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Overview (5)

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Died in Palos Verdes Estates, California, USA  (suicide by hanging)
Birth NameChester Charles Bennington
Nicknames Chaz
The Chemist
Chazy Chaz
ches
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Chester Charles Bennington was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Susan Elaine (Johnson), a nurse, and Lee Russell Bennington, a police detective. 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 (2)

Talinda Ann Bentley (31 December 2005 - 20 July 2017) ( his death) ( 3 children)
Samantha Bennington (31 October 1996 - 2 May 2005) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Passionate and wide ranged vocals (high ranged screeching to mellow performances).

Trivia (15)

One of the lead singers in Linkin Park.
Has two half sisters and one half brother, Brian.
In March 2004 had lasik eye surgery procedure done.
At 15 years old he played in a band called "Sean Dowdell and Friends" in which he was the lead singer. The only existing evidence of this band is a three-song tape that includes "Painted Pictures", "Kill The Flies" and "God's Afraid".
At 16 he played in a band called Grey Daze which recorded two albums, "No Sun Today" and "Wake Me", before breaking up.
Has designed some clothing for a company called Replicant, owned by Korn's Head and Orgy's Ryan Shuck.
Siblings are children from one of his step-parent's previous marriage. His biological parents got divorced when he was 11.
He and wife Talinda welcomed their new baby boy, Tyler Lee, on 16th March 2006. He weighed 9 lb. 3 oz.
Was the one who came up with the name Linkin Park for his band (taken from the name of a park in Santa Monica, CA). 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.
In January 2004 went on their own Meteora World Tour with P.O.D., Hoobastank and Story of the Year.
In 2003 toured with Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Deftones and Mudvayne.
Was a Lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots between 2013 and 2015.
Died in the same manner and on the birthday of his friend Chris Cornell.
Married Talinda Bentley on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2005, at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. The custom designed ceremony was conducted by Mary Jean Valente of A Ceremony of the Heart.

Personal Quotes (28)

[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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