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Veteran TV Actor Dead at 72 Variety

An actor with a string of television credits going back to “Love, American Style” in the early 1970s has died. Variety reports that Danny Wells, perhaps best known for playing Luigi on “The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!,” died Nov. 28 in Toronto at 72.

"The syndicated 'Super Mario Bros.' show, based on the popular Nintendo video game franchise, aired from 1989-91. Lou Albano played Mario and Wells his brother Luigi," the story reports, adding: "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."

Wells, who was born in Montreal, launched his TV career with two episodes of "Love, American Style" in 1972-73. Subsequent TV appearances included “Rhoda,” “Columbo,” "Streets of San Francisco," “Starsky and Hutch,” "CHiPs," “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Fantasy Island,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Lou Grant,” “Happy Days,” “The A-Team” and “Murder She Wrote."

Wells also did feature film work, appearing in a number of movies including “Magnolia,” "The Last Kiss," “The Shaggy D.A.” and “Private Benjamin."

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