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Wes Bentley is an actor most well known for his incredibly moving performance as the young, bold entrepreneur in "American Beauty," Ricky Fitts. Other movie credits include "White River Kid," "Soul Survivors" and "Kingdom Come."

His full name is Wesley Cook Bentley and he was born on Sept. 4, 1978 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. His parents are David and Cherie Bentley, and both are Methodist peachers. He also has three brothers, and Wes currently lives in L.A. with three roommates.

He follows Taoism, loves poetry and he played soccer and the trombone in high school. He went to Julliard in New York, and has appeared in stage performances of "Henry IV," and "The Weavers." He has been a waiter at a TGI Fridays and worked at a Blockbuster before his film career took off. In junior high he wanted to be a hip-hop artist.

His performance in "American Beauty" could certainly garner Wes numerous roles in the future- but "Soul Survivors" proves hardly a decent follow up.

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