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John Wells

Highest Rated:   93% Duma (2005)
Lowest Rated:   10% Revolution (1985)
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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
43% 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
89% Love & Mercy
  • Producer
$8.8M 2015
No Score Yet The Old Winter
  • Actor
2015
67% August: Osage County
  • Director
$29.3M 2013
87% The Attack
  • Producer
$1.2M 2013
45% 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
$4M 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
74% Infamous
  • Executive Producer
$1.1M 2006
57% The Notorious Bettie Page
  • Executive Producer
$1.4M 2006
18% 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
87% Far From Heaven
  • Executive Producer
$15.9M 2003
69% The Grey Zone
  • Executive Producer
2002
68% White Oleander
  • Producer
$16.3M 2002
82% One Hour Photo
  • Executive Producer
$31.5M 2002
No Score Yet The Big Time
  • Executive Producer
2002
43% 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
60% 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
73% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
  • Sir Evelyn Blount
1984
90% The Secret Policeman's Other Ball
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Anyone for Denis?
  • Actor
1982
72% 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
50% The Bobo
  • Pompadour Major Domo
1967
25% Casino Royale
  • `Q's' Assistant
1967

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Animal Kingdom
2016
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • 2021
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
82% Shameless
2011-2021
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
44% American Woman
2018
  • Executive Producer
  • 2018
No Score Yet Shameless USA
2011
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
90% Southland
2009-2013
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
81% Mildred Pierce
2011
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
50% Smith
2006-2007
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • 2007
  • 2006
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet Jonny Zero
2005
  • Executive Producer
  • 2005
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
27% Presidio Med
2002-2003
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
  • 2003
  • 2002
96% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Uncle Humphrey
  • 1994
82% Friends
1994-2004
  • Producer
  • 1994
No Score Yet Citizen Baines
2001
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Shameless (UK)
2004-2013
  • Executive Producer
45% The Evidence
2006
  • Executive Producer

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