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Wes Bentley Biography

Birth Name:
Wesley Cook Bentley
Birth Place:
Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2000BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1999National Board of Review-Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: winner
  • 1999Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Actor: winner


  • Jamey Bentley -- Brother
  • Patrick Bentley -- Brother
  • Philip Bentley -- Brother
  • Brooklyn Bentley -- Daughter
  • David Bentley -- Father
  • Cherie Bentley -- Mother
  • Charles Bentley -- Son
  • Jacqui Swedberg -- Wife