Devon Sawa

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Devon Sawa
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Sawa in 2019
Devon Edward Sawa

(1978-09-07) September 7, 1978 (age 43)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active1989–present
Notable work
Dawni Sahanovitch
(m. 2013)

Devon Edward Sawa (born September 7, 1978) is a Canadian actor. Sawa began acting when he was a teenager and appeared in several films in the 1990s including Little Giants, Casper, Now and Then, Wild America, Idle Hands, and Final Destination. He also played the title character of the Eminem music video "Stan" and starred as Owen Elliot in The CW action spy drama series Nikita.

Early life[edit]

Sawa was born on September 7, 1978,[1] in Vancouver, the son of Joyce and Edward Sawa, a mechanic. He has two older siblings. His father is Polish, and his mother is "a little bit of everything".[2]


Sawa began his career in 1992 as a children's action toy spokesman. He made his film debut in Little Giants in 1994 and received wide recognition for playing the title role as a human boy in Casper the following year. In Now and Then, Sawa played the town bully, Scott Wormer. Sawa also appeared in the films Wild America, Idle Hands, and Final Destination. In 2000, Sawa played the title character of the Eminem music video "Stan".[3] Sawa later did voice acting, voicing Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. Sawa continued to work steadily in the 2000s and appeared in several independent films, including Extreme Dating, Shooting Gallery, Devil's Den, Creature Of Darkness, Endure, 388 Arletta Avenue, The Philly Kid, and A Resurrection.[4][5]

In 2010, Sawa portrayed the role of Owen Elliott on The CW action drama series Nikita.[6][7] In July 2012, he was promoted to series regular in the third season of Nikita; the show ended after four seasons in 2013.[8] In 2017, Sawa portrayed the role of Nico Jackson in Somewhere Between; the show ended after one season. Sawa appeared as Lester Clark Jr. in Escape Plan: The Extractors.[9] In 2019, he starred in the thriller The Fanatic, where he played Hunter Dunbar, an actor who is stalked by a character named Moose. The movie was directed by Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst.

Personal life[edit]

Sawa is married to Canadian producer Dawni Sahanovitch. They wed in 2013.[10] They have two children together, a son born in 2014 and a daughter born in 2016.[11][12][13]

Sawa has described himself as being irreligious and an atheist but supportive of religious freedoms.[14][15]

In June 2022, Sawa gave a lengthy interview to The Independent, where he said that he smoked marijuana to help him film Casper. Sawa also said that between 2004 and 2009, he "drank a lot" until going sober after meeting his wife in Vancouver and doing real estate there.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Little Giants Junior Floyd
1995 Casper Casper McFadden (human form)
1995 Now and Then Scott Wormer
1997 The Boys Club Eric
1997 Wild America Mark Stouffer
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Noah Ward
1998 SLC Punk! Sean
1998 Around the Fire Simon Harris
1999 Idle Hands Anton Tobias
2000 Final Destination Alex Browning
2000 The Guilty Nathan Corrigan
2000 Eminem: E Stan Segment: "Stan"
2002 Slackers Dave Goodman
2002 Extreme Ops Will
2005 Extreme Dating Daniel Roenick
2005 Shooting Gallery Paul the Pawn Direct to video
2006 Devil's Den Quinn
2009 Creature of Darkness Andrew
2010 Random Walk Short film
2010 Endure Zeth Arnold
2011 388 Arletta Avenue Bill Burrows
2012 The Philly Kid Jake
2013 A Resurrection Travis
2014 A Warden's Ransom Miller
2015 The Exorcism of Molly Hartley John Barrow Direct-to-video
2015 Life on the Line Duncan
2016 Punk's Dead Sean
2019 Escape Plan: The Extractors Lester Clark Jr.
2019 The Fanatic Hunter Dunbar
2019 Jarhead: Law of Return Ronan Jackson
2020 Disturbing the Peace Diablo
2020 Hunter Hunter Joseph Mersault
2020 Death Rider in the House of Vampires Death Rider
2021 Black Friday Ken
2022 Gasoline Alley Jimmy Jayne


