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John Wells (1)

JOHN WELLS is one of the most prolific producers, directors and writers for the stage, television and film. In addition to The West Wing, the multiple award winner is at the helm of two other fast-paced one hour dramas, ER and Third Watch, as well as a number of high-profile film projects currently in various stages of production and development.

In addition to the 22 Emmys and other accolades awarded to The West Wing, Wells and his team have won 19 Emmy Awards, 3 Peabody Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, 2 Producers Guild Awards, a Humanitas Prize and numerous awards from Health Care Organizations across the country for ER. He created Third Watch with writer/producer Edward Allen Bernero. Now in its third season, Third Watch continues to win critical acclaim and honors, winning an Emmy Award and a Prism Award in 2000. Third Watch also received the 2001 Peabody Award.

Wells served as producer on White Oleander, based on the best-selling novel by Janet Fitch. Mary Agnes Donoghue (Beaches) adapted the screenplay for a cast that included Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellweger and Robin Wright Penn. In addition to White Oleander, Wells served as a producer on The Good Thief, written and directed by Neil Jordan and starring Nick Nolte, and A Home at the End of the World, starring Colin Farrell and Sissy Spacek. He was also executive producer for One Hour Photo, Far From Heaven, The Company and Camp. He has several other films in development.

Prior to ER, The West Wing and Third Watch, Wells served as a writer and producer on the critically acclaimed China Beach. During Wells' tenure on the series, the show received a Peabody Award, a Humanitas Prize, three Writers Guild of America nominations and six Emmy nominations. Some of his award-winning stage productions are Judgement, Balm in Gilead, Battery and She Also Dances. He is the immediate past president of the Writers Guild of America.

Born in Alexandria, Virginia, and raised in Denver, Colorado, Wells graduated from Carnegie-Melon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and later earned a Masters degree in film and television at the University of Southern California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

John Wells (1) Facts

OccupationProducer, Director, Actor

Selected Filmography

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