Josh Saviano

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Josh Saviano
Born (1976-03-31) March 31, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationLawyer, former child actor
Years active1988–1993, 2014–2015
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)

Josh Saviano (born March 31, 1976) is an American lawyer and former child actor who played Kevin Arnold's best friend, Paul Joshua Pfeiffer, in the comedy-drama television show The Wonder Years.

Life and career[edit]

Saviano was born in White Plains, New York and raised in Northern New Jersey,[1] the son of Jane, who is Jewish and Ralph Saviano, an Italian American who is a financial consultant.[2] Unlike the character that made him a household name, Saviano is half-Jewish.


His role in The Wonder Years was one of his few television or movie roles. His first television appearance was a one-liner role in a commercial for Aim toothpaste. Saviano's other roles were as Kid Belz in the movie The Wrong Guys in 1988 and Max Plotkin in the made-for-TV movie Camp Cucamonga in 1990. He appeared in an uncredited cameo in the 1989 movie The Wizard starring Fred Savage. He guest starred on the show The Ray Bradbury Theater in 1989 as Willie and on Reading Rainbow and Fun House as himself. Saviano once starred in a television commercial for the Oldsmobile Silhouette.

Saviano stopped acting, went to college and became a lawyer, but from 2014 to 2015, Saviano returned to television to play a lawyer in three episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.


Saviano majored in Political Science at Yale University where he became president of Sigma Nu fraternity.[3] Upon graduation in 1998, he worked for a while as a paralegal for a New York City law firm. In 2000, he worked for an Internet firm before earning a J.D. degree from Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in August of the same year. He was admitted to the bar in New York. He joined the law firm Morrison Cohen LLP[4] becoming a Senior Counsel in 2011 and Partner in 2013. He left Morrison Cohen in 2015 to found two start-up endeavors: law firm JDS Legal and celebrity brand consultancy Act 3 Advisors.[5]


  1. ^ "Thechat". August 7, 2006. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  2. ^ Green, Tom (April 11, 1989). "Josh Saviano, no small `Wonder'". Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  3. ^ "Josh Saviano Law School".
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  5. ^ "Josh Saviano". Retrieved July 18, 2015.

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