during his tour he was placed on the flight deck of the USS Essex where he worked as an aviation firefighter in the crash and salvage department, spending four years at this job, before finally gaining the opportunity to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. His ship was chosen among the many for the biographical drama film “Antwone Fisher”, starring Denzel Washington in the lead role, and Wes was chosen by the casting director Robi Reed to play a member of the military, because Reed thought that he had an authentic military look, but also noticed Wes’ enthusiasm and talent and tried to convince him to go to Hollywood and pursue an acting career. Reed’s persuasion was successful, and Wes decided to leave the military and move to Los Angeles. Not long after that, he landed his first role as Isaac in the television series “Barbershop” broadcast on Showtime channel.
Rise to Prominence and Later Works
Wes Chatham’s breakout role came in 2007, when he was cast by director Paul Haggis alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron and Susan Sarandon in the crime drama mystery film “In the Valley of Elah” in the role of Corporal Steve Penning. Two years later he got the opportunity to work with the acclaimed director Oliver Stone who cast him as Frank Benedict in the George W. Bush biographical film entitled “W.”, then in 2010 Wes was offered a regular role in the highly popular CBS television series “The Unit”, playing the role of the newly accepted unit team member Sam ‘Whiplash’ McBride. In 2011 he acted in two big budget flicks, firstly in the horror film “Husk” in the role of Brian, and second in the critically acclaimed and commercially successful period drama film “The Help” where he played the role of Emma Stone’s character’s sibling; the film won many accolades, including a 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Chatham’s fame and recognition soared, and in 2012 he was cast in the first lead role of his career as Dillion McGwire in Joel Silver’s dramatic action film entitled “The Philly Kid”. The film included a lot of fight scenes and stunts which Chatham eagerly performed himself, seeing that he was a huge mixed martial arts fan and enthusiast. Following this, Wes made guest appearances in television series “The Mentalist”, “Political Animals” and “Armed Response”, and in films “This Thing with Sarah” and “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” before being cast in another big budget film, landing the role of Castor in blockbusters “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” and “- Part 2”. Recently he made guest appearances in “Hand of God” and “A Bunch of Dicks”, as well as acting in films “All I See Is You” and “Broken Horses”. In 2018 he was cast alongside Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista for the role of Jaspar Kimbral in the action film “Escape Plan 2: Hades”, and in addition Chatham has been playing the role of Amos Burton in the science fiction television series “The Expanse” since 2015 – the show’s fourth season will be broadcast in 2019.
The philly kid was a lot of fun and brutal to make. Had nothing to do with Philly by the by. RT @cuuixsilver: @weschatham @Julie_WrdNrdGrl @TheRooneyAbides No one remembers the The Philly Kid? Now that's a shame. Kind of pre-figures Amos (or maybe Timmy). pic.twitter.com/LfbZVdCJmi
— Wes Chatham (@weschatham) April 5, 2019
Regarding his personal life, Wes Chatham has been married to Jennifer Brown since 2012, who works as a sports broadcaster and television host. Wes really showed his romantic side when proposing to Jenn – he took his then-girlfriend to the concert of her favorite band, and asked her to marry him while the band was playing her favorite song. The couple have two sons together John Nash born in 2014 and Rhett Jameson two years later. The family currently resides in Los Angeles.
After spending four years in the military Wes Chatham ventured into acting and steadily rose to fame. Having built an impressive resume and after appearing in several highly successful films and television series Wes has managed to acquire a net worth of $1 million, according to estimations by authoritative sources.
The famous actor can be found on Instagram, where he is followed by more than 43,000 people. Chatham also owns a Twitter account with more than 23,000 followers, and fans can also find him on Facebook.
Appearance and Physical Characteristics
Speaking about his appearance, Wes Chatham is 5ft 11ins (1.80m) tall and weighs around 180lbs (82kgs). He has short light brown hair and blue eyes. While he was preparing for the role in “The Philly Kid” Wes really hit the gym and gained an impressive set of muscles. Since then he has been training regularly in order to maintain his muscular physique and stay in good shape.