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Fred Savage
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Name
Fred Savage
Birthplace
Birth date
July 9, 1976 (1976-07-09) (age 41)
Occupation
Actor, director, producer

Fredrick Aaron "Fred" Savage (born July 9, 1976)[1] is an American actor, director and producer of television and film.[2] 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.

Early lifeEdit

Savage was born in Chicago. The son of Joanne and Lewis Savage, who was an industrial real estate broker and consultant.[1] 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]

Acting careerEdit

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 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.

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]

Behind-the-scenes careerEdit

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".

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

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to his childhood friend, Jennifer Lynn Stone. They have three children: two sons and a daughter.[6]

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

TelevisionEdit

Directing creditsEdit

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AwardsEdit

Directors Guild of AmericaEdit

Year Result Category
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)

Emmy AwardEdit

Year Result Category
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

Golden Globe AwardEdit

Year Result Category
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

People's Choice AwardsEdit

Year Result Category
1989 Won Favorite Young TV Performer for: The Wonder Years
1990 Won Favorite Young TV Performer for: The Wonder Years

Saturn AwardEdit

Year Result Category
1988 Won Best Performance by a Younger Actor for: Vice Versa

Young Artist AwardsEdit

Year Result Category
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

Golden Raspberry AwardEdit

Year Result Category
2008 Nominated Worst Director for: Daddy Day Camp

Viewers for Quality Television "Q" AwardsEdit

Year Result Category
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

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fred Savage Biography (1976-). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-22.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. Fred Savage Emmy Nominated. Emmys.com. Retrieved on 2013-03-22.
  5. International Espionage and Comedy with ‘The Rascal’. Tilzy.TV (2008-08-12). Retrieved on 2009-03-02.
  6. White, Nicholas. "Fred Savage & Wife Expecting Second Child", People, January 28, 2008. Retrieved on January 3, 2012. 

External linksEdit

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