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Danny Wells, who played Luigi on 'Super Mario Bros.' TV show, dies

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DANNY WELLS LUIGI
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Actor Danny Wells, best known for portraying Luigi in the 1989 television series based on the Super Mario Bros. video game, has died. He was 72.

The actor, whose real name was Jack Westelman, played one half of the famous brother duo opposite the late Lou Albano in the live-action segments (and also voiced the character in animated segments) for the length of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!‘s 65-episode run in the late ’80s. He also recurred on The Jeffersons as Charlie the Bartender, from 1975-1985.

While many of his post-Mario credits were in voice work, one of Wells’ last credits before his passing on Nov. 28 was a guest role on ABC’s Rookie Blue.

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