Danny Wells
Danny Wells

Danny Wells, shown in this recent film screenshot, appeared as Charlie the Bartender on The Jeffersons.

Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birthname Jack Westelman
Born: (1941-04-07)April 7, 1941
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died November 28, 2013(2013-11-28) (aged 72)
Character actor/Voice over artist
Years active: 1972-2013
Character information
Appeared on: The Jeffersons
Episodes appeared in: 23 episodes from Seasons 1-11
Character played: Charlie the Bartender in recurring role
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Danny Wells[1] (born Jack Westelman on April 7, 1941 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada - died November 28, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) appears as Charlie the Bartender on The Jeffersons TV series. A well respected character actor, Danny, who is also a talented voice artist who provided the voice of Luigi in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show[2], and played Luigi in the "real-life" segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.


In 1975 Wells made his film debut in The Strongest Man in the World. He then went on to appear in a string of successful movies including Private Benjamin (1980) starring Goldie Hawn and Eileen Brennan, The Woman in Red (1984) starring Gene Wilder, Magnolia (1999), and The Last Kiss (2006) where he played the Uncle of Michael Weston's character Izzy.

Over his prolific career,[3] Wells did most of his work in television, starring or making guest appearances in more than 80 television shows and movies, including Sanford and Son, CHiPs, The A-Team, and The Fall Guy. In 1975, he starred in the most notable role[4] of his career: "Charlie the Bartender", on the hit television show The Jeffersons. Wells played Charlie as a recurring role[5] throughout the entire 11 season run until the show was cancelled in 1985.

Cult fans of 1970s television ads will remember him for his portrayal as the store manager for Kmart department stores. In 2002, Wells starred as film executive Jack L. Warner in the made-for-television movie "Gleason" starring Brad Garrett as Jackie Gleason.

As composer, Wells wrote the music for the 1979 CBS TV movie Never Say Never starring George Kennedy and Anne Schedeen.[6]


Danny passed away in November 28, 2013, and was buried in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. For fans of "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!", Wells' passing was especially poignant since it was Nintendo's "Year of Luigi" and the 30th Anniversary celebration of the character (1983).


  3. Todd Rigney. Mario Bros Actor Danny Wells Dies Twitter Mourns The Loss of Luigi. Inquisitr. “"his extremely prolific career"”
  4. Matt Gerardi (December 4, 2013). RIP Actor Danny Wells of the Super Mario Bros Super Show!. The A.V. Club. “"Most notably, he portrayed Charlie the bartender across multiple seasons of The Jeffersons"”
  5. Sandra Gonzalez (December 4, 2013). Danny Wells Dies. Entertainment Weekly. “"He also recurred on The Jeffersons as Charlie the Bartender, from 1975-1985"”
  6. Goldberg, Lee (June 29, 2015). Unsold Television Pilots: 1955-1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Retrieved on June 29, 2015. ASIN ????. ISBN 151159067X.

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