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Short Info

DiedMay 13, 2003, Dartmouth, Canada
SpouseSandi Schultz, Susan Youngs
MarkOften plays intense, mellancholic men
FactLost his best friend in the May 4th Shootings at Kent State University.

John Savage is an American actor, best known for his roles in The Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line and Hair.

Savage was born on February 25, 1952 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the son of Joyce (née Aronson), a homemaker, and Earl Savage, a tool and die maker. He has three brothers, Jeffrey, Scott and Steven. His father was of English, Irish and German descent, and his mother was of Russian Jewish ancestry.

Savage was raised in nearby Danville, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Danville Area High School in 1970. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship, but dropped out after one semester to pursue an acting career.

Savage’s first film role was in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show. He then appeared in several television movies and series, including The Waltons, Kojak and Gunsmoke. In 1978, he had a small role in the film Hair.

In 1979, Savage starred in the Vietnam War film The Deer Hunter alongside Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. The film was a critical and commercial success, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In 1998, Savage starred in another war film, The Thin Red Line. The film was directed by Terrence Malick and also starred Sean Penn, Adrien Brody and Woody Harrelson.

Savage has also appeared in several television series, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Miami and Without a Trace.

Savage has been married three times. His first marriage was to actress Robin Wright from 1987 to 1993. They have two children together, daughter Dylan Frances (born 1991) and son Hopper Jack (born 1993). His second marriage was to actress Jennifer Grey from 2000 to 2002. They have one child together, daughter Stella (born 2002). He has been married to actress Olivia Wilde since 2003. They have two children together, son Otis Alexander (born 2014) and daughter Daisy Josephine (born 2016).

Savage has a net worth of $8 million.

General Info

Full NameJohn Savage
DiedMay 13, 2003, Dartmouth, Canada


SpouseSandi Schultz, Susan Youngs
ChildrenJennifer Youngs, Lachlan Youngs
ParentsFloyd Youngs, Muriel Youngs
SiblingsJim Youngs, Gail Youngs, Robin Young


AwardsSatellite Award for Best Ensemble – Motion Picture
NominationsGenie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
MoviesThe Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line, The Godfather Part III, Hair, Message in a Bottle, Maria's Lovers, Do the Right Thing, The Onion Field, White Squall, Summer of Sam, Inside Moves, The Amateur, The Crossing Guard, The Killing Kind, Fort Bliss, Handsome Harry, Sucker Free City, The Coverup, Before ...
TV ShowsCleaners, Carnivàle, Dark Angel, Gibbsville

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays intense, mellancholic men
2His gruff voice


1I love plays like "Of Mice and Men." Modern classics. They tell you so much about America, how things were. The time it's about wasn't all that long ago, but we often forget times, and things, we should remember.


1Lost his best friend in the May 4th Shootings at Kent State University.
2As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Deer Hunter (1978), The Godfather: Part III (1990) and The Thin Red Line (1998). Of those, only The Deer Hunter (1978) is a winner in the category.
3In his early years he organized the Manhattan's Children's Theatre Group which performed in public housing areas.
4Won the Drama Circle Award for his stage portrayal of Billy Bibbitt in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in the early 1970s.
5Was an assistant production manager for certain sequences of Spike Lee's film Malcolm X (1992) that was shot in South Africa where John was living at the time working with Nelson Mandela on the anti-apartheid movement. John had appeared in Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) a few years back, and later would show up in Lee's Summer of Sam (1999).
6Younger sister, Gail Youngs, was once married to actor Robert Duvall from 1982-1986.
7Had a son, Lachlan Youngs, and a daughter, Jennifer Youngs, from his first marriage to Susan Youngs.
8Older brother of actor Jim Youngs and Gail Youngs.
9Spent 6 years (1988-1994) in South Africa, working with Nelson Mandela for the anti-Apartheid movement.
10Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.
11Father of Jennifer Youngs and Lachlan Youngs.




