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Fred Savage Biography

Birth Place:
Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Profession
Actor, director

Fast Facts

  • 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
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  • 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 Betty, It'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

Awards

  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1991People's Choice Awards-Favorite Young TV Performer: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1990Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1990People's Choice Awards-Favorite Young TV Performer: winner
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships