24 April 1970 |
Cape Town, South Africa
|Residence||United States Of America|
Stelio Savante (born 24 April 1970 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African actor, producer, and writer living in the United States. He is a native English-speaker (Anglo-South African) and fluent in Afrikaans and Greek. In 2007 he became the first male South African born Screen Actors Guild nominee for his recurring role on Ugly Betty.
Stelio was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated from Camps Bay High School in 1988 and relocated from South Africa to the United States when he was offered an international tennis scholarship by the University of West Alabama. He represented their tennis and football teams and was also recognized by the Alpha Psi Omega honor society for his participation in collegiate theatre. After performing in regional and community theater in Alabama and Mississippi, he relocated to New York in 1992 to pursue an acting career.
Stelio's fifteen year New York stay was heavily influenced by acclaimed acting teachers Robert Modica of the Neighborhood Playhouse and Sanford Meisner fame at Carnegie Hall and Deborah Kampmeier at Michael Howard Studios.
His prime-time debut came in, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a Bosnian–Muslim fundamentalist, opposite Mariska Hargitay and Angela Lansbury. Directed by Academy Award winner Juan Jose Campanella the episode was also nominated for an Emmy. Further television credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent opposite Chris Noth and Annabella Sciorra, a supporting role on The Sopranos, recurring roles on Guiding Light and All My Children, the role of Dan 'Schaffy' Schaffner in Jim Breuer's pilot for Pulp Comics on Comedy Central and the recurring role of Antonio on Conan.
Film credits include 6th billing alongside Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, and Eddie Izzard in the 20th Century Fox comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend, a scene opposite Russell Crowe in Ron Howard's Academy Award winner A Beautiful Mind, and a supporting role in the independent Greek-American film, Astoria which won the Silver Award at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in 2000 and further awards at the RiverRun International Film Festival and Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it premiered.
In 2004, he was cast in the lead role of Ecuadorian photographer Bolivar Arellano opposite Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Neil Patrick Harris, Ruby Dee, the late Ossie Davis and Mary Stuart Masterson in Sarah Tuft's 9/11 benefit performances of 110 stories at the Joseph Papp Public Theater.
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy Stelio also produced and performed 110 Stories at the Skirball Center for The Performing Arts at NYU. Directed by Gregory Mosher, the cast included Stephen Baldwin, Mario Cantone, Billy Crudup, Noah Emmerich, Katie Holmes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Ralph Macchio, Aasif Mandvi, James McCaffrey, Cynthia Nixon, Vincent Piazza, Jeremy Piven, Andre Royo, Pablo Schreiber, Annabella Sciorra, Tony Shalhoub, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tamara Tunie, Kathleen Turner, Ben Vereen and Merritt Wever. Proceeds for charity were given to the New York Says Thank You Foundation.
Theater credits also include lead roles in the American premiers of Arnie Sieren's award winning Belgian play, My Blackie, Belgian playwright Jean-Yves Picq's The Case Of Kaspar Meyer, German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig's Arabian Night directed by Trip Cullman, Dan Gordon's Murder in the First directed by American Theatre Wing alumni Michael Parva, Jonathan Leaf's Pushkin, Worm Day directed by Actors Studio member Nick Efteriades at the celebrated Actors Studio and Mortal Coils directed by Actors Studio lifetime member Ed Setrakian.
In 2006 he relocated to Los Angeles for recurring role of Steve (see List of Ugly Betty characters) on the prime-time network series, Ugly Betty, produced by Salma Hayek. Stelio appeared in 8 episodes and received a Screen Actor's Guild nomination along with the lead ensemble cast in 2007.
Los Angeles television credits also include a recurring role on My Own Worst Enemy (TV series), guest star lead roles in J. J. Abrams' Undercovers (TV series), The Suite Life on Deck, Without a Trace, Breakout Kings, and NCIS.
He has received favorable reviews for his role in the feature A Million Colours, which was acknowledged at the Montreal World Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, AFI: New African Films Festival and became the first foreign film to ever open the Hollywood Black Film Festival in 2011, and was also awarded two South African Film and Television Awards.
