Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Stage 5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links


Early life[edit] Bentley was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and raised in Little Rock,[2][3] the third of four sons of Cherie Baker and David Bentley. His father is a minister, and his mother is a chaplain and ordained elder in the Arkansas Conference, both in the United Methodist denomination.[1][4][5] He is of German, Scottish and English descent.[6] In 1996, he graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood, Arkansas.[7] He attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division as part of its Group 29 (1996–2000)[8] but left the school after one year to pursue his acting career.[9]


Career[edit] Bentley has starred in several films, including the Oscar-winning film American Beauty, The Four Feathers, P2, and Ghost Rider. He starred in the thriller Dolan's Cadillac,[10] based on the short story by Stephen King,[11] and There Be Dragons by director Roland Joffé. Bentley is one of the main subjects in the documentary My Big Break, directed by Tony Zierra, which follows Bentley and three of his former roommates, Chad Lindberg, Brad Rowe and Greg Fawcett, as they pursue their dream to become successful actors in Hollywood. In the 2007 film Ghost Rider, Bentley played Blackheart, a demonic being that was the main antagonist. In 2010, he starred opposite Nina Arianda in the premiere of the David Ives play Venus in Fur at the Classic Stage Company in New York City.[12][13][14][15] In March 2012, Bentley had a supporting role in the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games, playing gamemaker Seneca Crane. In 2012, Bentley also starred with Amber Tamblyn and Vincent Piazza in the indie feature 3 Nights in the Desert, directed by Gabriel Cowan and written by award-winning playwright Adam Chanzit.[16] In June 2013, Bentley was selected to star in Ryan Murphy's HBO production, titled Open, along with Scott Speedman.[17] After guest-starring in American Horror Story: Freak Show in 2014, Bentley was promoted to main cast for the fifth season of American Horror Story, entitled Hotel, starring as Detective John Lowe. In 2016, he played a supporting role in the sixth season, Roanoke.


Personal life[edit] Bentley was married to actress Jennifer Quanz from 2001 to 2009. They separated in 2009 due to his substance abuse. He married producer Jacqui Swedberg in 2010. They have a son, Charles, born in late 2010[18] and a daughter, Brooklyn, born in 2014. In a New York Times article on February 8, 2010, he described his descent into drug addiction that began almost immediately after his success in American Beauty. He said he hid his addiction from his wife; they separated in 2006, and he moved to an apartment where he began doing drugs full-time. During this time he worked sporadically, just enough to pay bills and buy drugs. His addiction started to cause problems on the sets of the films P2 and Weirdsville and in 2008 he was arrested and ordered into counseling and 12-step programs. He relapsed, however, and "continued using heroin until he was broke".[12] In July 2009, he said, he confessed to a friend, "I’m a drug addict, and an alcoholic, and I need help. I need help or I’m going to die".[19] He again entered a 12-step program and, while clean since then, considers himself on the path to recovery. The documentary My Big Break (2009) captures Bentley's early life as an unknown actor, his explosive career launch after American Beauty, his subsequent emotional struggle with fame, and his admission years later that he was recovering from an addiction to drugs and alcohol.[12] He began to rebuild his career by starring in the Off-Broadway premiere of the play Venus in Fur by David Ives.


