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Danny Wells, guest with very-unique character name, passes away at 72; (Not to be confused with Dan Wells, who played Stan)
Topic Started: Dec 4 2013, 10:59 PM (784 Views)
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(Honest John, 1980; Sticky Foot Slim, 1982-1983)


APRIL 7, 1941-NOVEMBER 28, 2013

Danny Wells, who appeared in two guest stints on "Days of Our Lives", and had one of the most-unique character names the show has ever used, has passed away at the age of 72. In 1980, Wells guest starred as a character named Honest John, and in both 1982 and 1983, Wells appeared as a character named Sticky Foot Slim, one of the most-unique character names the show has ever used.

Danny Wells, an actor with dozens of TV credits dating back to “Love, American Style” but best known for playing Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!,” died Nov. 28 in Toronto. He was 72.

The syndicated “Super Mario Bros.” show, based on the popular Nintendo videogame franchise, aired from 1989-91. Lou Albano played Mario and Wells his brother Luigi.

Wells recurred on “The Jeffersons” as Charlie the bartender, and he played studio boss Jack L. Warner in the 2002 telepic “Gleason,” which starred Brad Garrett as the comedian.

His vast number of television credits also included appearances on “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote.”

He also appeared in feature films including “Magnolia,” “Gus,” “The Shaggy D.A.,” “Private Benjamin,” “Body and Soul” and “Protection.”

Wells also did a number of TV movies including “A Guide for the Married Woman,” “The Man in the Santa Claus Suit,” “The Rousters” and “Snow in August.”

The actor was born Jack Westelman in Montreal. (Obituary courtesy Variety.com)
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I wasn't watching Days at the time he was on, but I remember him as the bartender on The Jeffersons. R.I.P. :'( :'(
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