Herschel Savage

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Herschel Savage
Herschel Savage 2010.jpg
Herschel Savage in Los Angeles, CA on April 28, 2010
Born (1952-11-25) November 25, 1952 (age 61)
New York, New York, U.S.
Ethnicity Jewish

Herschel Savage (born November 25, 1952) is an American pornographic film actor and pornographic film director.

He was born Harvey Cohen to Russian Jewish parents in New York City.[1][2] He studied acting under Broadway actress Uta Hagen and renowned acting teacher Stella Adler.[2][3][4] Savage initially sought a mainstream stage and screen career, however became disillusioned by the constant auditioning and competition for roles.[2][3]

Savage was introduced to the pornographic film industry via the actor R. Bolla in 1976,[3] and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the "Golden Age of Porn" in the 1970s and 80's.[3] He appeared in the 1978 classic Debbie Does Dallas, for which he was paid about $150 a day.[4][5] Some of the other big films he appeared in include Expose Me Now, Bodies in Heat and Rambone Does Hollywood.[2][4] He left pornography in 1988 and worked in sales and video distribution, also playing a few roles in local theater productions.[2] He then returned to the industry in 1997.[2]

The name "Herschel Savage" was created with Jamie Gillis in an attempt to combine a 'nerdy Jewish identity' with that of a stud.[3]

Savage also launched a fledgling career as a stand up comedian, and appeared frequently on the reality TV series Family Business (one episode features a stand-up performance by Savage). He appeared as a guest during the fifth season of the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me, on an episode called The Proposal (2) which aired February 1st, 2001. In 2006 he starred in Neil Simon's play The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue under the stage name Max Cohen, at the Morgan-Wixson Theater in Santa Monica.[2]

Herschel is a member of the XRCO,[6] Legends of Erotica[7] and AVN[8] Halls of Fame, and has appeared in more than 1000 films.[2]


  • 1987 AVN Best Couples Sex Scene for Amanda’s Diary [2]
  • 1988 AVN Best Couples Sex Scene - Film for Amanda by Night 2[9]
  • 2000 AVN Most Outrageous Sex Scene for Perverted Stories 22[9]
  • 2002 AVN Best Supporting Actor - Film for Taken[9]
  • 2002 AVN Best Group Sex Scene - Video for Succubus[9]
  • 2002 AVN Most Outrageous Sex Scene for Perverted Stories 31[9]
  • 2005 XRCO Best On-Screen Couple for Dark Side[10]
  • 2006 AVN Best Couples Sex Scene - Film for Dark Side[9]


  1. ^ "The Curse of Debbie Does Dallas". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2005-08-19. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "SAVAGE STARS IN NEIL SIMON PLAY". AVN. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Herschel Savage: The Evergreen Porn Star", The Rialto Report, November 3rd, 2013
  4. ^ a b c Savage, Herschel; Atell, Dave (2012). Dave's Old Porn (Television Production). Los Angeles, CA: Showtime. 
  5. ^ "Debbie Does Dallas - The Bambi Woods Interview". lukeisback.com. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  6. ^ "XRCO Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  7. ^ "Legends of Erotica". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  8. ^ "AVN Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Past AVN Award Winners". Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  10. ^ "2005 XRCO Winners". Retrieved 2008-01-21. 

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