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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 20 March 1976Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Birth NameChester Charles Bennington
Nicknames Chaz
The Chemist
Chazy Chaz
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chester was born in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents divorced when he was 11 years old. He has two half sisters and a half brother. He attended Centennial High School at the beginning of his freshman year. Then he went to Greenway High School where he started his first band, Grey Daze. He graduated from Washington High School in 1994.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: LappyLP

Spouse (3)

Talinda Bentley (31 December 2005 - present) (1 child)
Talinda Bennington (31 December 2005 - present) (3 children)
Samantha Bennington (31 October 1996 - 2 May 2005) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (21)

One of the lead singers to the band Linkin Park
First Band: Grey Daze in 1993
Siblings: Two half sisters and one half brother, Brian
(April 19, 2002) His wife, Samantha, gave birth to a boy, Draven Sebastian Bennington.
[May 2003] Chester was admitted to an L.A. hospital after suffering an attack of severe back and abdominal pains.
Recently had the laser eye surgery procedure done (March 2004)
Before Grey Daze, when Chester was 15 he played in a band called "Sean Dowdell and Friends" in which he was the lead singer. Currently the only existing evidence of this band is a 3 song tape that includes the following songs: "Painted Pictures" "Kill The Flies" and "God's Afraid".
Before Linkin Park, when Chester was 16 he played in a band called 'Grey Daze' which recorded two albums, 'No Sun Today' and 'Wake Me' until later breaking-up.
Chester has designed some clothing for a company called Replicant, owned by Korn's Head and Orgy's Ryan Shuck
Chester's siblings are children from one of his step-parent's previous marraige. Chester's biological parents got divorced when he was 11.
His son's name is Draven Sebastian Bennington (born April 19, 2002).
He and his wife, Talinda welcomed their new baby boy, Tyler Lee on 16th March 2006. He weighed nine pounds and three ounces.
Has an older son. He's ten years old, from another lady before his ex-wife Samantha.
Chester was the one who came up with the name Linkin Park for his band (taken from the then-name of a park in Santa Monica, California). It was originally supposed to be spelled "Lincoln" but since the band couldn't afford to buy the domain name lincolnpark.com from its owner, they changed the spelling in order to buy linkinpark.com.
Adopted his oldest son's brother. He now has four sons: Jaime, Draven, Tyler, and Isaiah.
His last regular job was working as a coffee barista in at a small coffee shop in Phoenix Arizona called the Bean Tree.
In the studio recording a solo album. [November 2004]
Philidelphia, Live 8 concert [July 2005]
They are soon to be on their own Meteora World Tour with P.O.D, Hoobastank, and story of the year. It starts in January. [December 2003]
On tour with Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Deaftones and Mudvayne.
Lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots.

Personal Quotes (28)

Chester on high school: "I was a geek who thought I was cool. I didn't hang out with a particular clique, but with different people from different cliques. I was a total nerd, trying to fit in. Luckily, I found music and that was my niche. That sorta took me out of my geekdom. I was never invited to parties as a teenager - I turned up with the popular people. That's where the lyrics to 'Guilty By Association' came from."
The fans are the biggest reason we do what we do.
I always wanted to be a rock star. That was my childhood dream. That's what I told everybody I was going to be when I grew up.
It's not cool to be an alcoholic.
I don't drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don't want to be that person anymore.
I don't like to hold back, because that's how you hurt yourself.
For me, you say the words 'concept record,' and the first thing I think of is theater or the opera or something.
When I'm writing, I'm constantly thinking about myself, because it's the only experience I have to draw on. And I don't see an exact reflection of myself in every face in the audience, but I know that my songs have validity to them, and that's why the fans are there.
We'd like to think that our music will always be bigger than any one of our individual personalities.
This is a business of love and labor.
As an artist, I want a reaction.
It's cool to be a part of recovery. This is just who I am, this is what I write about, what I do, and most of my work has been a reflection of what I've been going through in one way or another.
We're not a political band, we're a socially-minded band.
If fans come up to me, I talk to them.
Asking someone to describe what something sounds like is like telling a blind person to guess what I look like.
You're constantly trying to prove yourself, even after you've made it.
Well, we promised our fans that we'd put out records faster, and that's what we're doing. We figured out a way to condense our cycle, so to speak, by... continuing to write, trying to keep the creative ball rolling as often as possible.
We like playing smaller venues, but we know how many people want to come and see us so we don't ever want to stop anyone who wants to come to a show from coming.
I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain so to speak and kind of being able to vent it through my music.
All of our songs take these really big creative turns and twists throughout the process, so sometimes songs will start out as a melody or some musical chord progressions.
We're shooting for the title of hardest-working band in America.
We don't sit down and go, 'People are uneasy about the economy. Let's write about that.'
Touring for two years is excruciating.
To pigeonhole a genre as being successful or unsuccessful is weird.
There are always going to be encounters that you kind of wish went differently. But the average fan really isn't fanatical.
Once we start hitting lyrical themes that can whack you from all these different perspectives, we know we're onto something special.
My favorite jellybean is the pink one with the flavor inside.
I don't go out and pick fights.

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