John Wells (satirist)

John Wells (satirist)

John Wells (17 November 193611 January 1998) was an English actor, writer and satirist, educated at Eastbourne College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. The son of a clergyman, he was born in Ashford, Kent and died in Sussex.

Wells started in cabaret at Oxford and began his television career as a writer on "That Was The Week That Was", the 1960s weekly satire show that launched the careers of David Frost and Millicent Martin, among others, and also appeared in the television programme "Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life", as well as in "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball". Besides making cameo appearances in films such as "Casino Royale" (1967), television dramas like "Casanova" (1987), and comedy shows like "Yes Minister", he also wrote television scripts and screenplays, notably "Princess Caraboo" (1994). His major triumph was the 1980s stage comedy, "Anyone for Denis?", in which he impersonated Denis Thatcher. The play was a major West End hit, and toured the UK. In 1971, with John Fortune, he published the comedy classic A Melon for Ecstasy, about a man who consummates his love affair with a tree.

In 1997 he appeared in the BBC situation comedy "Chalk."

From 1982, Wells was the second husband of Teresa Chancellor (daughter of Sir Christopher and sister of Alexander). Wells died of cancer.

External links

* [{1|0920272}/ {2|John Wells}] at the Internet Movie Database

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • John Wells — may refer to: * John Wells (architect) (Bank of Montréal) * John Wells (artist) (1907–2000), Cornish painter * John Wells (baseball) (1922–1993), baseball player for the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers * John Wells (cricketer) (1760–1835), English… …   Wikipedia

  • John Clarke — may refer to: Contents 1 Canada 2 England 3 Scotland 4 United States 5 Other …   Wikipedia

  • John Fortune — Infobox Person name = John Fortune image size = caption = birth name = John Wood birth date = birth date and age|1939|06|30|df=y birth place = Bristol, England death date = death place = death cause = resting place = resting place coordinates =… …   Wikipedia

  • John Kendrick Bangs — Infobox Writer name = John Kendrick Bangs image size = 200px caption = Bangs, in 1922 birthdate = birth date|1862|5|27|mf=y birthplace = Yonkers, New York deathdate = death date and age|1922|1|21|1862|5|27|mf=y deathplace = Atlantic City, New… …   Wikipedia

  • John Hall (US politician) — Infobox Congressman name = John Hall date of birth = birth date and age|1948|07|23 place of birth = Baltimore, Maryland occupation= musician alma mater= University of Notre Dame Loyola College in Maryland residence= Dover Plains, New York state …   Wikipedia

  • List of people from Kent — List of notable residents of the county of Kent in England. Persons are grouped by occupation and listed in order of birth. Kent is defined by its current boundaries.Politicians, statesmen and lawyers*John Scott of Scott s Hall (–1485) – Lord… …   Wikipedia

  • Eastbourne College — Infobox UK school name = Eastbourne College size = 120px latitude = 50.7627 longitude = 0.2811 dms = motto = Ex Oriente Salus ( Haven to the East, another name for a haven being a bourne... therefore a 19th century play on words.... Eastbourne )… …   Wikipedia

  • St. Leger Stakes — Group 1 race St. Leger Stakes Location Doncaster Racecourse Doncaster, England Inaugurated 1776 Race type Flat / Thoroughbred Sponsor Ladbrokes Website …   Wikipedia

  • Dear Bill — DVD Sleeve Artwork For Anyone For Denis …   Wikipedia

  • St. Leger Stakes — est une course hippique au Royaume Uni dédiée aux poulains de 3 ans, longue de 2 937 mètres et parée du label groupe I. Elle se court sur l’hippodrome de Doncaster en septembre. Sa première édition a eu lieu en 1776. C est la dernière étape… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”