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Wes Bentley's Personal Life with Wife and Children, Also His Past Struggles

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Wes Bentley's Personal Life with Wife and Children, Also His Past Struggles

American actor Wes Bentley's role in the classic movie American Beauty (1999) is notable among cinephiles and viewers alike.

Apart from the star's professional career, Wes was also surrounded by media coverage around his personal life with his wife, children, and addiction journey.

Let's get into it.

Who Is Wes Bentley's Wife?

Wes Bentley is in a committed married relationship with his wife Jacqui Swedberg, a producer and assistant director.

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Since meeting in 2008, the husband and wife started dating and eventually married after two years of courtship. Together, they share two beautiful children, son Charles Bentley and daughter Brooklyn Bentley. 

Wes Bentley and wife Jacqui Swedberg attend the Los Angeles premiere of Interstellar

Wes Bentley and wife Jacqui Swedberg Attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Interstellar (source: googleimages)

The actor's oldest child was born in the year of their marriage, whereas their daughter made her presence into the world in 2014.

Having a very loving family can sure get you through hard times.

Struggle with Addiction

Interestingly, the American Horror Story star credits the birth of his children as having a major transformation in his life against fighting his drug addiction. Talking to People magazine in 2015, he even shared,

“I didn’t know I was going to love being a dad so much. Now it’s the only thing I want to be. I just want to be a great dad. Everything I’m doing, I’m trying to incorporate being a good dad.”

The movie star had struggled with substance abuse for almost a decade since 1998, which had cost him his first marriage. He was previously married to actress Jeniffer Quanz, and the wedding was held on 25 September 2001.

Wes struggled with addiction throughout his first marriage and even landed movie roles.

As a result, his addiction hampered his relationship with his former wife, Jennifer. On top of that, the former husband and wife filed for divorce in 2009 and officially divorced a year later.

More on Wes Bentley

As per official records, Bentley's real name is Wesley Cook Bentley, and his birthday is on 4th September 1978. If we talk about his parents, both of them, David Bentley and Cherie Baker, are Methodist ministers.

Talking about the star's professional life, he has worked alongside A-lister directors, including Christopher Nolan, Terrence Malick, and Sam Mendes.

Standing tall at a height of 5 feet & 11 inches (1.8 meters), Wes has done considerably well financially with his acting career, evident through his net worth, which stands at $3 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.

He made his acting debut onscreen in 1995 with the short movie Serendipity Lane. 

Further, his role as Ricky Fitts in the Academy Award-winning movie American Beauty (1999) helped him garner well-deserved fame.

Then, he appeared in several movie projects, such as Ghost Rider (2007), Interstellar (2014), and The Hunger Games (2012).

Adding to his journey, the 2009 documentary My Big Break is based on the actor's struggle with drug addiction and his recovery.

For the role, he was nominated in the British Academy of Film and Television Art's Best-Supporting Actor category.

Interestingly, his roots lay in theatre acting as he started his acting journey with theater productions such as La Cage aux Folles and Henry IV. 

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However, with the advent of 2014, he became primarily involved in FX's show American Horror Story for three years.

Currently, he portrays the recurring character Jamie Dutton in the hit TV show Yellowstone (2018).

Interestingly, audiences will see him reprising the role again in 2020 as the show has been renewed for the third season.

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