Ben Savage

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Ben Savage
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Savage at the 2015 ATX TV Festival
Bennett Joseph Savage

(1980-09-13) September 13, 1980 (age 39)
Alma materStanford University
Years active1988–present
RelativesFred Savage (brother)
Kala Savage (sister)

Bennett Joseph Savage (born September 13, 1980) is an American actor. He played the lead role of Cory Matthews on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World (1993–2000) and its Disney Channel sequel Girl Meets World (2014–2017).

Early life[edit]

Savage was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Joanne and Lewis Savage, who were an industrial real estate broker and a consultant.[1] His elder brother is actor/director Fred Savage, and his elder 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]


Savage made his film debut at the age of 9 in his elder brother Fred Savage's 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. He also guest starred on his brother Fred's TV series The Wonder Years in the season three episode The St. Valentine's Day Massacre as a cupid-esque character named Curtis Hartsell.

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).

Ben is best known for his role as lead character Cory Matthews on the hit TV sitcom Boy Meets World from 1993 until 2000. 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, 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).[3]

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.[4]

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 in April 2007.

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.[5]

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. He also guest starred on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up playing Andy Burns.

In November 2012, Savage announced via his Twitter account that he had signed on to the Boy Meets World spin-off series, Girl Meets World.[6] The series premiered on Disney Channel on June 27, 2014, and features Savage's character Cory and his Boy Meets World love interest Topanga (Danielle Fishel) married in their adult years with two children. The series follows Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley (Rowan Blanchard) as she enters middle school and tries to navigate through life. Besides being Riley's father, Cory is also her history teacher in this series; in addition to his on-screen role, Savage also directed some episodes of the series. On August 6, 2014, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second season. On November 25, 2015, the show was renewed for a third season.[7]

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.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Little Monsters Eric Stevenson Debut role
1992 Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even Sam
1994 Clifford Roger
2002 Swimming Upstream 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
The Caterpillar's Kimono Lincoln
2013 Girl Meets Boy Scott


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Dear John Matthew Lacey Recurring role, 5 episodes
1990 The Wonder Years Curtis Hartsell Episode: "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"
A Family for Joe Chris Bankston Main role, 9 episodes
Hurricane Sam Sam Kelvin Television film
1992 She Woke Up Andy Television film
1993 Wild Palms Coty Wyckoff Miniseries
1993–2000 Boy Meets World Cory Matthews Lead role
1994 Aliens for Breakfast Richard Television film
1996 Maybe This Time Cory Matthews Episode: "Acting Out"
1997 Party of Five Stuart Episodes: "Close to You", "Christmas"
1998 Adventures from the Book of Virtues Jinkyswoitmaya (voice) Episode: "Determination"[9]
2005 Still Standing Seth Cosella Episode: "Still the Boss"
Phil of the Future Himself Episode: "Time Release Capsule"
2007 Making It Legal Todd Television film
2008 Chuck Mark Ratner Episode: "Chuck Versus the Cougars"
Without a Trace Kirby Morris Episode: "Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg"
2011 Shake It Up Andy Burns Episode: "Review It Up"
Bones Hugh Burnside Episode: "The Male in the Mail"
2012 Lake Effects Carl Television film
2014–2017 Girl Meets World Cory Matthews Main role; director (10 episodes)
2015 Criminal Minds Young Jason Gideon Episode: "Nelson's Sparrow"
2017 Still the King Gene 4 episodes
2018 Speechless Stuart Episode: "L-O-N--LONDON: Part 1"

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Award Category Work Result
1990 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture Little Monsters Nominated


Year Award Category Work Result
1994 Young Artist Awards Best Youth Actor Leading Role in a Television Series 'Ben Savage'
"Boy Meets World"
1997 Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Leading Young Actor Nominated
1998 Nominated
YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Comedy TV Series Nominated
2000 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Television Friends Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards[10] Choice Summer TV Show Girl Meets World Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards[11] Choice TV Show: Comedy Nominated
Creative Arts Emmy Awards[12] Outstanding Children's Program Nominated
2016 Kids' Choice Awards[13] Favorite TV Show Nominated
Artios Awards[14] Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action) Won
Teen Choice Awards[15] Choice Summer TV Show Nominated


  1. ^ "Fred Savage Biography (1976–)". Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Don Shirley (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". Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Mark Goodman. "Young Savage". People. 40 (18).
  4. ^ "Ben Savage". JUF. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "Palo Alto". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Ausiello, Michael (26 November 2012). "Exclusive: Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel Officially Join Girl Meets World Pilot".
  7. ^ Andy Swift (November 25, 2015). "Girl Meets World Renewed for Season 3". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Anna Coutts (April 8, 2005). "What ever happened to... Ben Savage?". The Gazette. London, Ontario, Canada. Archived from the original on June 11, 2011.
  9. ^ "Determination". Adventures from the Book of Virtues. Season 2. Episode 2. February 22, 1998. PBS.
  10. ^ Kimberly Nordyke (August 10, 2014). "Teen Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "Creative Arts Emmys Show". Emmys. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  13. ^ Joi-Marie McKenzie (March 13, 2016). "Kids' Choice Awards 2016: The Complete Winners List". ABC News. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  14. ^ Ross A. Lincoln (January 21, 2016). "The 31st Annual Casting Society Arios Awards: Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Maya Eliahou (June 9, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016--Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved September 7, 2017.

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