Ben Savage

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Ben Savage
Ben Savage by David Shankbone.jpg
Born Bennett Joseph Savage
(1980-09-13) September 13, 1980 (age 33)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present

Bennett Joseph "Ben" Savage (born September 13, 1980) is an American film and TV actor and child star of late 1980s and 1990s. Savage is best known for his role as lead character Cory Matthews on the TV sitcom Boy Meets World from 1993 until 2000, a role which he will reprise for the upcoming sequel series Girl Meets World.

Early life[edit]

Savage was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Joanne and Lewis Savage, who were an industrial real estate broker and consultant.[1] His brother is actor/director Fred Savage, and his sister is actress/musician Kala Savage. His grandparents were Jewish and from Poland, Ukraine, Germany, and Latvia, and Savage was raised in Reform Judaism.[2]

Career[edit]

Savage made his film debut at the age of 9 in his brother Fred's hit Little Monsters (1989) and appeared in the feature films Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even (1992), as Sam, the brainy little brother, and as a 10-year-old in Clifford (1994), the latter starring Martin Short. Savage's stage debut was in The Laughter Epidemic at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Savage established himself more prominently on TV. His first major speaking role on network television was playing the recurring role of Matthew, son of the Judd Hirsch character, on the comedy series Dear John (1988). Then he was one of a family of orphans who con Robert Mitchum into being their guardian in A Family For Joe (NBC, 1990).

Savage is best known for his role as lead character Cory Matthews on the TV sitcom Boy Meets World from 1993 until 2000. Cory Matthews 1990s-model Dennis the Menace, was constantly at daggers drawn with authority figures — especially his sixth grade teacher, Mr. Feeny (William Daniels). At age 13, Savage once said: "I'd never talk to my teachers like Cory talks to Mr. Feeny. I mean, they're the ones who give you the grades." When Boy Meets World (BMW) premiered in the fall of 1993, advertising agencies predicted that the clever Cory Matthews character would succeed. Indeed, the sitcom became a staple of the ABC's "T.G.I.F." Friday schedule. Along with Rider Strong, he is one of only two actors to appear in all 158 episodes of "Boy Meets World" (1993).

Savage's brother Fred appeared alongside him in one episode of Boy Meets World, guest starring as a lecherous college professor pursuing Cory's girlfriend. In the following season, December 17, 1999, Fred directed his brother and the cast of Boy Meets World in the episode "Family Trees," as Shawn (Rider Strong) discovers that the woman who raised him is not his biological mother.

Ben has also worked in several TV-movies, including She Woke Up (1992) with Lindsay Wagner, and McDonald's Family Theatre Presents: Aliens for Breakfast (1995), as a young teen whose breakfast cereal figure comes alive.

Savage received critical recognition for his portrayal of "Coty Wyckoff", an angel-faced boy with the soul of a killer, in the ABC Event Series, Wild Palms (1993).

In May 1998, Savage again received critical acclaim, this time for playing "Roddy Stern" in Tony Award-winner Israel Horovitz's rarely seen play Unexpected Tenderness at the Marilyn Monroe Theater. He received an Ovation Award for his performance.

In 2002, Savage starred in the PG-13 film Swimming Upstream playing the best friend who was slightly immature but very supportive to his terminally ill friend.

Savage took a break from acting in both film and television for three years, but he later made a guest appearance in Still Standing as Seth Cosella, the boss of Bill Miller, played by Mark Addy. That same year he starred as Ford Davis in the independent feature Car Babes, which was shot on location in Los Gatos, California, and also guest starred as himself in an episode of the Disney Channel original series Phil of the Future.

In 2006, he starred in the critically acclaimed independent film Palo Alto, which first premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.

In 2007, he starred in the ABC pilot from Sachs/Judah Making it Legal alongside Scott Wolf and Robert Wagner.

In 2008, he starred as Mark Ratner in an episode of the NBC series Chuck, as well as murder suspect 'Kirby Morris' in an episode of Without a Trace.

In 2011, he appeared in an episode of the Fox series Bones.

In November 2012, it was announced via his Twitter account that he had signed on to the Boy Meets World spin-off series, Girl Meets World.

Personal life[edit]

Savage interned for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA at the time) in 2003 as a requirement for completing his studies at Stanford University, where he graduated in 2004 with a degree in Political Science and as a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Little Monsters Eric Stevenson
1992 Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even Sam
1994 Clifford Roger
2002 Swimming Upstream (2002) Teddy Benevides
2006 Car Babes Ford Davis
2007 Palo Alto Patrick
2010 Closing Time Jared Short film
2011 Peace and Riot Scott
2012 White Dwarf Ben Post-production
2012 Caterpillar's Kimono, TheThe Caterpillar's Kimono Lincoln Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988–1990 Dear John Matthew Lacey Recurring role (5 episodes)
1990 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Curtis Hartsell Episode: "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
1990 Hurricane Sam Sam Kelvin TV film
1990 Family for Joe, AA Family for Joe Chris Bankston Main role (9 episodes)
1992 She Woke Up Andy TV film
1993 Wild Palms Coty Wyckoff TV miniseries
1993–2000 Boy Meets World Cory Matthews Lead role (158 episodes)
1994 Aliens for Breakfast TV film
1996 Maybe This Time Cory Matthews Episode: "Acting Out"
1996 Party of Five Stuart Episode: "Close to You"
Episode: "Christmas"
2005 Still Standing Seth Cosella Episode: "Still the Boss"
2007 Making It Legal Todd TV film
2008 Chuck Mark Ratner Episode: "Chuck Versus the Cougars"
2008 Without a Trace Kirby Morris Episode: "Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg"
2011 Shake It Up Andy Burns Episode: "Review It Up"
2011 Bones Hugh Burnside Episode: "The Male in the Mail"
2012 Lake Effects Carl TV film
2014–present Girl Meets World Cory Matthews Main role

Awards[edit]

Awards
Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
1990 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture Little Monsters
1994 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television Series Boy Meets World
1997 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Leading Young Actor
1998 Nominated Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Leading Young Actor
Nominated YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series
2000 Won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Friends

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fred Savage Biography (1976–)". Filmreference.com. Archived from the original on August 18, 2010. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Shirley, Don (December 16, 2001). "LA Times: Theater; Not Just Acting Like an Adult; Fred Savage contemplates his roots – as a performer and a Jew – for 'Last Night of Ballyhoo". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Coutts, Anna (April 8, 2005). "What ever happened to... Ben Savage?". The Gazette (London, Ontario, Canada). 

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