Tuesday, August 7, 2012
RIP Did you know ...... Gone Too Soon!
Bentley died on a Tuesday night (January 18 2005) when his vehicle plunged off the San Diego Freeway, manager Susan Ferris said. He was the only person in the vehicle ejecting him from the vehicle.
Born “Artimus Lamont Bentley” in Milwaukee on October 25, 1973, his mother, Loyce, moved the family to Los Angeles, in the hopes that she could ignite her own career as a singer. But Lamont’s antics at his mother’s auditions caused everyone to laugh, and someone suggested he get in front of the camera, as a child comic. He was cast in a Starbucks TV spot, among others, and his job as a child actor was launched. Later on, he would portray juveniles on TV, even though he was over 18 and “playing down.” Most notably, his performance as a teenaged father (in a public-service announcement) who opts to babysit his infant son instead of playing in a high school football game, was lauded by his peers.
Bentley, 31, played Hakeem Campbell, the longtime friend of pop singer Brandy's character, Moesha Mitchell, in the UPN sitcom "Moesha."
Bentley had appeared in a number of films, including "The Wash" and "Tales From the Hood." He also played Tupac Shakur in the TV movie, "Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story," and had appeared in guest roles on "The Parkers," "NYPD Blue" and "Clueless."
Bentley is the father of two daughters Brazil and Artesia.
"2005 was a big year for him," Ferris said. "We were very excited because he was coming into his own. It's like a candle being snuffed right out."
This is my ongoing tribute to stars who passed away with little to no fan-fare. Follow my tributes every Tuesday. Thank you Lamont for your contribution to the world and for enriching our lives, may you RIP