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Unsub Young John Wesley Episode: "And the Dead Shall Rise to Condemn Thee: Part 2"
1992–1994 The Odyssey Yudo Episodes: "The Believers", "The Hall of Darkness", "The Prophecy"
1993 Sherlock Holmes Returns Young Booth TV film
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Hank Valen Episode: "The Hanging"
1995–1996 Action Man Additional voices 26 episodes
1996 Night of the Twisters Dan Hatch TV film
1996 Robin of Locksley Robin McAllister TV film
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Flash Thompson (voice) Episode: "Flash Memory"
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Matt Bernhart Episode: "The Bank Job"
2010–2013 Nikita Owen Elliot / Sam Matthews Recurring role (seasons 1–2); main role (seasons 3–4)
2015 Broad Squad Patrick Byrne TV film
2016 Real Detective Eddie Herman Episode: "Redemption"
2017 Somewhere Between Nico Jackson Main role
2018 Hawaii Five-0 Brad Woodward Episode: "O Ka Mea Ua Hala, Ua Hala Ia"/"What Is Gone Is Gone"
2020 MacGyver Donovan James O' Mailey Episode: " Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey "
2021 Chucky Logan Wheeler / Lucas Wheeler Recurring role
2021 Magnum P.I. Robbie Nelson 2 episodes
2022 Hacks Jason Episode: "The Click"


Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie / Mini-Series – Young Actor Night of the Twisters Nominated
1999 Teen Choice Awards Most Disgusting Film Scene[a] Idle Hands Nominated
2000 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Idle Hands Nominated
2001 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Final Destination Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor – Horror Final Destination Nominated
2021 HNiD Awards Best Supporting Actor Hunter Hunter Runner-up[17]


  1. ^ For the scene where Sawa's character in Idle Hands, Anton, discovers his cat licking his mother's eyeball.


  1. ^ "Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 5-11". Associated Press. August 30, 2021. Retrieved August 30, 2021. Sept. 7... Actor Devon Sawa (Slackers, Final Destination) is 43.
  2. ^ Bailey, Andy (February 2000). "Devon Sawa - Brief Article - Interview". Find Articles. Archived from the original on September 20, 2004.
  3. ^ D. Sawa Filmography: "Stan" Archived October 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Cato, Jason (December 8, 2010). "Wilkinsburg native producing star-studded 'Sibling' in Pittsburgh". Archived from the original on December 16, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Creepy, Uncle (December 8, 2010). "Devon Sawa Meets His Sibling". Dread Central. Retrieved July 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (August 26, 2010). "'Nikita': Devon Sawa will guest star as a new nemesis". Zap2it. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  7. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (April 13, 2011). "Nikita's Devon Sawa: There's No "Nikita-Owen Love Thing Going On"... for Now". TV Guide. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
  8. ^ Masters, Megan (July 11, 2012). "Exclusive: Nikita Promotes Devon Sawa to Series Regular in Season 3". TVLine.
  9. ^ Hawson, Fred (July 12, 2019). "Movie review: Chinese actors take spotlight from Stallone in 'Escape Plan 3'". ABS-CBN. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  10. ^ "Baby Girl on the Way for Devon Sawa; Wife Dawni Is Pregnant". Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Devon Sawa Welcomes Daughter Scarlett Heleena". People. March 22, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Michaud, Sarah (January 16, 2014). "Devon Sawa Welcomes Son Hudson". People. Archived from the original on January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Devon Sawa Welcomes Daughter Scarlett Heleena". Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  14. ^ Sawa, Devon [@DevonESawa] (March 17, 2018). "I'll respect your religion as long as you respect me not having one. I don't care WHAT gets you through life with a smile on your face, as long as it doesn't affect me" (Tweet). Retrieved August 18, 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Sawa, Devon [@DevonESawa] (June 13, 2018). "I'm a Polish atheist!" (Tweet). Retrieved August 18, 2020 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Brodsky, Rachel (June 8, 2022). "Devon Sawa: 'I had to smoke pot in movies and be in a hip-hop video to get away from Casper'". The Independent. Retrieved June 25, 2022.
  17. ^ Nowicki, Albert (January 11, 2021). "Druga edycja nagród HNiD". His Name is Death (in Polish). Retrieved January 11, 2021.

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