Bentley was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the son of Cherie and David Bentley, who are United Methodist ministers.He has three brothers, Philip and Jamey, who are older, and Patrick, who is younger. Bentley grew up in Mountain Home and later in Sherwood. He attended Sylvan Hills High School, Sherwood, Arkansas, and the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, New York City.
Bentley has starred in several films, including the Oscar-winning film American Beauty,The Four Feathers, P2, and Ghost Rider. He took part in Tony Zierra’s 2008 documentary My Big Break, which follows the early careers of Bentley, Chad Lindberg, Brad Rowe and Greg Fawcett. He is slated to star in the upcoming thriller Dolan’s Cadillac, based on the short story by Stephen King. In 2001, he married actress Jennifer Quanz. In 2009, he filed for divorce.
According to documents filed by American Express, Bentley is being sued by AmEx for over $90,000 for an unpaid bill. They are also suing for penalties, interest and legal fees.