Film credits include an ensemble lead role in Sony Pictures Entertainment Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, and Corrado, Finding Hope Now, a lead role in Where The Road Runs Out opposite Isaach De Bankole, a supporting role in Movieguide award winner What If, and a supporting role opposite Patrick Fabian and Ian Colletti in Mark Freiburger's upcoming drama Jimmy
In 2010, he also produced the Los Angeles theater debut of 110 Stories at the Geffen Playhouse, reprising his role opposite Katharine McPhee, Ed Asner, Diane Venora, Gail O'Grady, John Hawkes, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Michael Welch, Sharon Lawrence, D. B. Sweeney, Nicholas Turturro, Joseph C. Phillips, Michael Beach, María Conchita Alonso, and Sophie Sinise. Directed by Mark Freiburger. All proceeds were donated to the Red Cross Los Angeles as aid to Haiti in the aftermath of their earthquake.
His screenplay Trust in Her co written with Nick Efteriades is being produced by Tracey Edmonds. Stelio also serves as producer and will co star. Trust in Her follows the lives of three very different men, whose respective relationships are coming undone, and find their destinies converging on one fateful night in New York City.
Video game credits include: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Mass Effect 2, Army of Two: The 40th Day, a role opposite Jenny McCarthy in the live-action simulated video game Red Alert 3, and Midnight Club.
Awards and nominations
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|2007||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Ugly Betty||Nominated|
|Where The Road Runs Out||Martin||2012|
|Breakout Kings||Malko||2012||1 Episode:Double Down|
|Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception||Indian Ocean Pirates/Various||2011||Video Game|
|Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Russian Conscript||2011||Video Game|
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier||Nigerian Mercenary||2011||Video Game|
|Undercovers||Hollis Kruger||2010||1 Episode:Instructions|
|Mass Effect 2||Kasumi DLC||2010||Video Game|
|Army of Two: The 40th Day||South African Consulate||2010||Video Game|
|A Million Colours||Major Shawn Dixon||2010||Worldwide Release|
|The Suite Life On Deck||Stefan||2010||1 episode:Breakup In Paris|
|What If...||Joel||2010||Worldwide Release|
|Finding Hope Now||Rueben||2010|
|Red Alert 3: Uprising||Sergei||2009||Video Game|
|Without a Trace||Dimitri Melvychenko||2009||1 Episode:Heartbeats|
|My Own Worst Enemy: Conspiracy Theory||Oliver Chelovich/John Bentley||2008||Various Episodes|
|Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3||Sergei||2008||Video Game|
|NCIS||Danny Coyle||2007||1 Episode:Requiem|
|Starship Troopers 3: Marauder||Bull Brittles||2008||Worldwide Release|
|My Super Ex Girlfriend||Leo||2006||Worldwide Release|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Phil Bartoli||2005||1 Episode:Unchained|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Milan Zergin||2004||1 Episode:Night|
|All My Children||Guard Berger||2003||Various Episodes|
|Midnight Club||Primo||2003||Video Game|
|Astoria||Nick||2000||US & Greece Theatrical|
|The Sopranos||Gaetano Giarizzio||2000||1 Episode:Full Leather Jacket|
|Guiding Light||Mr Black||2000||Various Episodes|
|A Beautiful Mind||Lab Technician||2000||Worldwide Release|
|Pulp Comics: The Jim Breuer Show||Dan Schaffner||1998||1 Episode|
|Late Night with Conan O'Brien||Antonio||1996||Various Episodes|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stelio Savante.|
- Official website
- Stelio Savante at the Internet Movie Database
- Stelio Savante on Twitter
- Stelio Savante on Facebook
- Official SAG awards Press Release - "Stelio Savante SAG Award Nomination"
- Broadway World Coverage - "110 Stories Opening Night"
- USOPEN Interview - "Savante produces 9/11 History"
- A Million Colours Review - Spling
- A Million Colours Review - Biz Community
- A Million Colours Review - All About Mzansi