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Wes Bentley



Wes Bentley was a relative newcomer to film when he starred in Sam Mendes' American Beauty (1999), but his haunting portrayal of the battered, enigmatic Ricky Fitts made him one of the most talked about young actors of the year. Dark, lanky, and possessing a pair of blue eyes of diamond-cutting intensity, Bentley beat out 20 young Hollywood actors for the role (according to Mendes), and his breakthrough performance was soon generating Oscar buzz. The actor originally hailed from Jonesboro, AR, where he was tormented by school bullies for being a "pretty boy," and he came to film via New York's Juilliard School, where he acted in a number of productions. While in New York, Bentley also sought other work, and an open casting call for Rent led to a casting director's request for him to do some reading for a small film. Prior to American Beauty, Bentley's film experience had been limited to roles in independent films such as Three Below Zero and Halfway to Pleasantville, and a small part in Jonathan Demme's Beloved. Following his acclaimed role in American Beauty, Bentley appeared in The White River Kid, in which he played the film's titular murderer.



In the wake of American Beauty, Bentley starred in Michael Winterbottom's The Claim, as well as yet another version of the classic adventure tale The Four Feathers. He was away from screens for three years at that point, but returned in 2005's The Game of Their Lives and continued to work steadily in a variety of projects including Ghost Rider and Jonah Hex. He scored his most high-profile role since American Beauty in 2012 when he played the part of Seneca Crane, the elaborately bearded game-master in The Hunger Games. He played a supporting role in Christopher Nolan's outerspace epic Interstellar in 2014.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Pete's Dragon
  • Jack
2016
46% Knight of Cups
  • Barry
2016
No Score Yet Broken Vows
  • Patrick
2016
40% We Are Your Friends
  • James
2015
27% Final Girl
  • William
2015
21% Amnesiac
  • Man
2015
73% Welcome to Me
  • Gabe
2015
40% 3 Nights In The Desert
  • Travis
2015
No Score Yet Illusions
  • L'homme
2015
36% After The Fall
  • Bill Scanlon
2014
55% Pioneer
  • Mike
2014
71% Interstellar
  • Doyle
2014
45% The Better Angels
  • Mr. Crawford
2014
39% Cesar Chavez
  • Jerry Cohen
2014
53% Lovelace
  • Thomas - Photographer
2013
25% The Time Being
  • Daniel
2013
84% The Hunger Games
  • Seneca Crane
2012
11% Gone
  • Peter Hood
2012
No Score Yet Hidden Moon
  • Victor Brighton
2012
11% There Be Dragons
  • Manolo
2011
No Score Yet Hirokin
  • Hirokin
2011
No Score Yet Rites Of Passage
  • Benny
2011
12% Jonah Hex
  • Adleman Lusk
2010
No Score Yet Dolan's Cadillac
  • Robinson
2009
40% The Last Word
  • Evan
2009
No Score Yet The Tomb
  • Jonathan Merrick
2008
No Score Yet The Perfect Witness
  • Mickey Gravatski
2007
35% P2
  • Thomas
2007
56% Weirdsville
  • Royce
2007
26% Ghost Rider
  • Blackheart
2007
26% Le match de leur vie
  • Walter Bahr
2005
41% The Four Feathers
  • Jack
2002
62% The Claim
  • Dalglish
2000
4% Soul Survivors
  • Matt
2000
No Score Yet The White River Kid
  • White River Kid
1999
88% American Beauty
  • Ricky Fitts
1999
78% Beloved
  • Schoolteacher's Nephew
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
2015
  • John Lowe
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Actor
89% Wallander
2008-2016
  • Actor

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