Fred Savage

Active - 1986 - 2018  |   Born - Jul 9, 1976 in Highland Park, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Children's/Family, Comedy Drama, Drama, Fantasy

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Born in a Chicago suburb on July 9th, 1976 , Fred Savage began appearing in local TV commercials from the time he could read. In 1986, Fred made his big-screen debut in Disney's The Boy Who Could Fly. Savage's subsequent film roles of note included the inquisitive grandson of yarn-spinning Peter Falk in The Princess Bride (1987) and the junior edition of Judge Reinhold in Vice Versa (1988). After essaying a supporting part in the 1986 TV series Morningstar/Eveningstar, Savage was elevated to top billing in the role of Kevin Arnold on the nostalgic seriocomedy The Wonder Years (1988-93). Fred Savage is the brother of Ben Savage, star of TV's Boy Meets World (1993- ), and juvenile supporting actress Kala Savage.

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  • By age 6, he was acting in radio and TV commercials, including one for Pac-Man vitamins.
  • Said his first kiss happened on camera, with Danica McKellar, who played Winnie on The Wonder Years.
  • In 1989, at age 13, he became the youngest actor nominated for a Best Actor Emmy.
  • After The Wonder Years went off the air, he attended Brentwood School in L.A. for his senior year of high school, and played running back and linebacker on its football team.
  • Earned an English degree at Stanford, but took time off between his junior and senior years to star in the short-lived sitcom Working.
  • After graduating from college, he focused on directing for TV, helming episodes of Boy Meets World (which starred his brother Ben), Ugly BettyIt's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and others.
  • The "In Memoriam" segment at the 2010 Emmys spurred Internet death rumors, when producers used a childhood photo of Corey Haim that bore a striking resemblance to Savage.