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Q&A with "Cosby Show" and "Five Heartbeats" star Tico Wells

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Tico Wells has had a long and prolific career in Hollywood. His credits are multitude, and he is working on a new book "30 Days to Peace, Prosperity and Power". As he writes on his website:

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.

Wells, who also writes an entertaining blog, took time out from his busy schedule to answer a few questions for DC Actors Examiner:

Q - Tell me about your new book, "30 Days to Peace, Prosperity and Power".

It's a book I'm working on and in the editing process now. You read a page a day that covers a topic and then there is an affirmation at the end. Then you can meditate on what you read. Trying to make it thoughtful, so I"m wanting it to be good.

Q - What have you directed?

I've directed a few short films, corporate promos and plays.

Q - How did The Cosby Show change your career?

Well working on that show was an elite gig in NYC at the time when there were not many t.v. opportunities in town period. Especially for chocolates.

Q - How did you get The Five Heartbeats?

I had met a casting director, Sarah Hyde Hamlet, whom I worked with in helping her cast extras on shows, and I was one of her extras on Do The Right Thing. She was the NYC liaison for Robert and Jackie Brown his LA casting director.

Q - Talk about your training.

Watching t.v. as a kid in the sixties and seventies and dreaming...plays in school, my high school drama teacher, Jean Vandenbosch, Toby Orenstein of Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia, MD., Dr. Flowers at Bowie State, NYU Drama school, then life and working.

Q - How do you handle callbacks?

Pray. Try to go deeper and still keep some flavor of the initial audition.

Q - What's next?

More singing, acting, directing, loving, living, teaching, gratitude, blessings, writing, internet expansion, and really I don't know. Drumming on the beach, playing saxophone, then letting it all go and letting the CreaTOR lead the way. I'll be performing in Springfield, VA on Feb. 15th with Mark Staggers and Soulcial Hour ( a local D.C. band). Mark and I have a rendition of Luther Vandross's and Gregory Hines "There's Nothing Better Than Love", and I'm shooting a Hallmark film called, "On Paper" Jan. 6th., Worked with Larry Dunn from EWF on a music project.


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