John Wesley "Wes" Chatham (born October 11, 1978) is an American actor. He portrays Amos Burton on The Expanse.

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Wes Chatham was born October 11, 1978 and grew up in North Georgia.Wes was spotted by the casting director and, at the age of five, he was offered a national campaign for "Tide".

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. Chatham was amongst selected by casting director Robi Reed while Reed in his search for authentic-looking military personnel for the movie and given his first movie-making experience, which lead to further pursuit of 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.

Career Edit

Wes Chatham's film credits include In the Valley of Elah (2007), W. (2008), The Help (2011) and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014). He's perhaps best known for his portrayal of Castor in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015).

Wes' television credits include Sleeper Cell, Barbershop, The Unit and The Mentalist.

In November 2015, Chatham began costarring as Amos Burton on the Syfy TV series The Expanse.

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  • Wes Chatham is one of the few cast members to actually read the books and one of the few to have read them before learning about the project that he ultimately would audition for. He has been very open about being a fan of the books to the point that he was pleased to learn the role he would audition for happened to be his favorite character. He has said that he has been going through rehearsals where his knowledge of the books led him to expect the screen play to be portrayed differently only to be informed that the influencing factor he cites had not yet occurred in the television adaptation's timeline.
  • Wes has made a number of fan podcast guest appearances
Expanse The Unofficial Podcast — November 19, 2015
Syfy Wire's The Churn — Feb 8, 2017
Ars Technica Decrypted — Mar 23, 2017
Afterbuzz TV's The Expanse After Show — April 20, 2017


Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Castor
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Castor
2014 The Town That Dreaded Sundown
2011 The Help


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