Robb Wells as Logan
With seven of his new characters ready to hit the airwaves, Robb Wells has taken his career to another level as an actor, writer and producer of the new Showcase original series The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour.
Just before embarking on the The Drunk and on Drugs series, Wells gets caught up in crime-induced urban chaos of Hobo With A Shotgun.
Best known to North American audiences as the pot-smoking jailbird Ricky on Trailer Park Boys, Wells is set to enter the psyche of television viewers with a wild bunch of personas with names like Stabby Brutto, Kris Kream, Peter P. Squalls, Rico, Chase Lightning, Cris Tall and Uncle Moley.
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Wells moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia at the age of eight. His dad was a civilian officer in charge of RCMP Forensic Crime Lab. In his Dartmouth neighbourhood, he lived a few houses from John Paul Tremblay, who became a longtime friend and co-star.
In high school, Wells was named to the Nova Scotia soccer team which competed in the Canadian championships. At a World Junior Tournament in New Jersey, the team won gold for Canada. Wells was one of the team’s top players.
Besides his strengths on the soccer field, Wells also had an artistic flair for acting and writing plays. One of his first efforts was a play he wrote for Saint Andrews Anglican Church in Colby Village, near Dartmouth. As the story goes, the church pastor cancelled the play after its first show, because there was too much swearing. In high school, he hung out with Tremblay and Mike Clattenburg (who became Trailer Park Boys director). They collaborated on a short film called One Last Shot. Wells was the principal actor named “Robb” and co-writer. The short was featured in the Atlantic Film Festival.
For a few years, Wells and Tremblay operated a successful chain of pizza restaurants called J.R. Capone’s. Between deliveries and flipping pizzas, they would often pass the time by making zany videos of themselves.
After catching the acting bug at and early age, Wells collaborated again with Tremblay and Clattenburg on their first indie film called Trailer Park Boys, a 66-minute feature in mockumentary style which was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival and spawned the creation of the highly rated television series. Wells starred as Ricky in the long-running television series, which included a Christmas special and other one-hour specials. Wells has a writing credit in all of these projects. The TV series hit the big screen in two feature films called Trailer Park Boys – The Big Dirty (2006) and Trailer Park Boys – Countdown to Liquor Day (2009).
He picked up a Gemini Award in 2005 for Best Ensemble Performance in a TV series.
Wells co-hosted the East Coast Music Awards with Trailer Park co-stars Mike Smith and John Paul Tremblay in Charlottetown (2006) and Halifax (2007).
He has toured extensively throughout North America with a live show, which he also co-writer and appeared as Ricky and has hosted many comedy festivals coast to coast. He can also be seen in The Tragically Hip’s music video The Darkest One.
Among Wells’ other film credits are A Hole in One (2004) with Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek) and singer Meat Loaf the U.S. feature Virginia’s Run with Gabriel Byrne