John Savage (actor)
John Smeallie Youngs|
August 25, 1949
Old Bethpage, New York, U.S.
Susan Youngs (1967–1969; divorced; 2 children)|
Sandi Schultz (1993–2003; divorced)
|Partner(s)||Blanca Blanco (2008-present)|
Jennifer Youngs (b. 1968)|
John Savage (born John Smeallie Youngs; August 25, 1949) is an American actor, best known for his roles in the films The Deer Hunter, The Onion Field, Hair, Salvador, The Last Full Measure, In Dubious Battle, and the television shows Goliath and Twin Peaks. He is also known for his role as Donald Lydecker in the TV series Dark Angel.
Savage was born in Old Bethpage, New York, to Muriel (née Smeallie), a housewife, and Floyd-Jones Youngs, an insurance salesman who served on Guadalcanal during World War II with the Marine Corps. His sisters are Boston-based radio and television personality Robin Young and actress Gail Youngs. His brother is actor Jim Youngs.
One of Savage's most notable roles is as Claude Bukowski in Miloš Forman's 1979 film Hair. His first major film role was as Steven Pushkov in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter, the story of a group of Russian American steel workers during the Vietnam War, opposite Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. The film's 40th anniversary was celebrated in 2018. He also had a lead role in the 1979 film The Onion Field, based on the true story of policeman Karl Hettinger's personal struggle after witnessing the murder of his partner.
In 1991, he starred in Italian director Lucio Fulci's final film Door to Silence, a psychological thriller shot in Louisiana. He then had a brief role in Terrence Malick's 1998 war film The Thin Red Line, portrayed Captain Ransom in the two part episode Equinox from television series Star Trek: Voyager in 1999, and appeared in the recurring role of Donald Lydecker in the first and second seasons of the 2000 television series Dark Angel.
Shortly after, he appeared in the recurring role of Henry Scudder in the HBO television series Carnivàle between 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he made a guest star appearance on NBC crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He lent his voice to a monologue on the title track of the album This Town by Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas which was released on February 18, 2008. In September 2009, he appeared in the second episode of Season 2 of the Fox network drama Fringe.
He starred in Vernon Mortensen's 2013 western thriller The Sorrow opposite Kirk Harris and Michael Madsen. In 2015, he appeared in the horror film Tales of Halloween, and the following year he played a supporting role in the 2016 film Hit List. In 2017, he appeared in the films Fake News, The Last Full Measure and James Franco's In Dubious Battle, and on the popular television show Twin Peaks. In 2018, he appeared on the television show Goliath.
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- Gibbsville (1976, TV Series) as Jim Malloy
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- Hair (1979) as Claude Hooper Bukowski
- The Onion Field (1979) as Det. Karl Francis Hettinger
- Inside Moves (1980) as Roary
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- Salvador (1986) as John Cassady
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- Point of View (1989)
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- Carnosaur 2 (1995) as Jack Reed
- OP Center (1995) as Bob Herbert
- Død Kalm (The X-Files) (1995) (TV episode) as Henry Trondheim
- The Conversion (The Outer Limits) (1995) as Lucas
- The Crossing Guard (1995) as Bobby
- The Takeover (1995) as Greg
- Fatal Choice (1995) as Drury
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- One Good Turn (1996) as Santapietro
- Where Truth Lies (1996) as Dr. Ian Lazarre
- American Strays (1996) as Dwayne
- Walker Texas Ranger (1996) as Sergeant Major Tom Hawkins
- The Mouse (1996) as Bruce 'The Mouse' Strauss
- Little Boy Blue (1997) as Ray West
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- Ultimo taglio (1997) as Leo
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- Club Vampire (1998) as Zero
- Lost Souls (1998) as Victor Robinson
- The Thin Red Line (1998) as Sgt. McCron
- Centurion Force (1998)
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- Message in a Bottle (1999) as Johnny Land