Birdland1994TV SeriesNick Kissler
The Accident1993TV MovieThe Policeman
CIA II: Target Alexa1993Franz Kluge
Berlin '391993Wieland
Daybreak1993TV MovieThe President (uncredited)
Flynn1993Joe Stromberg
CBS Schoolbreak Special1993TV SeriesBen Kane
Primary Motive1992Wallace Roberts
Scoop1992TV Mini-Series
Buck ai confini del cielo1991Wintrop
Le porte del silenzio1991Melvin Devereux
Mountain of Diamonds1991TV MovieBlaine
Hunting1991Michael Bergman
Great Expectations1991TV Mini-SeriesUrchin
Favola crudele1991Roy Kramer
Ottobre rosa all'Arbat1990Boris
The Godfather: Part III1990Father Andrew Hagen
Voice in the Dark1990Dan Montgomery
Any Man's Death1990Leon Abrahams
Do the Right Thing1989Clifton
Point of View1989
ABC Afterschool Specials1988TV SeriesBernie Morton
The Beat1988Frank Ellsworth
Caribe1987Jeff Richardson
Desperate1987TV MovieNoah
Beauty and the Beast1987Beast / Prince
Hotel Colonial1987Marco Venieri
The Little Sister1986Tim Donovan
Salvador1986John Cassady
Soldier's Revenge1986Frank Morgan
Silent Witness1985TV MovieKevin Dunne
Nairobi Affair1984TV MovieRick Cahill
Maria's Lovers1984Ivan Bibic
Brady's Escape1983J.W. Brady
Coming Out of the Ice1982TV MovieVictor Herman
The Amateur1981Charles Heller
Cattle Annie and Little Britches1981Bittercreek Newcomb
Inside Moves1980Roary
The Onion Field1979Det. Karl Francis Hettinger
Hair1979Claude Hooper Bukowski
The Deer Hunter1978Steven
Gibbsville1976-1977TV SeriesJim Malloy
Eric1975TV MovieEric Swensen
The Turning Point of Jim Malloy1975TV MovieJim Malloy
The Sister-in-Law1974Robert Strong
All the Kind Strangers1974TV MoviePeter
The Killing Kind1973Terry Lambert
Steelyard Blues1973Kid
Bad Company1972Loney
Love Is a Carousel1971Boy Friend
Cade's County1971TV SeriesFrank Stubock
The Master Beater1969Rocco
Going Vertical2017filmingHank Aiba
Hold On2017/IcompletedDr. Siedhoff
Heavenly Deposit2017post-productionDonald
Spychosis2017pre-productionJim Patterson
Mission Possible2017pre-productionDonald
Twin Peaks2017TV Series post-production
American Exit2017post-production
In Extremis2017completedJoseph
Povratak2017post-productionCovek u crnom odelu
Redundancy2017pre-productionJohn Smith
Untitled Livi Zheng Project2017post-productionFrank
Windcatcher: The Story of Sacajawea2017announcedToussaint Charbonneau
Ovid and the Art of Love2016post-productionAugustus
Six Children and One Grandfather2016completed
A Cloud So High2016post-productionGene 'Sackler' Sarling (rumored)
The French Cowboy2016pre-productionStompy
The Knights of Mary Phagan2016pre-productionJudge Roan
Harnessing the RainannouncedDon Starr
Nephilimpost-productionFather Samuel (voice)
Star Trek Equinox: The Night of TimeTV Movie filmingCaptain Rudy Ransom
The Adventures of Buddy Thunderpre-productionCullen
Spreading Darkness2017Brett
American Romance2016Emery Reed
In Dubious Battle2016Dan
Teen Star Academy2016Burt
Prvaci sveta2016TV SeriesWilliam Jones
Texas Heart2016Carl
Last Call at Murray's2016Bennett
Dead South2016Stokes
Sensory Perception2015President of United Earth
Beverly Hills Christmas2015Mr. Winters
Tales of Halloween2015Capt. J.G. Zimmerman (segment "Bad Seed")
Bicemo prvaci sveta2015William Jones
GeekRockTV2015TV Series
The Sparrows: Nesting2015Marvin
On Air2014/ITV SeriesPeter
The Big Fat Stone2014Robert Tanninger
Whitey2014TV SeriesPatrick Nee
Cleaners2014TV SeriesMarcus Walker
Cry of the Butterfly2014William Berman
The Lookalike2014William Spinks
Demon Legacy2014The Codger
Fort Bliss2014Mike Swann
Bermuda Tentacles2014TV MoviePresident DeSteno
Bullet2014/IGovernor Johnson
Defending Santa2013Judge Willis
A Star for Rose2013Mort
Awakened2013Jack Winston
