"Boston Legal" Actor Dies in Wisconsin Crash

Justin Mentell was a 2001 graduate of Waukegan High School

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 1:51 AM CDT
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A 2001 Waukegan High School graduate who appeared in 16 episodes of the ABC television series "Boston Legal" was killed Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident southwest of Madison, Wisc.

Justin Mentell was pronounced dead at the scene around 9 a.m. after his 2005 Jeep left the roadway on Route 39 near Mineral Point, went down an embankment and struck two trees, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

A native of Texas, Mentell was a promising speed skater in Waukegan, competing on the Junior National Speed Skating long track team. He was a 2005 graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, where he was recently honored as a distinguished graduate of the fine arts program.

According to the university’s biography of Mentell, he started acting as a child in the Northbrook Children’s Theater. As an adult he also appeared in several independent films and the 2009 Disney film "G-Force."

He portrayed attorney Garrett Wells on "Boston Legal" from 2005-2006.

The Gorgen Funeral Home in Mineral Point was handling local arrangements, but the funeral will likely by in Texas, funeral home officials said.
 

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