Claudia Wells

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Claudia Wells
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Wells in 2015
Claudia Grace Wells

(1966-07-05) July 5, 1966 (age 53)
Years active1979–1987; 1996–present

Claudia Grace Wells (born July 5, 1966) is an American actress and businesswoman, best known for her role as Jennifer Parker in the film Back to the Future (1985).

Life and career[edit]

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wells grew up in San Francisco, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14. She later graduated from Beverly Hills High School.

She started acting with appearances in TV shows.

Wells played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly's girlfriend, in the 1985 film Back to the Future. She almost did not end up in the first film of the successful franchise. According to Wells, she had been cast, but a pilot she had done for ABC had been picked up, and she was contractually forced to drop out of Back to the Future. During that time, Eric Stoltz had been shooting for five weeks in the role of Marty McFly. Melora Hardin was slated for the role of Jennifer, though she never actually filmed any scenes. The producers halted filming and replaced Stoltz with Michael J. Fox. By then, Wells's pilot had been finished and she was recast as Jennifer, now shooting alongside Fox, never having filmed a frame with Stoltz.[1]

That same year (1985), Wells co-starred in Stop the Madness, an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians, actors and athletes. The following year, she appeared in the TV movie Babies Having Babies, and the short-lived series Fast Times, a TV adaptation of the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Wells played Linda Barrett, portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film). Following Fast Times, she did not again appear on-screen until the 1996 independent film Still Waters Burn (released on DVD February 12, 2008).

Leaving acting[edit]

After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Wells put her career on hold for family reasons, and told the studio she would be unavailable to reprise her Back to the Future role for the two sequels;[2] actress Elisabeth Shue replaced her.

In the early 1990s, Wells started a clothing store, Armani Wells, which (as of 2018) she still manages.[2]

Return to acting[edit]

After a lengthy absence, Wells returned to acting in 2011 with a small role in the independent science-fiction film Alien Armageddon.[3]

The same year Wells had the opportunity to reprise her role from Back to the Future, 26 years after her last appearance in the series. She provided the voice of Jennifer Parker for Back to the Future: The Game.[4] Wells announced that her next project would be a horror film titled Room & Board.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Back to the Future Jennifer Parker
2008 Still Waters Burn Laura Harper
2011 Alien Armageddon Eileen Daly
2013 You Are Not Alone Cristina's Mom Short film
2013 Max Mom Short film
2014 Starship: Rising Captain Savage
2015 EP/Executive Protection Pam Travis
2015 Back in Time Herself Back to the Future documentary[6]
2015 Back to the 2015 Future Jennifer Parker Short film
2017 Vitals Margaret Parks
2018 Groove Street Julie


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Family Denise / Barbara Collins 2 episodes
1981 Rise and Shine Patsy D'Allisandro
1981 Strike Force Patty Episode: "Magic Man"
1982 Herbie, the Love Bug Julie MacLane 5 episodes
1982 Lovers and Other Strangers Mary Claire Delvecchio
1984 Fame Marya Episode: "Appearances"
1984 Anatomy of an Illness Sarakit Television film
1984–1985 Off the Rack Shannon Halloran 7 episodes
1984–1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Lisa / Wendy 2 episodes
1985 Trapper John, M.D. Candy Episode: "Long Ago and Far Away"
1985 Simon & Simon Phoebe Glass Episode: "Slither"
1985 Able to Do
1986 Fast Times Linda Barrett 7 episodes
1986 Brothers Sarah Episode: "Joe Leaves This Old World Behind"
2011 The Mentalist Chief Marnie Green Episode: "Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien?"
2014 Zero Impact Home Future Petal Short series
2015 The Comeback Kids Herself Episode: "Re-United and It Feels So Good"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Back to the Future: The Game Jennifer Parker Episode 3: "Citizen Brown"
Episode 4: "Double Visions"


  1. ^ "What Marty McFly's Girlfriend Is Up To In The Future". Yahoo!. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Back to the Future's Claudia Wells: Shining Brighter Than Ever Before". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Clint, Caffeinated. "Claudia Wells in Alien Armageddon". Moviehole. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  4. ^ "Back To The Future Episode 1: It's About Time Video Game, Exclusive Behind The Scenes Part IV: How We Got Jennifer HD". Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Wells, Claudia. "Announcing My Next Project..." Twitter. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Back in Time Film". Retrieved March 19, 2015.

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