After graduating high school, Wes Chatham joined the military and worked as an aviation firefighter on the flight deck of the USS Essex. Three months before his tour was finished, Denzel Washington chose his ship to shoot Antwone Fisher. While searching for authentic military guys casting director Robi Reed discovered Chatham, and he received his first movie-making experience. Following Antwone Fisher, Reed convinced Chatham to move to Hollywood and cast him in his first series regular role on Showtime’s Barbershop. He went on to land another series regular role in CBS’s The Unit.
Roles in film soon followed. Paul Haggis cast him alongside Tommy Lee Jones as Corporal Steve Penning in In the Valley of Elah, and he appeared in Oliver Stone’s W. as