John Savage

John Savage


8/25/1949, Old Bethpage, Long Island, New York, USA

Birth Name

John Smeallie Youngs


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John Savage was born John Youngs on August 25, 1949 on Long Island, New York. He gained public fame for his role in The Deer Hunter in 1978. Unfortunately, Savage's career started to slow around the 1980s. Although he was still acting, the roles landed were not very big.more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John was listed as one of the twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.

    • Although he did not pursue a career in singing/songwriting, he does still sing.

    • In 1982 John was nominated for Best Actor-Foreign for his work in Amateur (1981).

    • In 1977 John appeared on Broadway in David Mamet's American Buffalo.

    • John won a Western Heritage Award (Bronze Wrangler) for his work in The Virginian (2001).

    • John attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

    • When John was young, he organized the Manhattan's Children's Theatre Group that performed in public housing areas.

    • John won the Drama Circle Award for his (stage) portrayal of Billy Bibbitt in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in the early 1970s.

    • John was an assistant production manager for certain sequences of Spike Lee's film Malcolm X (1992).

    • John spent six years in South Africa working for the anti-Apartheid movement. He worked with Nelson Mandela.

    • John and his first wife, Susan Youngs (from 1967 to 1969), had two children. John is currently married to Sandi Schultz (1993-present). She is from Namibia.

    • John is 5'9.5" tall.

    • Born on exactly the same day as rock impresario Gene Simmons, of KISS fame. Moreover, both were born just six days before actor Richard Gere...and five days after writer/producer/director/actor Patrick Kilpatrick - all within the same month of the same year.

    • He is the elder brother of actors Jim and Gail Youngs. His parents are Floyd and Muriel Youngs. He also has two sisters, Gail and Robin Youngs.

    • He is the father of actress Jennifer Savage. He also has a son, Lachlan.

  • Quotes

    • John: (about acting) I wanted to be a musician, but that required homework. I don't see this as work. It's weird. Thank God for some of the representation in the business, as hard as it is for me to understand or accept, 'cause I'd be doing it for free.

    • John Savage: I 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.