Alien Rising2013Manning
Real Gangsters2013Ted Roberts
A Sierra Nevada Gunfight2013Father Bill
Open Road2013Carl
Spinning Dry2012Frank Manghetti
Money Fight2012Harbin Rask
Sins Expiation2012Father Karl
The Black Dove2012Jake Williams
The Jonas Project2012Calvin Kabral
Checking Under the Hood2011ShortJohn
Summer Song2011Jim
Assassins' Code2011Arlo
Hit List2011Walter Murphy
The Orphan Killer2011Detective Walker
Nichirin no isan2011Douglas MacArthur
The Last Gamble2011John
Colombian Interviews2011James
The Right to Bear Arms2010Brutal Magnus
Bed & Breakfast: Love is a Happy Accident2010Mr. Harvey
A Small Town Called Descent2010/IFather Scully
Dreamkiller2010Agent Barnes
First Time Long Time2009ShortPeter
Buffalo Bushido2009Vendetti
Fringe2009TV SeriesAndre Hughes
Qi chuan xu xu2009Frank Dreibelbis
Handsome Harry2009Peter Rheems
Redemption2009/IShortMr. Reynolds
Anytown2009News Producer
The Violent Kind2008VideoGeorge Malloy
The Golden Boys2008Web Saunders
The Coverup2008Thomas Thacker
Boiler Maker2008JJ
From a Place of Darkness2008Vic
The Grift2008William Bender
The Attic2007VideoGraham Callan
No Destination2007ShortBilly
The Golden Age2007ShortBilly
Father and Son2006ShortFather
Falling from Grace2006ShortBuback
Shut Up and Shoot!2006Marty Pearlheimer
The Drop2006Mr. Zero
Kill Your Darlings2006Rock
King's Echo2005ShortHawkins
The New World2005Savage
Love's Long Journey2005TV MovieTrent
Confessions of a Pit Fighter2005McGee
Everwood2002-2005TV SeriesDaniel Maxwell
Iowa2005Irv Huffman
Aimée Price2005ShortAntiquarian
Carniv2003-2005TV SeriesHenry 'Hack' Scudder
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2005TV SeriesLucas Biggs
Downtown: A Street Tale2004H2O
Admissions2004Harry Brighton
Sucker Free City2004TV MovieAnderson Wade
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2004TV SeriesMark Farrell
Alien Lockdown2004TV MovieDr. Woodman
Shortcut to Happiness2003Johnny (uncredited)
The District2003TV SeriesBilly Nevins
Easy Six2003Frank Iverson
Intoxicating2003William Shanley
Ground Bloom Flower2002ShortUrban Monk
The Anarchist Cookbook2002Johnny Red
Redemption of the Ghost2002Sheriff Rollie Burns
Touched by an Angel2001TV SeriesSimon
Dark Angel2000-2001TV SeriesDonald Lydecker
Burning Down the House2001Jake Seiling
Dead Man's Run2001Carver
They Nest2000TV MovieJack Wald
Christina's House2000James Tarling
The Virginian2000TV MovieSteve
Something Between Us1999ShortHugh Sutpen
Ghost Soldier1999
Star Trek: Voyager1999TV SeriesCaptain Rudy Ransom
Summer of Sam1999Simon
The Jack Bull1999TV MovieSlater
Message in a Bottle1999Johnny Land
Frontline1999Captain Wolfgang Mueller
Centurion Force1998
The Thin Red Line1998Sgt. McCron
Lost Souls1998TV MovieVictor Robinson
Club Vampire1998VideoZero
Mia, Liebe meines Lebens1998TV Mini-SeriesSpitz
Notti di paura1997Paola
Ultimo taglio1997Leo
Before Women Had Wings1997TV MovieBilly Jackson
A Corner of Paradise1997Padre Louis
Hostile Intent1997Bear
Hollywood Safari1997Deputy Rogers
Amnesia1997Tim Bishop
Little Boy Blue1997Ray West
The Mouse1996Bruce 'The Mouse' Strauss
Walker, Texas Ranger1996TV SeriesSergeant Major Bart Hawkins
American Strays1996Dwayne
Where Truth Lies1996Dr. Ian Lazarre
One Good Turn1996Santapietro
White Squall1996McCrea
Fatal Choice1995Drury
The Takeover1995VideoGreg
The Crossing Guard1995Bobby
The Outer Limits1995TV SeriesLucas
The X-Files1995TV SeriesHenry Trondheim
OP Center1995TV MovieBob Herbert
Carnosaur 21995Jack Reed
The Dangerous1995Emile Lautrec
Deadly Weapon1994Sanders
Red Scorpion 21994Andrew Kendrick
Tales from the Crypt1994TV SeriesBenny
Killing Obsession1994Albert
Shattered Image1994TV MovieDavid


