Wes Bentley
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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  September 04, 1978

Wes Bentley is an actor best known for his roles as Ricky Fitts in “American Beauty,” which earned him a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Supporting Actor, Seneca Crane in “The Hunger Games,” Doyle in “Interstellar,” Erik in “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” and Jamie Dutton in “Yellowstone.” He’s one of four subjects in the documentary “My Big Break,” which covered his fame after “American Beauty” and his subsequent struggles with substance abuse. Rebuilding his career, he starred in the premiere of “Venus Fur” by David Ives in the off-Broadway production. Other film roles include “Ghost Rider,” “Pete’s Dragon,” and “Four Feathers.”

Bentley started appearing in the FX anthology series “American Horror Story” in 2014, playing Edward Mordrake in “Freak Show.” In 2015, he starred as Detective John Lowe in “Hotel,” for which he received a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination. The following year, he played Dylan in the series’ sixth cycle, subtitled “Roanoke.” In 2018, he started starring in “Yellowstone.” Bentley was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and raised in Little Rock, the third of four sons of Cheri and David Bentley. In 1996, he graduated from Sylvan Hill High School in Sherwood, Arkansas and attended the Julliard School’s Drama Division as part of its Group 29 but left the school after one year to pursue his acting career.

He’s starred in several movies, including the Oscar-winning “American Beauty,” “The Four Feathers,” “P2,” and “Ghost Rider.” He starred in the thriller “Dolan’s Cadillac,” based on the short story by Stephen King and “There Be Dragons” by director Roland Joffe. He’s one of the main subjects in the documentary “My Big Break,” directed by Tony Zierra, which follows Bentley and three of his former roommates as they pursue their dream to become successful actors in Hollywood. In “Ghost Rider,” Bentley plays Blackheart, a demonic being that serves as the main antagonist. In 2010, he starred opposite Nina Arianda in “Venus in Fur” off-Broadway in New York City. The production later moved to Broadway, with Hugh Dancy in the role debuted by Bentley. In March 2012, he had a supporting role in “The Hunger Games,” playing game maker Seneca Crane and in 2012, he starred in “3 Nights in the Desert,” directed by Gabriel Cowan.

What religion is Wes Bentley?

Bentley identifies as a Christian. His father is a minister, and his mother is a chaplain and ordained elder in the Arkansas Conference, both of which are in the United Methodist denomination. His grandfather was also an evangelical minister. While describing his childhood, Bentley said, “Yes, both my parents were preachers (Methodist), including my brother. I think when you are raised in a church and literally raised in a church building, you are surrounded by spirituality and also religion, leaving a kid with a lot of challenges and questions.”

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