Chester Charles Bennington (March 20, 1976 – July 20, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was best known as the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. He was also lead vocalist for the bands Dead by Sunrise, Grey Daze, and Stone Temple Pilots. He also appeared in cameo roles in several films, including Crank, Crank: High Voltage and Saw 3D. Bennington is widely regarded as one of the top rock musicians of the 2000s.