April 7, 1941
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Died||November 28, 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jack Westelman (April 7, 1941 – November 28, 2013), known professionally as Danny Wells, was a Canadian movie and television actor and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his occasional role as Charlie the bartender on The Jeffersons as well as other live action roles in Hollywood films such as Magnolia, The Last Kiss and Private Benjamin. He played the video game character Luigi, brother of Nintendo's mascot Mario, in the live-action segments of the short lived series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! which was a show made based upon the classic Nintendo hit Super Mario Bros. games. In addition, he also provided the voice for his character's animated counterpart in the animated segments of the series.
Life and career
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Wells was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His television guest appearances were Hunter, Punky Brewster, Murder, She Wrote, Riptide, Small Wonder, The Fall Guy, The A-Team, Silver Spoons, The Greatest American Hero, Happy Days, Lou Grant, CHiPs, Eight is Enough, Fantasy Island, The Bionic Woman, What's Happening!!, Ellery Queen, 3 episodes of Sanford and Son, The Streets of San Francisco, Kojak, Lotsa Luck, Starsky & Hutch, Harry O and Love, American Style. During the 1960s and 1970s, Wells appeared in ads for Kmart. He also appeared as a bookstore owner in Columbo episode "Forgotten Lady".
He also did voices for television, films and videogames such as Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats, Potatoes and Dragons, Tripping the Rift, Grossology, Hey, Good Lookin', Ruby Gloom, Tupu, Liberty and the Littles, What's with Andy?, Arthur, Batman: The Animated Series, The Super Mario Brothers Super Show, Crashbox, Wizardry 8, Creepschool, Adventures in Odyssey: A Stranger Among Us, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Evolution Worlds, Woofy, The Boy, Heathcliff: The Movie, Dragon Hunters, Descent 3, Mona the Vampire, Kitou, Zoé Kezako, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Pandalian, Fred's Head, Pig City, Caillou, Winx Club, Pet Pals, Ocean Tales, Malo Korrigan, Ratz, Lola and Virginia, Fishtronaut, Busytown Mysteries, Monster Allergy, Lili's Island, Prudence Gumshoe, Monster Buster Club, Snailympics, Cosmic Cowboys, My Goldfish is Evil, The Three Pigs, Walter, Oscar and Spike, Momo, Fred the Caveman, Martin Morning, Flat!, Metajets, Iron Nose, Pirate Family, Spaced Out, Shaolin Kids, 6teen, Wayside, The Kids from Room 402, Mica, Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, Mario Land, X-DuckX, Nunavut, Erky Perky, Magi-Nation, Turbo Dogs, Wombat City, Inuk, The Tofus, Belphegor, Lucky Luke, Dog's World, Yakari, Willa's Wildlife, Grossology, Ella the Elephant and The Bellflower Bunnies among many others.
He died in Toronto on November 28, 2013.
Wells also composed the music for the CBS TV special Never Say Never.