Fred Savage Biography

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Born: July 09, 1976


Birth Name: Fredrick Aaron Savage

Date of Birth: July 9, 1976

Child actor Fred Savage rose to stardom on the popular sitcom, The Wonder Years playing Kevin Arnold. Born in Illinois, Savage was living with his parents and siblings, Ben and Kala, in Chicago. Opportunity came knocking in his community when a director arrived looking for a young actor for a commercial.

"The auditions were near our house and it sounded like fun. So mom and I went over. I didn't get it and six months later the same director held another audition. I didn't get it again. Six months later, the director called and I was cast in a Pac Man vitamins commercial."

With his first gig complete, Savage went on to work in commercials for the next two years. By the ripe old age of four, he made his first film appearance in Dinosaur (1980). He then landed a regular role on the short-lived series Morningstar/Eveningstar. After a supporting role in Disney's The Boy Who Could Fly (1986), he won a major role as the sick grandson listening to the story The Princess Bride (1987) read to him by his grandfather. The role won him his second Young Artist Award, the first being for his performance in The Boy Who Could Fly.

A year later, he returned to TV, this time taking the role of Kevin Arnold in the hit series The Wonder Years. It lasted six years, garnering Savage two Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor.

Though the series tied up much of his time, he did continue to work on other projects such as telefilms and feature work like Little Monster (1989) playing Brian, and The Wizard (1989), playing Corey. When The Wonder Years came to an end, Savage decided to take a break from acting to focus on his education. Graduating from Brentwood School in 1994, he attended Stanford University to study English. After completing his degree, he returned to the world of entertainment.

He was immediately cast as the star of a new TV series, Working in 1997, which ran for two seasons. He also made his debut as a director on the show, which led to work on two episodes of his younger brother Ben's series, Boy Meets World, as well as directing episodes of youth-oriented shows such as Even Stevens, That's So Raven, Zoey 101, Hannah Montana, Unfabulous and Phil of the Future. He made his feature film directorial debut with Daddy Day Camp (2007), starring Cuba Gooding Jr.

Savage still works as an actor both on television and in major feature films such as Austin Powers in Goldmember, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (both 2002) and Welcome to Mooseport (2004).

Filmography (actor):

The Last Run (2004)
Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
The Rules of Attraction (2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
As You Wish: The Story of the Princess Bride (2001) (V)
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998) (voice)
A Guy Walks Into a Bar (1997)
The Wizard (1989)
Little Monsters (1989)
Vice Versa (1988)
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Boy Who Could Fly (1986)
Dinosaur (1980)

Filmography (director): Daddy Day Camp (2007)
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