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Vernon Wells

Vernon George Wells (born 31 December 1945) is an Australian film and television actor who has built his career around action-type films, most often cast as a villain. He began appearing on Australian television shows in the mid-1970s, such as ‘Homocide’, ‘Matlock Police’ and ‘All The Rivers Run’. 

However, he is best known to most international audiences for his role of “Wez”, in the 1981 science fiction action film ‘Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior’. Wells was cast as the homicidal biker “Wez”, in the movie which was filmed around Silverton near Broken Hill in outback New South Wales, Australia. It is the role for which he is probably best known to international audiences, as Wells portrays a psychotic, post-apocalyptic gang leader who relentlessly pursues hero Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson), before meeting a spectacular death during the film’s final cahse sequence. 

After Mad Max 2, Wells began appearing in Hollywood films, such as the military action film ‘Commando’ (1985) (as Bennett), which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the science fiction comedy ‘Innerspace’ (1987), which starred MArtin Short, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid. In the 2000s, Wells acted in the television series ‘Power Rangers: Time Force’ portraying the series’ main villain ‘Ransik’.