Tico Wells –
actor-director-writer-musician-health crusader-football fan
Attended Bowie State, under the renowned Dr. H. D. Flowers, the college theater guru from, 1979-81. He won awards for both acting and directing at Bowie including The Irene Ryan Acting Excellence Award, for his portrayal of David in James Baldwin’s Amen Corner. He finished his undergrad work at New York University (BFA) in Drama. From there he starred in numerous off- Broadway and regional theatre productions, most notably: August Wilson’s, Fences (Alliance Theater, Atlanta), directed by Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, t.v. and Broadway), George C. Wolfe’s, The Colored Museum, (Center Stage, Baltimore), directed by Lee Richardson, August Wilson’s, Two Trains Running (St. Louis Black Rep.), John H. Redwood’s The Old Settler (World Premiere at the McCarter Theater, NJ and the Longwharf Theatre, CT) directed by Walter Dallas and the original cast of Spunk by George C. Wolfe (Crossroads Theatre, NJ). In New York City, Tico worked with the famed Negro Ensemble Company in The War Party by Leslie Lee and West Memphis Mojo, which was a co-production with Crossroads Theatre Company. He has performed on many New York stages both large and small too numerous to name in the.
Mr. Wells gained his first big national exposure on The Cosby Show, as Dr. Jerry Taylor, who delivered Saundra’s twins. While in New York, Tico performed on television shows and commercials, working with the likes of Denzel Washington, Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, Al Pacino, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and so on. It wasn’t until he got a break with Robert Townsend in The Five Heartbeats, that he felt it was time for Hollywood. He has been out in the land of stars ever since, honing his skills and enjoying the beautiful weather of California. He is a seasoned veteran that never gives up. His movie career includes: newly released films, Love and Other 4 Letter Words and Sister’s Keeper. Other films are, Forgiveness,Wild Hearts, Monster Makers, One Special Moment, Big Ain’t Bad, All About You, The Relic, The Ernest Green Story, Universal Soldier, Trespass, Mississippi Masasla, The Dream Team. A partial list of television shows are: Bones, All of Us, Wanda Does It, ER, 24, JAG, Drew Carey, Law and Order, Boy Meets World, Martin, Beverly Hills 90210, 227 and so forth.
Mr. Wells, attended The American Film Institute as a director. He has directed several short films and documentaries through his Courtesy is Contagious Productions, Inc. He has taught acting across the country and enjoys giving back to young people.
As a writer, his first book, “Sign Language: Messages from the Heart, the Soul, and Beyond”, is currently available and he is set to release his second book, “30 Days to Peace, Prosperity and Power” in the near future. He started a peace awareness channel on youtube, called makepeaceu, where he asks the question, “how do we create peace?”. youtube.com/makepeaceu.