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John Wells



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
77% Goat
  • Executive Producer
2016
No Score Yet The Panama Papers
  • Producer
2016
30% Burnt
  • Director
2015
91% Love & Mercy
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet The Old Winter
  • Actor
2015
64% August: Osage County
  • Director
2013
43% Cracks
  • Executive Producer
2011
67% The Company Men
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2011
50% Mildred Pierce
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Evening With John Wells
  • Actor
2007
73% Infamous
  • Executive Producer
2006
56% The Notorious Bettie Page
  • Executive Producer
2006
93% Duma
  • Producer
2005
33% Mrs. Harris
  • Executive Producer
2005
49% A Home at the End of the World
  • Producer
2004
29% Party Monster
  • Executive Producer
2003
63% Camp
  • Executive Producer
2003
46% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  • Producer
2003
78% The Good Thief
  • Producer
2003
87% Far From Heaven
  • Executive Producer
2003
68% The Grey Zone
  • Executive Producer
2002
70% White Oleander
  • Producer
2002
81% One Hour Photo
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet The Big Time
  • Executive Producer
2002
41% The Peacemaker
  • Executive Producer
1997
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Actor
1996
60% Princess Caraboo
  • Reverend Hunt
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
69% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  • Sir Evelyn Blount
1984
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Anyone for Denis?
  • Actor
1982
74% 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
29% Casino Royale
  • `Q's' Assistant
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011-2016
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
80% Mildred Pierce
2011
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Uncle Humphrey
92% Shameless
2011
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
73% Animal Kingdom
2016
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet Friends
2004
  • Producer
86% Southland
2009-2013
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter

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