Lamont Bentley

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Artimus Lamont Bentley
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Born Artimus Lamont Bentley
(1973-10-25)October 25, 1973
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died January 19, 2005(2005-01-19) (aged 31)
Ventura County, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Road accident
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, rapper
Years active 1989–2005
Children 2

Artimus Lamont Bentley (October 25, 1973 – January 19, 2005), best known as Lamont Bentley, was an American actor and rapper. He was known for his role as Hakeem Campbell on Moesha and the series' spin-off The Parkers.

Career[edit]

Bentley was born Artimus Lamont Bentley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles with his mother, Loyce, who wished to pursue a career as a professional singer.[1] He began his career as a child actor appearing in television commercials and guest spots on various television series before landing a role on the short-lived but critically acclaimed television series South Central in 1994. In 1995, South Central creator Ralph Farquhar cast Bentley in the series Moesha, which ran for six seasons on UPN.[2]

After Moesha ended, Bentley continued acting while pursuing a career as a rapper.[3] In 2001, he appeared as C-Money in The Wash opposite Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. That same year, he portrayed Tupac Shakur in the television biopic Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story. Bentley made one of his last onscreen appearances in Spike Lee's crime drama Sucker Free City.

Death[edit]

Shortly after midnight on January 19, 2005, Bentley was driving alone when he was killed in a single-car accident in southern California's Ventura County. He was driving on Highway 118 near Simi Valley (30 miles northwest of Los Angeles). Witnesses to the accident stated that Bentley's vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed towards the Rocky Peak Fire Road off ramp. After running through a stop sign, the vehicle went through a chain-link fence situated across the street and rolled down an embankment. Bentley was ejected from the vehicle into traffic where five cars struck him before help could arrive.[4]

He sustained multiple blunt force injuries and was pronounced dead at 12:23 a.m. Bentley is survived by two daughters and his mother with whom he lived in Granada Hills, Los Angeles.[4]

A memorial service for Bentley was held at the Serenity Funeral Home in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 24, 2005.[5] He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Duet Snake Episode: "Brother from Another Zip Code"
1990 Gabriel's Fire Teen Episode: "Windows"
1991 Equal Justice Childs Episode: "Courting Disaster"
1994 South Central Rashad 5 episodes
1995 Family Matters Andre Episode: "An Unlikely Match"
1995 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dom Episode: "What About Your Friends"
1995 Tales from the Hood Crazy K
1995 The Parent 'Hood Damon Episode: "Robert in the 'Hood"
1995 Courthouse Raymond Episode: "One Flew Over the Courthouse"
1996 The Client K-Boy-Kool Episode: "Motherless Child"
1996–2001 Moesha Hakeem Campbell 127 episodes
1997 A Day in the Life of Mia
1997 The Sentinel Marcus Watson Episode: "Pennies from Heaven"
1997 Buffalo Soldiers Corporal Sea Television movie
1998 NYPD Blue Arnell Episode: "Honeymoon at Viagra Falls"
1999 The Breaks Darryl
1999 Clueless Hakeem Episode: "Prom Misses, Prom Misses"
1999–2002 The Parkers Hakeem Campbell 3 episodes
2000 Soul Food Pruitt Episode: "Bad Luck"
2001 Gabriela Nick
2001 The Wash C-Money
2001 Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story Tupac Shakur Television movie
2002 The Proud Family Gary (Voice) Episode: "Hip-Hop Helicopter"
2004 Shards Thomas
2004 Sucker Free City Ahmir Television movie
2005 The Tenants Male Partygoer
2005 "Wifey" Movie
2007 A Day in the Life L Mob Released posthumously

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actor Lamont Bentley killed in car crash". USATODAY.com. 2005-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  2. ^ Weintraub, Joanne (1997-08-17). "Sitcom star dreams big". jsonline.com. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  3. ^ "Lamont Bentley". variety.com. 2005-01-20. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ a b Strickland, Daryl (2005-01-21). "Actor Lamont Bentley, Known for Sitcom Role, Dies in Freeway Crash". latimes.com. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Garza, Jesse (2005-01-24). "Talents of Milwaukee native remembered". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 3B. 

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