Burning Down the House2001producer
Ghost Soldier1999producer
The Mouse1996producer - uncredited


Beauty and the Beast1987performer: "If You See With Your Heart", "Wish For The Moon"
Hair1979performer: "Manchester, England", "Where Do I Go?", "Flesh Failures Let the Sunshine In"


The Sister-in-Law1974

Music Department

The Sister-in-Law1974vocals

Production Manager

Malcolm X1992assistant production manager: South Africa


Hotel Colonial1987production consultant


CinemAbility2013Documentary special thanks
Jackie Robinson Tribute: Youth in Salute2013Short special thanks


Classic Hollywood Cinemas2016DocumentaryHimself
Infolist Pre Comic-Con Bash2015Documentary shortHimself
Scene of the Crime: An Interview with John Savage2015Video documentary shortHimself
Faith Hollywood TV2015TV SeriesHimself
Bomb! Burning Fantasy2015/IDocumentaryHimself
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
The 23rd Annual Movieguide Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda2014TV MovieHimself
The Greatest Ever War Films2014TV Movie documentaryHimself / Steven
The Hooping Life2014DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood In & About2014TV SeriesHimself
The Carrier2013/IDocumentaryNarrator
12th Annual Los Angeles Polish Film Festival2012Video shortHimself
Eye on Entertainment2012TV SeriesHimself
Making of 'Bereavement'2011Video documentary shortHimself
The John Kerwin Show2011TV SeriesHimself - Host
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews2010DocumentaryHimself
Remembering Nigel2009Himself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1970's2009Video documentaryHimself
Intelligent Life: Change Your Mind, Change Your World2009DocumentaryNarrator
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale2009Documentary shortHimself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentary
11th Annual Prism Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Creating an X52007Video documentary shortHimself
Dark Angel: Genesis2007Video documentary shortHimself
Making 'The New World'2006Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Kill Your Darlings'2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Freedom from Despair2004DocumentaryNarrator
A Tribute to Joe Mantegna2004TV Short documentaryHimself
Playing 'The Deer Hunter': An Interview with John Savage2003Video documentary shortHimself
Rosy-Fingered Dawn: a Film on Terrence Malick2002DocumentaryHimself
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam1987TV Movie documentary voice

Archive Footage

Muchachada nui2010TV SeriesHijo (segment "Mundo viejuno: Pasa tiempo con tus hijos")
Dianne Crittenden on 'The Thin Red Line'2010Video documentary shortHimself
Banda sonora2008TV SeriesClaude Hooper Bukowski
Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate2004DocumentarySteven
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-19801992VideoFather Andrew Hagen


Won Awards

2016Festival AwardLaughlin International Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastLast Call at Murray's (2016)
2008AOF/WAB AwardAction on Film International Film Festival, USABest Supporting Actor - FeatureArt of Submission (2012)
2001Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTelevision Feature FilmThe Virginian (2000)
1999Special Achievement AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Motion Picture EnsembleThe Thin Red Line (1998)

Nominated Awards

2010Best Supporting ActorMethod FestFeature FilmHandsome Harry (2009)
1982GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by a Foreign ActorThe Amateur (1981)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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