Welch, left, and Wells, right (Credit: Getty Images)
The losses are a blow to fans of kitschy gaming tie-ins. Welch was the original voice actor for Miles "Tails" Prower in the "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" animated TV series. Wells portrayed Luigi on "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show," another Saturday morning staple.
Welch, 48, died in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. His role as Tails was his first professional credit, though he later went on to guest star on shows such as "The Sopranos," "The Good Wife", "Rubicon," and "Law & Order: SVU." Additionally, he appeared in films including Steven Spielberg's “War of the Worlds” and “Lincoln.”
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which first aired in September 1993, starred Sonic (voiced by Jaleel "Urkel" White) and Tails in a neverending quest to thwart the evil Dr. Robotnik. It lasted three seasons before it was cancelled. Welch appeared in all 65 episodes of the show.
Wells was 72 when he died in Toronto. Alongside "Captain Lou" Albano (who played Mario), he handled the live-action segments of the syndicated "Super Mario Bros. Super Show," which ran off and on from 1989 through 1994. The show featured regular celebrity guest stars, including the likes of Vanna White, Cyndi Lauper, and Magic Johnson. Wells also voiced Luigi in the cartoon segments of the program.
Wells had an active acting career when he wasn't behind Luigi's 'stache. Fans of "The Jeffersons" might remember him for his recurring role as Charlie the bartender. He also did voice work in the games Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Wizardry 8 and Descent 3.
Feeling nostalgic for either show? They're both available to watch online via Netflix.
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