Justin Mentell, who played Garrett Wells on Boston Legal, was found dead Monday morning near his wrecked Jeep in rural Iowa County, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.
According to Iowa Chief Deputy Jon Pepper, someone saw Mentell’s car while driving along Moscow Road, the only spot from which the wrecked car was visible. The vehicle went off the road and struck two trees while the Boston Legal actor, who was reportedly driving alone without a seat belt, was thrown from the Jeep. The accident was believed to have occurred after 3am and Justin Mentell was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Mentell joined Boston Legal in the first season as a young attorney who was recruited to join Crane, Poole & Schmidt after law school. His character initially had a crush on the older Denise Bauer and was often seen as a pal of fellow attorney Sara Holt. Sara and Garrett would often serve as Denise’s personal flunkies in matters such as her divorce, though by season 2, both Garrett and Sara disappeared within the show without explanation.
After being a part of Boston Legal from 2004 to 2006, Justin Mentell appeared in the movie Palo Alto, CA as the character Ryan. He was also in the 2007 comedy drama ’77, and the animated feature G-Force as Terrell, which was his latest project.
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