Fredrick Aaron "Fred" Savage (born July 9, 1976) is an American actor, director and producer of television and film. He is best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the American television series The Wonder Years and as the grandson in The Princess Bride.
In recent years, he has directed and produced numerous episodes of television series, such as Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Hannah Montana, and Phil of the Future, as well as the primetime series Ugly Betty, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Modern Family, Happy Endings, 2 Broke Girls and Party Down.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Acting career
- 3 Behind-the-scenes career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Awards
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early life[edit | edit source]
Savage was born in Chicago. The son of Joanne and Lewis Savage, who was an industrial real estate broker and consultant. 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.
Acting career[edit | edit source]
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 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 Number Three.
He 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.
Behind-the-scenes career[edit | edit source]
In 1999, Savage began his directing career in which he helmed episodes of over a dozen television series. His credits include Boy Meets World, Zoey 101, Drake & Josh, Ned's Declassified, and Big Time Rush for Nickelodeon, as well as That's So Raven, Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place for Disney Channel.
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".
Personal life[edit | edit source]
He is married to his childhood friend, Jennifer Lynn Stone. They have three children: two sons and a daughter.
Filmography[edit | edit source]
Films[edit | edit source]
- The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) as Louis Michaelson
- Dinosaurs! - A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time! (1987) as Philip
- The Princess Bride (1987) as the Grandson
- Vice Versa (1988) as Charlie Seymour / Marshall Seymour
- Little Monsters (1989) as Brian Stevenson
- The Wizard (1989) as Corey Woods
- No One Would Tell (1996) as Bobby Tennison
- A Guy Walks Into a Bar (short film) (1997) as Josh Cohen
- Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998)
- The Rules of Attraction (2002) as 'A Junkie Named Marc'
- Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as Number Three/Mole
- The Last Run (2004) as Steven Goodson
- Welcome to Mooseport (2004) as Bullard
Television[edit | edit source]
- The Twilight Zone (1986) as Jeff Mattingly
- Morningstar/Eveningstar (1986–1987) as Alan Bishop
- Convicted: A Mother's Story (TV film) (1987) as Matthew Nickerson
- ABC Weekend Special: Runaway Ralph (1988) as Garfield
- Run Till You Fall (TV film) (1988) as David Reuben
- The Wonder Years (1988–1993) as Kevin Arnold
- When You Remember Me (TV film) (1990) as Mike Mills
- Saturday Night Live (1990) as Himself (host)
- Christmas on Division Street (TV film) (1991) as Trevor Atwood
- Seinfeld ("The Trip") (1992) as Himself
- No One Would Tell (TV film) (1996) as Bobby Tennison
- How Do You Spell God? (1996) as Narrator
- Working (1997–1999) as Matt Peyser
- Boy Meets World (Episode: "Everybody Loves Stuart") (1998) as Stuart
- Area 52 (TV film) (2001) as Chase Auberg
- Oswald (2001–2003) as Oswald (voice)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Episode: "Futility") (2003) as Michael Gardner
- Justice League Unlimited (2004) as Hawk
- Big Time Rush (Episode: "Big Time Christmas") (2010) as Director
- Crumbs (2006) as Mitch Crumb
- Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen (2006) as Rusty (voice)
- Family Guy (Episode: "Fox-y Lady") (2009) as Himself (voice)
- Generator Rex (2010–present) as Noah (voice)
- Mr. Sunshine (2011) as Himself
- Happy Endings (2011) as Himself
Directing credits[edit | edit source]
- Working (1999) 1 episode
- Boy Meets World (1999–2000) 2 episodes
- All About Us (2001) 2 episodes
- Even Stevens (2001–2002) 2 episodes
- Drake & Josh (2004) 1 episode
- Kitchen Confidential (2005) 1 episode
- Zoey 101 (2005) 2 episodes
- What I Like About You (2005) 1 episode
- That's So Raven (2003–2005) 2 episodes
- Unfabulous (2004–2005) 5 episodes
- Phil of the Future (2004–2006) 9 episodes, also producer
- Cavemen (2007) 1 episode
- Hannah Montana (2007) 1 episodes
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (2004–2007) 6 episodes
- Daddy Day Camp (2007) (theatrical film, Tristar Pictures)
- Aliens in America (2007–2008) 4 episodes
- Wizards of Waverly Place (2007–2008) 3 episodes
- Ugly Betty (2008) 1 episode
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2007–2010) 18 episodes, also producer
- Worst Week (2008) 1 episode
- Party Down (2009–2010) 9 episodes, also producer and supervising producer
- Zeke and Luther (2009) pilot episode
- Ruby & The Rockits (2009) 1 episode
- Greek (2009) 2 episodes
- Sons of Tucson (2010) 1 episode
- Big Time Rush (2010) 1 episode
- Blue Mountain State (2010) 2 episodes
- Gigantic (2011) 2 episodes
- Happy Endings (2011) 3 episodes
- How to Be a Gentleman (2011) 2 episodes
- Perfect Couples (2011) 2 episodes
- Modern Family (2011, 2013) 3 episodes
- Breaking In (2011) 1 episode
- Franklin & Bash (2011) 1 episode
- Friends with Benefits (2011) 1 episode
- 2 Broke Girls (2011–2012) 6 episodes
- Mr. Sunshine (2011) 1 episode
- Whitney (2012) 1 episode
- Best Friends Forever (2012) 6 episodes
Awards[edit | edit source]
|2006||Nominated||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for: Phil of the Future (episode "Not So Great Great Great Grandpa")|
|2007||Nominated||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for: Wizards of Waverly Place (episode "The Crazy 10 Minute Sale")|
|2009||Nominated||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for: Zeke and Luther (pilot episode)|
|1989||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for: The Wonder Years|
|1990||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for: The Wonder Years|
|1989||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for: The Wonder Years|
|1990||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical for The Wonder Years|
|1989||Won||Favorite Young TV Performer for: The Wonder Years|
|1990||Won||Favorite Young TV Performer for: The Wonder Years|
|1988||Won||Best Performance by a Younger Actor for: Vice Versa|
|1986||Won||Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor, Supporting Role, Feature Film - Comedy, Fantasy or Drama for: The Boy Who Could Fly|
|1987||Won||Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for: The Princess Bride|
|1988||Won||Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Comedy Series for: The Wonder Years|
|1989||Nominated||Best Young Actor Starring in a Motion Picture for: The Wizard|
|1989||Won||Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series for: The Wonder Years|
|2008||Nominated||Worst Director for: Daddy Day Camp|
|1989||Won||Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series for: The Wonder Years|
|1990||Won||Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series for: The Wonder Years|
References[edit | edit source]
- Fred Savage Biography (1976-). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-22.
- Lee, Felicia R.. "A Sitcom 70's Child Grows Up to Be an Alter Ego", New York Times, 2006-01-19. Retrieved on 2010-08-11.
- December 16, 2001 (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 on 2013-03-22.
- Fred Savage Emmy Nominated. Emmys.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-22.
- International Espionage and Comedy with ‘The Rascal’. Tilzy.TV (2008-08-12). Retrieved on 2009-03-02.
- White, Nicholas. "Fred Savage & Wife Expecting Second Child", People, January 28, 2008. Retrieved on January 3, 2012.
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- Fred Savage at NNDB
- World Poker Tour Profile
- eFilmCritic Interviews Fred Savage
- Fred Savage at Emmys.com
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