Fred Savage

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Fred Savage
FredSavage1989.jpg
Savage in 1989
Born Frederick Aaron Savage
(1976-07-09) July 9, 1976 (age 39)
Highland Park, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater Stanford University
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Lynn Stone
(2004–present)
Children 3
Relatives Ben Savage (brother)
Kala Savage (sister)

Frederick Aaron "Fred" Savage (born July 9, 1976)[1] is an American actor, director, and producer.[2] He is best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the American television series The Wonder Years. He has earned several awards and nominations, such as People's Choice Awards and Young Artist Awards.

Early life[edit]

Savage was born in Highland Park, Illinois, the son of Joanne and Lewis Savage, who was an industrial real estate broker and consultant.[1] Fred grew up in Glencoe, IL, before moving out to California. His brother is actor Ben Savage, and his sister is actress/musician Kala Savage. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland, Ukraine, Germany, and Latvia.[3] He was raised Reform Jewish.

Education[edit]

Savage was educated at Brentwood School, a private co-educational day school in Brentwood, in the Westside area of Los Angeles County in California. He graduated from Stanford University in 1999, with a bachelor's degree in English and as a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Savage's first screen performance was in the television show Morningstar/Eveningstar, at age 9. He then appeared onscreen in The Boy Who Could Fly, Dinosaurs!, and several television shows, including The Twilight Zone and Crime Story before gaining national attention as the grandson in the 1987 film The Princess Bride opposite Peter Falk.

In 1988, Savage appeared as Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years, the role for which he is best known, and for which he received two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy[4] nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. At the age of thirteen he was the youngest actor ever to receive these honors. He remained on the show until it ended in 1993. During this period, he appeared in several films, most notably Vice Versa (1988), and also starred in Little Monsters. After The Wonder Years, Savage primarily did guest and supporting roles, such as the show Boy Meets World (which starred his brother Ben) and in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember as The Mole.

Savage has lent his voice to several animated projects, including Family Guy, Kim Possible, Justice League Unlimited, Oswald, and Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen. His two lead roles since The Wonder Years were on the short-lived sitcoms Working and Crumbs.

Savage appeared as a serial rapist on a 2003 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and as a womanizing professor on Boy Meets World. He ranked at #27 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.

In July 2008, Savage guest-starred in the web series The Rascal on Crackle.[5]

In 2015, Savage returned to acting with the Fox series The Grinder.[6] Producer Nick Stoller approached Savage about playing the role of Stewart on The Grinder.[6] Savage was uninterested in acting at first but agreed to meet with the producers of the series because his children attended school with Stoller's children.[6] Savage eventually agreed to take on the role.[6]

Directing and Producing[edit]

In 1999, Savage began his directing career in which he helmed episodes of over a dozen television series. Savage's first directing credit was on the short-lived NBC sitcom Working which also starred Savage.[7] Following Working, Savage began observing production on the Disney Channel show Even Stevens to further learn the craft of directing.[7] Savage also learned by shadowing Amy Sherman-Palladino, Todd Holland, and James Burrows.

His credits include Boy Meets World, Drake & Josh and Ned's Declassified for Nickelodeon, as well as That's So Raven, Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place for Disney Channel. Additionally, Savage has directed for prime-time network sitcoms including Modern Family and 2 Broke Girls.[7]

Besides directing several episodes, Savage co-produced the Disney Channel Original Series Phil of the Future. In 2007, he was nominated for a Directors Guild award for the Phil episode "Not-So-Great-Great Grandpa".

Savage has served as a producer for several episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends with Benefits, Party Down, Phil of the Future, The Crazy Ones, and Happy Endings.

In 2007, he made his feature film directing debut with the film Daddy Day Camp.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Savage is married to his childhood friend Jennifer Lynn Stone. They have two sons and a daughter.[8]

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Boy Who Could Fly Louis Michaelson Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Young Actor – Motion Picture
1987 Dinosaurs! - A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time! Phillip
1987 The Princess Bride the Grandson Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor – Motion Picture
1988 Vice Versa Charlie Seymour / Marshall Seymour Saturn Award for Best Young Performer
1988 Runaway Ralph Garfiel 'Garf' Jerrniga
1989 Little Monsters Brian Stevenson
1989 The Wizard Corey Woods Nominated– Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor – Motion Picture
1997 A Guy Walks Into a Bar Josh Cohen short
1998 Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Narrator
2002 The Rules of Attraction 'A Junkie Named Marc'
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Number Three/Mole
2004 The Last Run Steven Goodson
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Bullard

