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John Wells

  • Highest Rated: 93% Duma (2005)
  • Lowest Rated: 10% Revolution (1985)
  • Birthday: Nov 17, 1936
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • With such television credits as ER and The West Wing, writer/producer John Wells' resumé reads something like a list of the biggest small-screen hits of the 1990s. There's no question that his television ventures served him well in that decade, and with feature production work on such theatrical hits as The Peacemaker (1997), Far From Heaven, and White Oleander (both 2002) following shortly thereafter, the prolific television figure was poised to make his mark on the film world as well. A native of Alexandria, VA, who spent the majority of his childhood in Denver, CO, Wells graduated from Carnegie Melon University and earned his master's degree at the University of Southern California. Early work as co-executive and supervising producer on television's China Beach provided the burgeoning producer with just the taste of show business needed to fuel his creativity; it was during his tenure on the series that China Beach was nominated for both Peabody and Humanatis awards, in addition to three WGA nominations and six Emmy nominations. Subsequent small-screen ventures such as The Nightman and Angel Street may have failed to live up to expectations in the early '90s, but Wells' involvement with the 1994 series ER found his career truly taking off. A runaway hit throughout the decade and into the new millennium, the wildly popular series earned a slew of awards under Wells' production. In 1997, Wells teamed with ER star George Clooney for the high-stakes thriller The Peacemaker, marking Wells' first foray into feature films. In the years that immediately followed, Wells' small-screen success continued to grow, and his name also became attached to numerous critically praised features. When Aaron Sorkin's political drama The West Wing made its television bow in 1999, its sharp dialogue and convincing portrayal of the Washington elite scored a direct hit with audiences, a fact that was, no doubt, aided by Wells' involvement as a producer. The West Wing would eventually rival even ER in terms of popularity, and Wells' next television endeavor, the popular police drama Third Watch, found him once again thriving. Wells' subsequent involvement as producer on such theatrical releases as One Hour Photo, Far From Heaven, Party Monster, and Camp seemed to indicate that he was moving away from small-screen work. He returned to television, though, with the medical drama Presidio Med in 2002, but the series found only moderate success. By this point, Wells was primarily a feature producer, a fact that he would drive home with work on such films as A Home at the End of the World, Shadows, and Daisy Winters (all 2004).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Doom: Annihilation Executive Producer 2019
79% Goat Executive Producer $23.5K 2016
No Score Yet The Panama Papers Producer 2016
28% Burnt Director Producer 2015
90% Love & Mercy Producer $8.8M 2015
No Score Yet The Old Winter Actor 2015
65% August: Osage County Director $29.3M 2013
86% The Attack Producer $1.2M 2013
43% Cracks Executive Producer $18.1K 2011
67% The Company Men Producer Director Screenwriter $4.5M 2011
20% Motherhood Executive Producer $50.6K 2009
36% Gigantic Executive Producer 2009
77% I'm Not There Executive Producer $4.1M 2007
50% Then She Found Me Executive Producer $3.8M 2007
38% An American Crime Executive Producer 2007
38% Savage Grace Executive Producer $0.3M 2007
73% Infamous Executive Producer $1.1M 2006
56% The Notorious Bettie Page Executive Producer $1.4M 2006
19% Doom Producer $28.1M 2005
93% Duma Producer $0.9M 2005
45% Nearing Grace Executive Producer 2005
43% Mrs. Harris Executive Producer 2005
53% A Dirty Shame Executive Producer $1.3M 2004
50% A Home at the End of the World Producer $0.9M 2004
72% The Company Executive Producer 2003
29% Party Monster Executive Producer $0.3M 2003
64% Camp Executive Producer $1.6M 2003
45% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Producer $26.4M 2003
77% The Good Thief Producer $3.5M 2003
88% Far From Heaven Executive Producer $16M 2003
69% The Grey Zone Executive Producer 2002
69% White Oleander Producer $16.3M 2002
81% One Hour Photo Executive Producer $31.5M 2002
No Score Yet The Big Time Executive Producer 2002
39% The Peacemaker Executive Producer 1997
50% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story Screenwriter 1996
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels Actor 1996
63% Princess Caraboo Reverend Hunt 1994
No Score Yet The Nightman Screenwriter Producer 1994
No Score Yet Genghis Cohn Dr. Eckhardt 1993
No Score Yet ER Executive Producer 1990
No Score Yet Consuming Passions Dr. Forrester 1988
No Score Yet Nice Girls Don't Explode Producer 1987
10% Revolution Corty 1985
No Score Yet Dutch Girls The Headmaster 1985
No Score Yet Revolution Revisited Actor 1985
71% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Sir Evelyn Blount 1984
89% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball Actor 1982
No Score Yet Anyone for Denis? Actor 1982
73% For Your Eyes Only Denis 1981
No Score Yet Think Dirty Tolworth 1970
No Score Yet 30 is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia Screenwriter Hon. Gavin Hopton 1968
No Score Yet The Bobo Pompadour Major Domo 1967
26% Casino Royale `Q's' Assistant 1967

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Animal Kingdom
2016
Executive Producer Screenwriter Director
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
90% Shameless
2011
Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter Director
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
44% American Woman
2018
Executive Producer
  • 2018
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
87% Southland
2009-2013
Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
80% Mildred Pierce
2011
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter Director
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
50% Smith
2006-2007
Executive Producer Screenwriter
  • 2007
  • 2006
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Executive Producer Producer Screenwriter
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Jonny Zero
2005
Executive Producer
  • 2005
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Executive Producer Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
96% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
Uncle Humphrey
  • 1994
78% Friends
1994-2004
Producer
  • 1994
No Score Yet Citizen Baines
2001
Executive Producer
45% The Evidence
2006
Executive Producer

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