Scott James Wells

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Scott James Wells
Born July 4, 1961
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died October 28, 2015(2015-10-28) (aged 54)
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Television, film actor
Years active 1975–1991

Scott James Wells (July 4, 1961 – October 28, 2015) was an American actor and model, primarily noted for playing the villain Lex Luthor during the first season of the television series Superboy. After his departure from the series in 1989, Scott Wells appeared in The Taking of Beverly Hills. Subsequently, to this film he retired from show business. Besides acting on TV he could be seen in print ads for Calvin Klein and billboards for Coppertone. In 1988, he appeared in the music video "Anything For You" by Gloria Estefan.

Early life[edit]

Scott James Wells was born on July 4, 1961, in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from West Carrollton High School. Sometime afterwards, he moved to L.A, working as an actor, having appeared in Emergency! and Beauty and the Beast, and a model for fitness and fashion magazines.[1]


In 1988, Wells was cast as Superboy's (arch-) enemy Lex Luthor. Playing a younger version of the famous character, he had four guest appearances on the show. After ratings were disappointing, the show's producer Ilya Salkind decided to change aspects of the series. As a consequence, Wells as well as John Haymes Newton (Superboy) were replaced beginning with Season 2. Sherman Howard was then cast as Lex Luthor. The change in appearance was explained due to Luthor having undergone plastic surgery to fool Superboy.

In 2006, Salkind explained Wells' absence on the DVD box set of "Superboy: The Complete First Season," due to him being in "rehab,"[2]


Wells died on October 28, 2015, in Dayton, Ohio.[3]


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  2. ^ Freimann, Barry M. ""Superboy:The Series" Soaring onto DVD". supermanhomepage. Retrieved Nov 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "In Memory of Scott J. Wells 1961 - 2015". Retrieved November 16, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Gene Hackman
for Superman (1978 film), Superman II and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Actors portraying Lex Luthor
1988- 1989
for Superboy (TV series)
Succeeded by
Sherman Howard
for Superboy (TV series)