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John Savage

John Savage was born and raised in suburban New York. He made his professional stage debut at age 14 in an off-Broadway production of The Drunkard. He went on to star in the acclaimed Broadway production Fiddler on the Roof. Upon graduating from high school, he earned a full scholarship to New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts; and by 1973, he moved to California to make his feature film debut in Steelyard Blues, opposite Jane Fonda.

He continued his career in Hollywood on such films as the screen adaptation of the 1960s Broadway musical hit Hair, Salvador, for director Oliver Stone; Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather III, and the Academy Award-winning The Deer Hunter. In 1988, Savage left Hollywood and moved to South Africa, where he became involved with the anti-apartheid movement, worked with Nelson Mandela, and shot footage for television news stations. In 1992, he worked on Spike Lee's Malcolm X as the production manager in South Africa. He moved back to the U.S. in 1994.

Savage continues to work with Hollywood's best and brightest filmmakers in such motion pictures as Do the Right Thing, The Thin Red Line, Message in a Bottle Managua, The Amateur, Inside Moves, Maria's Lovers, The Onion Field, White Squall, A Corner of Paradise, Centurion Force, and The Jack Bull.

Savage also starred in the ABC/Oprah Winfrey made-for-television movie Before Women Had Wings, and as an intelligence officer in Tom Clancy's NBC miniseries Op Center.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

John Savage Facts

Birth NameJohn Youngs
BirthdayAugust 25, 1949 (73)
BirthplaceOld Bethpage, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.