Six on History is a war drama based off of the real events of the Navy SEALs elite SEAL Team Six. The team was originally developed in the early 1980s and works as a counter-terrorism unit.
To give you a better idea of the types of top-secret missions they are sent on by the president himself, SEAL Team Six was behind the execution of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011. The History Channel is hoping to have a hit on their hands following the success of their first scripted series Vikings and reviews and ratings from the first episode show good signs of it being just that.
In Six, after team leader Richard Taggart (Walton Goggins) is booted from the team for controversial decisions during missions, he is captured by Boko Haram in Nigeria and held hostage with the terrorists unaware he is a Navy SEAL. When his former teammates are made aware of his capture, they make it their mission to rescue him. Six really enforces the fact that your brothers and sisters in uniform are family and no man is ever left behind. So are the SEAL Team Six members and who plays them on TV?
- Character in Six: Richard "Rip" Taggart
- Age: 45
- What You Know Him From: Justified, The Shield, Sons Of Anarchy
Goggins was 19 years old when he moved to Los Angeles to be an actor. His breakout role came from starring as a detective in FX's The Shield for seven seasons. However, it was his role as Boyd Crowder in FX's Justified that earned him an Emmy nomination for Outsanding Supporting Actor in a Drama. Goggins was cast in Six after Joe Manganiello (True Blood) dropped out of the role, presumably due to being cast as Deathstroke in Ben Affleck's Batman film.
In Six, Goggins is "Rip" Taggart, whose years as an elite Navy SEAL begin to take a toll on him, resulting in him leaving Team Six. When he is captured by terrorists Taggart's only hope is his previous SEAL Team Six to bring him home. Of working on Six, Goggins told Collider:
"It was a lot to be incarcerated for 14 hours a day, with your arms bound and your feet bound. I’m sure someone will do a YouTube of how many times Rip Taggart was hit. It was tough, mentally."
- Character in Six: Joe "Bear" Graves
- Age: 35
- What You Know Him From: Revenge, The Whispers, Shameless
Barry Sloane is an English actor born in Liverpool, England. He reached critical success on ABC's thriller Revenge as a guest star, but was soon promoted to series regular as Aiden Mathews, the love interest from lead character Emily's past. After Revenge ended, Sloane was announced as a lead on ABC"s sci-fi drama The Whispers which aired for one season.
Sloane plays the co-leader of Seal Team Six with a questionable temper. As Joe Graves, he is fiercely loyal to his SEAL brothers, primarily Taggart, for which he leads the charge to rescue. On his intense training for the show, Sloane told the NY Post:
"[The instructors] came in the room, dragged us downstairs in the middle of the night and sprayed freezing cold water in our faces and started asking questions, interrogation-like. I had a moment where I literally was like ‘F–k this.’ I had a breaking point.”
- Character in Six: Armin "Fishbait" Khan
- Age: 35
- What You Know Him From: Homeland, The Originals, Chicago Med
Moore is an Afghani-American actor born in Northern California but graduated from high school in Omaha, NE with the goal of playing football for the Nebraska Huskers before injury thrust him into acting. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career with his first major guest star role being on Disney's That's So Raven. Moore has studied martial arts since he was a child and speaks Spanish and Arabic conversationally. Moore's wife, Britt Logan, is also in the industry working as a screenwriter in Los Angeles.
Moore's character Armin is the sniper on the team and is used as a translator for his fluency in Middle-Eastern languages. He is a Muslim-American dedicated to protecting his country and the opportunity it has given his family, including his two sister who he is very close with. His character is the first Muslim-American Navy SEAL on TV, giving him an important role to play in times like these.
- Character in Six: Alex Caulder
- Age: 32
- What You Know Him From: Blood Ties, Being Human, Arrow
Schmid is a Canadian actor born in Ontario. As a young actor he played Raven Simone's love interest in Disney's The Cheetah Girls. As an adult actor he is well known for his roles in Lifetime's Blood Ties as a vampire, and from Syfy's Being Human. He also had a few guest starring roles on CW shows like Arrow and Smallville.
In Six, Schmid's Character Alex is disconnected from his emotions and believes it makes him a stronger SEAL. He is estranged from his teenage daughter but soon returns to his life forcing him realize there are more than his brothers in uniform that are counting on him.
Juan Pablo Raba
- Character in Six: Ricky "Buddha" Ortiz
- Age: 40
- What You Know Him From: Narcos, Agents of SHIELD
Pablo Raba is a Colombian film, TV, and telenovela actor born in Bogota, Columbia who received widespread attention for his role in Netflix's 2015 drama Narcos. He also worked as a model before moving to New York to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Pablo also starred as an Inhuman in Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD.
Raba's character Ricky is a family man raised by immigrants from Mexico. His nickname "Buddha" comes from him being the peacemaker of SEAL Team Six. Ricky struggles with his allegiance to both his family and his brothers in uniform as both his family and his team tug at his loyalty.
- Character in Six: Robert Chase
- Age: 31
- What You Know Him From: Chicago Fire, Cougar Town, The Purge
Hodge is an American actor born in North Carolina but raised in New York where he began to dabble in acting. His brother, Aldis Hodge, is also an actor. Edwin starred in all three Purge films as "Stranger."
Hodge's character Robert Chase in the newbie to Team Six. He struggles to gain his footing as part of the team with Caulder and Graves giving him no grace. He also is at odds with his father over his being a Navy SEAL. His father was a huge activist during the civil rights movement and "sees his son’s choice to join the SEALs as a betrayal of everything he’s fought for."
- Character in Six: Beauregard "Buck" Buckley
- Age: 36
- Where You Know Him From: NCIS: New Orleans, The Great Debaters
Boaz is an actor and producer from Dallas, TX.
His character Buckley in Six is a heavy weapons specialist also from Texas. He is estranged from Vietnam War veteran father, but inherited his father's love of country which brought him to the SEALS. His wife Tammi is important to him and sometimes is the source of Buck losing his temper.
Six airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on The History Channel.