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Eiji Wentz (ウエンツ瑛士, Wentsu Eiji, born October 8, 1985) is a singer, entertainer, and actor from Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan. He is well-known as a member of the singer-songwriter duo WaT, and belongs to the production company "Burning Productions."

Eiji Wentz was the youngest and the second son born to a German-American father and a Japanese mother. Due to the family's American background, his father and his brother are fluent in English; however, he is monolingual, only fluent in Japanese, and rightfully considers himself Japanese. Because both of his parents worked to support the family, Eiji lived with his grandmother as a child. As a teenager, he graduated from Nihon University Sakuragaoka High School.

He became involved in the entertainment industry at a very young age. Wentz initially started as a model at age 4, and made his acting debut as the role of Chip in the Four Seasons Musical Troupe Production of Beauty and the Beast. He became famous as a child actor as a regular on the NHK television show Tensai Terebi-kun (天才テレビくん, Tensai Terebi-kun?) where he played bass guitar and piano at age 10. During live performances, he played the acoustic bass as well as the keyboard. He started learning the guitar from age 17.

After departing from Tensai Terebi-kun, Wentz was scouted by Johnny's Entertainment but he rejected the company's offer, because he "doesn't like dancing" and "likes comedy." He later entered Burning Productions after the recommendation of Hiromi Gō.

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