- The Jack Bull (1999) as Slater
- Summer of Sam (1999) as Simon
- Equinox (Star Trek: Voyager) (1999) (TV - 2 part episode) as Captain Rudy Ransom
- Ghost Soldier (1999)
- The Virginian (2000) as Steve
- Christina's House (2000) as James Tarling
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- Dead Man's Run (2001) as Carver
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- Dark Angel (2000–2001, TV Series) as Donald Lydecker
- Redemption of the Ghost (2002) as Sheriff Rollie Burns
- The Anarchist Cookbook (2002) as Johnny Red
- Intoxicating (2003) as William Shanley
- Easy Sex (2003) as Frank Iverson
- Carnivàle (2003–2005, TV Series) as Henry 'Hack' Scudder
- Shortcut to Happiness (2003) as Johnny (uncredited)
- Alien Lockdown (2004) as Dr. Woodman
- Fallacy (2004) as Heathcliff
- Sucker Free City (2004) as Anderson Wade
- Admissions (2004) as Harry Brighton
- Downtown: A Street Tale (2004) as H2O
- Iowa (2005) as Irv Huffman
- Confessions of a Pit Fighter (2005) as McGee
- Love's Long Journey (2005) as Trent
- The New World (2005) as Savage
- Kill Your Darlings (2006) as Rock
- The Drop (2006) as Mr. Zero
- Shut Up and Shoot! (2006) as Marty Pearlheimer
- The Attic (2007) as Graham Callan
- The Grift (2008) as William Bender
- From a Place of Darkness (2008) as Vic
- Boiler Maker (2008) as JJ
- The Coverup (2008) as Thomas Thacker
- The Golden Boys (2008) as Web Saunders
- The Violent Kind (2008) as George Malloy
- Anytown (2009) as News Producer
- Handsome Harry (2009) as Peter Rheems
- Qi chuan xu xu (2009) as Frank Dreibelbis
- Buffalo Bushido (2009) as Vendetti
- Remembering Nigel (2009) as Himself
- The Red Canvas (2009)
- Dreamkiller (2010) as Agent Barnes
- Bereavement (2010) as Ted
- A Small Town Called Descent (2010) as Father Scully
- Bed & Breakfast (2010) as Mr. Harvey
- The Right to Bear Arms (2010) as Brutal Magnus
- Colombian Interviews (2011) as James
- The Last Gamble (2011) as John
- Nichirin no isan (2011) as Douglas MacArthur
- The Orphan Killer (2011) as Detective Walker
- Hit List (2011) as Walter Murphy
- Assassins' Code (2011) as Arlo
- Sweetwater (2012) as Calvin Kabral
- The Black Dove (2012) as Jake Williams
- Sins Expiation (2012) as Father Karl
- Art Of Submission (2012) as Harbin Rask
- Open Road (2013) as Carl
- The Sorrow Man (2013) as Father Bill
- Real Gangsters (2013) as Ted Roberts
- Gemini Rising (2013) as Manning
- Awakened (2013) as Jack Winston
- A Star for Rose (2013) as Mort
- Defending Santa (2013) as Judge Willis
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- Discarded (2013) as Jay
- Bullet (2014) as Governor Johnson
- Bermuda Tentacles (2014) as President DeSteno
- Fort Bliss (2014) as Mike Swann
- See How They Run (2014) as The Codger
- The Lookalike (2014) as William Spinks
- Cry of the Butterfly (2014) as William Berman
- Cleaners (2014, TV Series) as Marcus Walker
- The Big Fat Stone (2014) as Robert Tanninger
- Nephilim (2014) as Father Samuel (voice)
- The Sparrows: Nesting (2015) as Marvin
- We Will Be the World Champions (2015) as William Jones
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- Beverly Hills Christmas (2015) as Mr. Winters
- Sensory Perception (2015) as President of United Earth
- Last Call at Murray's (2016) as Bennett
- Teen Star Academy (2016) as Burt
- Texas Heart (2016) as Carl
- In Dubious Battle (2016) as Dan
- American Romance (2016) as Emery Reed
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- The Neighborhood (2017) as Vito Bello
- Torch (2017) as August Lewin
- Spreading Darkness (2017) as Brett
- Fake News (2017) as President Wayne Walker
- Going Vertical (2017) as Hank Aiba
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- Hold On (2017) as Dr. Siedhoff
- The Dog of Christmas (2018) as Ron
- Down's Revenge (2018) as Dr. Sorkin
- Betrayed (2018) as Mayor Alderman
- 40 and Single (2018) as Stewart Temple
- Mission Possible (2018) as Captain Ted
- Followed (2018) as Wallace
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- The Islands (2018) as Henry Thornton
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- Insight (2019) as Frank
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- Ovid and the Art of Love as Augustus
- Star Trek Equinox: The Night of Time as Captain Rudy Ransom
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