Tracy Wells is best known for her role on the classic ‘80s sitcom Mr. Belvedere. She played the family’s daughter Heather as they welcomed an English butler (the titular Mr. Belvedere) into their suburban Pittsburgh home.
She has not acted in some time and has largely been out of the public eye. So, whatever happened to Tracy Wells?
Tracy Wells was born Tracy Anne Brockstein in Encino, California on March 13, 1971. Encino is in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley region, meaning that the young Tracy grew up in close proximity to Hollywood, where she would eventually make her name on the series Mr. Belvedere.
Not much is publicly available about Tracy’s childhood, but she sadly lost her mother to breast cancer when she was only 16. It’s also unclear where she went to school, but as she was a child actor she may have been homeschooled or had private instruction.
From her very early days, Tracy was involved in dancing and acting, which led her to spend considerable time in front of the camera working on national TV ads. She even got to dance with Michael Jackson!
While she appeared on multiple major TV shows as a teenager, including on the show Silver Spoons, as well as a small role in the Chris Columbus-written cult film Gremlins, Tracy is best known for her role as Heather Owens on ABC’s top-rated sitcom, Mr. Belvedere.
Mr. Belvedere ran six seasons, from 1985-1990, with an average of 22 episodes for all seasons apart from the first one (which was only seven episodes long). It was developed by Jeff Stein and Frank Dungan (of Barney Miller fame), who based it on a character from author Gwen Davenport’s novel Belvedere (1947). The title character is Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere, a sophisticated Englishman who becomes a sort of mentor to the whole Owens household.
In addition to Mr. Belvedere (played by Christopher Hewitt), the other main character is the father, George Owens, played by none other than Bob Uecker (of baseball broadcasting fame). Tracy Wells played his daughter for all six seasons, making her a household face and name in the mid-late ‘80s. She even won the Best Young Actress Starring in a New Television Series at the 1986 Young Artist Awards, and was also nominated three times for other Best Young Actress awards during the show’s tenure.
While the show generally had good ratings throughout its tenure, it was put on hiatus in 1989 and then canceled for good in 1990 after ratings had fallen considerably. The show has aired as reruns sporadically since, and the first four seasons are available on DVD.
During and After Mr. Belvedere
Apart from the fame she gained from Mr. Belvedere, Tracy also had a guest-starring role on the popular show Growing Pains. In 1994 she appeared in three TV movies: Mirror Mirror 2: Raven Dance, Dragstrip Girl, and The Search. This return to acting (after three years) did not bring her the national fame that Mr. Belvedere did, and it would appear that she retired from acting at this time.
What Is Tracy Wells (Tracy Tofte) Doing Now?
Following her success in Mr. Belvedere and her small acting roles in the mid-’90s, Tracy Wells switched gears.
Acting is a craft, and Tracy has been able to translate her acting skills into professional success. She now works as a real estate agent and has managed to build up a net worth of $2 million (as of 2019). True to her roots (both where she grew up in Encino and where she gained fame in Hollywood), she works in the Los Angeles area.
Although her family name was Brockstein, and her acting name was Wells, Tracy now goes professionally by Tracy Tofte. It’s unclear where this name comes from, but it has been her professional realtor name for some time now.
According to her blog, “Confessions of a Has Been Actress,” Tracy was still considering acting roles in the early 2010s. Since then, however, it would appear that she’s fully committed to her real estate career. According to her Zillow profile, she was the top-producing single agent for two years. She now works with Frank Bernardo at Keller Williams Realty (and Tofte-Bernardo Real Estate). She’s sold 11 property listings over the past 12 months collectively worth $8.58 million.
You can find her online as the freckledrealtor (Instagram), where she boasts nearly 25,000 followers.
Following her acting career, Tracy had two children with her husband, Erin Cook. Sadly, he passed away in 2001. Her real estate partner, Frank Bernardo, may or may not be her current romantic partner. She often posts pictures with him, but they may just be colleagues.