John Savage (actor)

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John Savage
John Savage.jpg
BornJohn Youngs
(1949-08-25) August 25, 1949 (age 65)
Old Bethpage, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1969-present
Spouse(s)Susan Youngs (1967-1969) (divorced) (2 children)
Sandi Schultz (1993-present)
ChildrenJennifer Youngs (b. 1968)
Lachlan Youngs
 
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John Savage
John Savage.jpg
BornJohn Youngs
(1949-08-25) August 25, 1949 (age 65)
Old Bethpage, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1969-present
Spouse(s)Susan Youngs (1967-1969) (divorced) (2 children)
Sandi Schultz (1993-present)
ChildrenJennifer Youngs (b. 1968)
Lachlan Youngs

John Savage (born John Youngs; August 25, 1949)[1] is an American actor,[2] best known for his roles in films like The Deer Hunter,[3] The Onion Field, Hair and Salvador. He is also known for his role as Donald Lydecker in the short-lived TV series Dark Angel.[2]

Early life[edit]

Savage was born in Old Bethpage, New York, the son of Muriel, a housewife, and Floyd Youngs, an insurance salesman who served on Guadalcanal during World War II with the Marine Corps.[4] His sisters are Boston-based radio and television personality Robin Young and actress Gail Youngs. His brother is actor Jim Youngs.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

His first major film role was as Steven in the 1978 film, The Deer Hunter, the story of a group of Russian American steel workers during the Vietnam War. He also had a lead role in 1979's The Onion Field, the true story of policeman Karl Hettinger's personal struggle after witnessing the murder of his partner.

One of his most famous roles was as Claude Bukowski in Milos Forman's 1979 film Hair. He had a brief role in Terrence Malick's war film, The Thin Red Line. In the late 1970s, he also appeared on Broadway in David Mamet's play, "American Buffalo" with Robert Duvall.

In more recent years he has been seen on the small as well as the big screen. He was the recurring character of Donald Lydecker in the first and second seasons of Dark Angel and portrayed Captain Ransom in the two part episode "Equinox" from Star Trek: Voyager.

Another recurring role found him as Henry Scudder in the HBO-produced television series Carnivàle. In 2005, he appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He lent his voice to a monologue on the title track of the album, This Town, by Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas (album released February 18, 2008). In September 2009, he appeared in the second episode of Season 2 of the Fox network drama Fringe.

He is currently starring in the western thriller "The Sorrow" with Kirk Harris, newcomer Ryan Ballance and Michael Madsen for director Vernon Mortensen. Savage also recently played a supporting role in the dark romantic comedy Hit List.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1; at ancestry.com
  2. ^ a b "John Savage". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ "John Savage Uses Film To Help His Neighbors". The New York Times. February 28, 1988. 
  4. ^ John Savage Biography (1949?-)

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