Doug Savant

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Doug Savant
Doug Savant 2009.jpg
Savant in April 2009
Born(1964-08-23) August 23, 1964 (age 49)
Burbank, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Dawn Savant
(1983–1997; 2 children)
Laura Leighton
(May 1998–present; 2 children)
 
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Doug Savant
Doug Savant 2009.jpg
Savant in April 2009
Born(1964-08-23) August 23, 1964 (age 49)
Burbank, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Dawn Savant
(1983–1997; 2 children)
Laura Leighton
(May 1998–present; 2 children)

Douglas Peter "Doug" Savant (born June 21, 1964) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Matt Fielding on Melrose Place and Tom Scavo on the ABC dramedy series Desperate Housewives.

Career[edit]

Doug Savant first gained notice for playing a younger version of Mac McKenzie (played by Kojak alumnus Kevin Dobson) on the CBS night time soap opera Knots Landing. He was paired with future Desperate Housewives co-star Nicollette Sheridan, who played a younger version of the Anne Matheson character portrayed by Michelle Phillips.

In the 1980s, he appeared in such films as Masquerade starring Rob Lowe, Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox, and Trick or Treat with Marc Price and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, he was the central character in an episode of The Outer Limits called "The Hunt." In the episode, he played an android that is being hunted for sport.

From 1992 to 1997, Savant starred as Matt Fielding on Melrose Place, a role that was notable for being one of the first mainstream openly gay characters on television. However, his role was censored greatly by the network - notably a kiss between Matt and guest star Ty Miller during the season two finale was edited out at the last minute by FOX. Savant left the series after five seasons and, a year later, his character was killed off-screen in a car crash.

After this, Savant guest starred on series such as Profiler, Harsh Realm, Firefly, JAG, NCIS, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and a four-episode arc on 24. He also appeared as Sgt. O'Neal in the 1998 movie Godzilla.

In 2008, Savant starred in the television movie What Color Is Love? He played a lawyer named Peter Marcheson helping a girl, Nicole Alpern (Jennifer Finagan), win back her son in a custody battle.

Savant played Tom Scavo on ABC's Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2012. In the first season (2004–05), Tom was a recurring character, credited as a guest-star in the episodes where he appeared. Married to Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), he was out of town regularly on business. Viewer response to Savant and his character led the producers to contract him as a series regular from season two onwards, and Tom and Lynette were portrayed as the most stable couple on the series.

Personal life[edit]

In May 1998, he married his Melrose Place co-star Laura Leighton. They have two children together: Jack (born October 10, 2000) and Lucy (born June 9, 2005). Savant also has two children from a previous marriage, Arianna (born January 17, 1992) and Madeline (born July 20. 1993).[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film appearances
YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Swing ShiftActor
1985Secret AdmirerBoy
Teen WolfBrad
1986Trick or TreatTim Hainey
1987The Hanoi HiltonAshby
1988MasqueradeMike McGill
1989Paint It BlackEric Hinsley
1990Red SurfAttila
Shaking the TreeMichael
1993Maniac Cop III: Badge of SilenceDr. Peter Myerson
1998GodzillaSergeant O'Neal
2000Dropping OutDoctor
2001The OneCopUncredited
2006All You've GotSam McDonald
2009Playing for Keeps (Canadian Movie)Peter Marcheson
2013April RainSpecial Agent Singleton
Television appearances
YearTitleRoleNotes
1985Cagney and LaceyDwayne PattersonEpisode: Violation
1986HotelElliot JessupEpisode: Scapegoat
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsJoey MedwickEpisode: Road Hog
1986–1987Knots LandingYoung Mack Mackenzie7 episodes
1987The Facts of LifeDwayneEpisode: A Winter's Tale
StingrayCdt. Thomas O'ConnerEpisode: Night Maneuvers
1988In the Heat of the NightScott LaPierreEpisodes: Pilot Pt I and II
1990China BeachRichardEpisode: The Thanks of a Grateful Nation
The Knife and Gun ClubDr. BarrowTV Movie
Jake and the FatmanJohn BronskiEpisode: God Bless the Child
1991Aftermath: A Test of LoveJeffTV Movie
1992ColumboDetective Dennis MulrooneyEpisode: No Time to Die
Bonnie & Clyde: The True StoryDeputy Sheriff Ted HintonTV Movie
1992–1998Melrose PlaceMatt FieldingSeries Regular
162 episodes
1995Burke's LawActorEpisode: Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?
Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn StoryRichard Mark EllardTV Movie
1996TerminalDr. Sean O'GradyTV Movie
1998Love Boat: The Next WaveJosh WaltersEpisode: Smooth Sailing
The Outer LimitsKelEpisode: The Hunt
1999ProfilerToby WatsonEpisode: Inheritance
A Face to Kill ForVirgilTV Movie
First DaughterGrant ColemanTV Movie
2000Harsh RealmSergeant SommersEpisode: Kein Ausgang
First TargetGrant ColemanTV Movie
2001That's LifeJ.T.'s CousinEpisode: Or What's a Heaven For?
The DistrictJeffrey RivertonEpisode: To Serve and Protect
Family LawHarold RainesEpisode: Sacrifices
2002FireflyCommander HarkenEpisode: Bushwhacked
JAGNavy Seals CommanderEpisode: Dangerous Game
First ShotGrant ColemanTV Movie
According to JimRickEpisode: The Bachelor
200424Craig Phillips4 episodes
The GuardianEric KaneEpisode: Legacy
FaultlineProf. Anthony McAllisterTV Movie
NYPD BlueJason FosterEpisode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative ServiceFather Larry ClannonEpisode: "The Weak Link"
Nip/TuckJoel GideonEpisode: Joel Gideon
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPaul BradyEpisode: "Swap Meet"
2004–12Desperate HousewivesTom ScavoSeries Regular
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2006
Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2007
Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2008
Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2009
2008What Color is Love?Peter MarchesonTV Movie
2012Hot in ClevelandScottEpisode: "Two Girls and a Rhino"
2013VegasMr. BinderEpisode: "Road Trip"
2013Rizzoli & IslesJudge Roger ThorsonEpisode: "Judge, Jury & Executioner"
2013Drop Dead DivaJacob JoardiEpisode: "Jane's Secret Revealed"
2013Criminal MindsMalcolm TaffertEpisode: "The Caller"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fame & Fortune: Laura Leighton". bankrate.com. Retrieved April 9, 2009. 

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