Birthday: August 25, 1949 Birth
Place: Old Bethpage, Long Island, New York, USA Height: 5' 1"
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While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, John Savage helped organize a children's theatre troupe, giving non-profit performances at various housing projects. When next heard from, Savage had won a Drama Circle award for his starring performance in a Chicago-New York revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. In films and television from 1972, Savage reached a watershed in 1975, starring as cub reporter Jim Malloy in the TV series Gibbsville and both starring in and composing the music for the theatrical feature Sister-in-Law. His career continued to flourish as the 1970s drew to a close: he played paraplegic war veteran Steven in the Oscar-winning The Deer Hunter (1978), draft-dodging Claude in Hair, guilt-ridden police officer Karl Hettinger in The Onion Field (1979) and the suicidal, physically challenged Roary in Inside Moves (1980). For reasons unknown, Savage's star began fading in the 1980s, despite such choice roles as a cynical photojournalist in Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986). Most of John Savage's footage as Andrew Hagen in 1990's The Godfather III unfortunately wound up on the cutting room floor.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.
Spent 6 years (1988-1994) in South Africa, working with Nelson Mandela for the anti-Apartheid movement.
Older brother of actor Jim Youngs.
Brother of actress Gail Youngs
Had a son Lachlan from his first marriage to Susan; his present wife actress Sandi Schultz is from Nambia (formerly Southwest Africa).
Younger sister Gail Youngs was once married to actor Robert Duvall from 1982-1986.
Was an assistant production manager for certain sequences of Spike Lee's film Malcolm X (1992) that was shot in South Africa where John was living at the time working with Nelson Mandela on the anti-apartheid movement. John had appeared in Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989) a few years back, and later would show up in Lee's Summer of Sam (1999).
Won the Drama Circle Award for his stage portrayal of Billy Bibbitt in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in the early 70s.
In his early years he organized the Manhattan's Children's Theatre Group which performed in public housing areas.
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