We regret to inform you that last month Danny Wells, the actor most known for his portrayal of Luigi Mario in the live-action and animated segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! television show, has passed away at the age of 72 according to his obituary in the Montreal Gazette. This news comes four years after the death of Louis Vincent “Captain Lou” Albano, who played Mario on the show. The reason for Wells’ death being acknowledged across the gaming community a month after his death is contributed to the use his real name, Jack Westelman, which his obituary was listed under.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! really benefited from the live action segments, which at the time were unlike anything I had ever seen before. Without the show, a lot of us would have never known that the Mario Bros. are actually plumbers that live in New York, love to cross-dress on occasion, and are close friends with several professional wrestlers. Okay, I’m exactly sure all of that is canon.
Needless to say, we should all do the Mario together in Danny Well’s memory.