Tom Savini

  • Birth Name: Thomas Antonio Savini
  • Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Profession: Makeup/special-effects artist, Actor, Director
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  • As a teen, performed in an acting troupe that entertained movie-theater patrons during intermissions; and worked for free as a makeup artist and monster designer for a Pittsburgh TV station's Chiller Theater show.
  • Spent three years as a combat photographer for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War; says that his experiences there have influenced his films.
  • Made his feature-film directorial debut with a 1990 remake of Romero's horror classic Night of the Living Dead.
  • Released two books on creating makeup effects: Grande Illusions: A Learn-By-Example Guide to the Art and Technique of Special Make-Up Effects from the Films of Tom Savini in 1983, and Grande Illusions: Book II, in 1994.
  • Is an instructor in the Special Make-Up Effects program at the Douglass Education Center in Monessen, PA.
  • No longer creates special effects for movies, but continues to focus on his career as an actor and director.


  • Audrey Savini — Daughter
  • Lia Savini — Daughter
  • Lon Savini — Son
  • Nancy Hare — Wife
  • Hank Savini — Brother


  • Attended Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; attended Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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