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Twilight Zone Jeff Mattingly
1986–1987 Morningstar/Eveningstar Alan Bishop
1987 Convicted: A Mother's Story Matthew Nickerson TV film
1988 ABC Weekend Special: Runaway Ralph Garfield
1988 Run Till You Fall David Reuben TV film
1988–1993 The Wonder Years Kevin Arnold Lead role;
115 episodes
People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Performer
(1989–90)
Viewers for Quality Television Award Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
(1989–90)
Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Television Series
(1988–89)
Nominated– Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
(1989–90)
Nominated– Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
(1989–90)
1990 When You Remember Me Mike Mills TV film
1990 Saturday Night Live Himself Host
1991 Christmas on Division Street Trevor Atwood
1992 Seinfeld Himself Episode: "The Trip"
1996 No One Would Tell Bobby Tennison TV film
1996 How Do You Spell God? Narrator
1997–1999 Working Matt Peyser Lead role;
39 episodes
1998 Boy Meets World Stuart Episode: "Everybody Loves Stuart"
2001–2003 Oswald Oswald Voice role
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Michael Gardner Episode: "Futility"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Hawk
2006 Crumbs Mitch Crumb
2006 Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen Rusty Voice role
2009 Family Guy Himself Voice role
Episode: "Fox-y Lady"
2010 Big Time Rush Director Episode: "Big Time Christmas"
2010–2013 Generator Rex Noah Voice role
2011 Mr. Sunshine Himself
2011 Happy Endings Himself
2014–present BoJack Horseman Goober
2015–present The Grinder Stewart Sanderson Lead role
Nominated–Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series

As director[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Notes
2007 Daddy Day Camp Feature film directorial debut
Nominated– Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
1999 Working 1 episode
1999–2000 Boy Meets World 2 episodes
2001 All About Us 2 episodes
2001–2002 Even Stevens 2 episodes
2003–2005 That's So Raven 2 episodes
2004–2005 Unfabulous 5 episodes
2004–2006 Phil of the Future 9 episodes, also producer
Nominated–Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Children's Program
(Episode: "Not So Great Great Great Grandpa")
2004 Drake & Josh 1 episode
2004–2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide 6 episodes
2005 Kitchen Confidential 1 episode
2005 Zoey 101 2 episodes
2005 What I Like About You 1 episode
2007 Cavemen 1 episode
2007 Hannah Montana 1 episode
2007–2008 Aliens in America 4 episodes
2007–2010 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 18 episodes, also producer
2007–2008 Wizards of Waverly Place 3 episodes
Nominated– Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Children's Program
(Episode "The Crazy 10 Minute Sale")
2008 Ugly Betty 1 episode
2008 Worst Week 1 episode
2009–2010 Party Down 9 episodes, also producer and supervising producer
2009 Zeke and Luther pilot episode
Nominated– Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Children's Program
(Episode "Pilot")
2009 Ruby & The Rockits 1 episode
2009 Greek 2 episodes
2010 Sons of Tucson 1 episode
2010 Big Time Rush 1 episode
2010 Blue Mountain State 2 episodes
2010–present Modern Family 7 episodes
2011 Gigantic 2 episodes
2011 Happy Endings 3 episodes
2011 How to Be a Gentleman 2 episodes
2011 Perfect Couples 2 episodes
2011 Breaking In 1 episode
2011 Franklin & Bash 1 episode
2011 Friends with Benefits 1 episode
2011–present 2 Broke Girls 13 episodes
2011 Mr. Sunshine 1 episode
2012 Whitney 1 episode
2012 Best Friends Forever 6 episodes
2013 The Crazy Ones 2 episodes
2014 Garfunkel and Oates (TV series) 8 episodes[9]
2014 The Goldbergs 1 episode
2014 Playing House 2 episodes
2015 Sin City Saints 2 episodes
2015 Casual 2 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fred Savage Biography (1976-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  2. ^ Lee, Felicia R. (2006-01-19). "A Sitcom 70's Child Grows Up to Be an Alter Ego". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  3. ^ Shirley, Don (2001-12-16). "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". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  4. ^ "Fred Savage Emmy Nominated". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  5. ^ "International Espionage and Comedy with ‘The Rascal’". Tilzy.TV. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  6. ^ a b c d Snierson, Dan (7 October 2015). "How Fred Savage went from actor to director to actor again with The Grinder". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d Rose, Lacey (3 May 2012). "Fred Savage's Never-Ending Wonder Years as TV's Hot Comedy Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  8. ^ White, Nicholas (January 28, 2008). "Fred Savage & Wife Expecting Second Child". People. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fred Savage to Direct and Executive Produce Garfunkel and Oates". IFC. 

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