Shadow on the Mesa

Wes Brown

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Wes Brown was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he attended Louisiana State University. Prior to graduating from LSU, Brown got his big break right in his home state filming the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 2006 sports drama, “Glory Road,” which shot on location in Southern Louisiana. Soon after, he relocated to Los Angeles and landed another supporting role in the Warner Bros. feature, We Are Marshall, playing actor Ian McShane’s son.

Brown is perhaps best known for his role on HBO’s hit vampire series “True Blood,” in which he played Luke, a former football player with a vengeance against vampires.

Brown also had guest-starring roles on CBS’s “CSI: Miami,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” and on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” along with recurring roles on the NBC medical drama “Trauma,” The CW’s “90210” and “Hart of Dixie,” and ABC’s “Private Practice” and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” He also portrayed Disney’s legendary Gaston on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” Additionally, Brown was a series regular on the Lifetime network’s “Beach Girls,” starring Rob Lowe, as well as on NBC’s “Deception.”

Most recently for Hallmark, Brown starred in the 2021 Hallmark Movies Now original, “Every Time a Bell Rings,” the first original Christmas movie for the streaming service that also featured an original song he wrote. A favorite of Hallmark Channel fans, Brown has starred in the Hallmark Channel original movies “June in January,” “Love Begins,” “Love’s Resounding Courage,” “Shadow on The Mesa,” “Love Under the Stars,” “Christmas Cookies,” “Over the Moon in Love,” “Christmas at Graceland,” “Wedding at Graceland” and “Sweet Pecan Summer,” based on a story by Brown and for which he served as executive producer.

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