Who is Robb Wells?
Robert Christopher ‘Robb’ Wells is an actor and screenwriter, who gained popularity by portraying Ricky in the Canadian sitcom “Trailer Park Boys”. He is also known as the co-founder of Swearnet.com, the subscription-based website that he and his “Trailer Park Boys” co-stars launched. Robb was born under the zodiac sign Libra on October 28, 1972 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. As of 2022, he will be 50 years old; he has American nationality.
Early life and family
His parents’ names remain a mystery, but it is known that Robb’s father was a forensic expert who worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
At the age of eight, the family moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Reportedly, during his high school days, he was very interested in sports, especially football, and later created it to the Nova Scotia provincial team.
In high school, he met his lifelong friends and partners John Paul Trembley and Mike Clattenburg, who would later co-star in “Trailer Park Boys”. As a group, they were known as jokers, who often played pranks and jokes that would get them into trouble later, similar to the situations and characters they played on the show.
After his matriculation, he enrolled at Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1993.
The beginning of his career and “Trailer Park Boys”
Before starting their acting career, Robb, Mike and John ran a restaurant together. Robb launched his acting career in 1995, he collaborated with Mike and Jon on the short film “The Cart Boy”, in which he played the character Ricky for the first time. In 1998 they filmed another short film comedy movie“One Last Shot”, directed by Mike and starring Robb and John.
The following year, Robb reprized the role of Ricky in the comedy film “Trailer Park Boys”. It follows a petty thug, Julian, played by John Trembley, who hires a crew to film a documentary about him, his life in the trailer, and his friends.
The film, considered the spiritual ‘pilot‘ for the series, did not become popular and did not become a commercial success, but it caught the attention of actor/director Barrie Dunn, who saw huge potential for filming a series with a similar theme.
The trio and Barrie pitched the idea to The Comedy Network, but were turned down. Finally, the executive producers of the Showcase Television channel acknowledged the show’s marketability and potential and promised a first season.
The “Trailor Park Boys” series premiered in 2001, with minor changes from the movie.
The show starred Robb as Ricky LaFleur, John Paul Trembley as Julian with the addition of the third character, Bubbles, played by Mike Smith. The series follows three criminals who have a documentary film made about their lives, set in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The show ran for 12 seasons – the first seven seasons originally on Showcase channel, earning the title as their highest-rated Canadian series. Later in 2008, it was picked up by Netflix and the series went on for another five seasons, ending in 2018. In addition to being a huge commercial success, the show spawned several spin-offs and movies. Considered one of Canada’s most enduring pop culture productions, it has aired in several other countries around the world, including Israel, New Zealand, and Germany.
In 2002 he has had a minor role in the independent coming-of-age drama film “Virginia’s Run” alongside Lindze Letherman, Rachel Skarsten and Gabriel Byrne. Robb went on to share the screen with Mike and John in several movies that grew out of “Trailer Park Boys,” including “Hearth of Dartmouth: Life of a Trailer Park Girl,” “Trailer Park Boys 10,” and “Trailer Park Boys: Say Goodnight to the bad guys”.
He also reprized his role as Ricky in “The Movie” (2006), which was a huge commercial and critical success, earning three nominations for the prestigious Canadian Genie Award. The film was followed by two sequels, titled “Countdown to Liquor Day” (2009) and “Don’t Legalize It” (2014).
In 2009, Robb portrayed Jimmy the Gofer in the movie “The Boondock Saint II: All Saints Day”, sharing the scene with Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and Julie Benz.
Two years later, he was cast as Logan in the action/exploit movie “Hobo with a Shotgun”, followed by his performance as Stabby Brutto in the movie “The Drunk and On Drugs”. Robb went on to appear in other films, including “Jackhammer”, “The Back Nine” and “Would You Rather”.
Since 2014, he has mainly starred in ‘Trailer Park’ films, projects and spin-offs, including ‘Swearnet: The Movie’, ‘Trailer Park Boys: Live at the North Pole’ and ‘Swearnet Live’.
In 2019, he voiced the character Ricky LaFleur in the animated series “Trailer Park Boys: Animated Series”, which ran for two seasons and ended in 2020.
In January 2021, Robb, Mike and John launched another spin-off series, “Trailer Park Boys: Jail”, moving from his usual portrayal of Rick and the role of John Andrew McGinnis in the drama film “Dawn, Her Papa and the tractor”. In 2022 he will be featured in the comedy/crime movie “Vandites”.
Although Robb is a well-known celebrity in Canada and the US, he has managed to keep most of his private affairs out of the public eye. According to sources, he was never married or engaged. In 2013, he posted a photo of himself and blogger and gamer Jeanna Harrison, sparking rumors of their alleged relationship. However, Robb has never disclosed any information or confirmed the rumours. He is currently believed to be single.
In 2013, the magical trio Mike, John and Robb bought the rights to the show from the original producers and in 2014 they launched two films, “Swearnet” and “Swearnet Live”. After the enormous success and positive reception of the films, they founded the eponymous website and film/television studio also known as ‘Home of the Trailor Park Boys’. It offers a variety of content, shows and podcasts exclusively for website subscribers. In addition, fans can receive information about upcoming projects, tour dates and merchandise. Their official Instagram account has over 200,000 followers.
What is his net worth?
Robb’s Estimated net value is approximately $2.5 million, acquired from his acting career, the website and merchandise.
Physical Statistics and Trivia
Robb is 6ft 1in high (185 cm) and weighs about 115 lbs (68 kg). His hair is dark brown, further decorated with blue eyes.
Robb is a distant cousin of Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, who was in office from 2006 to 2015.
It seems Robb is not a fan of social platforms. He has a Twitter account with over 100,000 followers, but it seems inactive, as his last post was in 2014 – Robb doesn’t use Instagram or Facebook, but his fans can follow his upcoming projects on the official Instagram account for “Trailer Park Boys”, and the “Swearnet” website.