Filmography[edit] Film[edit] Year Title Role Notes 1995 Serendipity Lane Lonnie Short film 1998 Three Below Zero Julian Flincher 1998 Beloved Schoolteacher's Nephew 1999 American Beauty Ricky Fitts 1999 White River Kid, TheThe White River Kid White River Kid 2000 Claim, TheThe Claim Donald Daglish 2001 Carving Out Our Name Himself 2001 Soul Survivors Matt 2002 Four Feathers, TheThe Four Feathers Jack Durrance 2005 Game of Their Lives, TheThe Game of Their Lives Walter Bahr 2007 Weirdsville Royce 2007 Ghost Rider Blackheart / Legion 2007 Ungodly, TheThe Ungodly Mickey Gravatski 2007 P2 Thomas 2008 Last Word, TheThe Last Word Evan 2008 Tomb, TheThe Tomb Johnathan 2009 Dolan's Cadillac Robinson 2009 Greims, TheThe Greims Donnie Greims Short film 2010 Jonah Hex Adleman Lusk 2011 Rites of Passage Benny 2011 Hirokin Hirokin 2011 There Be Dragons Manolo Torres 2011 After-School Special Man Short film 2012 Underworld: Awakening Dr. Edward Vronski Uncredited 2012 Gone Peter Hood 2012 Hunger Games, TheThe Hunger Games Seneca Crane 2012 Stars in Shorts Man 2012 The Time Being Daniel 2012 Hidden Moon Victor Brighton 2013 Lovelace Thomas 2013 Pioneer Mike 2013 Cesar Chavez Jerry Cohen 2014 After the Fall Bill Scanlon 2014 The Better Angels Mr. Crawford 2014 Things People Do Bill Scanlon 2014 Interstellar Doyle 2014 Welcome to Me Gabe 2014 Final Girl William 2015 Knight of Cups Barry 2015 We Are Your Friends James 2015 Amnesiac Man 2016 Pete's Dragon Jack 2016 Broken Vows Patrick 2018 Mission: Impossible – Fallout Post-production Television[edit] Year Title Role Notes 2011 Tilda N/A Television film 2014 Open Evan Foster Unsold television pilot 2014–2015 American Horror Story: Freak Show Edward Mordrake 3 episodes 2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Det. John Lowe 11 episodes 2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Ambrose White 5 episodes Dylan 3 episodes 2018 Yellowstone Jamie Dutton Upcoming Series Stage[edit] Year Title Role Notes 2010 Venus in Fur Thomas East 13th Street/CSC Theatre


Awards and nominations[edit] Year Association Category Nominated work Result 1999 National Board of Review Best Male Breakthrough Performance American Beauty Won 2000 BAFTA Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama Nominated Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actor Won MTV Movie Awards Breakthrough Male Performance Nominated Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Performance Nominated 2007 Fright Meter Awards Best Actor P2 Nominated 2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series American Horror Story: Hotel Nominated 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Villain American Horror Story: Roanoke Nominated


References[edit] ^ a b "Wes Bentley Biography (1978–)". FilmReference.com.  ^ "Wes Bentley Talks Past Drug Use, Loss Of "Brother" Heath Ledger - Larry King Show".  ^ "American Beauty's Wes Bentley".  ^ "Wes Bentley star bio". Tribute.ca.  ^ http://www.arumc.org/n_arkansas-born_actor_reconnects_with_god_on_film_se.php ^ https://www.entertainmentwise.com/bio/wes-bentley/ ^ Bennett, Tara (March 21, 2012). "The 'Hunger Games' Cast Before They Were Famous: Wes Bentley, Senior Year at Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood, Arkansas (1996)". Snakkle.com. Pontiac Digital Media.  ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on November 11, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2012.  ^ Daly, Steve (October 8, 1999). "Wes Bentley of 'American Beauty'". People.  ^ Christian Slater and Wes Bentley Join 'Dolan's Cadillac', Cinematical, April 25, 2008 ^ Stephen King's DOLAN'S CADILLAC Filming in Canada!, May 29, 2008 ^ a b c Healy, Patrick (February 8, 2010). "Back From the Depths, Rebuilding a Career". The New York Times. p. 1.  ^ Run Extended for ‘Venus in Fur’, Patrick Healey, February 3, 2010, NY Times ^ Charles Isherwood, "One Object of Desire, Delivered", New York Times, January 28, 2010 ^ "Nina Arianda: A Star Is Born", Playbill ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Indie Feature '3 Nights In The Desert' Gets Underway". Deadline.com.  ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 13, 2013). "Wes Bentley to Star in Ryan Murphy's HBO Sexuality Drama 'Open'". The Hollywood Reporter.  ^ Oliver Jones (June 13, 2011). "Wes Bentley: 'I Felt Myself Dying'". People magazine. Retrieved January 13, 2012.  ^ "The Hunger Games Star Wes Bentley Fights Back From Homelessness, Bankruptcy". Radar Online. March 29, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 


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