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Also Known As: Wesley Cook Bentley Died:
Born: September 4, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA Profession: Cast ... actor waiter
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Rising out of relative obscurity in the late 1990s to capture audiences' attention with his riveting portrayal of an alienated youth in "American Beauty" (1999), actor Wes Bentley quickly plunged from star of the moment to cautionary tale as his career and life unraveled due to drug addiction. An intense performer with an almost supernatural stillness to his screen persona, Bentley was the subject of considerable media coverage after "Beauty" scored multiple Oscar wins, but he found himself unable to cope with the intense scrutiny. Alcohol use blossomed into cocaine and heroin addiction, and Bentley fed his disease through appearances in dreadful pictures like "Ghost Rider" (2007). In 2009, he reclaimed his sobriety and began to slowly rebuild his career through carefully chosen projects like the New York stage play "Venus in Fur" (2010), followed by a prominent role in the highly-anticipated blockbuster "The Hunger Games" (2012). Bentley's tragic story had a hopeful ending, which in turn gave the once wayward actor that rarest of commodities in Hollywood - a second chance.

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