Bentley, Wes 1978–

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Bentley, Wes 1978–


Full name, Wesley Cook Bentley; born September 4, 1978, in Jonesboro, Arkansas; son of David (a United Methodist minister) and Cherie (a United Methodist minister) Bentley; married Jennifer Quanz (an actress), September 25, 2001. Education: Studied for a year at the Juilliard School.

Addresses: AgentWilliam Morris Agency, One William Morris Place, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actor. Worked as a video store clerk and as a waiter.

Awards, Honors: National Board of Review Award, breakthrough male performance, 1999, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, most promising actor, Film Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, MTV Movie Award nomination, breakthrough male performance, Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actor in a drama, Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best sup-porting actor, Screen Actors Guild Award and Online Film Critics Society Award, both with others, both best ensemble performance, and Young Hollywood Award (with Thora Birch), best on-screen chemistry, Movieline, all 2000, all for American Beauty.


Film Appearances:

Julian Fincher, Three below Zero, 1998.

Schoolteacher's nephew, Beloved, Buena Vista, 1998.

Ricky Fitts, American Beauty, DreamWorks, 1999.

Title role, The White River Kid (also known as White River), Warner Bros., 1999.

Donald Dalglish, The Claim (also known as Kingdom Come, Redemption, and Le maitre de Kingdom Come), United Artists, 2000.

Matt, Soul Survivors, Artisan Entertainment/Summit Entertainment, 2001.

Himself, Carving out Our Name, Masselin Entertainment, 2001.

Jack Durrance, The Four Feathers, Miramax/Paramount, 2002.

Walter Bahr, The Game of Their Lives, IFC Films, 2005.

Blackheart, Ghost Rider, Columbia/Dimension Films, 2006.

Some sources cite an appearance as a villain in the film Shadowboxer, 2005.

Film Work:

Producer, Carving out Our Name, Masselin Entertainment, 2001.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, 72nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 2000.

ESPY Awards, ESPN, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (musical), Arkansas production, 1996.

The Artful Dodger, Oliver! (musical), Murray's Dinner Playhouse, Little Rock, AR, 1997.

Appeared as a son in La Cage aux Folles (musical), Weekend Theatre, Little Rock, AR; appeared in other productions in Little Rock, AR; appeared in Henry IV, Part I and The Weavers.



Himself, American Beauty: Look Closer …, Dream-Works Home Entertainment, 2000.



Entertainment Weekly, October 8, 1999, pp. 40-41.

Teen, February, 2001, p. 52.

Time Out New York, September 9, 1999.

Vanity Fair, April, 2000, pp. 30, 32.

Variety, January 3, 2000, p. 53.

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