AKA: Jim Benson, Big Jim Bentley, James Bending
Birthdate: May 24, 1960
Birth Place: Fresno, CA
Endowment: 8" cut
Eye Color: Blue
MR: What's your favorite color?
JB: I like electric blue, it's more modern. Beautiful!
MR: What was the most tempting offer you've ever had from a fan?
JB: A really handsome man came up to me a Greg's, said “Are you Jim Bentley? And immediately gave me the biggest lip-lock, and I loved it! He reached out and took what he wanted. He was only in town one night, so he took me back to his hotel. Fortunately, it was the Beverly Wilshire.
MR: Who is your fantasy co-star of the existing porn stars?
MR: Let's say somebody who's already active though.
JB: I'm usually the top, but I'd like to have someone just take my ass down on screen, I'm not sure who.
MR: Do you show your own tapes to your friends?
JB: Yes, I see it first with a friend. I never watch it alone. I have a couple of friends who will tell me the truth.
MR: Do your films turn you on?
JB: It's hard to look at myself on the screen at first. Eventually, it swings around and becomes erotic again.
Big, Bigger, Best
Splash Shots: Memories of Summer
Making It Huge
They Work Hard For Their Money
All The Way
Eagle Pack 1
Giant Splash Shots II: More Memories of Summer
New Zealand Under Covers
Night At Alfies
Switch Hitters 2
Advocate Men Live 4: From San Francisco To Rio
Danny Does 'em All
Haulin' 'n Baulin'
Behind Closed Doors: By Invitation Only
By Day Bi Night
Danny Does Dallas
Health Club Gigolo
Made For You
Bad Boys 17: Trucking
Boys On Call
Dogs in Heat
Bi n Large
Bizarre Gay Sex Scenes
Gay Hung Men
Do Me Dirty
Fire in the Hole
JS Big Time
San Francisco Sex
Switch Hitters 9
Ripe for Harvest
South of Market Leather
Ticket To Ride
Late Nite Porn
New Meat 27
Splash Shots 3: To The Hilt
Guys Of A Certain Age 2
Dads Cruising Grounds
Off-camera, Bentley enjoyed an active, healthy love life. This helps account for the number of years when he remained absent from the screen. Of note: a relationship he had in the 90's with an HIV-negative man who was diagnosed with and eventually died from cancer at the age of 33. Bentley took personal care of him for months, until the man's family shut him out.
As the millennium approached, Bentley's porn career seemed on the wane. He was older now, but his name still held some allure. Based on his past, he could still snag the occasional gig. He would also explore new avenues of revenue in the form of a self-published autobiography, 2005's The Last Time I Drew a Crowd: The Autobiography of Jim Bentley. It told the story of a man who somehow survived the AIDs crisis, coming out the other side still doing what he loved; gay porn. Many of his contemporaries? Not so lucky. Plus, now he had a new love: writing.
By 2006 he was going by the name James Bending. Under that name a warrant for his arrest was issued, hence the mugshots below. I failed to learn the specifics or how it was resolved.
In 2011, Bentley finally retired from the world of gay porn, with hopes that he would get to pursue writing as a full-time career.
Well, there's this little rumor, posted on a message board: "Last I'd heard he was somewhere in Northern California living a somewhat communal Earth Child weave your own sandals life."