Wes Bentley

  • Birth Name: Wesley Cook Bentley
  • Birth Place: Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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  • Both of his parents are United Methodist ministers.
  • Was waiting to audition for the Broadway musical Rent when a casting agent asked him to try out for the 1998 indie Three Below Zero.
  • His breakthrough role in 1999's American Beauty won him widespread acclaim as well as SAG and BAFTA nods, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award and a National Board of Review Award.


  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee


  • Jamey Bentley — Brother
  • Philip Bentley — Brother
  • Charles Bentley — Son
  • Jennifer Quanz — Ex-wife
  • Brooklyn Bentley — Daughter
  • David Bentley — Father
  • Cherie Bentley — Mother
  • Patrick Bentley — Brother
  • Jacqui Swedberg — Wife


  • Attended The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States