Claudia Grace Wells
July 5, 1966
|Known for||Jennifer Parker in Back to the Future|
Life and career
Wells was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to American parents of Ashkenazi Jewish descent (from Germany, Russia and Czechia). Her family moved to San Francisco when she was seven weeks old. She went to Marin Country Day School and French-American Bilingual School. Her father, a parasitologist, and sister, Jennifer, still live in San Francisco, but Wells moved to Los Angeles at the age of 14, later graduating from Beverly Hills High School. Wells also has a brother.
Wells played Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly's girlfriend, in the 1985 film Back to the Future. She almost did not end up in the first film of the successful franchise. According to Wells, she had been cast, but a pilot she had done for ABC had been picked up, and she was contractually forced to drop out of Back to the Future. During that time, Eric Stoltz had been shooting for five weeks in the role of Marty McFly. Melora Hardin was slated for the role of Jennifer though she never actually filmed any scenes. The producers halted filming and replaced Stoltz with Michael J. Fox. By then, Wells's pilot had been finished and she was recast as Jennifer, now shooting alongside Fox, having never filmed a frame with Stoltz.
That same year (1985), Wells co-starred in Stop the Madness, an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration, featuring several famous musicians, actors and athletes. The following year, she appeared in the TV movie Babies Having Babies, and the short-lived series Fast Times, a TV adaptation of the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Wells played Linda Barrett, portrayed by Phoebe Cates in the film). Following Fast Times, she did not appear again on-screen until the 1996 independent film, Still Waters Burn (released on DVD February 12, 2008).
After her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Wells put her career on hold for family reasons, and told the studio she would be unavailable to reprise her Back to the Future role for the two sequels. Actress Elisabeth Shue replaced her.
Return to acting
After a lengthy absence, Wells returned to acting in 2011 with a small role in the independent science-fiction film, Alien Armageddon.
The same year, Wells had the opportunity to reprise her role from Back to the Future 26 years after her last appearance in the series. She provided the voice of Jennifer Parker for Back to the Future: The Game. Wells announced that her next project would be a horror film titled Room & Board.
|1985||Back to the Future||Jennifer Parker|
|2008||Still Waters Burn||Laura Harper|
|2011||Alien Armageddon||Eileen Daly|
|2013||You Are Not Alone||Cristina's Mom||Short film|
|2014||Starship: Rising||Captain Savage|
|2015||EP/Executive Protection||Pam Travis|
|2015||Back in Time||Herself||Back to the Future documentary|
|2015||Back to the 2015 Future||Jennifer Parker||Short film|
|2018||System Failure||Mrs Henderson||Short film|
|1979||Family||Denise / Barbara Collins||2 episodes|
|1981||Rise and Shine||Patsy D'Allisandro||1 episode|
|1981||Strike Force||Patty||Episode: "Magic Man"|
|1982||Herbie, the Love Bug||Julie MacLane||5 episodes|
|1982||Lovers and Other Strangers||Mary Claire Delvecchio||Television film|
|1984||Anatomy of an Illness||Sarakit||Television film|
|1984–1985||Off the Rack||Shannon Halloran||7 episodes|
|1984–1986||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Lisa / Wendy||2 episodes|
|1985||Trapper John, M.D.||Candy||Episode: "Long Ago and Far Away"|
|1985||Simon & Simon||Phoebe Glass||Episode: "Slither"|
|1985||Able to Do|
|1986||Fast Times||Linda Barrett||7 episodes|
|1986||Brothers||Sarah||Episode: "Joe Leaves This Old World Behind"|
|2011||The Mentalist||Chief Marnie Green||Episode: "Where in the World is Carmine O'Brien?"|
|2014||Zero Impact Home||Future Petal||Short series|
|2015||The Comeback Kids||Herself||Episode: "Re-United and It Feels So Good"|
|2011||Back to the Future: The Game||Jennifer Parker||Episode 3: "Citizen Brown"|
Episode 4: "Double Visions"
- "Claudia Wells, the Original 'Jennifer' from 'Back to the Future' Appears at Wondercon 2014". April 22, 2014.
- "Videos". November 8, 2019.
- "How 'Back to the Future' actress Claudia Wells became a Christian". OpentheWord.org. October 19, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
- "What Marty McFly's Girlfriend Is Up To In The Future". Yahoo!. May 2, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
- "Back to the Future's Claudia Wells: Shining Brighter Than Ever Before". The Huffington Post. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
- "Actress Claudia Wells talks about her high-end men's resale shop, Armani Wells". ktla.com.
- "Welcome to Armani Wells". www.armaniwells.com.
- Clint, Caffeinated. "Claudia Wells in Alien Armageddon". Moviehole. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- "Back To The Future Episode 1: It's About Time Video Game, Exclusive Behind The Scenes Part IV: How We Got Jennifer HD". GameTrailers.com. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
- Wells, Claudia. "Announcing My Next Project..." Twitter. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
- "Back in Time Film". backintimefilm.com. Retrieved March 19, 2015.