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Published:April 20th, 2012 19:00 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews John Savage on The American Perspective

Judyth Piazza interviews John Savage on The American Perspective

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)


Born John Youngs in Old Bethpage, New York, John Savage sang and acted throughout his early school years. At the age of 17, his true passion began to come to fruition once accepted into the prestigious American Academy of Performing Arts. Upon graduation, he landed his first job on Broadway in the chorus of "Fiddler On the Roof" as well as the understudy for one of the lead characters. His major debut came during this understudy position, attracting the attention of numerous Los Angeles talent agents and managers. His theatrical run continued in Chicago, playing "Billy Bibbit" in the famed "One Flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest." Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, the rising star found himself cast in the original production of stage legend David Mamet`s "American Buffalo" playing the role of "Bobby" under the direction of the esteemed Ulu Grosbard. It was on this set that his co-star, Robert Duvall, met and later married John Savage`s younger sister, Gail Youngs.

John Savage`s major screen debut came in 1978 with the Oscar-winning Best Picture film, "The Deer Hunter," which gained him international attention for his work. The following year, he had leads in two more major motion pictures, Milos Forman`s legendary musical "Hair," and the film adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh`s "The Onion Field." His appearance as a suicide survivor in Richard Donner`s "Inside Moves" continued to garner him praise as an actor of great range and diversity. He was nominated for Best Actor-Foreign for his work in The Amateur. He went on to co-star in "Maria`s Lovers" with Nastassja Kinski, backed by cinema legend Robert Mitchum.

While his film career was skyrocketing, his TV career was also rising. He landed several series regular roles throughout his years, first being introduced onto TV as "Jim Malloy" of the NBC series "Gibbsville" as well as several movies for television. During the late 80`s through mid 90`s, Mr. Savage lent his role as a celebrity to the the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. It was here working alongside Nelson Mandela that he found himself back in his Hollywood roots, working as the assistant production manager of Spike Lee`s film Malcolm X. John Savage had previously worked with Spike Lee as co-producer and one of the stars of "Do the Right Thing," and later showed up again in Spike Lee`s "Summer of Sam," as well as his Showtime TV movie "Sucker Free City." Previous to this, he had also helped organize the Manhattan Children`s Theatre Group, which continues to encourage the performing arts to at risk inner-city youth.

Since his return back to Los Angeles, John Savage`s career grew more rounded with yet more television and film projects. He was a series regular on James Cameron`s "Dark Angel," as well as the acclaimed HBO series "Carnivale" (2003). His silver screen presence remained steady with roles in "American Strays," "The Thin Red Line," and "Message in a Bottle." In 2009, John had several more projects released, including "Handsome Harry" (opposite Steve Buscemi), and "The Coverup," among more. He also starred in the "Nephilim" among many others, as well as "one of his latest works, "A Small Town Called Descent." As a producer, John has several projects in development and is committed to working with up-and-coming writers and directors.

Written by: The Chasin Agency, edited by The Hollywood Sentinel.
A powerful actor, and a man of great character and humanitarian calling, John Savage has starred in over 100 feature films and television roles. His growing legacy reflects his fierce independence, power, and mastery of his craft. His work is testament to his dedication and power as one of Hollywood`s greatest actors of our time.

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John Savage- contact; Publicity Department, Tel / fax: 310-226-7176, Hollywood Sentinel Public Relations.