Chester Charles Bennington (born March 20, 1976) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as the co-lyricist and one of the two lead vocalists of the rock band Linkin Park. Bennington became known as a vocalist with Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, which was a massive commercial success. The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, making it the best-selling debut album of the decade, as well as one of the few albums to ever hit that many sales. Linkin Park's following studio albums, Meteora, Minutes To Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and Living Things, released in 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2012 respectively, continued the band's success. Bennington formed his own band, Dead by Sunrise as a side-project in 2005. The band's debut album, Out of Ashes was released on October 13, 2009. Bennington took interest in music at a young age, citing Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots as early inspirations.
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