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Danny Wells, Luigi on ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Show, Dies at 72

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.

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