From a young boy performing sketches to star of one of the most popular shows on television, Wes Bentley has come a long way. But he couldn’t have done it alone. This blog post is a tribute to the teacher who helped him get there, and the story of how one woman’s guidance and support made all the difference.
Growing up in Arkansas, Wes Bentley was just a boy with a passion for performing. He and his brothers would put on skits and try to make each other laugh. Little did he know, his passion for performing would one day lead him to share the screen with Oscar winner Kevin Costner.
But before he could reach this level of stardom, Wes had to find his footing and hone his craft. That’s where his drama teacher, Jeannie Gray, came in. She was the one who saw his potential and helped him to focus on becoming a better actor. She would take him to speech and voice competitions and even created a Drama 3 class for him in his senior year.
Thanks to her guidance, Wes was able to land roles in Oscar winning films such as American Beauty, co-starring with icons such as Heath Ledger, and block buster films like the Hunger Games. He even went on to star in the hit show Yellowstone.
To this day, Wes still checks in with Ms. Gray about his performances. He credits her with nurturing him and helping him find himself as an actor. So when we surprised Wes with a special appearance from Ms. Gray in the THV11 studio, it was a moment of full circle for him.
This blog post is a tribute to the teachers who make all the difference in the lives of their students. It’s a reminder of how the guidance and support of one person can make all the difference in the world. So take a moment to thank your teachers, past and present, for all they’ve done for you.